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Nordic Tantrum aims to have rotating editors every second year. For the past two years Agnes Nedregård has been in charge of the project and I am excited to announce that from April 1st I take over Nordic Tantrum as the new editor.
In the next couple of month there will happen a few changes, so I invite you to drop by again and see what we have been working on!
Franzisca Siegrist – current editor
As our 2011 winter artist, we present to you Finnish artist Irma Optimist!
Irma Optimist is working in the university of Turku as a senior lecturer in Mathematics (PhD), specialized in chaos theory. Irma Optimist’s performances intend to disturb the logic of science. Part of her work is aimed at disentangling orthodox language and, in Optimist’s own opinion, a performance is, first and foremost, an intellectual process. Using optimistic mathematics, she wants to restore the symbols of food, love and sexuality, since the body has exploded due to the demand for desire, utility and energy. She is a real person, as well as a woman, who wants to show that her brain is as important as any other part of her body. She believes that her image is something of a combination of the soft and the hard, a bit of both. What she wants is to emphasize both of these sides in woman. Her performance is influenced by time and space, by the temporality of presence, and its female optimistic lifestyle contradicts the static idea of art. Her performance lacks an absolutely fixed point. As a non-linear system it exists in the interaction between the artist and the audience; the relationship is complex. Western culture has sublimated itself through science, but Optimist’s performance reduces science back to corporality. She restores brilliant visibility or transparency to the politics of identity. What Irma Optimist looks like and what she is doing are just as true as her own self.
Irma Optimist has been travelling extensively with her work for over 20 years and done over 200 performances. She has organized festivals and since year 2000 Là-bas events, festivals and a biennale in Helsinki
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