Hanna Tuulikki, Avian Reels
Live streaming from a greenspace in Helsinki, Finland. Hanna Tuulikki will perform extracts from three recent studies for solo voice: Four Songbirds, a wordless improvisation based on musical patterns of Blue tit, Great tit, Songthrush and Wren; cloud-cuckoo-island, an improvisation mimicking the Cuckoo’s perpetual call; and At Sing Two Birds, weaving together two traditional songs mimetic of Cuckoo and Blackbird. In this invocation to summer, Tuulikki will explore what it might mean to become-with-bird.
This event will take place via Zoom, with a scheduled break. Attendees will be able to ask questions via the chat function.
June 18th 11am
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Hanna Tuulikki is an artist, composer and performer based in Glasgow. Her practice spans performance and audiovisual installation, blending vocal music, choreography, costume and drawing. In her work, she investigates how the body communicates beyond and before words, often drawing on embodied vernacular practices of vocal and gestural mimesis of the more-than-human to offer alternative approaches to making kin across multi-species entanglements. Her recent work engages with what it means to live on a damaged planet, proposing contemporary queer ritual as a way to process the trauma that comes with ecological awareness.
Tuulikki was Magnetic North Theatre’s first Artist Attachment supported by Jerwood (2017-19), and was shortlisted for the Max Mara Art Prize for Women (2019).
Recent multi-artform projects include: Deer Dancer (2019); cloud-cuckoo-island (2016); SOURCEMOUTH: LIQUIDBODY commissioned by Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016); Women of the Hill commissioned by ATLAS (2015); SING SIGN: a close duet (2015) commissioned by Edinburgh Art Festival; Away with the Birds commissioned for Glasgow 2014’s Cultural Programme and the SPACE (2014-2015).
Solo exhibitions include: Deer Dancer, Edinburgh Printmakers (2019); Horo hì hó, Galleri Format, Malmö (2018); SOURCEMOUTH LIQUIDBODY, Alchemy Film & Arts (2018); Away with the Birds, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (2017).
Group exhibitions include: British Art Show 9 (2021-22); Helsinki Biennial (2021).
Image credit: Hanna Tuulikki performing a vocal improvisation at SoundCamp, Tower Hamlets Cemetery, 2018. Image by Debbie Bragg.