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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The fourth issue of ICE HOLE – Live Art Journal edited by Jörn J. Burmester and I is published on Monday 16th of May 2016!


The issue #4 is produced in cooperation with BONE 18 Performance Art Festival that was held in Bern, Switzerland, 1.-6. December 2015. All the writers of the issue were involved in the program and all the videos were shot in Bern. The festival theme “Schools of… connectivity, relatedness, networks of Performance Art” is under scrutiny. Issue #4 is about teaching and learning Performance Art – is it possible, and if so, how and where? Members of the famous performance art collective Black Market International give their views about it in a video interview. Ex-lecturerer Dani Ploeger, performance art student Jürgen Bogle and Jörn tackle the question in their articles. I’m corresponding on video from the class rooms of Fluid Academy. On the opening video Ann Liv Young and acting students present their result of a three day course on performance art and end up having a row with the audience. Besides the thematical stuff, artists like Klara Schilliger, Florian Feigl and Helge Meyer perform one or two minutes with Madame Bovary in front of the camera. And we are already proud to present Black Market International 30th anniversary documentary from Bern by Evamaria Schaller on September 1st!

Check the old blog post from December here.

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New RRC web pages are online!

Reality Research Center is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary with new web design. Graphic Design by Iina Lievonen, Programming by Tomi Dufva. Check it out and find the five different “islands” in which the artistic activities take place in 2016 and 2017.

“For 15 years Reality Research Center has stayed two steps ahead of others. This is why our performances may seem uncanny and we might stay below the popular radar. But, when a certain performative approach becomes a trend, it is probable that some of us already experimented on it. We are contemporary explorers and the outpost of the future – avant-garde of the Finnish performative arts.”

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Who’s Behind Santa’s Beard Mask?

The problem is that we don’t have a proper video archive in Reality Research Centre. All video documentation is scattered around in god knows who’s cupboards. Yes, we used to be part of a generation that didn’t need videos to exist and only recently we have awaken to a new world constantly asking for them… This is what Tuomas Latinen found and edited from his stash: RRC performance Politics of Silence that took place in Kamppi Shopping Center in Helsinki in spring of 2007. Thank you, Tuomas, the Christmas spirit of 2015!

And this is just a tip of the iceberg! Tuomas has been très active in the digital world. With Choreographer and Performer Janina Rajakangas he has launced a Finnish speaking ESITYSRADIO, a web site containing recorded discussions with artists about their recent performances. Hear it out, stay tuned and take a look of Tuomas’s new webpage, designed by Visa Knuuttila. What skill and beauty in layout and what content! Tuomas has such an impressive artistic career. Anyone interested in distinguishing theatre, performance art and live art, I’d recommend Tuomas’s insightful article Fake Gun and the Nipple of Dionysos – On Metaphors of Theatre and Performance that can be found in his text archive (also in Finnish).

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

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