Taide- ja muu ohjelma // Konst och annat program //Art and Additional Programme

WEDNESDAY / KESKIVIIKKO / ONSDAG 7.4.2021
15:30 (UTC+3h, Finnish local time) ->

• The winners of the master’s thesis competition of The Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies and The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion will be announced / Suomen Uskontotieteellisen Seuran ja Yhteiskunnallisen ja kulttuurisen eläintutkimuksen seuran gradukilpailujen voittajat julkistetaan / Vinnare av gradutävlingar av Religionsvetenskaliga sällskapet i Finland och Föreningen för kultur- och samhällsvetenskapliga djurstudier presenteras

• Asra Nomani: Virtual art exhibition Angels on Earth / Asra Nomani: Virtuaalinen taidenäyttely Angels on Earth / Asra Nomani: Virtuell konstutställning Angels on Earth

Angels on Earth – Virtual Art Gallery In a beautiful multimedia work of art with photos and videos, Ms. Nomani will create a love letter from her Muslim family to their Finnish Spitz, Lily, who spent nine years a beloved member of the Nomani family, reclining on their family prayer rug, eating from their hands and sleeping beside them in comfort and joy. The family refused the interpretation of their faith that forbade them from having a dog in their home as a pet. This moving presentation will bring to life the power of a dog in a family’s life in a poignant story of love transcending religious dogmatism through the special bond of a dog named Lily with a family.
This art will include photos and videos of dogs as pets in Muslim families around the world.
Love — not dogma — wins

• Tiffany Deater: Video works Kansas Ice Storm and No Real Distance / Tiffany Deater: Videotyöt Kansas Ice Storm ja No Real Distance / Tiffany Deater: Video arbeten Kansas Ice Storm och No Real Distance

Kansas Ice Storm explores spiritual existence and our relationship with animals, the environment, and each other. Animals are used to help understand natural biological processes such as birth, death, and decay and to explore complex ideas about existence, longing, and the limits of human knowledge. This video seeks to connect the viewer with other forms of life, sometimes journeying through their perspective seeking to answer the questions: how do we connect and empathize with other animals? What insight can we gain from their world?

No Real Distance explores a fascination with animal death that stems from the way animal bodies allow us to study the stories of the nonliving while still permitting us to avoid looking inward at our own mortality. According to Rachel Poliquin, author of The Breathless Zoo: Taxidermy and the Cultures of Longing: “Storytelling is an important component of all encounters with taxidermy and, for that matter, most encounters with nature. By storytelling, I mean human interpretation and the creation of significance: the way we pull pieces of the world into meaning and eloquent shapes” (8). No Real Distance weaves the stories of death and ritual together connecting memories into “eloquent shapes” as it searches for significance.


THURSDAY / TORSTAI / TORSDAG 8.4.2021

16:15 (UTC+3h, Finnish local time) ->

• The Annual Meeting of The Finnish Society for the Study of Religion / Suomen Uskontotieteellisen Seura ry:n vuosikokous / Religionsvetenskapliga sällskapet i Finland (SUS) årsmöte

• The Annual Meeting of The Finnish Society for Human–Animal Studies / Yhteiskunnallisen ja kulttuurisen eläintutkimuksen seuran (YKES) vuosikokous / Föreningen för kultur- och samhällsvetenskapliga djurstudier (YKES) årsmöte

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