Organizer: University of Lapland
Time: Tuesday, Jun 28, 2022 – 3:30 PM MST
Timo Jokela is Professor of Art Education, University of Lapland, Finland. He is a leader of University of Arctic’s thematic network on Arctic sustainable Art and Design (ASAD) since 2012. Year 2022 he was nominated as UArctic Chair of Art, Design and Culture. His theoretical academic studies and art-based research focus on relationship between Arctic cultures, arts and nature. He has been responsible for several international, national and regional art, nature and culture research projects, where participatory new genre Arctic art has been studied in the contexts of decolonization, revitalization and cultural and social sustainability. Jokela works actively as an artist, often using natural materials and the cultural heritage of the Arctic as a starting point for his community-based works and artistic projects.
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Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in Lenapehoking / New York City. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation, and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as portals and care processions, they engage audienceship within and through space, time, and environment- interacting with a place’s architecture, peoples, history and role in building futures. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present and future.
Emily hosts monthly ceremonial fires on Mannahatta in partnership with Abrons Arts Center and Karyn Recollet. She was a co-compiler of the document, Creating New Futures: Guidelines for Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts, serves on Creative Time’s inaugural Think Tank, and is part of a consortium developing the First Nations Performing Arts Network.