Riihimäen Teatteri and Reality Research Center were granted by Finnish Cultural Foundation yesterday. I was representing both organisations at the foundation’s annual party as I’m now the Artistic Director in both of them. Good program! Some live music, presentation of a video installation, speeches and a dinner in good company. Nice. Thank you, SKR!
I wish you all Merry Christmas with ICE HOLE’s newly published Xmas issue!
Besides editor Pilvi Porkola’s letter, it’s all videos this time.
ICE HOLE – Live Art Journal is an online journal focusing on Live Art and Performance Art. We publish videos and texts and our aim is to share thoughts, ideas, inspirations and discussions. The journal is Reality Research Center production.
Reality Research Centre presents: Työ 5.0 – LEIPÄ / Work 5.0 – BREAD
A bakery at Helsinki Art Museum’s HAM Corner
Open from 13 October to 23 December as follows: Wed 11-19 / Fri 15-19 / Sat 12-16
During the year’s final quarter Reality Research Centre’s Työsaareke group is baking rye bread and discussing future work with the audiences at Helsinki Art Museum’s HAM Corner. I’m one of the bakers and debaters, doing 15 shifts at the bakery until Christmas, starting today.
Work 5.0 – BREAD is a bakery, performance, forum, workshop and live installation. You can participate in it as a spectator, debater or baker. We instruct how to bake rye bread and bakers may take their bread home with them. While baking we talk about work; what is it right now, is it meaningful, is it shit or is it awesome? And what will work be in the future? What should do with it?
Every Saturday there will be a special guest baking with us and discussing future work.
EACH LOAF OF BREAD IS A MANIFESTO FOR MORE MEANINGFUL WORK!
Photos by HAM / Maija Toivanen.
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.
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…
All you eleven brave people who went on your hands and knees for future generations, thank you! Your energy moved me. I was also quite positively surprised by the warm response from the passerbys. It was such an unforgettable marathon of 1,5 hours!
All photos by Mitro Härkönen.
In the 90th anniversary party of Helsinki Student Theatre last autumn I met two colleagues with whom I crawled the streets of Helsinki on all fours ten years ago. It was a result of Reality Research Centre workshop, a new form of public demonstration. Back then we crawled for striking nurses, asylum seekers and victims of climate change.
Me and my colleagues thought that today there’s more reasons to drop to your knees than ever. After a brain storm meeting in January we came up with a plan to crawl for future generations.
Personally, I think of my nephew when I think of future generations, and the old question of what kind of world we are leaving to our children and to our childrens’ childeren and so on. In terms of ecology, equality or solidarity, the future prospect is grim. If you feel the same, please read the invitation below and join us!
The event is on Facebook.
ON ALL FOURS FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS
On sidewalks in the heart of Helsinki we crawl on all fours for future generations on Saturday 13th of May from 1pm to 2pm.
What do future generations need from us right now?
In order to survive and thrive they need renewable energy, equal share of resources, education and solidarity that encompasses all lifeforms. And they need it urgently.
For these reasons we are on all fours.
We fall on our hands and knees at 1pm at Three Smiths Statue and crawl through Aleksanterinkatu Street to Senate Square. There we greet the main building of University of Helsinki, Helsinki Cathedral and Government Palace. Perhaps someone from these institutions will join us or cheer us on. Then we make a round trip to greet The House of Nobility, Presidential Palace, Supreme Court and Embassy of Sweden. The journey ends in Virka-galleria in City Hall where Helsinki City representative will greet us.
Sign up or ask more: weonallfours(at)gmail.com or Facebook
Or you can also just join us at any point of the route and stop when ever you feel like it. Besides kneepads we recommend crawlers to wear trousers and gloves that can get dirty and torn.
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p.s. I’m very happy our event coincides Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017.
In the last quarter of 2017 Reality Research Centre will sift from the glamorous (or horrendous) New Work to basic, hand-made work. We’ll be beaking rye bread in Helsinki Art Museum and anyone is invited to bake with us. While baking we’ll discuss work as it is now and what lies in the future. All bakers can take their own bread home.
It’s Work 5.0: Bread.
Now, is it art or is it just plain bread? Besides explaining the sift, this is what I ponder in my recent Reality Research Centre blog post.
Today the last issue of Esitys Magazine (1/2017) was waiting for me in the post box. For the editorial staff including me it means the end of a ten year journey. And the issue looks gorgeous and as festive as it should! Thanks to Pilvi Porkola (for chief editing), Aino Nieminen (for graphic design), the writers and the whole crew! I feel moved, relieved and rewarded… Let’s party!
We celebrate the tenth anniversary of Esitys and wrapping it all up on Friday 24th in Mad House Helsinki at 9pm. Please join us!
Check Kulttuurimuija‘s column in Kirkko ja kaupunki. She’s a real advocate for printed magazines!
Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksen Työsaareke -työryhmän jäsen Johanna Hammarberg reflektoi syksyn esitystä Työ 4.0 – tulevaisuuden työn lanseeraustilaisuus ja ajautuu Liikekieli.comissa julkaistussa kirjoituksessaan Poikani tytön vaatteissa uudenlaisen tulevaisuuden äärelle, jossa elämä (myös työelämä) on ratkaisevasti toisenlaista kuin nyt.
Sain itse juuri valmiiksi artikkelin, joka julkaistaan Esitys-lehden viimeisessä numerossa helmikuussa. Se käsittelee sekä samaa Työsaarekkeen esitystä että filosofi ja esitystaideteoreetikko Bojana Kunstin minulle käänteentekevää kirjaa Artist at Work – Proximity of Art and Capitalism. Taustalla on kymmenen vuotta sitten Esityksen ensimmäiseen numeroon kirjoittamani artikkeli ajattelun poliittisuudesta.
Me tarvitsemme, paitsi aikaa ajatella, myös aikaa toimia muuallakin kuin työelämässä.
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Reality Research Centre member Johanna Hammarberg reflects the “Work 4.0 – future work launch” performance we did in September in her blog post for Liikekieli.com. Hammarberg finds herself musing how different her working life has been compared to her factory working grand father and how radically different will be her two year old son’s future who likes to dress in girls’ clothing.
I just finished an article that will be published in the last issue of Esitys next month. It is about the same performance Hammarberg is reflecting, and besides that, also about a book, Artist at Work – Proximity of Art and Capitalism, that I find pivotal, written by philosopher and performance art theorist Bojana Kunst. Behind of it all is a reflection to an article I wrote ten years ago in the first issue of Esitys.
We need time to think and time to act also outside working life.