Disrupted Processes -workshop: Temporary Agora
Disruptive Processes initiate methods that make societal, communal and artistic collaboration possible in 5 workshops; Temporary Agora, Feminist Gatherings, Wording – Collaborative Writing, Sensory Experiences in Urban Space, and Where did art go?/Get lost!
Temporary Agora-workshop at Research-Pavilion #3, Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo 621, Giudecca, Venice
Hosted by Anni Laakso
Sculptor, doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki Art University
3, 5, 7, 8, 13, 14 June, 2019 at 10:00 – 13:00
Temporary Agora was an on-going collective construction of a sculptural space. It was developed during a process of constructing together. It enhanced the skills of material negotiation. The working process included the gathering of debris in Venice and a building process that was adapting to each participant needs and desires.
A temporal sculptural construction was built during the two weeks in a workshop open for everybody. The idea was to create a free and open physical and mental space which will serve as the basis for dialogues. The sculptural space included structures for different activities. The round seating area was for meetings, talks, small performances and resting. The sculpture was site-specific and built especially for the pavilion so that it reacts on and alters the room. Temporary Agora worked as a centre of Disrupted processes –group´s activities, artworks and materials.
The building process was ongoing and was kept on mutating according to the builders. The process materialized negotiation, weighed dissensus and consensus, and suggested collective discerning of form. Temporary Agora was built of materials collected in Venice by the research group and participants, who where asked to bring material for the Agora.
Sculptor Anni Laakso has built sculptural works for public spaces and galleries in Finland and abroad since 1996. She typically works with temporary site-specific walk-in installations. Anni Laakso’s handmade constructed forms consist of different and largely re-used materials. Her sculptures are often site-sensitive installations that encourage dialogue. The temporary aspect of the installations and the conversion of pieces into new ones are part of Laakso’s artistic process. Through her installations. Laakso intends to create new environments within an existing environment or a public space. She intervenes the public space through large-scale installations, or smaller installations that allow visitors to step in. Currently Anni Laakso is doing a doctoral practice-led research in Helsinki, in Academy of Fine Arts. Futher information on the webpage: www.annilaakso.net