House Games 2011 has come to a close. It was a fabulous week of activities and inspiration for all of us in the house!
The third triennial, House Games 2011 was open for two hours every day for eight days. Twenty-four artists, from Finland as well as other parts of Europe, North America, Asia and Africa, presented work related to the home, house and/or family. This years’ artists focused on a basic, if not primary aspect of the home: the living ephemeral experience of life (in no specific order): death, birth, play, decaying/aging, collecting and remembering.
The House Games exhibition was accompanied by a series of events which took place every evening between 5 and 7pm. These events included: performances, artist talks, eavesdrop concerts, a displaced sound-environment, a cyberspace dinner party, and a sound piece composed for the visitors to play.
This year House Games collaborated closely with several Finnish artist-groups: The Central Finnish Media-Artist Representative work-group, Live Herring provided one of the House Games artists, Timo Wright, as part of their Live Herring ’11 event; the Off/Balance Dance-group performed an abridged and adapted version of their new, un-previewed, performance “Kynnyksellä”; and the artist-group Tupa 10 worked together for the first time on a collaborative installation which treated ideas of collection, hording and saving, and a local internet radio, Radio Hear broadcast live from and into House Games.
The exhibition attracted 159 visitors in 20 hours, and four artworks were sold. The average length of a visit was between 40 minutes and 90 minutes. The exhibition also received two full-page articles in local and regional newspapers (Keskisuomalainen and K-S viikko) and one radio interview which was transcribed on the national Yle internet news page.
House Games 2011 was in part sponsored by a project grant from the Arts Council of Central Finland.
Our most sincere thanks goes out to all of the artists, guests, collaborators and supporters!! And we are looking forward to seeing you again in 2014!
Project proposals can be sent at anytime to housegames.info(at)gmail.com
The deadline for project proposals is December 1st, 2013 and artists will be notified early in 2014. Project proposals are accepted in English, French and Finnish. More details can be found at the House Games homepage. A reminder will go out later in 2013.