Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.
Model Court is an ongoing curatorial/research project that was designed by the artists Sidsel Meineche Hansen and Lawrence Abu Hamdan and which also involves Lorenzo Pezzani and Oliver Rees. It uses the structure and technologies of the courtroom to interrogate the signifying and controlling role architecture plays in contemporary art and society.
In the frame of its residency at Ptarmigan, the “Model Court” group proposes a workshop that will deal with the courtroom as a contested space where legal “truths” are produced and disseminated via specific protocols and technologies.
Material from the “Model Court” archive* will be discussed and will guide the participants through a series of practical exercises that will explore the spatial-technological intricacies of the courtroom, the performative qualities of the trial and its relations to the cinematic, the notion of evidence and the status of images in court. The material generated in this workshop will become integral part of the exhibition that will open in Ptarmigan on the 8th of April.
Presented through the Helsinki Public School. To attend, please say "I'm interested!" via the Helsinki Public School class proposal page.
*The model court archive comprises of texts by Cornelia Vissman, Pyel Haldar, Mladen Dolar, Costas Douszinas and many clips from courtroom dramas and documentaries, documents from trials and material generated from meetings with lawyers, filmmakers, architects, typists etc.