A ‘Grueling and Grotesque’ Biohacking Experiment (2018) Emily Buder.
Successfully build a Boss FS-6 Clone.
Started working on Workers Stretching -series in preparation of Neighborizome activities.
– We saw a Morris Mini at our after school club parking yard. It had a bumper sticker which read: “When I grow up I’m going to be a BMW”. I thought it was funny because BMW manufactures minis.
– Did you explain him that? That he need not worry. That he’s already the car of his dreams.
– No dad. I didn’t have time. The sticker also read that the name of the car was: “Bob”.
– Next time you see it you can tell him that “Bob” is the name his slave master gave him and that his true name is know only to himself.
Dark Kitchen: Making friends with microbes (2018) Mark Watson interviews Eva Bakkeslett about fermented foods (Usefull for Neighborizome development).
MSHR ~ Synthesizer Designs by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy.
Resoiled my shoes.
Bought a batch of audio cables. With them I’ll get the most out of my new (old) Allen & Heath GL2 mixer. Also ordered a battery for my new (old) DigiTech DSP 256XL Multi Effects Processor. The cables came from Germany (Thomann) in a week, the battery from Nurmijärvi (Akkunetti) is taking longer!
Preparing the next Neighborizome event. The last one on 18.2 was a relative success. There was enough audience, the mood was easygoing, presentations by guests were smart and after talks with Kombutcha went well too.
Chelsea Manning for U.S. Senate campaign video sends a very similar message as the Donald Trump presidential campaign.
Work on viili continues! Made a sheet document to follow the progress: 20180115_a-history-of-a-viili. Collected Kombucha from Pasi Rauhala for the upcoming Neighborizome talk-shop.
Wrote a travel grant usage reports for the Arts Promotion Center of Finland. Tough work. I’ll have to make a document about last years artists grant too.
Send an email to New York Performa-organization in an effort to plan the residency period. Also learned that our flat in Brooklyn has a gym in the basement, it’s 15 min from the residency-atelier and that I need to get a B1 style working visa in order to make a film in the city.
Send my Novation Circuit to Thomann.de for service. The unit glitches occasionally. Thomann has a three year warranty! Included a summary of the issues and a short text: “Greetings from Helsinki and I hope you have a good week. I’ve been preparing viili lately, it is a fermented milk drink (similar to buttermilk) and going to the sauna by the cold sea. I’m thinking about getting a Drumbrute, it would compliment the Circuit well and make for a decent sequencer.”
Got a copy of Osculum Infame (2001) Gardar Eide Einarsson & Matias Faldbakken (published by Nifca). A guide for satanic ass-kissing.
There are various aspects of the Osculum Infame, the Black Mass and the description of Satan’s physical appearance that can be applied to the notion of modern-day networking rituals and their participants. As a manner of trading social behavior for personal gain, networking had become one of the most powerful vehicles for financial, political and cultural progress.
Увидеть огород Вадима и бросить троеборье… Weird and powerful movements with kettlebells and chained weights.
Learning to make viili in preparation of the Neighborizome events.
Updates (8-14.1). Note: Moved the history of a viili here.
1l fatty milk, 2dl fatty viili (Valio brand) in warm room temperature (22.5°C). Mixed using a blender and poured in six closed jars (jar lids have three small holes for air). Simple and fun.
- Batch A 12 hours in 22.5°C, 12h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is great but mild.
- Batch B 23h in 22.5°C, 7h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is great, slightly more acidic.
- Batch C 33h in 22.5°C, 12h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is great, similar acidity as batch B.
1l non-homogenic, non-heat-treated and organic fatty milk, poured on top of 2dl of Gen 1# A batch in a large glass container (cleaned with boiling water). Room temperature 22.5°C.
- Batch 2A 23h in 22.5°C, 4h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is great, similar acidity as Gen 1# Batch B. (Same taste and condition after ~20h in refrigerator).
Batch 3A[P]: 1l regular low fat milk, poured on top of 2/3 Batch 2A mixed with cultured buttermilk (Which includes Asidofilus & Bifidus bacteria). Batch 3A: 1l regular low fat milk. Room (also milk and viili) temperature 22.5°C. Batches prepared in heat-treated jars (two lids emit a faint vinegar odor).
- Batch 3A[P] 23h in 22.5°C, 18h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is great, nicely acidic but not strong. No trace of buttermilk.
- Batch 3A 23h in 22.5°C, 18h in cold. Results: Consistency identical to original viili and taste is mild but good. No vinegar odors or taste.
Enlisted as an unemployed in an effort to collect funds for the upcoming New York residency. I have some savings and gigs scheduled but I need to pull in all available resources to fund the trip (grant applications for Taike and Skr failed).
Guests from Brussels are arriving today and staying for a week in our place. Kids are still on their winter vocation and I can’t work at home.
Neighborizome events are being planned and prepared for 18.1.
How the baby boomers — not millennials — screwed America (2017) Sean Illing.
Returning from Turku, gave my best effort in explaining Judith Butler’s Notes Toward a Performative Theory of Assembly (2015) to the Neighborizome crew. We had a pleasant chat about it but I failed to nail it. Made plans for next months discussion events.
Made the VCF resonance mod for my Volca Monotron Delay. I’ll test the CV input (via Gate input) too.
The Berlin Wall Distortion build was successful. Unfortunately my schematics had a critical error which took the better part of the day to figure out. All of the components are soldered on the board, potentiometers, buttons and switches are in place. Sounds works but one of the diode pairs is still causing issues. I’ll try to find potentiometer hats tomorrow and attach the window.
Giovanna guided our Neighborizome group as a consultant over the weekend. The discussions were very fruitful and I feel way more confident about the project.
Preparing for Porin Juhlaviikot performances (should be writing texts for it already but I’m too tired due to a day of breathing solder gas).
The Truth about ‘Cultural Appropriation’ (2017) Kenan Malik for ArtReview. Too strong arguments for me..
What is really being appropriated, in other words, is not culture but the right to police cultures and experiences, a right appropriated by those who license themselves to be arbiters of the correct forms cultural borrowing.
Wrote a detailed summary (in Finnish) of my art-camp contribution for 12-18 year old kids from Hyvinkää and Hämeenlinna children’s art schools. Added links to Peggy Pierrots talkshop-guidelines and referred to Poste Restante. The title “Postructuralism for Kids -lecture” brings a smile to my face.
Neighborizome project development is in a mid development crisis. Nothing threatening but we need to find more sensible ways in to work together. We drafted a budget for next year.. If everything goes as planned we’ll publish a booklet and host a miniature performance art festival in the spring of 2018. Things will be confirmed next week.
Through this collaboration I’ve come to understand of my personal shortcomings as a project manager. Instead of engaging in negotiations which would be rooted on clearly articulated opinions, I tend to continue addressing questions I have issues with for as long as it takes for the group to address them the way I prefer – This way I inadvertently assume indirect control of the discussions, without clarifying and assuming responsibility for my intents. This style of management is rooted in collective low budget production culture (typical for performance art in Finland) where members have strong creative opinions and they don’t have the resources to challenge their beliefs. When issues are continually re-address the aims and shape of the artwork (or project) is address as a series of tasks which fit within milestones and deadlines (instead of creative intents and visions). As a result the project will be lead by the person who invest the most in task solving and this seldom makes for good art.
Vili Mustalampi performed well at the Kom-theater sound night at Vuotalo. I haven’t listened to the recording yet. I think the Mitä kuulu+ (for Ihme-days) & Kutsu projects which focused on the changes in city soundscapes are now complete. I’m not completely satisfied on how things went. The 48min documentary I made is a tad too long and unfocused and unfortunately I haven’t found anyone who would be interested in publishing it. I should share it more boldly to people I imagine would like it.
Performed with the Neighborizome group at the Koneen säätiö Lauttasaari mansion renovation topping out party last Thursday. We prepared a timecapsule/ritual kit for the future and buried into the yard. Builders and guests could vote on its content. Builders voted on an Anonymous Mask and a Koskenkorva vodka flask (Fitting symbols for their struggle). They threw coins into the kit for good luck.
Learning Ableton Live in preparation of a gig at the Viestejä Vuosaaresta (KOM-theater / Helsinki Model) event. The gig is on 2.11 and I’m scared. Vili will recite a marine weather report using his flamenco/gypsy-style singing skills. The tone of the singing is similar to an Adhan. Lauri Wuolio is also performing at the event.
Preparing a teaching gig for Janakkala (for kids, 12-18 years) next weekend. There will be 21 students. I’ll be teaching them how to “walk”.
Preparing a 1,5h lecture next Friday on my artistic practice (in the framework of posthumanism/ecology) for dance and pedagogy students of Uniarts Helsinki and Aalto Uni. I’ll start of by explaining that my mother was a Marxist, recap how my shared interests with the Helsinki communist youth association evolved into (very) slim involvement with anti-globalization and anti-war movements and how celebration over the 9/11 (2001) attacks resulted into a restlessness which lead me into crafts (In short before 9/11 dirty clothes were cool – Post 9/11 dirty clothes were scary).
Wax-treated my jeans coat. 1 part boiled linseed oil, 1 part beeswax mixture. It will take 6 months for the linseed oil to dry.
Co-hosted a talk-shop at the Lauttasaari library on Thursday with Leena Kela and Heini Aho (Neighborizome crew). The event investigated the processes of “Forgetting & Decaying” in relation to an upcoming public artwork “The Garden of Decay”(?) by Maria Teeri and Janne Nabb. The piece will installed at the Lauttasaari Mansion which Kone foundation will launch as a residency/office/community/art space (Expected to open summer 2018).
Neurologist and emeritus professor of geriatrics Raimo Sulkava saved the event by giving a relaxed and easygoing description on how memories are formed (through repetition). We discussed bronze statues in our cities as cultural memories, which Sulkava replied to by presenting “The Garden of Decay” as a positive response: The shape of the artwork is constantly changing and it’s rotting away but it can still be considered valuable and artistic – Such as we should approach the elderly.
Visited HAM yesterday for the Eero Nelimarkka exhibition opening. The house was full of people! There were some distant relatives present too but I felt too lazy to introduce myself. The exhibition was boring and the catalogue texts celebrated Nelimarkka as a genius. Some statements were fatally incorrect: “Nelimarkka was a chauvinist, which was normal in his time”. He was definitely a chauvinist but there has never been anything “normal” about it. The text was written by Riitta Nelimarkka.
Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington by Olivia Solon & Sabrina Siddiqui (for The Guardian)
“Their theory is that democracy is an impedance to capitalism so they need as little regulation as possible”
During the 1990s, In the early days of the dotcom era, internet companies flourished in Silicon Valley by skirting the law, moving fast and breaking things. Such techno-libertarianism was founded on the belief that borderless cyberspace was separate from the physical realm and therefore not subject to the same rules.
[…] Silicon Valley’s tech leaders have a short memory: their companies were built on a foundation of government intervention and public monies.
Born Sexy Yesterday by Pop Culture Detective (Jonathan McIntosh) investigates naive-but-sexy female characters portrayed sci-fi movies and identifies them as fantasies for the colonial gaze. These characters are build on an older, racist narratives about indigenous women and white men. The interpretation feels legit.. In Finland similar characters have been written to illustrate the relationships between urban and rural communities. A male graduate from the city arrives to the countryside and meets with a farmworker girl. The graduate fights of her brutish suitors (often alcoholics) and marries the girl. These stories are not sci-fi movies but they are rooted on modernistic fantasies.
Performed at the Lauttasaari street-party over the weekend. Got on stage after a show by the Moomin characters! Our part in the event was a part of the Neighborizome project we are working on with Leena Kela and Heini Aho (recently announced on the Koneensäätiö website). We were introduced on stage by Anna Talasniemi. Some evidence on the event on Instagram. We found five potential condominium-collaborators to work with.
My Dude mixer arrived to day. I’m very happy with the quality of the sound. It amplifies mic level signals neatly and delivers a balanced stereo mix (almost makes a sm58 mic audible with out a preamp). The over-amplification/saturation sound mixing feature works with rhythmic material, it seems to follow beats (haven’t tested the feedback yet). I guess I’ll make a tutorial on how it works with different audio sources for Pietari.
The only disappointment is that it doesn’t have a separate light to indicate when the device is on (Open lines are indicated with leds). There is a serious issue with channels 4&5 and I’m in contact with Bastl to have the unit replaced/fixed.
Here is a video showing issues with mics and here is a video showing issues with synths (ts & trs connectors). Leoš from Bastl-Help guided me to reheat the contacts in an effort to fix the problem. Unfortunately I couldn’t get it to work. As I was poking inside the mixer I noticed a lot of fast and dirty soldering work – Which was disappointing. Some connections didn’t seem to have any solder in them! I’m now waiting for news on how long it will take to be replaced (the delivery of this unit took two weeks). I need to have the mixer repaired and delivered by 15.9.
A detailed and well-written history of condominiums (asunto-osakeyhtiö) in Finland: Kansan osake. Suomalaisen asunto-osakeyhtiön vaiheet (2017). A great resource for understanding the conditions of urbanization and the development of the middle-class. The Finnish condominium legislation enabled tilattomat (the estateless), loiset (the parasites) and itselliset (the self-makers), meaning groups of the Finnish population who didn’t own any property (also mäkitupalaiset and torpparit) to establish themselves in the developing cities.
The Finnish condominium system differs from many modern countries. The rights of the condominium shareholders have been defined by laws passed in the 20ties and even earlier. (In comparison similar laws were been passed France late 60ties) In the Finnish system shareholders don’t own their houses (the rooms they live in), they own a share of the condominium. All shareholders have a legally defined collective responsibility to upkeep the property. Individual renovations and changes made to homes must be agreed upon by other shareholders. In many other countries there are homeowners’ associations which manifest the collective will of the occupants but joining the association is not always mandatory. This is why it’s common that occupants fund their personal renovations and that the public spaces in the building are left unmaintained. Associations are also weaker legal entities then joint-stock companies – They cannot apply for loans as easily.
In 1901 only 25% of the Finnish population in the countryside (2,6mil.) owned any sort of property and only 15% lived in cities. These statistics are staggering compared to Sweden 25% or Denmark 40% (of the population living in cities). In 1880 there were 400 000 (in 1910, 700 000) members of the population defined as loiset (parasites)! In Finland urbanization offered a structure to escape from the oppression of landowners or more specifically from the grip of the talonpojat (direct translation: Sons of the House) class. 1873 in Helsinki 200 occupants were found to be homeless (100 where children). Until 1930 50% of the population got their income from farming related work.
Finnish condominiums where organized as joint-stock companies, which could apply for loans (some intended for social housing) from the government to build apartments for their shareholders. In the best examples, to get a loan each participant invested their own (borrowed) capital and their personal labor power for the venture. Personal labor power (as an investment) was talked of as a “Shoulderbank” (Hartiapankki). Socialist of the time felt that this arrangement was educational and helped the developing working class to learn how to manage their assets. The arrangement came about as a result of the housing crisis (caused by the modernization of work). People moving to the cities had to form their own companies and carry risk collectively because Finland didn’t have enough capitalist interested in building rental flats.
Also the city could serve as an investor in which case occupants would pay off the city’s investment through the monthly condominium-payment (yhtiövastike). Unfortunately the system has been misused by speculators from the beginning. (Most discussed in the case of Hitas houses, one of which I grew in. Sidenote: Haka was also an interesting effort) Majority of condominiums where built to be rented or sold. In time laws were passed which made speculation more difficult.
As a result WWII bombings and the loss of land (10% of houses were in cities which the Soviet Union claimed) small houses (rintamamiestalot) became popular. Rintamamiestalot were built from wood because people couldn’t afford concrete. At times over 1500 people in Helsinki were living in bomb-shelters and 11% of the population didn’t have a permanent homes (400 000 refugees arrived from areas the Soviet Union claimed). Lex Raatikainen gave the state the right to claim land to build houses (from cities) and facilitated the development a social housing program for people touched by the war. Even people who didn’t have any assets were granted loans backed by the state.
The Arava-loan system provided very long loan payment times for condominium building projects. People from upper-middle classes misused the system and gained access to new modernly equipped Arava funded homes (luckily this opened their old homes for the markets). Their behavior was tolerated because building projects didn’t have enough capital to begin with. Government run institutions (such as Alko) helped their employees to find homes condominiums.
The housing crisis continued through 60ties as capital was needed for the rapid industrialization. Various tax schemes were advised to boost the development of rental flats. Between 1960-75 a million people moved to cities and suburbs were constructed (over 700 000 houses were built – majority of which were condominiums). Concrete became a popular material and building methods were modelled after car-assembly lines. The dimensions of construction tools and lifters defined the distances between apartment blocks. The quality of building was poor but people didn’t complain. In 1965, 500 000 Finns didn’t have indoor plumbing (45 000 of them lived in Helsinki). As a result of the Finnish condominium system, social life in new developing suburbs was relatively peaceful (tenants were managed by their landlords and booted if there were complaints).
The book also explains why Espoo is so fucked up (p. 134-136) and details the history of Vuosaari as the “poormans Tapiola” due to it’s funding being gathered by a social housing association. Occupants of the Vuosaari blockhouses aided in the building as a part of the arrangement. In some cases up to 50% of the costs were covered by volunteer work (Hartiapankki rules!). After the 60ties people were actively encouraged to save money and to buy homes condominiums. Arava organization also promoted the idea of developing housing-cooperatives.. But they proved to be problematic as occupants who moved out had to sell their share with a fixed price (The Finnish condominium system actually resembles the Swedish housing-cooperative model, but is more dependent on capital). Setting fixed prices did not motivate the shareholders to develop their property.
In the dawn of of the 70ties people moving into the city started to favor small private houses (In 1988 70% of all new houses where private). Flats which were built to be rented were sold as their prices begun to rise late 70ties. In the late 80ties people were forced to buy flats because there were not enough rooms for rent! Loan were provided through international banks. The recession (1991-93) was the hardest in any European country after the war. People living in condominiums were relatively protected, they were allowed to only pay the interest of their mortgages.
A new crisis emerged as people realize that the poorly build blockhouses had to be renovated at some point. (In the 80ties building companies were not interested in it!) The reputation of the suburbs declined in the 90ties and the occupants (now old pensioners) and couldn’t afford massive renovations. The government supported renovations but only occupants from well-off neighborhoods managed to benefit from the support. Condominium restoration projects are difficult to arrange as they are dependent on a consensus between stakeholders. People are currently too poor to maintain their properties.
In 2009 Finnish condominium legislation was separated from general stock-company legislation and new regulations were passed concerning the right of stakeholders. According to the new law the condominium is collectively responsible for the exteriors of the house (window frames, doors etc.) and some “basic elements” indoors (toilet seats, water taps).
Blockhouses have very bad reputations in countries where legislation has been slow to cultivate the development of collective responsibility for the property.
Meeting with the Neighborizome working group at Lauttasaari. Brought my microGranny sampler with me. Soundscapes as intertwining rhizomes for different ideologies? Blaah… A granular sampler seems like the best tool to investigate this. Catching up on the rhrizome-thinking with Deleuze for the Desperate lectures by Dave Harris (as recommend by Leena).
Dyslexia is the biological equivalent of poststructuralist thinking – It is proof that nature can be creative. Dyslexia is an asset when you want to read a text or phenomenon rhizomatically.
- Dicktator and Tractor can read the same. They are grouped together by their length, the height of letters and the timbre of the words.
- Bourgeois can be spelled in pretty much any way (Examples: Bouswar, Bourwarg, Bosourward, Bourghraigh). The spelling process ends when the computer proofreading program quits nagging.
- Relationships to technologies are not limited by a proper (humanistic) reading or predeterminations on how the technology should work. Relationships to technologies are personal.
- The names and numbers of months don’t connect. ToDo -lists replace chronology, everything is ad hoc.
- Anything that opens a lock is a key.
- Similar structures and relations within networks can be identified without allowing binary/etc. categorizations to hinder the reading. Instead of focusing on words (nodes), a dyslexic reader focuses on context (relations). This enables them to spot similarities in categorically different fields of knowledge.
- You are constantly reminded of the oppression of the status quo. Any utterance can be called to question by bystanders, various proofreading technologies and design.
- Every time you feel you are understood by someone, you fall in love with them. Because relations are more important than words, meaningful relationships with the non-human world emerge unannounced.
- When you manage to read something and to understand it you change as a human being.
- Names are irrelevant, familiar faces and tools are recognized. Signifiers constantly re-emerge, introductions are made by announcing relations (Let me introduce you to a great colleague, whom I met in… , Try to pry it open with that shiny metal thing…)
- Each reading changes the content of the text. There is constant doubt of categories and reasoning which is validated by logic. The font and screen resolution change the message.
- Writing is fluid because it is speaking through text. Writing is an act. Every word is a prosthetic.
Got a sweet gig! We are going to form a temporary group with Leena Kela and Heini Aho. We’ll be working on a collaborative project in Helsinki for a year. The project will be called Naapurihmasto / Neighborizome. I hope the name motivates me to wrap my head around Deleuze & Guattari. Leena recommend a short video as a starter.