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Museum of Postmodern Art 1

It’s over! Postmodernism is over. As the mainstream clings feverishly to the expressions of postmodernism artists are moving forwards, towards new ‘isms’. In our newest long-term project we put postmodernism in a fictitious museum and deal with issues of today, the past and the future. We are happy to move forwards towards new horizons and to address existential questions: who are we? how did we get here? and did postmodernism affect us in the end anyway?

Oblivia set itself a megalomanic task: to do something that is new. Elegantly and only seemingly disoriented they wander about our known world as if through a dark theatre. They’re not afraid to fall through the trap doors of evolution or look behind the scene of cultural history. They dissect emotional and intellectual concepts alike and dig deep to the roots of language itself. What they finally pull on the big stage and send marching down towards their audience is at the same time absurd, monstrous and yes, totally new. Humour has a new name, performance a new language, the future a new face: this is Oblivia, profoundly philosophical, highly intelligent and seriously funny.

International premiere was 16.–17.11. 2012 at PACT Zollverein in Essen.
Finnish premier was 23.-24.11.2012at Espoo City Theatre.
MOPMA pt. 1 has also been performed at Media Centre Lume in Helsinki, Tramway in Glasgow, UK, New Performance Turku Festival in Finland and at Full Moon Dance Festival in Pyhäjrävi, Finland.

The performance is the first in a series of five and part of the five-year project Museum of Postmodern Art – MOPMA which is produced in cooperation with international and national partners between 2012 and 2016.

Working group:
devising & on stage: Timo Fredriksson, Anna Krzystek (UK) & Annika Tudeer
sound: Juuso Voltti
light: Meri Ekola
photography, documentation & web co-ordination: Eija Mäkivuoti
graphic design: Pia Pettersson
production: Oblivia, Marina Andersson-Rahikka
co-production: PACT Zollverein (Essen, Germany), Espoo City Theatre, TEKIJÄ (Theatre Touring Network project)

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