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Chains of dialogues: territory and vital space in Helsinki

The chain of dialogues
is an experimental method that we will use in Helsinki to explore the people´s relation with their territory, including ourselves. The dialogues are based on a horizontal encounter. The two participants first agree on the questions to treat. The themes are related to the individual territory and vital space.


Starting points in bus-stops

The dialogue takes place during a walk in the residential area of one of the two participants. The starting point is a bus-stop or metro station. The person who has been invited to a dialogue will ideally continue the chain inviting another person to participate. With every new participant the questions are redefined, new questions will replace some of the old ones. The appearing of new questions and disappearing of the old ones will be documented.


Languages as branches

Every participant of the dialogue will ideally do dialogues in each language that he or she can speak. Thus the dialogue chains will have new branches in different languages.



The dialogues will be documented with an audio recording and photos that the people take. A text resume will be written of the dialogues if possible. The changes in the questions will be archived. If the participants want help for the documentation, they can ask for it from the team contacting the local coordinator.


To define their own questions the participants of a dialogue can start with these proposals:

Territory – space

  • What is your first memory related to this place (the place where you live)?

  • And the most detailed one?

  • An individual experience in this area that has made you feel you belong here?

  • And one that has made you feel you do not belong here?

  • Which are the limits of your territory?

  • Where in this area do you stand still? Why?

  • How is this place in comparison to the one in which you lived before?

  • What kind of traces have you left in this place? And how has this place -or someone in it-  influenced you?

  • Are there specific points or people who create the spirit of this place?

  • Which sounds form the soundspace of this place?

  • How do you see your future in this place? And the future of this place without you?

  • Positive processes?

Vital space (more abstract than the territory)

  • Are there limits that separate you from a world that you would like to form part of?

  • Is there a ghetto space in your life, voluntary or involuntary?

  • Which are the groups in which you belong to and the ones in which you definitely do not?

  • What do you want to change in your vital space?

  • Which processes of participation do you want to strengthen in your life?

  • Future?

If you are interested in participating you can contact Outi Korhonen,

“Miranda gazes upon the sea”

An installation created by the “City Ghettos of Today’s” Warsaw-based workshop participants leaded by the international artistic team: Alicja Borkowska (theatre), Linda Fahssis (theatre), Walter Fondo (theatre), Tomasz Gromadka (text), Sebastian Klim (lights), Piotr Mikuć (video), Ioanna Neofytou (stage design), Marek Płuciennik (video), Alejandro Olarte (sound and music).



Miranda was only a child when she debarked on the island with her father, Prospero. She remembers little of her life before then, knowing only that they arrived by sea. A solitary child, she spent her youth playing alone and watching the sea, day in and day out. Over time, as she grew into the island’s sole woman, she would come to know only two things: the island and the sea that separated her from the rest of the world. Then one day, out of this dark sea of the unknown, a Stranger arrived on the island. And it is upon this island that we rejoin Miranda on her journey. The island, our island, this circle of the familiar, surrounded by a deep and inscrutable sea; a sea that separates us from a world. And from this world, a Stranger arrives carrying with him all of the desires, the fears, and the ghosts that are wont to will themselves into existence during long days spent gazing upon the sea.

Pietro Floridia, Artistic Director of the project

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at:

Debate: “Eat, work, sleep: Do immigrants and refugees need art?”

Involving artists, cultural practitioners and researchers from around the world (Italy, Poland, Germany, France, Finland and Colombia), this debate was query whether art is an effective means of facilitating integration processes for foreigners residing in Europe. This examination adopted a trans-European perspective, with each participant addressing questions relating to immigrant, refugee and minority communities in function of the contextual realities of their own countries. Interdisciplinary in scope, this debate  invited participation from researchers in sociology and ethnography along with artists, cultural practitioners and workshop participants.

Participants: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Linda Fahssis (theatrical activities), Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Louise Glassier (Milan), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Joanna Krawczyk (Evens Foundation), Alejandro Olarte (indipendent artist, Helsinki), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paris), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of Warsaw University).


Spotlight on the Installation

Members of the public that were interested in taking part in the project during the Night of the Museums were invited to participate in a special workshop several hours before the installation performances. This was a perfect occasion to enjoy a sneak peak of the performance, to have discussions with project artists and researchers and to learn more about their artistic working methods and the many migrant stories collected during the project in Warsaw.

Workshop led by: Elena Basteri (Onelf Theater Company, Berlin), Dagna Dąbrowiecka (Warsaw), Cecilia Deserti (Cantieri Metticci, Bolonia), Louise Glassier (Mediolan), Eveliina Heinonen (National Theatre, Helsinki), Aleksander Robotycki (The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw), Rachel Shapiro (Cie Check Points, Paryż), Renata Włoch (Sociology Institute of the Warsaw University).

This event is free. Number of space is limited, so please reserve a place at:

1. Multicultural artistic workshops: Creating “Miranda Gazes upon the Sea”

From 9 April onward, Strefa WolnoSłowa invited Polish nationals and foreigners to took part in creative workshops at The State Ethnographical Museum in Warsaw. A Polish-based extension of the European “City Ghettos of Today” project, these interdisciplinary workshops combined the art of the interview and multiform artistic practices with discussions about the presence of immigrants in Warsaw.

Artists from Italy, France and Finland led the workshops programme together with the Strefa WolnoSłowa team. This phase in the project focused on “repurposing” gathered material through art, and used theatre, video and sound design to translate the histories, interviews and material derived from “The Tempest” that  emerged over the course of the introductory workshop sessions. During this phase of the project, artists were working with participants to create the final performance-installation through a combination of improvisational exercises, sound making activities, videographical exercises and creative writing.

Combining theatre, visual arts and music, the workshop’s crowning moment  were an interactive installation entitled “Miranda gazes upon the sea”, which took place on 17 May at the State Ethnographical Museum as part of The Night of Museums .

Workshops led by an artistic group of the project: Pietro Floridia (Cantieri Meticci, Bologna), Alicja Borkowska (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Linda Fahssis (Cie Check Points, Paris), Walter Fondo (Pakunet, Helsinki), Tomasz Gromadka (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Piotr Mikuć (Strefa WolnoSłowa, Warsaw), Marek Płuciennik (Ptarmigan, Helsinki), Alejandro Olarte (independent artist, Helsinki)