House Games 2008
The second triennial, House Games 2008 was open for 3 hours every day for 8 days. Twenty-two artists, from Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan and Zimbabwe presented work related to the home environment or the definition of the home. This exhibition focused on objects in and of the home, and our relationship to them.
Finnish dancer/choreographer Helena Ratinen performed To the Bone on the opening night to a full house. A different guest was available every evening for an event or discussion, including artist talks by Canadian artist Rina Liddle and Finnish artist Kaisa Lipponen and a games night with a special game presented by Virpi Lehto. And the Live Herring work-group presented a series of short films in cooperation with Arktisen Upeeta northern film festival.
The exhibition attracted 180 people and was given great reviews from participants and visitors who couldn't believe how comfortable they felt in the "art gallery"; the average length of a visit was over one hour. The exhibition also received two full-page articles in local and regional newspapers and one radio interview.