Nearness—A Lecture Performance

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Art Metropole (1490 Dundas Street West)
7 pm
Free entry, limited seats. Book a place at!

Nearness is a networking event between a group of actors:

-Anyone and anything that happens to be around
-A projector campfire and a meeting room camp
-Rune-songs and presentation lingo

Two performative lectures and a set of interconnecting gowns link the attendants to each other and their surroundings.

The event is hosted by designers/artists Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela, in collaboration with fashion designer K.I. Kinnunen. Their take on networking is an immediate and material one, minimizing premeditation and endorsing chance.



Pt 1
K.I. Kinnunen’s interconnecting gowns link the attendants together with each other and their surroundings

Pt 2
A projector campfire by Tommi Vasko lights up the meeting room camp

Pt 3
Anni Puolakka turns the situation into a book

Pt 4
Jenna Sutela uploads Nearness, the game system, into everyone


With backgrounds in graphic design and media studies, Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela operate at the edges of design. OK Do, their common project of three years, resulted in several self-published titles, events and installations. Like the previous written pieces, distributed around the world in printed format, Puolakka and Sutela view Nearness as a publication, only this time a recited one.

K.I. Kinnunen has worked in Parisian fashion houses and collaborated with contemporary dance groups. Her gowns for Nearness explore the relationship between brief encounters and grand movements.

Videos in collaboration with Ville Vainio

Support by Finnish Cultural Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland

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As always, supported by the incredible Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto.