24–26 August 2022

Sibelius Museum, Piispankatu 17, Turku, Finland



10:30–11:15 Registration

11:15–12:00 Opening Ceremony

Opening Remarks
Concert: Wind by E-Musikgruppe Lux Ohr feat. Jaakko Penttinen

12:00–13:00 AGORA

Winds in Our Solar System

Andrew Coates (Professor of Physics, University College London, UK)

13:00–14:30 Lunch break

14:30–16:00 Performative Session

“Breath is Life” – The Internal Wind in Yoga, Spirituality and Science

Måns Broo (University Teacher in the Study of Religions, ÅAU)
Venerable Thich Hanh Bao (abbot of the Liên Tâm Buddhist Monastery)
Janne Kontala (yoga teacher & PhD in the Study of Religions)
Viveka Lyberg Åhlander (Professor of Speech Language Pathology, ÅAU)
Markku Penttonen (Senior Researcher, Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä)

16:15–17:15 AGORA

The Wisdom of Janus: Energy Transitions as Liminal Spaces

Joan Sullivan (photographer, writer & artivist, Canada)

17:15–18:00 Coffee & snack

18:00–19:30 Performative Session

Carnival of the Animals: Fossils

Performance company Every house has a door


10:15–11:45 AGORA

The Real and Imaginary Breeze. Air in The Visual Arts

Hanna Johansson (Professor of Contemporary Art Research, Dean, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki)

11:45–13:15 Lunch break

13:15–14:45 Performative Session

Turbulent Times

Taru Elfving, (Director, CAA Contemporary Art Archipelago)
Aboagora Pre-symposium Participants: Aleksandra Dobrego, Mia Jaatsi, Shruti Jain, Jamie Jenkins, Zahra Jahanshah Rad, Zoë Robertson, Kenneth Siren, Heini Uusisilta-Immonen

14:45–15:15 Coffee & snack

20:00–21:00 Performative Session (LOCATION: Arken, Tehtaankatu 2)

Många Röster – Many Voices

Musical piece composed by Frank Berger (singer, composer, writer, actor and artist)
Poetry declamation: Nanuli Silagadze (Post-doctoral Researcher at Samforsk, ÅAU)
Music: Lotta Ahlbeck (violin), Frank Berger (hurdy-gurdy, song), Marika Kivinen (song), Olli Liljeström (bass)
Acrobatics and fire art performance: Street Theatre VIR


13:15–14:15 Performative Session

Smog, Aurora, Telecommunication: Situating Atmospheric Care

Hanna Husberg (visual artist, Towards Atmospheric Care)
Agáta Marzecová (researcher in ecology, photography and new media, Towards Atmospheric Care)

14:15–14:45 Coffee & snack

15:0016:15 Charter bus to ArtTeatro, Kustavi

16:30–19:00 Circus Art Show (LOCATION: Salminiituntie 37, Kustavi)


Show by ArtTeatro
Closing Remarks

19:00–20:00 Charter bus to Turku

Artist Renja Leino’s audio work Wind is available on SoundCloud before, during and after the event. The work consists of stories from islanders in Korpo about their experiences of the wind. The stories flow smoothly between and across two languages, Swedish and Finnish, just like the daily life in the Turku archipelago.

ABOAGORA 2022 continues the five-year thematic plan (2019–2023) The Five Rings. The title refers to the book The Book of Five Rings, written in 1645, by Miyamoto Musashi (c. 1584–June 13, 1645). He was a Japanese swordsman, philosopher, writer and rōnin – a samurai without a master. Many consider him the greatest swordsman that ever lived. Near the end of his life, Musashi retreated to live as a hermit in a cave, to meditate and write a manual of kenjutsu, Japanese swordmanship, and martial arts. This practical book extends towards a philosophy of life, aiming at simplicity and no-nonsense. Throughout the years, it has also been read by people rethinking ways to lead or do business. The Book of Five Rings (五輪書, Go Rin no Sho) is divided into five books, each examining a different element of battle, just as there are different physical elements in life in Eastern religions. The five Aboagora symposia of 2019–2023 delve into these elements: Earth (2019), Water (2020), Fire (2021), Wind (2022), and Void (2023).