ESITYS 3/2016 is out there with you!

Hear hear, my compatriots! As promised, this time Esitys magazine is more topical than ever! In the printed version that has just reached the mail boxes and the racks of resellers we review some of the most recent performances in Helsinki and/or go deeper behind their scenes, behind the minds of Finnish contemporary life and performance art, behind the discussion in social media. We drink with strangers in a bar to make them reveal what they think of art just now, study topical questions like how immersive is immersive, and ask: what is, actually, actuality? To read more, check the previous post here or visit the website or Facebook.

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Pandat Temen Meteli-verkkolehdessä

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Kävin elokuussa nauhoitetun keskustelun Johanna Hammarbergin kanssa Pandana olemisesta, uustyöläisyydestä, työn murroksesta ja siitä miten työelämä on muuttunut kymmenessä vuodessa; miten uudesta työstä on tullut ihan tavallista kaikkien työtä. Hammarberg editoi ja kirjoitti keskustelun Temen julkaisemaan Meteli-verkkolehteen, joka ilmestyi tänään. Juttu on neljän aukeaman mittainen! Ja Pilvi Porkolan kuvat pääsee oikeuksiinsa, vaikka itse sanonkin. Lehti luettavissa täältä, keskustelu on sivuilla 7-13. Lopussa Pandan pikatesti.

Before Work 4.0 – Launch of Future Work I had a recorded chat with Johanna Hammarberg about pandas, new work, the revolutionary changes in working life during the last ten years (including our own working lives). It’s a summary of research done in Reality Research Centre this year compared with the results from ten years ago. Hammarberg wrote and edited the discussion and it is now lavishly published in Theatre and Media Workers’ Union web magazine. Take a look of pages 7 to 13 here.

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Esitys 3/2016 is TOPICAL

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Once a well known Finnish journalist claimed that Esitys is a fantastic magazine except that it’s never up to date. For example by the time an issue is published the performances reviewed are long gone, she meant. In the forthcoming issue 3/2016 we are going to tackle this fact. The theme is topicality. The editorial staff is writing and editing the next issue – plus doing the graphic design – in seven days, starting tomorrow and ending September 20th. Magazine will be out of the press by the beginning of October.

You can follow the construction of the issue during the following week. Text drafts, reports, performance reviews and photos are being published in real time in Esitys Facebook page, Esitys web page and Reality Research Centre Instagram (#esityslehti).

I’ll be reporting from two theatre productions under the wire; Juha Jokela‘s new play Sumu in National Theatre and Meidän Luokka by Tadeusz Słobodzianek in Espoo City Theatre.

Chief Editor of The Topical Issue 3/2016 is Pilvi Porkola.

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Louna-Tuuli Luukka, Tuomas Laitinen, Janne Saarakkala and Pilvi Porkola in editorial staff meeting on Monday Sept 12th. Photo by Aino Graphic Design

 

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Myös sinä olet Panda

Panda, uuden työn ruumiillistuma, keksittiin Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksessa kymmenen vuotta sitten. Pidin häntä silloin tulevaisuuden kärjistettynä kuvajaisena. Työtä tutkivassa työryhmässämme ryhdyttiin käyttämään tieteellisistä tutkimuksistakin tuttua termiä “uusi työ”, joka erosi vanhasta siinä, ettei sen suorittamiseen ollut enää pysyvää työpaikkaa, työaikaa tai mitään muutakaan pysyvää.

Kymmenessä vuodessa työelämä on muuttunut niin, että mielestäni uusi työ on jo ihan tavallista ja yleistä. Se koskee kaikkia. Myös vakituisissa työsuhteissa, joita ennen saattoi kutsua vanhaksi työksi, tehdään nykyisin projektiluonteista, lyhytjänteistä silpputyötä – ja työpaikat ovat jatkuvassa uudelleenorganisoinnin tilassa ja näkyvyyden vaatimus läpäisee koko kentän. Meistä kaikista on tullut pandoja, nykyaikaisen työ- ja toimeentuloviidakon selviytyjiä, parhaimmassa tapauksessa voittajia.

Kymmenen vuoden takainen tulevaisuus on siis saavutettu. Mitä on odotettavissa työn tulevaisuudelta jälkiteollisen ja digitalisoituneen aikakauden jälkeen? Vieläkö pandat hallitsevat työelämää? Sen paljastaa Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksen Työsaarekkeen esitys TYÖ 4.0 – TULEVAISUUDEN TYÖN LANSEERAUSTILAISUUS. Vain yksi, ainutkertainen esitys Astoria-salissa perjantaina 9.9. klo 18.

Panda on Facebookissa.

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Ten years ago Panda was a novelty. So called ‘new work’ was new. Not anymore. We have all become pandas. Even the permanently employed are doing project based, shortsighted precarious work without any promise of, or even a wish for, stability. So, new work is old.

But what’s the next step after our era of post industrial work and world that keeps on digitalizing? Friday 9th of September Reality Research Centre presents “Work 4.0 – Launch of Future Work, a one-off happening in Astoria-sali, Helsinki in Finnish. 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.

Check also the previous post.

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Panda MTV-lavalla Porissa torstaina

photo: Pilvi Porkola

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Torstaina 14.7. klo 11 Panda haastaa ammattiyhdistysliikettä SAK:n kutsumana Porin torin MTV-lavalla. Tilaisuus on osa SuomiAreena-tapahtumaa ja sitä voi seurata suorana lähtyksenä MTV Katsomosta (skrollaa alas ja valitse MTV-lava Live).

Panda is challenging trade union movement on MTV-lava in market square of Pori on Thursday 14th of July at 11:00. MTV-lava is a central stage of SuomiAreena, public debate forum organised by television channel MTV3 and the city of Pori. You can follow the live streaming of the show from the MTV Katsomo (scroll down and choose MTV-lava Live).

Check the previous post connected to this here.

 

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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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