Sprinklers burst open. It rings. An artificial weather phenomenon cuts into the sleepiness of the day, the stuttering of the sprinkler. They feel like wanting to burst into some sort of a run. They feel they are so strong that they can’t quite handle it.
Relenting is a performance installation about parks and park life.The piece invites the spectator to think of the park as a place where nature is layered on top of public space. Romantic representations of nature, the relationship between place and landscape and the richness of species and beings are the central topics of the piece.
The spectator is welcomed to be a part of a performative park where fragmented park living is intertwined with longer nature-culture continuums.
The performance space is made into a site for a continuous three-hour whole. The spectator is invited to stay in the space for 1 hour at a time. The audience is admitted into the space every hour at 7pm, 8pm and 9pm.
Concept, texts, performing, spatial design: Venla Helenius and Milka Luhtaniemi
Lighting design and spatial design: Sofia Palillo
Sound design, composition: Johannes Birlinger
Flutist: Livia Schweizer
Voice-over: Aino Lintunen
English translation: Eve Lahikainen and working group
The work has been supported by Kone foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland
Special thanks: Teo Ala-Ruona, Tuulikki Blom, Saara Hannula, Juho Hoikka, Hanne Jurmu, Kaisa Karvinen, Anni Kaila, Anna-Kaisa Koski, Tarleena Laakko, Even Minn, Tatu Nenonen, Marja Rautaharju, Iona Roisin, Selma Reynisdóttir, Kati Vierikko and Mad House Helsinki, Poimu feminist and antiracist studio space, Kettula