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.
Curated by Sari TM Kivinen.
Identity construction within popular culture, artistic practices and the everyday.
Description: This event will look at clips that highlight ways in which imitation occurs within popular culture, artistic practices and in everyday life. Posing the question of who is copying whom this presentation will contemplate ideas surrounding identity authorship as well as consider the various levels of parody evident in the selected clips shown. Consideration will be given to ways in which various cultures parody each other’s dominant strands of popular culture and how this can form parodist hybrids. For example artists such as the Motel Sisters from Australia will be considered for their imitation of the American heiress Paris Hilton, the work of the Motel Sisters readily available online as an example of manipulating (via parody) the so called original.
Kivinen is a performance artist from Sydney, Australia currently based in Helsinki whilst completing an MA in Live Art and Performance Studies at the Theatre Academy. Her work explores elements of fiction, reality, imitation and performativity.