Talk on the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion at the Estonian Academy of Arts

Talk on the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion at the Estonian Academy of Arts

On Friday 29, 2010 we gave a talk on the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion ( at the Estonian Academy of Arts on invitation by Airi Triisberg following her visit to Helsinki for the Arts Assembly. The discussion was lively, especially as a leader of the Estonian Roma community, Roman Lutt was present. The event went on for approximately 3 hours.

The arts editor of the Estonian weekly Sirp, Reet Verblad, who was present, asked us for an interview:

The English text can be found on our Publications webpage:


The First (Pilot) Arts Assembly

The First (Pilot for a) ARTS ASSEMBLY  took place 20-22 November, 2009 on the Island of Suomenlinna, and at an Open Door Session (Bar Llamas).

For Detailed and Updated Information, go to this page:

What is an Arts Assembly?

An Arts Assembly is a reflexive model for co-operation in the creative field. It unites a diversity of actors in new “formats” based on participatory action through peer-to-peer platforms. There are several Chambers of the Assembly.

The Value Chamber (aka the Auction Chamber):

This chamber was first conceived (during the collapse of casino-style markets) after the fashion of auctions: through bids and counter-bids according to a procedure.  Given the absurd volatility of market valuations, the Value Chamber is designed to provide non-monetary procedures for the evaluation – critical, practical, aesthetic, political, philosophical or otherwise – of artworks presented to it.

The Chamber of Public Secrets:

Many ideas, histories or movements are public, but not known…

The Chamber of Diversity and Pre-Universalism:

This Chamber’s title springs from our conviction that it has long been time to get past the ‘posts’ — post-modernism, post-histoire, post-Soviet, post-colonial, post-national, etc. — and turn to the ideational creativity involved in formulating the oncoming epoch: the pre.

The Copyist Chamber:

The Kamera Kopista, as it is also known, researches models of theoretical, performative, artistic and empirical knowledge; creative content; and creates copies of it and it’s context (the Art Assembly event itself) in other spaces, events and contexts. It claims that the avant-garde producer today is one that shares, copies and clones its work.

The Arts Assembly’s Open Door Party

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Saturday, 21 November 2009
19:00 – 23:55
Bar Llamas
Iso Roobertinkatu 14
Helsinki, Finland

Random Shots from the Pilot:

The AA in Gallery Augusta, Suomenlinna





was officially launched at the
Sunday 7 June, 12 am.
Hungarian Pavilion, Giardini, Venice.
Side A of the Postcard from VeniceSide 1 of the Postcard from Venice

The launch of the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion is a response to a twofold crisis. While 2007 saw the acclaimed first Roma Pavilion in Venice (, the planned Roma Pavilion in 2009 was canceled at very short notice. This highly unfortunate situation is made all the more acute by the fact that in 2009, the Venice Biennale is taking place amid extreme violations of the human rights of Romani People (Gypsies) in Italy and in other European countries.

The Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion is an immediate, yet long-term response to this situation. It is a mobile, that is, a traveling pavilion, inaugurated at the Venice Biennale 2009.  The first Residence of the post-launch Gypsy Pavilion – with its own spaces, buildings, artists, curators and concepts – is already planned for HELSINKI Suomenlinna-Sveaborg (The Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art – NIFCA’s former base). It will take place in the context of a new artistic format: an Arts Assembly. The second Residence will take place in BELGRADE. More Gypsy Pavilions are to follow in the lead-up to the Venice Biennale 2011.

The artists of the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion will include the leading representatives of Roma, Romanichal, Sinti, Kale, Traveller, Manush, Romanisael (some of the related Gypsy-Romani cultures and subgroups) and other Gypsy artists.

Several renowned artists, thinkers, curators, public figures and national pavilions have already declared their solidarity and offered their support to the Pavilion. See the growing lists by going to our website, where there are lists of Supporters as well as Petitions and links to our newly launched Facebook page: Please join to express your solidarity and receive news about the Gypsy Pavilions 2009-2011.

The name of the pavilion carries within it the hope and demand that no matter what the organisational, financial, artistic or political situation, a Gypsy-Romani pavilion or representation will have an official presence at Venice Biennale and within the established art context. Further – it leads to the demand that Romani artists to be represented in the National Pavilions of their countries of residence.

For the first time in 2009, the absence of Gypsy artists in national pavilions is being addressed in the mediated form of the Postcard from Venice (see attached image and website). The Postcard from Venice is being distributed in the context of several National Pavilions – including, so far:

The Pavilion of Greece
The Pavilion of Hungary
The Pavilion of Israel (needs re-confirmation from non-curatorial officials)
The Pavilion of Italy (Arsenale)
The Pavilion of Poland
The Pavilion of Estonia
The PavIlion of Serbia
The Pavilion of Turkey
The Pavilion of Uruguay

More national pavilions are, we hope, to follow.

Since our e-flux announcement,
new pavilions have joined are:

The Danish & Nordic Pavilion
The Pavilion of the Comoros Islands

The launch of the Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion will take place at the Hungarian Pavilion in the Venice Giardini at 12 am on Sunday, 7th of June, 2009. This Perpetual Gypsy Pavilion launch is not part of – but is officially supported by the Hungarian Pavilion.

For more information see more of our freshly launched website:


A new Pavilion is in the process of being created in response to the
dire state of the Roma-Gypsies in Europe and Italy in particular, and
in response to the late cancellation of the planned Roma Pavilion
2009 in particular.

Welcome to the Perpetual GYPSY PAVILION

Theory Lecture: OSArchivum through ACAX, Hungary


co-organized by ACAX | Agency for Contemporary Art Exchange and the Open Society Archives
Date: 14 April 2009, 6pm
Location: Open Society Archive (1051 Budapest Arany János u. 32.)

Theoretical conceptions of the eponymous archival exhibition at The Museum for Contemporary Art, KIASMA Helsinki, 2007-2008, presented by Ivor Stodolsky with the contribution of co-curator and Perpetuum Mobilε co-founder Marita Muukkonen

This lecture introduces an anthropological-semiotic paradigm and demonstrates its application in a museum context. Originally developed in response to the conditions of the western “hyperreal” and the obfuscations of “postmodernist” theory, the “production paradigm” – The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged – was applied to the curatorial and anthropological problem of understanding the “archive” of art/artifacts of the Perestroika era, and its historicisation. In the course of the presentation – which will include short films and other visual documentation – the complex of theoretical, institutional and artistic issues involved in affecting an appropriate representation of the Perestroika era will be brought to light.
The “Archive of Tins” at the exhibition in Kiasma.
Includes: A tin of Soviet tooth-powder, a tin celebrating the 22nd Congress of the CPSU and a signed Campbell’s Soup Can by Andy Warhol. On the right, a photograph of Warhol holding a painting by Oleg Kotelnikov.

alt.econ.cult at Kiasma: Video Footage

The alt.econ.cult Seminar of Pixelache’s morning KEYNOTE session chaired by Perpetuum Mobilε:


Michael Albert (US) : Alternative Economy Cultures PART 1


Michel Bauwens (BE/TH): Alternative Economy Cultures PART 2

PART 3: General discussion with keynote speakers

Alternative Economy Cultures PART 3

After the keynote session of the morning, above, the afternoon session included:

Geraldine Juárez (MX), Tapani Köppä (FI),Kristoffer Lawson of Scred (FI), Wojtek Mejor (PL), Saija-Riitta Sadeoja of Porkkanamafia (FI), Oliver Ressler (AT), Sara Sajjad of Piratbyrån (SE), Felix Stalder (AT), Tere Vadén (FI), and Eero Yli-Vakkuri of Uuva Project (FI).

For more videos and further information on the speakers,go to

The ‘Alternative Economy Cultures (alt.econ.cult) programme on April 3rd & 5th brought together leading international and Finnish thinkers, cultural practitioners and activists to present alternative economic visions.

The seminar aimed to tackle not just the financial, but the social, cultural, institutional, human, material, emotional and intellectual forms of capital. It focussed on approaches focussed not just on individual gain, boosting, balancing or bail-outs, but common good, peer-to-peer methods, based on shared wealth and appropriate reward for effort involved.

Bridging the gap between presentations, reflections and things-to-be-done, a later discussion-based workshop was held about peer-fundraising. The issue was: Can the crowd-sourcing phenomena be applied to support alternative cultural events in Finland?

alt.econ.cult was part of the PixelAche Festival. Here the programme of the whole festival:

.alternative economy cultures seminar – Kiasma

Pixelache – Kiasma Theatre, Hels, Friday 3rd April, 10.00 – 18.00

This seminar includes ZCom founder and Chomsky associate Michael Albert, Michel Bauwens of the P2P Foundation (Thailand) and many renowned artists and activists in the field.

Ivor and Marita will be chairing the keynote session, and have helped Andrew Gryf Paterson, the quiet force behind the seminar, to realise this substantial gathering of minds on a pressing issue:

See Video Documentation in upcoming posts.

Institutional Roulette, Malmö Konstmuseum

Institutional Roulette & Paths Not Taken – Peer-to-Peer Review in the Arts, Malmö Konstmuseum

Time for Change – Reality and Visions for Independent Curators
January 26th, 2009 at Malmö Konstmuseum

Perpetuum Mobilε

– curator Marita Muukkonen and independent writer and curator Ivor Stodolsky  –

put forward several suggestions in the presentation entitled:

Institutional Roulette & Paths Not Taken – Peer-to-Peer Review in the Arts

Press Reviews of the Event:

This well-attended event was organised by SoFarAwaySoClose, Sweden.



EKATERINBURG FILM SCREENING «Сырое, приготовленное, упакованное», видеоархив искусства перестроики

This screening from the “Moving Images” Section of “The Raw, The Cooked and The Packaged – The Archive of Perestroika Art” was part of the In Transition project and conference of the Ekaterinburg branch of the National Center for Contemporary Arts, Russia.

For more information on this Section, download the whole Exhibition CATALOGUE-NEWSPAPER.

Moving Images Section of the Catalogue

Introduction to the Moving Images Section of the Catalogue

“Representing Perestroyka”, Copenhagen, September 28

A Public discussion and Film Screening

at U-turn Quadiennial For Contemporary Art, Copenhagen.

Perpetuum Mobile (Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen) discuss their work on the period (see ARTICLE)

on invitation of

Chto Delat/What is To Be Done?

Saturday, September 28, 2008, 15:00-17:30 pm

Carlsberg, Copenhagen



Lazareti Art Workshop, Dubrovnik, 9 August 2008

Lazareti Art Workshop – Platform Presentation


Frana Supila 8 / Lazareti, HR-20000 Dubrovnik

Saturday 09.08.2008 at 20.00.

A discussion of the international art journal


will start off the platform presentation.

To read the journal in electronic form, see
(FOCUS section)
(Table of Contents)
(Other publications and pdf files)

Welcome to the Dubrovnik Platform Presentation

ART & RESISTANCE Colloquium, 3 August 2008, Croatia

This summer Perpetuum Mobile is co-organising a colloquium in Split, Croatia, in co-ordination with Alternative Cultures: “Art & Resistance”
Art & Resistance The aim of this colloquium is to examine the possibilities and limits of art’s political potential at the present time. We will be particularly interested in thinking about the idea of ‘resistance’ in relation to art production, practice and the imagination. The program of the colloquium can be downloaded here.


Belgrade-Ljubliana Platform, June 2008

Presentation at the
Belgrade Flyer and Poster

Belgrade Flyer and Poster

St. Petersburg Platform and Debate, Russia May 2008

GEZ-21 Gallery of Experimental Sound, Pushkinskaya 10, St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg Platform Poster

Slideshow: Kiasma Exhibition Walk-Through

Vodpod videos no longer available.