Baking rye bread and discussing future work

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.

More info from Reality Research Centre and HAM.



Photos by HAM / Maija Toivanen.

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Jussi’s Last Tape session no. 14



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…


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On All Fours photos from last Saturday

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.


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On All Fours for Future Generations on May 13th

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.

Jussi Johnsson on all fours for victims of climate change. Photo: Jörn J. Burmester

Jussi Johnsson on all fours for victims of climate change in 2007. Photo: Jörn J. Burmester


Open invitation.

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) 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.

On All Fours For Future Generations is arranged by Tuomas Tulikorpi, Janne Saarakkala and Reality Research Centre in cooperation with Friends of the Earth Finland, The Finnish Nature League and Dodo.

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p.s. I’m very happy our event coincides Global Divestment Mobilisation 2017.

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From New Work to beaking bread

Bread no.1 by Halinen, Nevantaus, Pellinen, Saarakkala, Wikström

Bread no.1 by Halinen, Nevantaus, Pellinen, Saarakkala, Wikström

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.

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The very last ESITYS is here!

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!


The Cover: Ainoa Graphic Design


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Hammarberg tulevaisuuden edessä

Johanna Hammarberg as a new worker panda in Reality Research Centre performance about future work. photo: Pilvi Porkola

Johanna Hammarberg doing her work as a panda in Reality Research Centre performance about future work. photo: Pilvi Porkola

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 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.

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One reel of Jussi’s Last Tape in Ars Auttoinen

The body report out of the three reels of Jussi’s Last Tape video installation will be seen in art exhibition Ars Auttoinen in Padasjoki 24.6. – 7.8.2016. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 to 17:00. Check instructions how to get there and other information from Ars Auttoinen web page.

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Ars Auttoinen takes place in an old school building situated in the middle of fields and forests. The building was bought by two artists Komugi Ando and Teemu Salonen. They have been running and curating the summer exhibition for several years now. After hearing that the body report out of Jussi’s Last Tape was invited to the exhibition I was told by Myymälä2 people that Ars Auttoinen is highly esteemed in the fine art scene. No wonder. I went there with Jussi to set up our video 15th of June. Ando and Salonen were extremely friendly and helpful and everything worked like a charm. I’m so looking forward to see the entire exhibition…

On our way back we stopped by a lake in Evo Hiking Area to shoot the annual video session of the project.

Jussin viimeinen nauha Evo4 2016 Kuva Janne Saarakkala Kuvassa Jussi Johnsson

Jussi in Evo Hiking Area 15th June 2016. Photo: Janne Saarakkala


Jussin Viimeinen nauha Evo7 2016 Kuva Janne Saarakkala Kuvassa Jussi Johnsson

Jussi in Evo Hiking Area 15th June 2016. Photo: Janne Saarakkala

Check the previous posts 1, 2 and 3 about the project.

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Work of the Future

In the annual meeting of Union of Theatre and Media Workers 24th of April I premiered Intervention into the Labour Movement with Louna-Tuuli Luukka. 8th of June we took the intervention to The Congress of the Central Organisation of Finnish Trade Unions (SAK).

There’s more to come…

Invited by SAK we’re intervening also SuomiAreena’s Torivartti in Pori 14th of July at 11:00. SuomiAreena is a public debate forum organised by television channel MTV3.

Friday 9th of September Reality Research Centre presents TYÖ 4.0 – TULEVAISUUDEN TYÖN LANSEERAUSTILAISUUS (Work 4.0 – Launch of Future Work), a one-off happening in Astoria-sali, Helsinki. The doors open at 17:00 and the event starts at 18:00. Sparkling wine is served. The tickets are on sale in Reality Research Centre Shop.

LUE Extempore Kulttuuriblogit haastattelu 20.6.2016

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I’ve been involved in Reality Research Centre working group called Work Island for a year now. We’ve met every now and then to talk about the revolution taking place in working life; fluid new work of no boundaries is replacing old work of permanent working hours, locations and steady careers. New work is everywhere, 24/7. This is actually ten year old observation. Today digital revolution and development in robotics result into a decrease in job opportunities, particularly when we talk about paid jobs. There’s less and less paid work but also less need to work. Yet we are urged to work even harder. For what, we ask.

As Naomi Klein points out in her book This Changes Everything – Capitalism vs. the Climate, if we seriously are going to fight against climate change and overshooting the planet, we need to decrease productivity and consumption. According to a study she is referring we shouldn’t work more than three or four days a week.

This is a shocking prospect to Panda. He (or she) is a charater I created in 2006. Panda is an embodiment of new work and he’s always at work, even though Panda does nothing that an old worker would consider work. Panda lives for work and he himself is his main work. He is a performer, orator, opportunist and a possible charlatan. He has no clue of physical labour, or physicality in general. Panda never eats, sleeps or has sex. He drinks only sparkling wine and enjoys flirting and talking about sex – but mostly Panda talks about work.

Panda in Reality Reasearch Centre performance Portrait of a New Worker in 2007 with Maria Nuutinen, Erich Weidle and Janne Pellinen. Photo: Pekka Pitkänen

Panda in Reality Research Centre performance Portrait of a New Worker in 2007 with Maria Nuutinen, Erich Weidle and Janne Pellinen. Photo: Pekka Pitkänen

Among other interesting articles about work, you can read about Panda’s work at Reality Research Centre in 2007 here from page 33.

Work Island has revived Panda. One of the outcomes is Intervention into the Labour Movement. It’s made for trade union meetings. It is actually an alarm call from growing number of frustrated freelance members like Luukka and me. To us the labour movement, still mainly serving the needs of old workers, is outdated. Freelancers remain more or less unprotected and yet we keep on paying our membership fees… For what? In the intervention Panda helps union members to distinguish whether they are new or old workers. Then he persuades the new workers to leave the union and join the rank of pandas.

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