Current Focus

Rehearsing Hospitalities connects artists, curators and other practitioners in the field of contemporary art and beyond to build up and mediate new practices and engagements with diverse hospitalities.

The programme fosters critical discourse, pluralistic sharing and collaboration between diverse artistic practitioners in contemporary societies.

It is a far-reaching collaborative process that nurtures the emergence of new practices and paradigms of political and cultural hospitality. It is a guiding principle for Frame to navigate contemporary challenges and to claim co-agency amid changing political, social, and cultural environments. Rehearsing Hospitalities acknowledges hospitality as an open-ended skill that needs to be constantly rehearsed. 

Rather than taking up brand new topics for each year and event, the Rehearsing Hospitalities programme aims to build up content, layering many points of view on questions involving different ways of knowing, forms of access, safety, structural and symbolic re-distribution of power, and other shifts in methods and thinking required to develop more hospitable practices within the contemporary art field, and beyond.

As a departure point, the Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019 programme focused on the potential of art and cultural institutions to facilitate and mediate different ‘epistemic hospitalities’. Whilst attention to diverse ways of knowing and knowledge production remains central, the 2020 and 2021 spring programme aims to expand on understandings of access and accessibility.

Through various practices of hospitality, Rehearsing Hospitalities looks beyond normative and institutionalised understandings of access. Rather than reduce hospitality to assimilative processes of inclusion, the 2020 to 2021 programme will address art and institutional potential to facilitate plural and decentralised forms of knowing and accessibility. In collaboration with artists, curators and partners, the programme considers a range of approaches for complicating perceptions and relations with knowledge and access.

In Spring 2021 the Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities episodes, connects with situated knowledges such as crip epistemologies and other marginalised or subaltern forms of knowledge and experience. Drawing on a diversity of locales and ways of knowing, the Gathering hosts dialogues on issues such as ableism within cultural programming, and access to areas in Helsinki with specific local knowledges and political struggles.

Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities episodes programme is co-curated with media art and digital culture agency M-cult and culture centre Museum of Impossible Forms, and produced in collaboration with additional partners.

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Commuter salon Salon and Speakeasy by Sumugan Sivanesan and Irina Mutt in Gathering for Rehearsing Hospitalities 2019. Image by Ida Enegren.