Sanna Vellava is a circus artist, specialized in aerial acrobatics and vertical rope. In addition, she has recently graduated as Master of Social Sciences, in social and cultural anthropology, from University of Helsinki. Her master's thesis focused on "biohacking" as a cultural phenomenon. Nowadays Vellava is planning her PhD studies about technological phenomena in contemporary societies. She is interested in continuing working between artistic and academic fields, researching, challenging and trying to ignore disciplinary boundaries.
Photo by Luis Sartori do Vale
In Kokkola, Vellava is collaborating with Meri Linna in the RETREAT project. 3-day-stay in the darkness is taken as a space to explore kinesthetic and physiological reactions, happenings inside the body and in the space. RETREAT is taken as a residency for movement research, focusing on sensation and materiality of movement practices, intensified by the lack of visual cues. As there is not a rigging point in the room, aerial acrobatics will be excluded this time however. In parallel, Vellava is conducting a self tracking experiment in which she tracks her physiological reactions with digital self tracking device in order to see how darkness affects bodily states, comparing these to subjectively perceived modifications of mood.
In her Artist-talk, Vellava will tell more about her previous and current works, hoping also to generate discussion about relations between art, science and technology.