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What is Mad House?

What Mad House? 

Mad House is a house for performance and live art that produces experimental performances. Mad House focuses on content, it is a work in progress, a process which learns by experience. The Mad House team consists of a bunch of artists and art producers, where art and community comes first. 

Art, equally

Mad houses programme consists of experimental art, performances, exhibitions, stand-up and contemporary dance, as well as Think Thanks - where strategies are discussed and developed through various topics. Mad House programme consists of a curated programme, own productions and works of art that come through the continuous open call (opencall@madhousehelsinki.fi). During the performance periods the lovely Ihana Bar functions as a meeting point for artists and audience. Mad House curates programme to the bar but warmly welcomes outside actors to arrange their own evenings too.

Mad House wants to function openly and transparently. It doesn't follow the traditional hierarcic model but rather develops together with the artists and the community. 


Why Mad House?

Mad House offers the actors within the performance art scene a stage, an international network and support of the production organisation. Mad House is spread over the entire art field, brining together performance art actors and making performing art accessible to the public. Mad House responds to the central needs for performing arts: Premises, improvement of mobility and communication, as well as optimising resouces.


Mad House is located in Suvilahti, Helsinki in Eskus spaces. Mad House does not have a frequently functioning stage of its own. 

Performance periods

Mad House's 1st season was a month-long, dense, international event of live art at Tiivistämö, Suvilahti, Helsinki, from 1-29 October, 2014. The programme consisted of performances, demos, workshops, lectures, screenings, concerts, clubs, parties and discussions.
Working group: Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Satu Herrala, Martina Marti, Eva Neklyaeva, Pietu Pietiäinen, Mirva Pulkkinen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää

Mad House's 2nd season included 64 days full of art and discussions between the 1st of September and 30th of Novemeber, 2015. More than 16 artists or collectives contributed to the second season. Mad House collaborated with many influential festivals and such as Baltic Circle, Pixelache and /teatteri.nyt.
Working group: Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Leena Kela, Pietu Pietiäinen, Mirva Pulkkinen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää

Mad House's 3rd season takes place in Tiivistämö from 5 February to 30 April, 2016. The focus is on longer performance periods for live and performance artists. The season is paying special attention to performances honoring the dada movement, as well as questions around LGBT and queer matters.
Working group: Markus Alanen, Marina Andersson-Rahikka, Heidi Backström, Martina Marti, Niko Mattila, Lani Nordlund, Mirva Pulkkinen, Lari Suominen, Annika Tudeer, Juha Valkeapää