Exhibition: ‘Protest Factory’

Exhibition: ‘Protest Factory’

March 10, 2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Exhibition: ‘Protest Factory’


Vernissage Friday 9 March 19.00 – 21.00 including performances
Opening hours Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March
12:00 – 18:00 (exhibition lasts until 8 April)
Seminar: Saturday 10 March 15.00-17.00 presentation of Performance Voyage 7
Venue: Kunstplass, Tordenskjoldsgate 12 – entrance from Rosenkrantz gate

Free admission.


Kunstplass welcomes you to this year’s Human International Film festival’s exhibition Protest Factory consisting of several intertwined cultural events. Protest Factory is inspired by the HUMAN film festival, Ibsen Women, #Metoo and is a revolt and protest against all the world’s brutal wars and conflicts, global warming, racism, xenophobia and homophobia.

Performance Voyage 7: Protest Song Competition!

Performance Voyage 7, an international collection of video performances produced by Artists’ Association MUU, Finland, will be screened at Kunstplass. Performance Voyage 7, with theme Protest Song Competition! includes works from 18 international artists / groups who explore the political situation and frustrations, the contemporary or future form of the protest song. What is wrong? What are you frustrated with? The political situation? Your next door neighbour? Your own life? The exhibition at Kunstplass will include live performances by Kikka Rytkönen and Heidi Kilpeläinen at the opening on 9th March.


On Saturday 10th March at 15.00 the PV7 collection is presented by Timo Soppela, director of MUU and the collection’s artists.


My Zeitgeist Hurts

KUNSTPLASS is pleased to present the exhibition “My Zeitgeist Hurts” by Siri Hjorth and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas.

Zeitgeist: the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era. 1848, from German Zeitgeist, «spirit of the age”. Or Zeitgeist: That undefinable numb pain inside that comes from scrolling and thinking about the internet and politics and stuff. You know, whatever scrambled contemporary topic you like. Not knowing if there is anything more to say but still feeling feelings all the time, joking about it but being a bit distressed about joking about it. Zeitgeist: what you make fun of so you can relax for a while. Just kidding, its all good. We’re good: Zeitgeist.

Siri Hjorth and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas are two well established artists from Norway who have exhibited together in a series of collaborative projects.


Kunstplass is for the 7th consecutive year organizing an exhibition along-side the film festival. Protest Factory is organized in collaboration with the artists, The Finish Artists’ Association MUU and Vision Theatre / Juni Dahr. As part Protest Factory Kunstplass and Vision Theater organize a cultural celebration of the International Women’s Day’s at Sentralen on 8th March

Protest Factory is supported by Fritt Ord and FINNO, and with general support from Art Council Norway.



Kikka Rytkönen

TRASH-ARTIST, PERFORMING ARTIST Kikka Rytkönen grew through the 70´s as a hippie and political activist. Educated by the 70´s singing movement she is founder, drummer and songwriter of post-punk girlband Edith Biafra. She continues as a singer and performer, and she has been actress in films like Räpsy and Dolly, and Mercy all the way. She has been working in visual arts since end of the 80´s. She has used household and recycled plastics as material for environmental art, light art and video art works. Music, rhythm, themes of womanhood, political background, and other contemporart themes have been subjects for her performances. Rytkönen has also been co-operating with Romanian and Bulgarian migrants, who make their living on the streets of Helsinki.

Siri Hjorth and Sebastian Makonnen Kjølaas have worked together on a series of collaborative projects. They will participate in the exhibition “Machines à penser”, curated by Dieter Roelstraete, at Prada Fondazione, Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice, Italy, in May to November 2018. In August they will unveil the world’s largest monument to the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein by his cabin in Skjolden, in collaboration with Marianne Bredesen, The Fritt Ord Foundation and KORO (URO). In November they will showcase their film installation “Pathos and Potatoes” with support from the DNB Foundation and Norwegian Art Societies, followed by two intertwined solo exhibitions at Sandefjord Art Societies in December 2018.

Heidi Kilpeläinen lives and works in London, UK. She graduated from Central St Martins 2004 (M.A.) and has since explored crossovers between visual art and music merging their boundaries in ‘total works of art’ and creating combinations of video, installation art and performance. Her work is equally inspired by the contemporary world and its technological fascinations, as well as the ancient, mythological forms that run through collective memory. She produces works of aesthetic interest with a critical eye on our social environment, reflecting on our human condition within it. Her current project titled ‘Tango Therapy’ (funded by KONE) is a performance tour of Finnish tangos sung to one person at a time at refugee centres and war invalids and widows homes in Finland. The tour is filmed and edited into a 3 channel video installation. Kilpeläinen has widely exhibited and performed in galleries and prestigious institutions, with a rich record of participations in shows and festivals. She has also released 3 albums under the title HK119 (One Little Indian Records, 2005 – 2013) and has performed the material internationally in music venues, galleries and museums.