For our November ONE WORK event we are delighted to host an online discussion with Hanna Tuulikki unfolding the themes behind her work ‘Seals’kin’. Book your place for the online discussion here.
‘Seals’kin’ is available to view online via the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 30 November 2023. We recommend watching the film in advance of the discussion.
Hanna Tuulikki’s ‘Seals’kin’ is a sonic and choreographic meditation on loss, longing, transformation and kinship, shot on location in coastal Aberdeenshire. At the mouth of the river Ythan, where the freshwater meets the North Sea, hundreds of grey and common seals haul out on the estuary banks. Here, Tuulikki explores with her body what it might mean to become-with-seal, drawing on her own recent experiences of loss to reimagine a contemporary mourning rite. Referencing traditional selkie tales as bereavement allegories and seal calling songs as practices of making kin, she adopts the sealskin as a powerful ritual object to explore how grief can open out new ways of knowing and being that stretch beyond human bodies into a visceral connection with the more-than-human world. ‘Seals’kin’ was originally commissioned for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney, 2022, which focused on rivers, wetlands and other salt and freshwater ecosystems as dynamic living systems.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the exhibition of the work and the discussion that focused on it.
Image description: A colour film still shows a wide shot of an estuary. A river runs across the centre of the image and a colony of seals can be seen in the distance. In the foreground, surrounded by long grasses, a person stands on the sand dunes facing away from the camera, towards the river. They are dressed in a long black coat and black hat, and carry a mottled piece of fabric.
Hanna Tuulikki is a British-Finnish artist, composer and performer based in Scotland, specialising in voice and movement. Working across live performance, moving image and multi-channel audiovisual installation, her work considers how bodily relationships and folk histories are encoded within specific environments and ecologies, to offer alternative approaches to making kin across multi-species entanglements. Her most recent work engages with vital questions about what it means to live on a damaged planet, proposing contemporary ritual, as a means to process the trauma that comes with ecological awareness.
Her critically acclaimed work has been commissioned and presented by organisations across visual, musical and performing arts in the UK, Europe, USA, Australia, India, and the Middle East.
The event will take place on Zoom. The Zoom link is available via Eventbrite booking. To download Zoom, visit here: https://zoom.us/download
The event will be live captioned by 121 Captions.
The film will be available with closed captions.
Watching the work in advance
We encourage audiences to watch‘Seals’kin’ in advance of the discussion event, as the conversation will be focused on this work and audience questions, reflections and contributions are an important part of this event series.‘‘Seals’kin’ will be available to watch via the LUX Scotland website from 1 – 30 November 2023.
Participating in the Event
We invite you to have your cameras on, where possible, as this maintains a feeling of being together in the space.
We ask that all participants are respectful and listen to the facilitators and other participants.
Audiences are encouraged to contribute, and the host will open up the group conversation for questions after a short introduction to the work by the artist. We ask that one person speaks at a time and that you type‘hi’ in the chat to indicate you want to contribute. A member of the LUX Scotland team will keep a track of who wishes to contribute and will direct the conversation to you. You may also wish to use the chat box to type your question or comment, should this be preferable for you. We ask that you keep your microphones on mute until you are going to speak to ensure everyone can hear clearly.
LUX Scotland is dedicated to providing a welcoming online environment for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion or belief. Participants who do not adhere to this code of conduct and the participation guidelines will be asked to leave the event.
Closed Captions The event will be live captioned.
Supported by Aberdeen City Council Creative Funding.
ONE WORK is a series of online events that focus closely on a single work. These generous discussions provide an opportunity for an artist to present a recent work and talk through how the work came into being. Each work is available as a month-long online screening, followed by a specially commissioned written response that serves as documentation of both the work and the discussion.