Squirrel's Nest Episode 0: The Resonance Box
The launching episode features a conversation of host María Villa with Bassam el Baroni, Assistant Professor of Curating of the ViCCA Masters, and Ksenia Kaverina, the curator in the Aalto Arts & Creative Practices Initiative, that supports this podcast. We venture to discuss the original idea of Chilean artist Ariel Bustamante—bringing people inside the Conversation Room to have meaningful dialogues— and how it might be shaped ahead by the context. Thinking of the squirrel that built its nest inside the Conversation Room, repurposing it as part of Otaniemi’s natural environment in the winter of 2017, we discuss what this Conversation Room stands for in the middle of a science/design/business driven environment. What is the potential it creates as a site for public debate, a resonance box, bringing in multi- and cross-disciplinary ideas, and what should be contemporary art’s role in the same context?
Duration: 33 min