The Visting Chief Editor himself. Photo: Laura Railamaa / Voima

The Visting Chief Editor himself. Photo: Laura Railamaa / Voima


Toimin Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksen taiteellisen johtajan ominaisuudessa Voima-lehden vierailevana päätoimittajana heinä-elokuun numerossa 6/2018, joka ilmestyy 9.7.2018. Väitän siinä, että niin kuin viinasta viedään alkoholi, taiteesta on katoamassa taide. Kirjoittajina mm. teatteriohjaaja Piia Peltola, toimittaja Aleksis Salusjärvi, standup-koomikko Jamie MacDonald, näyttelijä ja esitystaiteilija Nora Rinne ja toimittaja Iida Simes. Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksesta kirjoittajina lisäkseni myös esitystaiteilija Pilvi Porkola ja taiteilija Johanna Hammarberg.

Lue ennakkoon julkaistu artikkelini “Koska sisällön puute myy paremmin” Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksen nettisivulta.

Onhan se hävytön väite, että taiteen asema olisi uhattuna. Teatterin tiedotuskeskus TINFO:n tilastojen mukaan esittävien taiteiden esityksistä ja yleisötyön tapahtumista nautti viime vuonna yli 4,2 miljoonaa katsojaa ja esimerkiksi lehdessä haastateltavan taiteilija Antti Majavan mielestä kuvataide on kävijämäärältään suurimpia vapaa-ajan aktiviteetteja Suomessa tällä hetkellä. Kävijämääriltään taiteen volyymi on tilastollisesti yhtä suuri kuin urheilussa. Kiinnostuksen puutteesta ei siis voi ainakaan valittaa.

Sitä suuremmalla syyllä kannattaa lukea kesän Voima!

Numerossa väitteeni punnitaan. Onko taide katoamassa ylipäätään, ja jos on, johtuuko se taiteilijoiden käpertymisestä norsunluutorneihin, talousahdingosta, kulttuurin viihteellistymisestä, eriarvoisuuden kasvusta vai älypuhelimista?

Mielestäni taide voi olla eskapistista, utooppista ja fantasioivaa, mutta se ei ole koskaan irrallaan yhteiskunnasta. Siksi taiteen asemaa ja olosuhteista tarkastelemalla on mahdollista esittää koko yhteiskuntaa ja sen kehityssuuntaa koskevia näkemyksiä. Voima 6/2018 on sekä taidepoliittinen numero että yhteiskunnallinen kannanotto taiteen ja sivistyksen puolesta. Teatterilegenda Bertolt Brechtiä lainatakseni: ”Jos ei tehdä enää taidetta, on sota.”

Valtakunnallisena ilmaisjakeluna Voima löytyy Helsingin metroasemilta, kirjakaupoista, kirjastoista, oppilaitoksista, elokuvateattereista, Matkahuollon toimipisteistä, kahviloista, ym. Kotiin Voiman voi tilata lehden nettisivulta:

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We wage war without war, drink coffee without caffeine and enjoy art without art – what the hell is going on? On the behalf of Reality Research Center I took the position of Visiting Chief Editor of Finnish culture magazine Voima in issue 6/2018. It will be out on July 9.

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Jussi’s Last Tape session no.15

Jussin viimeinen nauha Kuva9 Janne Saarakkala

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.

Jussin viimeinen nauha Kuva1 Janne Saarakkala

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.

Jussin viimeinen nauha Kuva5 Janne Saarakkala

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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 organisations.

Good program! Some live music, presentation of a video installation, speeches and a dinner in good company. Nice. Thank you, SKR!

Reality Research Team at the party: executive manager Annu Kemppainen, Chairwoman of admin board Maria Oiva and I.

Reality Research Team at the party: Managing Director Annu Kemppainen, Chairwoman of admin board Maria Oiva and I.

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Haastattelu Voima-lehdessä 10/2017

Voima-lehden vieraileva päätoimittaja Jari Tamminen nostaa esille pääkirjoituksessaan Riihimäen Teatterin. Haastattelu käsittelee sen lisäksi paitsi Janne Katajan Riihimäki -esitystä myös työtäni Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksessa ja Työ 5.0 – LEIPÄ -esitystä. Mukana myös Mikko Roihan ohjaaman Pesärikko-esityksen arvio. Klikkaa auki tästä.

Kuvassa Maija Siljander, Riku Korhonen ja Katja Peacock Janne Katajan Riihimäki -esityksessä. Kuva: Aki Loponen

Maija Siljander, Riku Korhonen ja Katja Peacock Janne Katajan Riihimäki -esityksessä. Kuva: Aki Loponen

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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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