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 4th, 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 23rd, 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 13th, 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.  
  • 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, November 21st, 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)
  • 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)
  • 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 12th, 2017 | 17:30 @ Memory of War exhibition, Helsinki
    : “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 9th, 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 12th, 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 8th, 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 1st, 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 15th, 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 17th, 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 12th, 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, December 7th,  2016 | 6:00 pm @ 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)
  • 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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, September 17th, 2015 | 6:30 pm @ 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 @ 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.