Teachers

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Essi Kausalainen
who are you?

Essi Kausalainen, visual artist with performance based practice.

what do you teach in Maa
In MAA I’m an occasional visitor giving performance workshops.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
We all have our own roles – different world views, values and strategies. The importance lies in finding your own voice instead of falling into existing dogmas.

What is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
In MAA I enjoy the atmosphere of curiosity and openness – and the conversations sprouting out of it.

Joakim Pusenius
who are you?

I am Joakim Pusenius, an artist working with moving image and photography. My background is in philosophy and media studies.

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach moving image and audio-visual practice.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
I see art making, neither you were artist or not, as an act of slow resistance in the time of fast profit. Art is, and should be, a fundament building block of our subjectivity. It has the ability to function outside the rational and calculated reality, yet still being able to introduce us to the truth.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Best thing in MAA is the community. No man is an island. I feel that the uncompetetive athmosphere is crucial in the process of searching ones truly own form and way of artistic practice.

pekkaniskanen
who are you?
I’m an artist and Doctor of Fine Arts

what do you teach in Maa?
I have a practical course in Maa where we concentrate to perceive the surrounding city and society. The starting point for the “Perception Processes” -course is the notion of mutual interaction between physical spaces, cultural places and the positions and identities of subjects. Identity production always occurs in a specific space, from a vantage point, and by individuals who occupy different subject positions. The agencies involved in the production of spaces, places, subject positions and identities include verbal, visual and spatial representations that operate either within discourses or challenge their established notions and practices from the outside.

The aim of the course is to recognise the impossibility of positioning oneself outside power, which implies that power must be challenged by repeating differently. This practice involves a deliberate disruption of discourses, institutions, places and traditions, and acting in contravention to them. I consider this a relevant form of repeating differently. It is possible to alter the meaning of certain place, physical space or to disturb the notions of sexual orientation and binary understanding of gender. When we act, do art, we are always related to the world and society around us and art shows itself as an unautonomous practice instead of an autonoumus one.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
Artist’s role is in the heterogeneous critical practises that defend the freedom of speech and expression, in the practises that create diverse perspectives to art and to the world.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
The students and the staff, it is a small, human scale art school.

MaijamUstonen
who are you?
Maija Mustonen, choreographer & performance artist

what do you teach in Maa?
Movement, dance, choreography, performance, body work

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
To be free from set roles and true to one’s own voice and potential as a human being, to look for beauty and peace and give them  space to grow

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Super sweet students and a peaceful, inspiring environment.

 

TeroNauha
who are you?

Tero Nauha

what do you teach in Maa?
Performance art, art history and art theory

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?:
An artist produces consistency for something new, radical, alternative, weak or yet inarticulate to emerge.

What is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
The community which includes students, staff and teachers, which is tightly connected with the artist community in Helsinki and Finland.

Martti_Jamsa
who are you?
I am Martti Jämsä, photographer, works in Helsinki

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach photography; camera-less photography, how to build pinhole-camera, how to make black and white photographs, and we look students photos and discuss. I love photography history, books; mm. Atget, Arbus, Robert Adams, Frank (Sorry very old stuff, but they are masters)

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
I don´t know. I like to do photographs with my own hands in my darkroom. -Beauty, silence…

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Look at what students make..what they want, hope, future, youth.

who are you?
Minna Pöllänen, visual artist

what do you teach in Maa?

Third year tutor

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who are you?
Shinji Kanki

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach Sound Experiment and Expression (= SEX²)

Ursula Hallas
who are you?
Community artist Ursula Hallas

what do you teach in Maa?
Studies in MAA will begin with a two-day group process, where we reflect our own artistry and the concept of art and start to build installations and rituals from that basis of those.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
The role of contemporary artist is to be in interaction with the world through one’s own art. Artist’s role is to dig and reveal both internal and external structures.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Best thing in Maa are the interesting people and surroundings close to nature.

 

kuorinki
who are you?
I am a visual artist, whose work often is not very visual. I work mainly with language and objects.

what do you teach in Maa?
Previously my courses have dealt with artists publications. Now I am planning to make a course that focuses on writing, poetry, objects and exhibition making.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
For example, to be a counterforce to the oppressive forces which want to narrow the ideas of what it means to be a human and what is meaningful existence.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Small size. Non-bureaucratic and humane way of operating. Freedom.

emmafalt
who are you?
Emma Vilina Fält, an artist from Iisalmi, Finland.

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach contemporary drawing to the first year students when they arrive to Maa. During my classes we work both individually and as a group exploring the world through different drawing practices.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
To touch the unknown and invisible.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Open doors and nearness to water.

PanosBalomenos
who are you?

I’m a Greek visual artist living in Helsinki. I have studied in Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, in Städelschule – Staatliche Hochschule für Bildende Künste in Frankfurt and in The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki where I made my masters degree in 2005.

what do you teach in Maa?
I have a course in painting at Maa.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
The role of an artist is to challenge peoples minds on the essential questions in life such as philosophy and/or politics.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
The best thing in Maa that is related to the teaching is the poetic ferry trip from the mainland to Suomenlinna. It is like a spiritual pause from everyday into a beauty.

sepidhe

who are you?
Sepideh Rahaa, Visual and Media Artist

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach the course “Identity” together with my colleague Lora Dimova now for the second year. My aim has been to openly and thoroughly discuss issues related to the identity and artistic practice in contemporary art.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
Living/existing in this world which is under the rapid changes can be confusing and difficult for many, artists are no exception, but they are privileged to reflect upon these changes and create a dialogue in the society whereas they play a significant role by giving voice to the unheard voices and make a difference, although slightly.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Maa is an especial place, it is different with its geography, architecture, atmosphere and most importantly with the people who work there, students are talented and passionate and they have a high potential in working in group.

Lora Dimova
who are you?
Lora Dimova – visual and performance artist.

what do you teach in Maa?
The course “Identity” with my colleague Sepideh Rahaa.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
In my view the role of the artist in today´s world is paradoxical – to be simultaneously insider and outsider in the society, to be its mirror, but reflecting higher, creating temporary paradoxes with eternal characteristics.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Maa school has a specific spirit and atmosphere, which resonates with me.

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who are you?
I am a visual artist, working with a wide range of media from drawing to photography and installation. Much of my work is text based and involves a research.

what do you teach in Maa?
Currently I coordinate the 3rd year studies, where students are working on their final projects and the collective final exhibition. But also the third year includes familiarizing with a lot of other things to do with ‘life after school’ for an artist. So we also learn about the structures and logic of the art world.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
To bring visible that which is there but is hidden. It is not so interesting to bring visible that which everyone knows already. Artists have a lot of freedom. But there are also many responsibilities that artist has to carry toward the artwork and audiences. I mean, an artist participates in interpreting the world through his/her artworks and when need be also has to defend his/her position.

What is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Art School Maa is a world in its own, cut off from the life in the continent. Even there is very bad mobile coverage. The concentration that the location allows, as well as the small size of the school and friendly staff (Isse & Petra) are definitely part of it. And of course, it somehow manages to gather very committed and multitalented people as students!

who are you?
Karolina Kucia, visual and performance artist. My main interests are lapse and stutter as organisational tools and formation of self in precarious labor. Most recent work: glut/glut/glut: parasitic space for NO Play Feminist Training Camp, nGbK Berlin.

what do you teach in Maa?
I teach performance art and performance research method in the development of other than performance art forms. I also sometimes organise series of Thursday’s lectures and workshops.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
The artist can as well continue the role coming from Avant- grade heritage: to know and to irritate, to provoke, to parasite and to try to situate outside of the system or place oneself inside it, trying to subvert etc. It is still quite all right thing to do, I guess. But is there anymore a place of refuge one can take? An artist can also do whatever he or she does and become a symptom of something that he or she does not own, by not trying to reflect and react to how fucked up all situation in this country and the rest of the world is and still produce relevant and political art. Then, can an artist be something more that symptom? There is really no answer to the question what artist role is. There are many obstacles: competition and  demand for precarised entrepreneur to reinvent yourself to be constantly up to new challenges and good enough for hungry market, shitty artist labor conditions and national or field sectarianism and growing social demand from artists to give solutions for outcomes of the collapse of well fare society. One can try to first be able to be a colleague and part of community only in civic way and not properties that demand for the need of singular artistic career, then to educate oneself and in collective into autonomy of thought and methodology, and to rework the representation so, that it is able to touch one’s own and then social and singular soul.

what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Small enough size to feel that you can actually feel that everyone matters in the way how it functions.

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who are you?
I am Seppo Renvall.
what do you teach in Maa? 
I teach Experimental filmmaking , handprocessing and film painting.
what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
Artist  show how it is, others tell how it is.
what is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa? 
Good wibes, the place is far from city, but same time in a center.

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who are you?
Egle Oddo, visual artist. I am very curious and I consider teaching as part of an art practice where I keep discovering things with the students.

what do you teach in Maa?
Since 2008 I teach at HITS, How to Inhabit a Transitory Space, a course on contemporary art explored through art practice. I have involved my students in public shows, festivals, and meetings with gallerists as part of their learning process. Some students keep coming to my course multiple years, attending for 3 of 4 years in a row; it is not required any specific knowledge to start, and mixes of different ages are very productive. I never propose the same program twice. Every year is different. I like to keep it lively and exciting.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
The artist as every thinker has the possibility to change the world peacefully. The arts influence the collectivity strongly, and to be able to embody that role is an interesting and challenging process.

What is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
Maa director trusts the teachers. Therefore the teachers have freedom to experiment with the students, and to follow unexpected paths.

who are you?
I’m Eija Keskinen, visual artist and MA in fine arts. I’ve graduated from Academy of Fine Arts and studied also in University of Arts in Helsinki and in Free Art School. I mostly work by drawing – I love color pencils. I get inspired by the woods and everything wild.
what do you teach in Maa?
Every second week I teach drawing from live models. I’m also the teacher of Evening courses for drawing. Occasionally I work also as a tutor for the final works and for the fourth year students.

When teaching I try to take into consideration the unique ways of different students and inspire them to find their own way of drawing.

what is the role of an artist in today’s world?
An artist investigates and feels both inner and outer reality and puts them into a (visual) form that can touch also other people.

What is best/most interesting/loveliest little thing about teaching in Maa?
The students, no doubt about that. The ideal teaching situation is a collective rendezvous where also the teacher is the learning.

Rehtori Bo “Isse” Karsten
Puh. 050 553 9653
bo.karsten@taidekoulumaa.fi

Opettajat 2016-2017:
Panos Balomenos
Lora Dimova
Emma Fält
Ursula Hallas
Saara Hannula
Saara Hannus
Jukka Hautamäki
Minna Henriksson
Martti Jämsä
Shinji Kanki
Essi Kausalainen
Karolina Kucia
Mikko Kuorinki
Anni Laakso
Maija Mustonen
Tero Nauha
Pekka Niskanen
Joakim Pusenius
Minna Pöllänen
Seppo Rehnvall
Sepideh Sadatizarrini
Martta Tuomaala
Kari Yli-Annala
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