1. Live performance with piano improvisation and video loop, dur: 2 h, 2001 – 2002
  2. One-channel video work, duration 3’25”, 2016

About the work

Hyrrä (= Spinning top) is originally a performance with piano improvisation based on a circular pattern, duration 2 hours, accompanied by a video loop of spinning landscapes. The piece has been performed in several locations 2001 – 2002.

Camera, edit and music by Marja Viitahuhta © 2016

Thank you:
Tuomo Truhponen
Peter Evans
Aapo Korkeaoja / Koneisto Festival
OX1 Sound Art Festival, Oxford
Christopher Hewitt / Crossing Borders in Performing Arts /
Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy
Taneli Viitahuhta and Juuso Paaso / Potlatch
Christian Pallin / Distro / Lava, Kulturhuset

Predictions -performance

Performance, 3 hours, 2015


Viitahuhta_ennustuksia_press02Ennustuksia (= Predictions), press image, photo: Marja Viitahuhta

Sandcastle in press photo: Marja Viitahuhta, Niilo Viitahuhta, Amanda Vähämäki, Lyyra Eronen, Kosmo Eronen


About the work

Location: Kiasma Theatre foyer, duration: 3 hours, Performance language: finnish

Through the ages, people have been interested in what’s about to come. Personal future and the destinies of the intimates have made people turn to fortune-tellers, soothsayers and oracles. Religiousness on the other hand has brought answers to questions regarding existence and time. We live in an era that is characterized by the unpredictability of the future as well as the growth of research-based knowledge and the growing concern about the state of the world and the role of the man in relation to it. Dystopias regarding climate change, famine, immigration and inequality is viewed as a nightmare that might come true.

In the performance Ennustuksia (Predicitions / Prophecies) we hear youngsters speaking out loud various visions of the future that are dressed as personal prophecies. The structure of the performance is ascetic – chairs, performers and the talk of the performers, nothing else. The prophecies heard in the performance mix fiction into research information as well as the youngsters’ own thoughts about their future.

Directed by: Marja Viitahuhta
Script: Marja Viitahuhta and working group
Working group: Siiri Rajalin, Katja Eskola, Iiris Laisi, Inka Degerman, Mette Järveläinen
Thank you: Taneli Viitahuhta, Azar Saiyar, Kallio library
Video documentation: Azar Saiyar



ennustuksia dok kuvaPhoto: Katri Naukkarinen / Kiasma


Excerpts from Ennustuksia / Predictions:

The first thing I see is a girl running towards me. She is shouting out loud, waving her arms in the air. Behind her there is a man, her father perhaps. He is also shouting something. Then I hear it, it is english, run, run. I slowly twist my body, turning, and there, behind and below the hill there, below me, in the landscape, there is something massive that stops my motion.

They arrive like the rain, like a cloud. I remember having visions of the crickets like this, whilst reading the bible as a kid, the eqyptian crickets. I remember reading the moomin book by Tove Jansson and the crickets in it that ate the forest as they went on by. The catchers have set themselves around the field on all corners and sides, there are not so many of them, not like in the traditional fishing cultures, more like aerial video shooters, standing by with their digital remote controllers and meters, in their black outfit. How come the color of the outfit is black, to begin with? The net they have spread is like a giant spiders’s creations with its nylon texture blinking to me when the sun hits it.

I step into the elevator, I choose minus 13. My ears lock, I stretch my neck and rub my ear with my thumb. Hitting my floor I walk through the inner yard onto section D. I say hello to my neighbour with the magnolias and crysanthems by the wall. The new brightlights have a more pleasant, matte tone to them. The artificial sky is half cloudy. I scan the electric lock open with my fingertip. The synthetic smell of my apartment irritates me for a second before I get used to it. I open the tv and the landscape screens.






Live performance and performance texts, 2009 – 2013


spotlight zodiak still for webSpotlight, still from documentation video, Zodiak / Esitystaiteen markkinat, Cable Factory, Helsinki 2012


Duration: Performance duration varies (7 min – 50 min)

Performed in: Kiasma Contemporary Art Museum, Supermarket Alternative Art Fair (Stockholm), Esitystaiteen markkinat – performance event at Zodiak, Cable Factory (Helsinki), Yle 1 Radio broadcasting channel, Fluxee performance event (Turku)

Publications: A version of the performance text has been published (in finnish) in Esitys -lehti 2/2011

Download PDF-version of the publication here: Esitys 2:2011 – Esitys-lehti – Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskus

Download the texts in english for reading: SPOTLIGHT long text  / SPOTLIGHT list 0-100


About the work

Spotlight is a minimalistic performance based on a playful approach towards textual structure and an experimental study of performative situations. It can also be understood as a performance lecture on this topic. It is a performance dealing with the grounds of performance via the deconstruction of the classical setup of performing under the light of a spotlight. The monologue performed in the piece is also based on a structure of one text divided into a list from 1 to 100. This list repeats the individual words, building up to a sentence and unravelling into bits and pieces again.

Several versions of the performance have been made, one of them for the national radio broadcasting channel Yle 1.

The performance is based upon a text written in the form of a list, where the performer describes the performance itself. The performer stands in a spotlight, whilst the rest of the room is dark. The short version of the performance lasts about seven minutes but can be looped several times in a row (as was done in the version performed in the Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art).

Also, a longer version of the performance and the monologue text exists and was performed in the Fluzee performance art event in Turku 2011.  This version had inserts of other textual material embedded in the performance, which on their behalf described other events. These inserts functioned as examples of the styles of performance writing and dramaturgical means. In later performances this text has been available for the audience in the performance venue. This longer text is a 4-page long sentence with the inserts mentioned above, an analysis of aspects related to performance.


1-100 text excerptSpotlight, excerpt of the performance text


Spotlight, live performance (with longer text) dur: 20 min, Supermarket Alternative Art Fair, Stockholm 2012

Documentation photos: Marjo Levlin



Photo series of site-specific performances made for ANTI festival, 2005-2006


Chameleon, documentation photos, photo assistant: Mia Turunen


About the work

Chameleon is a work consisting of twelve photograph created for the ANTI 2005 festival. ANTI – Contemporary Art Festival is an international contemporary arts festival presenting site-specific works made for public space, held annually in Kuopio, a city in Eastern Finland. Each year the festival selects non-traditional public venues and sites for exhibiting the artworks.

I performed in each of the locations selected for the 2005 festival beforehand. I adjusted my body in relation to the site, both hiding it and showcasing it, creating miniature performative interventions to the space. I was performing  to the people present in the location at the time of the photo sessions as well as posing for the camera. The documentation images of each performance were on display in the venues throughout the festival, hidden as part of the interior of the site.

A year later a selection of the photos were produced into C-prints.

keilahallikuva Bowling ball, from series Chameleon, C-print, 2006

 Stairs, from series Chameleon, C-print, 2006