11. – 17.4.2016 HELSINKI

AAVE 2016 transports you to the edges of humanity, not fearing even the most desperate of situations. Going against the forces that tend to break down the structures of society’s well-being, we want to accentuate the importance of surfaces for human contact. A good example of this is Rudi Weidenauer’s perfomance art piece at MAA-tila Gallery, which crosses borders between art and life. The passing of this artist can be considered as a loss to all, as the exhibition is named “Lost to Contact.”

Fun and games are some of the main communal methods of the avant-garde. CINE FANTOM from Moscow keeps the avant-garde flame alight through political transitions and recalls the importance of individual art with their Jevgeni Kondratiev tribute. Israeli artist Roee Rosen utilizes sexual expression, politics, entertainment and art to exhibit the communal traumas that affect the individual psyche. He also uses humor, play and the dimensions of the game. Polish performance artist Oskar Dawick applies the same in his loss of identity project, the film The Performer.

In our Japanese film series the transition from one extreme to the other is especially wide. The journey from the silent communication of Naked Island through to the hedonistic noodle indulgence of Tampopo and ending at a starvation artist withering away is very long. Society can be the support or destruction of a life. This theme continues in Polish Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal’s film Parasite.

To balance out the sometimes dark tones of our program, our evenings are a celebration of live performances and community. Come experience what marvelous Association of experimental electronics, cathartic Destroyer2048, the amazing Kuukka & Kuukka & Luukkonen, Xavier Quérel, who creates magical poetic material universes out of light and film, Petri Kuljuntausta and Sami van Ingen and their slide projector symphony, as well as wonderful DJ duo Wonderlust have in store for you.

Wishing you an intriguing festival time!
The AAVE Team
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AAVE Festival 2016 is free of charge except the program at WHS Teatteri Union (whole day program for 15€). We reserve the right to changes in the programme. The festival is organized by non-profit cultural association Kaiku ry, Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts and the City of Helsinki Cultural Centre Malmitalo. We would like to extend our thanks to the Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre Finland for their support. Click here for the Facebook-event


Night of the Beamers / Participatory pop-up event
Festival Warm-up
Oishii! /Japanese films
Live Cinema / Moving images and live performance
En Garde / Bold audiovisual works
Kroki / Polish films
Cine Fantom / Russian film club collective
Kuljuntausta & van Ingen in Tandem
YLEn Avaruusromua 25v.

Cultural Centre Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1
WHS Teatteri Union, Unioninkatu 45 LH 1-2
MUU Cable, Tallberginkatu 1 C
MAA-tila, Albertinkatu 19
Vapaan taiteen tila, Vilhonvuorenkuja 15
Cafe Pub Oslo, Keinulaudankuja 4



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