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Ayodamola Okunseinde

Ayodamola Okunseinde Director, Partner, Dissident Display Ask filmmaker Ayo Okunseinde to position himself in the current art/culture trajectory and he will tell you he feels the most resonance with the post-post modernist camp. On a recent trip to Paris, he shot 21 short type films on 15 millimeter, presented them as individual films then mixed them to create an abstract piece that was presented in a gallery show in Washington, DC. "I'm very into the idea of appropriation and recontextualization of images and sound and the possibilities of 2.0 technology," says Okunseinde, a partner in Dissident Display, an award-winning design studio and gallery focused on progressive contemporary art and media. "I also like the concept of mixing cultures and theories. So I can take, let's say, dance theory, and apply that theory to music, or apply musical theory to visual art and then apply that to culture and cultural understanding. I find that, in mixing those ideas, you arrive at a new understanding of the world."

Collaborating with choreographer Maida Withers on a new work for which they were awarded a grant from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities to perform in Mexico, Okunseinde created the base video compilation of the concept for projection as Withers danced and the accompanying musician performed. "We reorganize the images, the sound, the dance, so as time goes on, and as it's performed each time, it evolves in the moment."

In Helsinki, Okunseinde plans on interviewing artists in the contemporary arts scene. He'll be working on a multimedia scape of Helsinki, an immersive environment with sound, video, and images that will give people a sense of his experience. "I'm bringing everything back to DC and presenting my discoveries in SCENE, our video magazine and in my future lectures and performances."

Entries

Future Forward – Ayodamola Okunseinde

Ayo Okunseinde thought of himself and the output of his considerable talents in a compartmentalized way: artist, design studio head, entrepreneur focused on cultural exchange and communication. Then came Helsinki, with its integral approach to art and culture. “From the top down, from cultural institutions, to businesses, to the way people talk about art and culture, I experienced art and culture as relevant and essential to all aspects of life,” says Okunseinde. “And I saw what that approach looked like manifested in such places as the Cable Factory and Aalto University. Here was the connective tissue, the model for all my projects and ideas.” (more…)

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 22

Spent the day at the Arabianranta, entertaining meetings and interviews at University of Arts and Design Helsinki (www.taik.fi/en). Like the Cable Factory this complex is expansive. The building house design studios, ceramics / metal / wood workshops, an advance media lab, photography studios, painting studios and film / video studios. Taik allows for maximum interdisciplinary integration of these art forms. (more…)

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 22

Had breakfast with Finland’s Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb. I had done some research before my meeting , and thus was able to pose a wide range of questions from Russia policy to his love/hate relationship with the media. (more…)

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 22

Visited the Pixelache festival of electronic art at the Kiasma museum (www.pixelache.ac). Met with Minna Piirainen, producer of the festival and Natalie Aubry, the Helsinki producer. (more…)

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 17

I was scheduled to attend “Hot Spring – This is it” – a concert at Tavastia club, with various performers then“Ihme club” at the Old Student House, but instead I was kidnapped by Jaana and Noora ;) They took me on the 3b tram to there local haunts… I did not resist. The night included bad Finnish karaoke, Koof beer, bad Russian dancing and the greatest Finn Hits at Zetor topped with shots of Terva Snapsi.

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 17

Jazz jam concert JAZZ HEAT BONGO BEAT at Kulttuuritalo. Great jazz fusion/funk concert. Got a chance to interview some of the musicians. I was impressed by the musicians depth of knowledge related to jazz history and practice. For more information about the organization that put together this wonderful event please visit www.flowfestival.com

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 17

Jani picked me up from Cable Factory and introduced me to his sauna club. I took in the sauna experience… the whole thing, 6 different smoke saunas of varying intensities (mild to burn your ears off), 5 ice water dips (0 degrees Celsius) into the Baltic Sea, birch branch beating and a snack of cold smoke reindeer… all done in by birthday suit. I will spare you the nude shots… but must recommend EVERYONE take in the sauna when next in Helsinki.

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 17

Interview with artist Pirjetta Branderat the Cable Factory. Pirjetta has been a part of the Cabel Factory establishment for the past 20 years

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 17

Finally getting some time to upload the rest of my journal… sorry for the delay fans ;) So I believe I left off with the reception given by Deputy Mayor Pekka Sauri… The next day Saturday 4.4. I was off to the Cable Factory. I had heard soooo much about it…. but had no idea.

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Journal of Ayodamola Okunseinde on April 4

Sara and I took a stroll around the city today.

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Host

Pekka Timonen Cultural director, City of Helsinki Pekka Timonen

The Cultural Office is an administrative body of the City of Helsinki established to foster an encouraging atmosphere and a climate suitable for producing and experiencing art and culture in Helsinki. The Office aims to strengthen the status of culture in decision-making and is actively involved in international networks.

Operational focus areas:

  • Assistance for the field of art
  • Art education and support for children's cultural activities
  • Leasing of premises for artists' performances and work
  • Guest theatre activities (including international guest productions)
  • Organisation of in-house programme activities
  • Regional cultural activity
  • Support for the cultural activities of immigrants and ethnic minorities

The programme for the visit will concentrate on presenting Helsinki's arts and culture, our cultural policies and current topics of debate. Helsinki is an active and versatile city which regards the provision of activities and events as important. The visitor will become acquainted with a wide range of actors and events from various fields (visual arts, music, dance, theatre). The festival scene will also receive focus, as it is one of Helsinki's cultural priorities. The host in Helsinki will be Pekka Timonen, Cultural Director of the City of Helsinki.

City of Helsinki Cultural Office