Performance September 14: Screaming Men From Oulu, Finland

Sunday, September 14, 2008
2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

HUUTAJAT (Screaming Men)

Ph: Timo Heikkala

Location: Front Stairs of the Terrace

HUUTAJAT (Screaming Men) is a men's choir, that doesn't sing a note. 20-40 decently dressed men enter the venue with a paramilitary manner and scream, bellow or shout excerpts of national anthems, children's ditties or international treaties. The result can be a true life picture or a mean caricature about Western discipline or gentlemen's clubs, about forced sociability or revealed private emotions.

The choir has unintentionally become one of the most popular ambassadors of new Finnish art scene. Their performances have been seen at highly appreciated music festivals as well as in museums of contemporary art.

Petri Sirviö is the founder, composer and conductor of the group. Sometimes, when the choir is out of reach or resting, he also sets up installations with videos, transcriptions and audio devices.

The documentary Screaming Men is now on view at P.S.1’s exhibition Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland through September 15.



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