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2022: PARAHOSTING laboratory


The PARAHOSTING laboratory by PUBLICS as part of Open Up project has been functioning since 2021 in the format of listening and reading sessions, hosted by local organisations in Finland. The goal of this laboratory is to reimagine and rethink the spaces of learning. Three ‘Rant & Rave’ listening sessions during Open Up and Shape symposium in Helsinki on June 9th and 10th, 2022 will take place in the form of public ranting and raving, with a follow-up summary offered by a critical respondent. Each session is dedicated to urgent questions, formulated locally by small and medium-size organisations, many of which are run by people with migrant backgrounds. The three-day symposium is organised by PUBLICS (Open Up partner) and Kohta, with the support of Frame Contemporary Art Finland and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The whole symposium, taking place both at PUBLICS and at Kohta, is focused around three key thematics:

  • Institutional reimagining and future publics • Infrastructure of power, and (re-)distribution • Money, class and access

The listening sessions and the symposium are open for all interested participants, who are not required to present anything themselves. As the symposium themes suggest, attending the event will be primarily beneficial for people interested in organising, instituting, and thinking of collaborations differently.

The Symposium language is English. Detailed programme will be announced during May 2022. Please confirm your participation by filling in the form by May 29th.

When: 9–10 June 2022
What: Open Up and Shape Helsinki Symposium, ‘Rant & Rave’ listening sessions Where: Helsinki, Finland
PUBLICS, Sturenkatu 37-41 4b
Kohta, Työpajankatu 2 B, Building 7, 3rd Floor
Participants: local organisations run by professionals with migrant background in Helsinki, small and medium-sized cultural organisations in Finland, everyone listed on SHAPE, Open Up laboratories’ participants from other countries
Format: Keynotes, panel discussions, free-format short presentations
Deadlines: Confirm by May 29th your attendance on 9–10 June 2022 by registering here: For questions: Ksenia Kaverina,