Jussi’s Last Tape session no.15

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Once every year since 2004 I’ve been shooting a video of actor Jussi Johnsson‘s naked body in different natural environments for Reality Research Center project Jussi’s Last Tape. Yesterday we drove to Emäsalo and did the 15th session in the gusty wind of gorgeously beautiful Betberg. We’ve been there once before in 2015 but we used slightly different locations this time.

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As a part of the documentation Jussi explains how he feels in his body at the moment and what are the major changes in it since the last time. Besides this he performs certain body movements and recites a poem by the late Finnish author Bo Carpelan: “Ei meitä aika muuta vaan tila” (translated from the compilation I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa, 1976). We are gathering material for a video installation dealing with aging and a lifetime. We got inspired by Samuel Beckett‘s play Krapp’s Last Tape, durational performances and taking the duration into extremes. The estimated premiere is in 2036. Along the way there will be waypoints (video reports and/or video installations) to show how the material is gathering and what’s with Jussi. The first, Jussi’s Last Tape – waypoint report no.1, was presented in galleries and exhibitions in 2014-2015 and it’s still available from Reality Research Center.

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Jussi’s Last Tape session no. 14

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This rainy morning Jussi Johnsson and me went to film the 14th session of Jussi’s Last Tape in Vallisaari, old military island on the coastal waters of Helsinki that was opened to the public last year. Even though it’s sort of a wild place everything is well thought through for a demanding customer; marked out routes, (at least) two coffee shops and a bar plus guided bike tours to the prohibited area of the island. Because of the bad weather guides were idle and very chatty but we only needed some coffee, otherwise we managed to navigate ourselves to Kuninkaansaari (an adjacent island) that has a tiny beach with beautiful sleek rocks by the water.

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If we stay alive, there will be 18 more sessions, 18 more locations and 18 more years to go until this video project is finished. Last summer, when we had the first waypoint report of the project in Ars Auttoinen exhibition, we decided to continue until Jussi celebrates his 70th birthday. That’ll be in 2036. Some way to go, eh? Today we thought of compiling the next waypoint report (No.2) maybe in 2020…

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