HIAP > Long-distance & Land-Based Trans-Siberian Railway Trip

23.07.2020 |

With the aim of finding tools, mapping and testing options as well as solutions for travelling HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme – is looking for participants for an east-bound trip from Finland going through Russia to Japan.

The travel, accommodation and visa costs will be covered with the support of the Finnish Cultural Foundation, an assistant will help with the practicalities, translation and also research in order to make the itinerary. The organizers wish to have the group to think and formulate how these kinds of long and land-based trips could be made more accessible and possible, and how the time travelling could best be spent by working and exploring things together.

The group will plan the trip starting from Helsinki together – deciding the amount of stops, activities and duration – the travel will take at least one and a half months. The group will be formed in September 2020 and the trip is to be planned, dependent on the situation for the year 2021-2022.

The application is open to anyone interested in questions related to travelling, active in the field of art, research and with an interest in ecological and environmental questions.

This trip is coordinated by Miina Hujala & Arttu Merimaa who curate HIAP’s Connecting Points programme. Connecting Points aims at strengthening the collegial and curatorial activity in the artistic and cultural realm in/within Finland and in Russia and is committed to thinking about the role of travel within artistic and cultural activity, and focuses on developing models for land-based methods of traveling taking in consideration the need to find alternatives for fossil-based forms of energy production.

HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme provides opportunities for international arts professionals to undertake creative work, conduct research and engage in an interdisciplinary dialogue.

The open call deadline is 31 August. Further information on how to apply and how the application is assessed can be found here.



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