Our Poet-in-Digital-Residence Fall 2018 is Tuija Välipakka!

Tuija Välipakka begins her residency in November. During the residency period she will be working on a multi-disciplinary project combining photography and poetry to interactive elements.

One Hundred Red Things In Summer 2018 started this summer with 100 photographs taken by Tuija Välipakka. In the residency she writes a series of poems based on the photographs exploring questions rising from the central ideas of the project. Key issues are the concrete and symbolic meanings of the color red, mediated perception and instant perception and our ways of remembering and re-remembering our memories.

”A poem is always a suggestion for what the reality is like. Which one is more constant, the poem or the photograph?”

As our previous residencies also Välipakka´s residence will feature a residence diary. In the diary she will shed light on bith the methods behind the photographs and the project as a whole. Readers also have the chance to discuss with the poet. The end result of the residency is an interactive visual work highlighting readers´s role as the meaning makers in the process of reading and interpreting poetry.

Tuija Välipakka (b. 1967) is an author and poet living in Tampere, Finland. Her fourth poetry book Uutisia! (Siltala) was published this year. She is active in the literary scene in Finland, currently as the chairwoman of the Tampere region writer´s association Pirkkalaiskirjailijat and as a producer in literature projects. Readers of Nokturno have had the chance to get acquainted with Tuija Välipakka´s work in the last few years. Both video poetry, in collaboration with her daughter, video artist Mikaela Välipakka, and combining poetry and photography have been central to her work.

One Hundred Red Things In Summer 2018 by Tuija Välipakka is Nokturno´s third Digital Residence. The residence opens on 1st of november and is open for anyone to follow for the whole month. It is funded by Kone Foundation and the Ministry of Education and Culture via subsidy for culture magazines.