echo + seashell was founded in 2011 by artists Henna Hyvärinen (Finland) and Susan Kooi (Netherlands) when they met at an art-student residency in Germany. Performing in venues ranging from concert halls to art spaces, the duo is interested in how they can fit into the existing locales they come to occupy through their creative practice. Utilizing film screening paired with live performance, echo + seashell seek to create site-specific experiences for viewers around the world and have performed at various locations across Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. Their participation in M:ST8 will mark their first performance in Canada.
Henna Hyavärinen received her MFA from the University of Arts Helsinki, Finland. She is member/curator of artist-run gallery, Sorbus, in Helsinki.
Susan Kooi received her BA in Fine Arts from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam. Kooi is a member of Samet Yilmaz artist collective in Rotterdam.