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

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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.

EACH LOAF OF BREAD IS A MANIFESTO FOR MORE MEANINGFUL WORK!

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Photos by HAM / Maija Toivanen.

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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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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 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.

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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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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

photo: Pilvi Porkola

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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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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Yt-neuvottelut kaatoivat suomalaisesta työstä kertovan näytelmän

My post in Reality Research Center / Work Island blog is here.

I lost a big job with one theatre recently because of the governmental subsidy cuts. The blog post starts with that and continues to describe the desperate situation of freelancing in this country. Ok, everybody’s desperate these days, so where’s the beef? Ten years ago freelancers were supposed to be the model workers of the future. Today we’ve become ghosts, invisible to the trade unions and to the governement. I find it interesting. It’s a sign of the times.

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