Band of Weeds: The New Pangaea – a cross-species cantata

Image: Jyri Pitkänen

Event Introduction

The New Pangaea is a cross-species cantata based on the multi-layered interaction between humans and plants on the island of Seili. Plants arrived on the island long before humans, and the appreciation for different plant species has varied during the human presence. The work looks at 20 plants that represent the plants’ introduction to and disappearance from the island landscape.

In Helsinki, the work is performed at Hietsun Paviljonki, a seaside location that is perfect for the work.  Hietaniemi beach faces out towards the Helsinki archipelago, which is home to the same plant species as the island of Seili, with the exception of the field cow-wheat.

All the sound material in the concert was recorded on Seili using microphones and transformed from changes in the plants’ electrical conductivity to a form that is audible by human ears.


Arcadia for All
Guerrillas and Pioneers
Stowaways and Fellow Travellers
Weedling Wild
Transplanted Polyphony
Botanical Xenophobia
The Endangered Weak Competitor
Habitat Lost


Olli Aarni
Lauri Ainala
Kalle Hamm
Hermanni Keko

On stage:

Band of Weeds, feat. Anniina Saksa


Event Information

  • Time:

    • Sat 11.3.2023 22:30

  • Organiser:

    Hietsu is Happening!

  • Address:

    Hietsun paviljonki
    Hiekkarannantie 9
    00100 Helsinki

  • Accessibility:

    The event is accessible with a wheelchair.

    The event does not have an accessible toilet.

  • Tickets:

    20 / 10 € (Hietsu is Happening!)

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