Esityskioski / Performance Wagon 20.-28.8.2021

Maria Santavuori, Talvikki Eerola, Katriina Kettunen, Jonna Wikström, Janne Saarakkala ja Tuire Tuomisto kioskilla. Photo by Tuomas Laitinen

Performance Wagon is open and waiting for you! Ten trips in English that take you, alone or with your friends, to the surrounding areas in the heart of Helsinki. Mostly with a guide/performer but we have some awesome DIY trips too! Ten performative trips to reflect the city as well as the twenty year history of Reality Research Center. Trips that will change your perception!

Read about Performance Wagon here and check the menu here. Welcome!

Esityskioski on

  • Havis Amandan patsaan viereen parkkeerattu peilinhohtoinen kioskivaunu, josta myydään 30-60 minuutin mittaisia esityksellisiä retkiä lähiympäristöön 1-10 osallistujalle/katsojalle kerrallaan. Osa retkistä on aikataulutettu mutta suurin osa ostettavissa suoraan kioskilta, jolloin valittu retki koetaan saman tien oppaiden johdatuksella ja/tai esittäminä. Retkivalikoimasta löytyy myös omatoimiretkiä, joille saa täsmälliset ohjeet mukaan. Tutustu retki-menuun tarkemmin täällä!
  • Kahdentoista esitystaiteilijan yhteistyön tulos, joka pohjautuu Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksen uusiin ja vanhoihin esityskonsepteihin ja todellisuuden tutkimisen keinoihin. Lähtökohtana paikkasidonnaisuus, eli Esplanadin puisto ja Kauppatori ympäristöineen, keinoina esitystaide, teatteri, performanssi ja monet tutut kulttuurikonventiot kuten opastetut turistiretket, työelämään tutustuminen ja kuohuviinillä kilistäminen. Tekijöinä/oppaina/esiintyjinä on sekä vastikään kollektiivin jäseniksi valittuja taiteilijoita että perustajajäseniä (kuten esimerkiksi minä): Talvikki Eerola, Julius Elo, Titta Halinen, Katriina Kettunen, Tuomas Laitinen, Minja Mertanen, Janne Saarakkala, Jussi Salminen, Maria Santavuori, Tuire Tuomisto ja Jonna Wikström. Visualistina Paula Koivunen.
  • Esityskioski on kaksisuuntainen peili, joka peilaa sekä Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskusta että sen kotikaupunkia Helsinkiä. Se on synteesi kollektiivin kaksikymmenvuotisesta taipaleesta, juhlavuoden pääteos ja lahja teille.
  • Lisätietoja Esityskioskista ja Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskuksesta


Photo by Iiris Tuisku

Esityskioski on kaksisuuntainen peili, joka peilaa sekä Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskusta että sen kotikaupunkia Helsinkiä.”

Tule ja bongaa gorilla! Photo by Iiris Tuisku
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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.

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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Happy Holiday Season!

I wish you all Merry Christmas with ICE HOLE’s newly published Xmas issue!

Besides editor Pilvi Porkola’s letter, it’s all videos this time.

Still from the cover video Kissing Santas by Sandrina Lindgren and Ishmael Falke.

Still from the cover video Kissing Santas by Sandrina Lindgren and Ishmael Falke.

ICE HOLE – Live Art Journal is an online journal focusing on Live Art and Performance Art. We publish videos and texts and our aim is to share thoughts, ideas, inspirations and discussions. The journal is Reality Research Center production.

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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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