Past Events



Friday, February 1st, 2019 @Myymälä2 Gallery (Uudenmaankatu 23)
Poetic Militancy: Theoretical Payback is a collaborative performance where the participants have the chance to militantly, theoretically or poetically attack a Eurocentric intellectual or a school of thought that promoted or stayed neutral toward theoretical racism. Performances are voluntary. You can pick one thinker, (pseudo-thinker), artist or writer for theoretical payback. Collaboratively we will read and perform our paybacks in two sessions.


Saturday, January 19th, 2019 @Kirkkopuistikko 20, FI-65100 Vaasa, Suomi
The Carpet Performance is a night of music and performance made by a group of Helsinki-based artists dedicated to Ibn Battuta. The group is invited to organize an event in the new art space in Vaasa. The inspiration of the events is coming from the concept of the primacy of geography over time, Travels of Ibn Battuta, historiography of Ibn Khaldun and music of Hayedeh. The reading group will have a conversation over the breakfast in the morning after the performance for the public.


Tuesday, September 4, 2018 @Exhibtion Laboratory, Helsinki
Shahram Khosravi (Public Talk): How Does it Feel to be a Crisis?
We live in a time of wall fetishism. Never as today have human beings been so obsessed with building walls. Walls are, however, old. Empires built walls, from the Great Wall of China, to Hadrian’s Wall in Northern England and the Limes Tripolitanus of the Roman Empire in North Africa to keep “barbarians” out. And if we look closer we can see that there are still traces of the old imperial visions in the modern borders and border walls.


Thursday, August 23, 2018 @Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
Exhibition Opening: “How To Build a Wall: Introduction into Art”
An exhibition made by a group of artists aiming to visit the intersections of ‘art production’ and ‘cultural dominance through exclusionary methods’. Inspired by Edward Said’s Culture and Imperialism and Wendy Brown’s Walled States Waning Sovereignty, the project will incorporate the relationship between history and state-structures, state-structures and space, space and bodies.


Friday, July 13, 2018 @Brinkkala Gallery, Turku
Shipwreck Information Center: The history of shipbuilding and sea transportation is entangled with the history of migration. Many of the world’s largest passenger ships (such as MS Oasis of the Seas) are built in Turku. In our technological era, large passenger ships are built by corporations solely for entertainment purposes, while small boats (plastic boats, rafts, and lifeboats) are used for migration. (more)


Sunday, May 1st, 2018, 18:00 @ Alkovi gallery, Helsinki
RED MAY, Exhibition opening
: Students of Kuvataideakatemia from Kino Club and Reading group are organizing a special event for the opening. The public is invited to participate in making soup, and enjoying it with the neighborhood community. It will be a festive event celebrating the International workers day and Vappu.  




Thursday, February 22, 2018, 17:00 @ Northwest Film Forum, Seattle
“Socialize This!”: Screening & conversation
Kshama Sawant (Socialist Alternative), Shaun Scott (DSA member), Emily Pothast (Artist-Curator), Eva Cherniavsky (writer, assistant Prof. at University of Washington),  Andrej Markovcic (DSA member) (more)


Saturday, January 20th, 2018  17:00 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Jo Kjaergaard: 
a presentation on her participation in 2017 Bogotá Kuir Festival with a screening of her film BogotáKuir. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with the Reading Group. (more)


Wednesday, December 12th, 2017  17:30 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Carlos Salvador 
(Research Days)[Gift of seeing, artist talk and perfomrance] Carlos Salvador, a headmaster of an indigenous Wixarika secondary school and a self-learned photographer will be present and oversee the presentation which is organized by Lea Kantonen. The Wixarika have a shamanistic approach to art and the shamans strive towards something they call Nierika (The Gift of Seeing). Carlos Salvador’s artistic work can be described as non-formal education.


Tuesday, 21.11.2017 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Public Art: As an artist in society” a seminar by Irmeli Kokko, will host a conversation with Paul O’Neil (Artistic Director of Checkpoint Helsinki), Christine Langinauer (producer, Academy of Fine Arts) and moderated by Pontus Kyander (lecturer Academy of Fine Arts). The event is simultaneous with the Reading group session. (more)


Saturday, November 18, 2017  17:00 @ Victrola Cafe, Seattle
RED MAY General Assembly (more)


Monday, November 6th, 2017  17:00 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Art & Activism + FAR Night School: Art & Activism in the Posthuman Turn is a course in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) program in Aalto University organized by artist and researcher Tim Smith. FAR Night School is a Feminist Anti-Racist Night School. It is an independent platform for feminist and anti-racist learning, based in Helsinki. FAR Night School started in the January 2017 and organizes meetings and learning/sharing sessions as regularly as possible. (more) 


Tuesday, October 17th, 2017  18:30 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Giovanna Esposito Yussif & Christine LanginauerPractice Sharing Practice, is an artist talk, conversation, and dinner. Giovanna Esposito Yussif is a Curator and art historian based in Helsinki. Currently, her work focuses on rooting alliances between sites of production, situated knowledges and collaborative models of inquiry. Christine Langinauer is a curator, writer and art producer based in Helsinki. She has worked on numerous exhibitions, events, publications and projects in Finland, Estonia, Germany, France and many other countries. The event is simultaneous with the bi-weekly reading group meeting at ex-club. (more)


Saturday, October 14th, 2017  18:30 @ Ex-club, Helsinki
Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: is an award-winning media artist and a graduate of the University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Maarit combines the expressive forms of visual art to optical possibilities. Her films ponder social and emotional themes as well as themes connected to identity and communication. Praised as fascinating and open to a multitude of interpretations, Maarit’s experimental comedies and documentaries have toured over 40 countries and presented in exhibitions, biennales, festivals and broadcast, including the Museum of Modern Art Kiasma in Helsinki, YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company and IDFA in Amsterdam. (more)


Sunday, October 8th, 2017  19:00 @ Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar, Seattle
RED MAY’s October Revolution Party! Drink! Dance! Conspire! (More)


Friday, October 6th, 2017  19:00 @ Myymälä2 Gallery, Helsinki
Reading group meeting: The next meeting will focus on postcolonial ideas and subjectivity in relation to what Vivek Chibber calls the Specter of Capital. The book (Postcolonial Theory and the Specter of Capital) received enormous attention after its publication in 2013 and was supported by Chomsky and Zizek. However, the book criticizes postcolonial theory as represented by the Subaltern Studies school. Gayatri Spivak wrote a review of the book that was published in Cambridge Review of International Affairs to which Chibber replied in the same journal.


Saturday, September 30th, 2017  7:00 pm @ Elliott Bay Books, Seattle (by RED MAY)
Michael Hardt: Join RED MAY as we welcome Michael Hardt who will present Assembly, his latest collaboration with Antonio Negri. From the jacket blurb: “ASSEMBLY proposes how contemporary social movements can better harness power to effect lasting change; challenges the assumption that social movements must return to traditional, centralized forms of political leadership; provides a new analysis of the dominance of finance and money; advocates social unionism, or mixing labor organizing with social movements.” “Are you ready for democracy? “Assembly argues: don’t be scared to remake it.” (more)


Wednesday, July 12, 2017 | 17:30 @ Memory of War exhibition, Helsinki

Conversation: “Memory of War” exhibition is a collaboration between Helsinki based artists of middle eastern and european dissent and is part of Art-Tu project that has started in 2016. In July, 2016 Art-Tu had an exhibition “Journey” at Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki. This year’s theme “Memory of War” explores how civilians experience the devastation of continuous state of war –near and far, in our present day as well as in our distant memories. Combating racism is one of the main initiatives of this project. Art-Tu 2017 is organised by Turvapaikanhakijoiden Tuki ry (Support for asylum seekers). Curator of the exhibition is sculptor, community artist and art pedagog Heidi Hänninen.(more)


RED MAY SEATTLE(May, 2017) (more)


Tuesday, May 9, 2017 | 18:30 @ Myymälä2 Gallery, Helsinki
Conversation: “The Refugee in the Age of Fiber Optics” As part of Golden Age of Chaos And Clusterfuck exhibition.
Golden Age of Chaos And Clusterfuck is a collective effort of nine artists to understand, through art, the nature of knowledge in today’s society. When the processes through which we produce, reproduce, store and access information are changing, how does the society change as a result? Or rather, how do the changes in both effect each other? Consisting of field notes, observations, documentation and objects, the exhibition takes the form of a temporary research centre, in which the participating artists share their findings and source materials. The show will take shape organically as the artistic research continues in the gallery space. A publication documenting the process is produced on-site and launched at the end. (more)


Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 18:45 @ INCA, Seattle
Dakota Gearhart uses video, photography, and installation to examine the environment and how it is perceived through mythology and commerce. Her work has been exhibited at the Tacoma Art Museum, Henry Art Gallery, On The Ground Floor (Los Angeles), The Front (New Orleans), S1 Gallery (Portland), ROY G BIV (Columbus), KARST (Plymouth, UK), and Vulpes Vulpes (London). She received her MFA from the University of Washington (Seattle) and currently lives between Brooklyn, NY and Seattle, WA.

For TMNW, Dakota will engage the idea of spectatorship as it pertains to her upcoming show @ Glass Box Gallery (Seattle) in May. (more)


Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 18:45 @ Alkovi, Helsinki
Crowd Source ii Exhibition // Red May Opening Event
Installation By Hami Bahadori & Jo Kjaergaard. The RED MAY events will happen during the month of May 2017 in Seattle and Helsinki. The works gathered by This Might Not Work will be an extension to the RED MAY festival, in order to support and promote these initiatives. (more)


Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 18:45 @ Glass Box Gallery
Jason Groves teaching and research in German literature and ecology address the unprecedented entanglement of human life on an increasingly imperiled planet. He is Assistant Professor of Germanics at the University of Washington and his essays on literature, theater, performance, and ecological thought have appeared in Modern Language NotesPerformance StudiesSociety and SpaceThe Goethe Yearbook, Theory in the Era of Climate Change, and The Yearbook of Comparative Literature.
For TMNW, Jason will explore the poetics of walking as it constitutes what Franz Kafka once called the art of “a bad career.” (more.)


Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | 18:45 @ INCA
Genevieve Goffman is an artist living in Portland, OR. She graduated from Reed College, and her work has been shown in S1, The Melanie Flood Project, The White Gallery, and HQHQ. Much of her work involves the finding and re-organizing of fragments, in the hopes of comparing the stories that are remembered to those that fall through the cracks.
For TMNW, Genevieve will explore the importance of faking it till you make, making do, and the pretense that makes up both her gym life and her art practice. (more)


Friday, March 17, 2017 | 20:00 @ Gary Hill’s Studio
MSHR is a collaborative project composed of Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy, founded in 2011 in Portland, Oregon and now based in New York City. The duo produces sculptural synthesizers, ritualistic performances, and installations that place the human body into a dynamic relationship with sound and light, generating expanded sensory experiences. They will be performing an experimental audiovisual set in Gary Hill’s studio. (more)


Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 18:15 @ Glass Box Gallery
Joe Milutis is a professor and an interdisciplinary artist who works primarily between interdisciplinary areas to create and explore unforeseen conjunctions. His practice encompasses academic and creative work in a variety of media and distribution modes, including experiments in narrative and poetics; sound and radio; video; new media; performance and various media/literature hybrids. (more)


Wednesday, January 25th  2017 | 15:00 at Merikatu 13, 00140 Helsinki
“Crowd•Source” (Public art show):  Hami Bahadori & Matt Bell, Curated by 13lock. Supported by the Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki. (more)


2016 Fall Film Screening Series: “Darkness”

Film Series Winter is coming and the days are becoming shorter.


Thursday, December 15th  2016 | 2:00 pm at Kuvataideakatemia Library, Helsinki
INCA Press Book Release: There will be books available for purchase, between 2pm and 4pm at Kuvataideakatemia Library, Helsinki. Open discussion on INCA press’s new books (in English)


Wednesday, December 7th  2016 | 6:00 pm at Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki
INCA Press Book Launch + Editor’s/Artist Talk: launch of the books including “Forms of Education: Couldn’t Get a Sense of It” & “To Make a Public: Temporary Art Review 2011-2016”.  Presentation/talk by editors Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas, and contributors Diego Bruno and Sezgin Boynik, followed by QA and discussion. (more)


Sunday, October 7th, 2016 | 7 pm at Scarecrow Video, Seattle
This Might Not Work: Darkness. The first screening of our six-part film program for the fall. Army of Shadows (1969), dir. Jean-Pierre Melville.


Sunday, September 25th 2016 | 6:30 pm at Kuvataideakatemia, Helsinki
Film Screening in an unknown location – The group is gathering on the ground floor lobby of Kuvataideakatemia (Elimäenkatu 25 A, 00510 Helsinki) at 6:30 pm then walking to the location (5 min). Note–Bring things to keep yourselves warm. (more)


Sunday, August 21st 2016 | 6:00 pm, INCA
“On loan” Exhibition – (Exhibition Dates: August 21 – September 3) Participating Artists: Clifford Owens, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Mladen Stilinović, Susanne Winterling, Jueqian Fang (more)


Saturday, August 13th 2016 | 7:00 pm, Glassbox Gallery
Panel Discussion: The Need for Alternative Approaches in Art and Education
Alejandra Salinas (INCA – Institute for New Connotative Action) – Seattle
Philip Wohlestetter (Red May University) – Seattle
Victoria Anne Reis and manuel arturo abreu (home school) – Portland
Am Johal (The Vancouver Institute for Social Research) – Vancouver, BC (more)


Wednesday July 27th 2016 | 7 pm at Glass Box Gallery
Gary Hill: Gary Hill is one of the most important contemporary artists investigating the relationships between language/text, sounds and electronic images. He has been the recipient of many awards and fellowships including the Guggenheim fellowship and MacArthur award. His influential works have been exhibited in most major contemporary art museums worldwide. (more)


Sunday July 10th 2016 | 6:30 pm at INCA
Jeanne Heuving & Maged Zaher: (Artist talk and Book Reading)
Jeanne Heuving has published two critical monographs and two creative books. Her cross-genre book Incapacity won a 2004 Book of the Year Award from Small Press Traffic.
Maged Zaher currently lives in Seattle. He has five books of poetry and two translation books of Arabic poetry. In 2013 he won the weekly Stranger’s Genius award in literature. (more)


Wednesday June 29th 2016 | 7 pm at Glass Box Gallery
Carrie Bodle: Carrie Bodle received her Master’s of Science in Visual Studies from the MIT Visual Arts Program in 2005. Artist residencies and fellowships include Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, IBM Watson Collaborative User Experience Group in Cambridge (more)


Saturday June 11th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Melanie Noel: Melanie Noel is the author of The Monarchs (Stockport Flats, 2013). Her poems have also appeared in Weekday, Spiral Orb, La Norda Especialo and THE ARCADIA PROJECT.  She sometimes leads experiential workshops meant to invoke synesthesia and an altered sense of scale. (more)


Saturday May 14th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Rob Rhee: Robert Rhee is a Seattle based artist and writer. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally, including White Columns in NY, the Hunterdon Art Museum, the Ilmin Museum of Art in Seoul, the Changwon 2010 Biennale, and the Ferdinand Van Dieten Gallery in the Netherlands. (more)


Wednesday April 27th 2016 | 7 pm at Glass Box Gallery
Babak Golkar: Babak Golkar was born in Berkeley in 1977. He spent most of his formative years in Tehran until 1996 when he migrated to Vancouver, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Emily Carr Institute in 2003 and a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2006. (more)


Saturday April 9th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Gretchen Bennett: Gretchen Bennett is a Seattle based artist, who’s works has been shown in variety of different venues locally and internationally. This year, Gretchen Bennett’s work was included in the exhibition, The Potato Eaters at Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle, WA. In 2014 she received the Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award (more)

Thursday  April 7th 2016 | 5 pm – 8pm at Gallery 110
Suitcase Exhibit: Curated by Daniele di Lodovico, Organized by This Might Not Work. The project is an ongoing art exhibition. The first manifestation of Suitcase was the New York Public Library’s Art Collection Galleries on April 13, 2005 and included ten American artists and ten Italian artists. (more)


Saturday April 9th 2016 | 5 pm at Gallery 110
Suitcase Exhibit Curator Talk and Gallery Walkthrough: Gallery 110 has organized a talk and gallery walkthrough for both the Suitcase exhibition in the West gallery and Sean Fansler’s exhibition in the East gallery. Join us for a tour of the exhibition, artist talk and curator’s talk. (More)


Wednesday February 24th 2016 | 7 pm at Glass Box Gallery
Barbara Polster: Barbara Polster (b. 1987, Cleveland, OH) is an artist investigating themes of human limitation, wonder, and relationship to natural scale, primarily through sculpture, installation, and video. Recent solo exhibitions include: a [super]symmetry (2014) and superposition (2013), William Busta Gallery, Cleveland, OH. (more)


Saturday February 13th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Paul Berger: Paul Berger is the former professor at University of Washington’s School of Art. Berger has earned a BA degree in art at UCLA and MFA graduate work at the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY. His work involves multiple images in structured sequences, often with texts. Also his interest in sequence and narrative transitioned to one based in digital manipulation of electronic imagery beginning in the early 1980’s. (more)


Saturday January 30th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Nasrin Himada: Nasrin Himada is a writer and curator residing in Montréal. Her interdisciplinary research interests focus on the history of Palestinian cinema, art and activism, and the militarization of urban space through prison infrastructure and police surveillance. She is the co-editor of the journal Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy. (more)


Saturday January 9th 2016 | 7 pm at INCA
Max Kraushaar: Max Kraushaar was born and raised in Seattle. As an artist his goal has always been to seek answers to his own questions, regardless of medium. In the past Max has made, alone and collaboratively, books, rooms, gifs, videos, plays, sculptures, apps, photos, robots and a bunch of lame jokes. Currently Max lives in the small town of Twisp, Washington where he is building a gigantic studio that may or may not work.


Thursday December 17th 2015 | 6:30 pm at Photo Center NW
Brandon Alesauskas: Seattle based artist working with image, sound, and gustation who has shown work in different venues in the Northwest including Glass Box, Violet Strays, and Hedreen Gallery.


Thursday, October, 22nd 2015 | 6:30 pm at Photo Center NW
Daniele Di Lodovico: Doctoral candidate in Art History. Dissertation titled “Wooden Sculptures and the Making of Devotion in Central Italy of the XII-XV Centuries.


Thursday, September 17th 2015 | 6:30 pm  at Photo Center NW
Aeron Bergman & Alejandra Salinas: Aeron Bergman (Detroit, USA) and Alejandra Salinas (La Rioja, Spain) are an artist duo who have lived in New York, Toronto, Detroit, London, Barcelona, Gothenburg, Oslo and currently live in Seattle.


Thursday, August 13th 2015 | 6:30 pm at Photo Center NW
Steve Davis: Documentary portrait and landscape photographer. Completed photographic project Captured Youth in juvenile prison facilities in Washington State. Coordinator of photography, media curator, and adjunct faculty member at The Evergreen State College.


Thursday, July 23rd 2015 | 6:30 pm  at Photo Center NW
Joe T. Tennis, Ph.D.: Invisible “Conceptual” Art and the Harm It Can Do: Defining the Aesthetics of the Archive, Classification, and Knowledge Organization.


Thursday, May 12th, 2015 | 7 pm  at University of Washington School of Art
Film Screening of The Rules of the Game (dir. Jean Renoir)