Welcome to the first CuMMA DS talk in 2018!

The 43th CuMMA Discourse Series lecture with writer and curator Sarah Rifky is happening next week, on the 6th of February, at MiF at 6pm. Please read about the talk below and follow the link if you’re curious to know more. See you soon!

Talk with Sarah Rifky
Acts of Institution. Act 1: Alignments
6th of February 2018, 18.00
Museum of Impossible Forms,
Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

Following the uprisings in Egypt in 2011, a new wave of cultural institutions was founded that characterized the scene of revolution: initiatives of art in public space, curatorial projects and spaces for independent cinema and music. These initiatives-come-institutions can be identified or mapped through their strong affinities to each other, their sensibility of self-organization, and how they are globally perceived as emblems of hope and change. Many of these institutions share similar sources of support and financial sustenance. This talk sets up the framework of the present to delve into the genealogy of this support, which dates back to the 1950s, examining the competing cultural and political alignments that emerged with “acts of institution”; national and international entities establishing themselves in (and through) Egypt during the early cold war period and in the wake of non-alignment, and which (speculatively) draft a blueprint of the present.


CuMMA paper #27 is out!

Happy to announce that “The curator as arsonist” — an interview with a London-based curator and writer Vali Mahlouji is published! In the conversation with CuMMA students Mahlouji discusses his research, curatorial and educational platform Archaeology of the Final Decade (AOFTD), the questions it raises and the methodology it employs. In particular, Mahlouji speaks about the aspects of his curatorial practice that involve themselves with issues pertaining to power, radical democracy, conflict, activism, and art and cultural projects that evince social and political commitment.

Click here to read the interview and here if you’re curious to have a look at other CuMMA papers.


image: Shahr-e Qesseh (City of Tales), Bijan Mofid (playwright & director); from: Soheil Souzani, Mehdi Ali Beigi, Jamileh Nedai, Mahmood Ostad Mohamad, Rashid Kanaani, commissioned by the Festival, University Hall, 1968, courtesy Bijan Mofid Foundation; Courtesy Archaeology of the Final Decade.

Last CuMMA Discourse Series in 2017 on November 15th!

Welcome to join us for CuMMA DS lecture #42 with Barbara Steiner at MiF!

Talk with Barbara Steiner
On structures, frames and conditions in the field of the curatorial and the institutional
15th of November 2017, 19.15
Museum of Impossible Forms,
Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

In her lecture Barbara Steiner will talk about the frames and conditions of artistic and curatorial production. This not only implies to deal with interdependencies and intricacies but also to find formats and forms, which show this in the project/exhibition. For her, curating exhibitions is more than just presenting objects; it comprises the presentation of constraints, conditions and spheres of interests – be they of political or economical nature. This approach aims at talking about the framework of artistic and curatorial work already in the programme of an institution and in the exhibition itself.

Please, follow the link to read more about Steiner and her projects, and see you next Wednesday!

Next CuMMA Discourse Series #41 with Susann Schuppli on November 8th!

Talk with Susann Schuppli
From Screen Burns to Oil Spills
8th of November 2017, 19.15
Museum of Impossible Forms,

Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

CuMMA DS lecture with Susann Schuppli is happening next week already! Welcome!

You can read the abstract of the coming talk below and find out more about Schuppli if you follow the link:

Materials, whether naturally occurring, industrially manufactured, or computationally derived behave in essence as mediatic sensors that archive their complex interactions with the world, producing ontological transformations and informatic dispositions that can be forensically decoded and reassembled back into a history. I call these non-human entities and machinic ecologies material witnesses. Through the presentation of a series of cases and screening of clips this public lecture tries to account for the myriad ways in which the responsiveness of matter to external forces demands an acute and renewed sense of material and technical specificity in order to grasp the full political implications that such ongoing changes or interactions might yield.

CuMMA Discourse Series #40 with Ayse Güleç on October 31st at 18.00

Talk with Ayse Güleç
(Artistic) Practice Research – (Counter-)Narratives And Resistant
Knowledge Production
31st of October 2017, 18:00
Museum of Impossible Forms,
Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

Welcome to join us for the next CuMMA DS with Ayse Güleç at Museum of Impossible Forms!

In her contribution Ayse Güleç would like to reflect on how ‘practice-based research’ can work as collective knowledge production in activist-artistic contexts through solidarity, cooperative and performative gestures and acts.
Güleç will take a look at the concrete example of the ‘Society of Friends of Halit’, a group of local and international activists and artists, who together with his family, commemorate the life and death of Halit Yozgat and concurrently, all victims of the NSU (National Socialist Underground).

If you’re interested to know more about Ayse Güleç and her talk, please click here and follow our blog for more news and updates!

CuMMA Discourse Series #39 with Osei Bonsu on October 17th at the Museum of Impossible Forms!

Talk with Osei Bonsu
The Economy of Living Things

17th of October 2017, 18:00
Museum of Impossible Forms,
Kontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki

Welcome to this autumn’s first CuMMA DS lecture on the 17th of October!
Presenting his research project “The Economy of Living Things”, London-based curator and writer Osei Bonsu will draw upon fields of visual art, archaeology, music and literature to reveal an alternative map of modern migrations. Taking as point of departure the emergence of video art as a new frontier of documentary form, “The Economy of Living Things” is concerned with how artists capture the constant flow of bodies and the movements of plants, animals, artefact and other cultural products across real and imagined borders.
Click here to know more about Osei Bonsu and stay tuned for updates.

CuMMA DS lectures 2017-2018 announced!

Excited to announce CuMMA Discourse Series lectures for the Autumn 2017—Spring 2018!
Save the dates and follow cumma blog for more info about forthcoming talks.


















CuMMA Discourse Series 39
17th of October, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 40
31st of October, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 41
8th of NOVEMBER, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 42
15th of NOVEMBER, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 43
6th of February 2018, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 44
13rd of March, 18.00

CuMMA Discourse Series 45
17th of April, 18.00

Please note that all DS lectures in 2017-2018 will take place at the Museum of Impossible FormsKontula Shopping Centre, Keinulaudankuja 4 E, 2nd floor, lk 21, Helsinki
See you in the Autumn, and have a splendid Summer!

CuMMA Paper #26 is released!

The 26th CuMMA Paper, an interview about Contemporary Art Museum
with with Asja Mandić by Beti Žerovc, is out now, and you can click here to read it!

In the interview titled “Is an Art Museum Capable of Teaching Critical Thinking?” a Slovenian art historian and art theorist Beti Žerovc invites Asja Mandić, a Sarajevo based curator, art educator and professor, to ponder over contemporary art museum education and all the kinds of problems it faces within contemporary art institutions.

And if you’re also interested in checking out previous CuMMA papers, just click here.