Timo Tuhkanen (b. 1983, Muscat, Oman) is a queer composer, artist, poet, and activist. He studied Oriental Music School of Jerusalem: Tabla & Indian Classical Music under Nurit Ofer (2002). He received his Bachelor of Arts (Horns) and Master of Music at Brunel University of West London. Currently, he is a PhD candidate at School of Music, University of Leeds.
Tuhkanen’s works intersect between contemporary art and music. Currently working on designing and creating direct actions and political interventions as artistic practice through collective intelligence. Timo’s subject matters often adapt themselves inside an occupied environment of urban landscapes and hydrosocial-spaces. He often describes his works in narrative fiction and mythopoetics.
His work as a composer and artist have been featured in 3éme Biennale di l’Art Contemporain Casablanca, Marocco; XX Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland; European Mediterranean Art Association, Nicosia, Cyprus; Emma Museum of Modern Art, Espoo, Finland; FILE Festival, São Paulo, Brazil; Moscow Philharmonica, Moscow, Russia; Kallion New Music Days, Helsinki, Finland; Alvar Aalto -museum, Jyväskylä, Finland; Dimitria Festival, Thessaloniki, Greece; Time of Music Festival, Viitasaari, Finland; AAVE-Festival, Helsinki, Finland; Musica Nova Festival, Helsinki Finland; Canterbury Jazz Festival, Canterbury, UK; and the Royal Festival Hall, recorded live on BBC3 Hear and Now, London, UK.
Tuhkanen lives and works in Helsinki where he is also the director of artist run cooperative gallery Myymälä2.
I am interested in collective muscle memory
I am interested in knowledge
For me ideas choose their materials
I like scents and types of pressures