January 17, 2024
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Episode 3, Voice

PUBLICS Youth Advisory Board is a collaborative position for 18-21 year olds who implement, question and expand the activities of PUBLICS, a contemporary art organisation based in Vallila, Helsinki.

Board members Vitória Freitas, Aliina Kemppainen, Stella Massa, and Emmi Surwillo present how they have worked with sound and voice during the last year. 

Stella reminds us the importance of sharing the platforms we have access to with those who are being silenced and discriminated against. Emmi notices that sound is an exciting medium to work with to explore language and meaning with freedom and directness.

Aliina and Vitória share that recognising our responsibility to one another and to our audiences has been part of the process of becoming a collective. We can find courage and agency in working together, while being mindful of the difference between one’s personal and collective voice. 

In the podcast we refer to Sandra Nuut and Ott Kagovere’s project Dear Friend (2019-22), to the spoken-words workshop led by Tania Nathan in May 2023, and to meeting Mihkkal Robertabártni Hætta who was protesting for the protection of Fosen, Sápmi from wind turbines park.

PUBLICS Youth Advisory Board read their collective letter,
inspired by Sandra Nuut and Ott Kagovere’s project Dear Friend,
at PUBLICS, November 2023. Credits: Indrek Sirkel.

PUBLICS Youth Advisory Board 2023 are Vitória Fiorella Freitas, Lucas Jordi, Aliina Kemppainen, Aapo Kivivuori, Stella Massa, Gabriella Presnal, Spencer Strachan, Emmi Surwillo, and Yu Yue. The project coordinator is Micol Curatolo.

Follow us on instagram at @publics_youth and read more at 

The live radio show is part of the project Reaching Out (2023-2026) in collaboration with Index Teen Advisory Board (Stockholm) and PRAKSIS Teen Advisory Board (Oslo). Reaching Out considers how cultural institutions connect and communicate with new young audiences. PUBLICS, Index, and PRAKSIS young boards together constitute the Nordic youth network Future Futures. The project is supported by Erasmus+ Ungdom. 


Producers and Hosts: PUBLICS Youth Advisory Board 2023 and Micol Curatolo
Guests: Vitória Freitas, Aliina Kemppainen, Stella Massa, Emmi Surwillo
Jingle: Gabriella Presnal
Sound recording, editing and live streaming: Bailey Polkinghorne

*The audio piece was recorded at the Helsinki Open Waves performance & recording room located at Caisa.

**The views expressed in this audio piece and texts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the view of Helsinki Open Waves.
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