Irma Optimist

living and working in Helsinki

Performance artist working in Turku School of Economics and Business Administration as the senior lecture of Mathematics (Ph.D). Over one hundred and fifty performances since 1989 in Finland, USA, Japan, Canada, Germany, Austria, Poland, France, Lithuania, Estonia, Belarus, Romania, Denmark, Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, Israel, United Kingdom, Ireland.Irma Optimist´s performance works in the field of a disturbance of the science´s logic. To disentangle the formal language is the part of the work and she sees performance, in the first place, as an intellectual thinking process. By using optimistic mathematics she can return the symbols of food, love and sexuality, because the body has exploded in the tasks of desire, benefit and energy. She is a real person who is a woman, who wants to show that the brain is as important part of her as any other part of her body. She believes that her image is a kind of a combination of soft-hard, a bit of both. What she wants is to emphasize the both sides of a woman.
The possibility of her performance is in its effect of time and space, in the temporality of presences. Her performance as the female optimistic life style acts as the opposite of the static idea of art. Her performance is without an absolute fixed point. As a nonlinear system it is in the interaction between the artist and an audience. The relationship is complex. Western culture has sublimated itself in science, but her performance reduces to science its corporality. What is brilliantly visible or transparent, is returning to the politics of the identity. What does Irma Optimist look like and what she is doing are the things, which are as true as herself.