Press Release: 04.10.2018

IL TRAFFICO at Manifesta12 Biennial, 5x5x5 program – artist open studio and events. October 4 – November 4 2018, in Palermo, in Helsinki and online at

Collective Intelligence presents a series of experimental actions and events under the title IL TRAFFICO, for the 5x5x5 section of selected artists at Manifesta12, The planetary garden – Cultivating Coexistence. IL TRAFFICO is an experimental relational-art project focusing on methods for consensus and enhancing local ongoing processes in Sicily.

Collective Intelligence is an artist group who organizes a series of deep-dive sessions, encounters where artists, thinkers and activists work on parallel and shared projects, influencing each other in a convivial frame.

Collective Intelligence participants for IL TRAFFICO are: Antti Ahonen (FI), Ionas Amelung (DE), Alan Bulfin (IE/FI), Erika De Martino (IT/FI), Johanna Fredriksson (FI), Jytte Hill (DE), Egle Oddo (IT/FI), Marjatta Oja (FI), Saša Nemec (SI), Leonardo Ruvolo (IT), Timo Tuhkanen (FI).
During their projects in Sicily, Collective Intelligence has been collaborating with several local partners: the STEBICEF department of University of Palermo, Orestiadi Foundation, Sementi Indipendenti, and Dimora Oz artists run association. Dimora Oz collaborates with IL TRAFFICO through the contribution of: Stefan Bressel (DE), Francesco Cucchiara (IT), Gandolfo Gabriele David (IT), Daniele Di Luca (IT), Andrea Kantos (IT), Fabio R. Lattuca (IT), Michele Vaccaro (IT).

IL TRAFFICO, Exhibition and Events

– Day 4.10 from 16:00 to 19:30. Venue: headquarter of Manifesta 12, Teatro Garibaldi, Piazza Magione.
Open talk and screening. Speakers: Egle Oddo (Collective Intelligence), Leonardo Ruvolo (Macao), Andrea Kantos (Dimora Oz), Andrea Cusumano (Chief of the Cultural Office of Palermo City), and guests Lisa Wade (coordinator of Collateral Events for Manifesta 12), and a representative from Orestiadi Foundation.

Along with their main program, Collective Intelligence presents a screening including the work of: Nabb + Teeri, Kari Yli-Annala, Pekka Niskanen, Tuomas Tuomiranta and Kalevi Uusiniemi, Carolin Koss, Saku Soukka, Heta Kuchka, and a selected video program of the students of Helsinki based Art School Maa, as part of a contribution for the educational program of Manifesta.

– Day 4.10 open from 20:00 to 23:00. Days 5 and 6.10 open from 17:00 to 20:30. Venue: KaOZ, via Francesco Riso, 55 (Piazza Magione).
Exhibition and screening curated by Collective Intelligence: Nabb + Teeri, Kari Yli-Annala, Pekka Niskanen, Tuomas Tuomiranta and Kalevi Uusiniemi, Carolin Koss, Saku Soukka, Heta Kuchka, and a selected video program of the students of Helsinki based Art School Maa, as part of a contribution for the educational program of Manifesta.

– From 4.10 to 4.11.2018 Collective Intelligence artists open studios at

The webpage is the location where the public can access the on-going open studios, and it will change gradually during the month of October, showing the work in progress and the collaborations happening between Palermo and in Helsinki.

– Day 22.10 to 28.10, at HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme, Helsinki. Collective Intelligence experiments at Hiap studios focusing on relational, site-specific and community- specific elements. You can follow their actions on: or booking a live visit through the webpage.

– Day 25.10 from 11:00 to 16:00, exclusive IL TRAFFICO Tour. You need to book your place day 23.10 by calling +39 3296021548. Only 4 places available for free.

If you want to experience how the traffic of vehicles forms the narrative of Palermo city, and see the city from the perspective of locals, you can book an exclusive trip traveling with a private car driven by Senior social-worker Lucia Zanetti. A unique experience tailored for you.

– Day 4.11 from 18:00 to 20:00, live feed from Myymälä2 gallery, Helsinki.

Closing party and performances. Available online at

IL TRAFFICO is an open studio and a public display.
Conventions and norms are best expressed and embodied in traffic; crowds become amplified sonically and in motion and weight streets form nodes, networks, and bottle-necks. Mental states adjust to speed, awareness awakens and driving often is a state in which self-reflection and auto- poesia emerge. To meet this urban bloodstream, Collective Intelligence looks at how a meshed space for emerging relationships acts as a location for knowledge creation rather than product development or production.

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In the middle of September 2018  I was building the second Growing A Language exhibition in Myymälä2 Helsinki, with the other members of the group Collective Intelligence.

The show features a series of works realised between Finland, Germany and Sicily, in occasion of the artists’ participation to Manifesta12, and during their group residency at Fondazione Orestiadi. Their process will continue in October during the Il Traffico project as part of Manifesta’s 5x5x5 program.

The title of the exhibition, Growing a Language, uses the word growing as opposed to developing because it wants to contest the idea of development in its entirety. Urban development for instance often excludes plants, animals, and other biological and emotional factors from its planning and implementation. The act of growing a common language implies the amplification of the relations between different creatures and their environments, being critical towards the typical rational mode of developing systems and realizing dreams.

The common discourse on sonic, visual, conceptual, or text based approach, emerges from the different subjectivities, entangling and enlightening the intersections of the artists’ practices.



In the beginning of September 2018 Jukka Rusanen invited me to show my situationsculpture Hands 2010 in his retrospective exhibition ELEMENTS in the Lachenmann Art Gallery in Frankfurt am Main. I have been in dialogue with Jukka couple of years about our common interest concerning  body and how it is experienced.


August 2018 I participated remotely in Re-excavations exhibition in CDEx UQAM, Montreal. The exhibition is a continuation of the research project, which started In Helsinki 2017 with DFA Shoji Kato and DFA Paul Landon. The participants work with certain place together, creating individual artworks for the exhibition.

Re-excavation reflects on archaeological methods of unearthing and digging up. With this exhibition project it is the urban landscape that is re-dug up. The present and past city is reconsidered, what has been found repurposed for its future. Urban space is uncovered, expanded and upturned, interpreted as an abstract diagram, as material residue, as rumours of past usages and activities, as oral accounts and lived experience.

Montreal Crossing, 2018. Photo by Paul Landon.

The Re-exacavations exhibition with the works by Kévin Pividic, Pépite & Josèphe-Expédition, Paul Landon, Shoji Kato and Marjatta Oja

During 2018 summer I have been participating the exhibitions in Sicily in the group called Collective Intelligence. At first In Dimora Oz ‘KaOZ’ (curated by Andrea Kantos) exhibition place in Palermo as collateral event of Manifesta 12 and secondly in ‘Growing A Language’ exhibition in Gibellina Sicily run by Fondazione Orestiadi.

Palermo Park 2018, photo by Francesco Cucchiara

Gibellina Ground 2018, photo by Egle Oddo