Photo: Reijo Jumppanen / Youth Department, City of Helsinki
In 2012, The IHME Festival of Contemporary Art expanded its scope by entering into collaboration with City of Helsinki Youth Department, the Annantalo Arts Centre, and the Aalto University School of Arts, The Department of Art. These art-education projects gave young people a chance to produce their own ‘stuff´ in a contemporary-art context, encouraged them to make various interpretations, and gave them a prominent place, for instance, in the IHME Days.
The theme of Christian Boltanski´s The Heart Archive inspired the project leaders in their planning work, and experiencing the main IHME Project was a key part of all three projects.
The joint IHME and Youth Department project was called IHMazing Stuff. It was led by performance artist Meiju Niskala, who won the Finland Prize for art in December 2011. Under Meiju´s leadership, young adults embarked on voyages of discovery into everyday life, looking for new aspects of familiar places, objects and issues. The project was run at Youth Activity Centre Happi and in public urban space during February-March. Glimpse of this IHMazing Stuff during the IHME Days on Saturday 24 March at 17:20-17:50.
In the spring term, Master´s students on the Art Education programme at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Aalto acted as IHME ambassadors at two schools: European Schooling Helsinki and Tölö Gymnasium. A group of 10 students formed from both schools, run a communal event aimed at the entire school community. The event mirrored the IHME Project: the students got to act like contemporary artists - to collect, donate and archive material in the school´s joint collection. The group of Master´s students were responsible for the content planning and for running the project. Its members were: Pii Anttila, Maiju Heikkilä, Elina Hartzell, Jenni Lehmonen, Kia Orama and Timo Sulkamo. Updates on the project were seen and heard on Friday 23 March at 13:30 in the Music Hall, Old Student House. The introduction was a part of the IHME info session.
The Annantalo Arts Centre´s Cultural courses were themed courses aimed at Helsinki´s secondary schools, upper secondary schools and polytechnics, and combined art exhibitions and events, expert lectures, artist-run workshops and the school´s own teaching. The IHME Festival of Contemporary Art 2012 - especially the IHME Project 2012 - was part of a spring-term course called Heartbeats. The groups taking part in the course donated their heartbeats to Christian Boltanski´s The Heart Archive and worked further on this experience in sound workshops. The producer Tuuli Aaltio spoke to the IHME Days audience about the Heartbeats course on Friday 23 March at 14:00 in the Music Hall, Old Student House. The introduction was a part of the IHME info session.