A visual artist, composer and performer working across many different media, Hanna Tuulikki specialises in creating vocal sound. She is especially intrigued by traditional sound-making where music emerges from people’s relationship with the land, as in her own Finnish heritage. Recently, gesture and dance have become equally important in her work. In SOURCEMOUTH : LIQUIDBODY (2016), she describes the journey of an Indian river, using the eye-and-hand gestures of traditional Keralan theatre. Much of Tuulikki’s work relates to Scottish culture and landscape. In her short film, cloud-cuckoo-island (2016), Tuulikki plays the part of Sweeney, the deranged Irish King who lived out his madness on the Hebridean Isle of Eigg, believing himself to be a bird.
Hanna Tuulikki (born 1982, Sussex) lives and works in Glasgow. Tuulikki studied at The Glasgow School of Art.
How does the human voice extend into spaces that are shared with more-than-human qualities? What can I learn through imitating or emulating more-than-human sounds? Can I sing bird? Can I sing water? Can I sing wind?
– Hanna Tuulikki