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ABOAGORA is a symposium that brings together various aspects of academia, the arts, and society. This exciting annual event consists of interdisciplinary discussions, performative sessions, and diverse artistic interventions. The event offers a forum for researchers, artists, and the public to establish new dialogues and new forms of collaboration.

ABOAGORA is a joint effort by the University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, the Arts Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture, which is attached to the Åbo Akademi University Foundation. The project is supported by the Kone Foundation and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska kulturfonden).

The 2022 symposium, “Wind”, will be held on 24–26 August at the Sibelius Museum in Turku.

Air is the fundamental element for life and breathing, but it is also a source of pleasure and joy. It has been a playground for artists experimenting with lightness and transparency from acrobatics to visual arts. With climate change, air and temperature have become key questions of survival. Pure air has become almost a luxury commodity as pollution and urbanization have led to a situation where urban air is increasingly manufactured, and clean air is not available for everyone. Yet air is not a stable element: it is constantly changing and flowing, and thus it also carries the possibility for change.

Aboagora 2022 approaches wind and air both literally and metaphorically. The talks and performances examine air as a basic element of life and ecology, but also address the complex ties between nature, technology and human experience. The symposium brings together the humanities, natural sciences, psychology, photography and visual and performance arts to address various winds around us and within us – ecological and societal, material and metaphorical – and their interconnections.