Howl investigates love that goes beyond the human: a love that extends its antennas towards the inanimate. Objects of love: obsessions, fetishes and intimacies between humans, objects and machines. In Donna Haraway’s Cyborg Theory, a man is always a combination of machine and organism. Therefore when dealing with intimacies and relationalities, it makes sense not only to address the man, but larger living and non-living ecologies. In the first phase of Howl I have invited two performers, Maija Karhunen and Mira Kautto, to search for our individual intimacies with things in our lives.
Sonja Jokiniemi (1983) is a performance artist and choreographer currently based in Helsinki, Finland. She makes transdisciplinary work with research interests in thing ecologies, language and thinking, neuro and psychodiversity.
Her educational background is in contemporary dance, choreography and performance. She is also self-taught in drawing and has an early background in classical music. Jokiniemi graduated from DAS Theatre (previously DasArts) MA Degree programme in Performing Arts in Amsterdam 2013. Prior to this she has completed BA degree on Contemporary Dance at Laban Centre in London 2006 and taken part at Daghdha Mentoring programme in Limerick, Ireland.