Community of Practice
Eeva Kemppi, artist
Eeva Kemppi (b. 1979) is a Finnish artist, writer, theatre critic, researcher and producer. She has studied Art Research at the University of Helsinki and Community Theatre and Theatre Studies at Trinity College, Dublin. She has 15 years of comprehensive experience in different fields of theatre and live art in Finland, Bolivia and Ireland. She has published two nonfiction books about two different group theatres in Finland and has written critics and articles about Theatre, Live Art and Performance Art for more than 15 years. Kemppi has worked in Live Art collective Other Spaces as a live artist and performer since 2011 and has 10 years’ experience of creating participatory performances. She has been part of the working group of Other Spaces performances such as “Reindeer Safari” (2009), “Car Park” (2013), “Motorway is Ours!” (2014), “Wolf Safari” (2014), “Panpsychic Sessions” (2015), “Great Barrier Reef” (2018) and “Collection of Imaginary Beings” (2020). Many of these performances have been performed since the premiere, both in Finland and abroad in different festivals and Production Houses, like Kampnagel in Hamburg, Mousonturm in Frankfurt, Mad House in Helsinki, Danssehallerna in Copenhagen, Bodyworld Festival in St. Petersburg, Nordwind Festival in Hamburg, Science Festival in Edinburgh, Kontula Electronic Festival in Helsinki and JUNIOR Festival in Toronto.
Other Spaces is a Live Art collective founded in 2004. The collective has developed a unique aesthetic and working methods and has become one of the most significant and international Live Art groups in Finland. The core of the work is based on collective bodily exercises that bring into contact with different unfamiliar forms of being and experiencing. In other words, the exercises let us visit “other spaces”. Common theme of our exercises is metamorphosis. Our participatory performances build on these exercises. We believe that getting in touch with different forms of experience can alter us and our behavior thoroughly. Our aim is to increase understanding of interspecies relations and the role of humanity as a part of the ecological system.