Do you want freedom and drink tickets or liberty but you have to bring your own drinks? #ॐ
Fun electronics projects for solarpunk: Build a Solar-Powered Music Synth (2022) Iffy Books which is inspired by Ralf Schreiber solarsoundmodule (1996). Schreiber’ step-by-step manual on the latter beautify, as is the guide for suneater which links to Mark Tilden’s and Eric Seale’s work on solar motor designs. I’m planning to build a water-pump and sensor element for a water-purification machine, which could react to changing water levels & quality and user interactions. It’s supposed to become a fountain of sorts. Desperately keeping it non-technical, so that the tech part (which currently motivates me more the then conceptual function of the machine) won’t take over how the machine is interpreted. Ad-hoc’ish buggy gadgets like the suneater seem to work in the favour of looser interpretations. They have agency.
Also acquired a kintsungi kit to restore earthenware ceramics which were prepared during the previous Experimental Clay Workshop 2. The metals used in the technique might facilitate electronics too. Perhaps a porcelain cup as a electra distortion unit? Unfortunately the bomb-shelter studio is too cold to for intricate work.
I’m working on too much text and my neck is sore. I have art-reviews to edit, accidentally made a short column for a political journal and I’m scheduled to start working on an article on sustainable art residency culture soon. Also working on a institutional critique campaign which will likely be announced later this month and preparing a horse course for TeaK. Had a short lecture in the Fine Art Academy too (and examined a thesis there too). The students were expecting a talk on ecological art, so I had them form a bus row from chairs and took them on an imaginary road trip on Suuri Rantatie, chatting casually about horses. This year I’ve taught or had lectures in Aalto university, Fine Art & Theatre Academies, the Kankaanpää Art School and co-organized two workshops.
The book “Performance Art in Practice – Pedagogical approaches” (Worthwise 2022) edit. Aapo Korkeaoja, to which I submitted an essay four years ago is being launched next week in Turku. The text I wrote for it is more relevant to me now then when I wrote it. Here is a n extract which starts my text
I have always had issues with authority. This family tradition was passed on to me by my mother. I get offended when people tell me what to do and for this reason studying has been and still is challenging. Luckily Finland is a welfare state, and in the nineties primary school teachers were idealistic. They believed that everyone is good at something and their trust convinced me that my dissident attitudes would find acceptance in the field of art.
I try to pass on similar hopefulness when I get the opportunity to teach. In the past I’ve attempted to assert control over creative processes and I’m learning to get more comfortable with uncertainty. I fear that open processes end up strengthening existing ideas and do not enforce change, which I think is mandatory for combating the hostility of present societies.
Prepared a new category in-memoriam to the Ore.e Ref. site structure (root folders also include praxis and media). Added a celebratory 15 years in operations speech for Jesse, scribed to the marginal of a Casio 3769 manual.
Our reception at Glow Up was warm and the evening wonderfully festive. Malla’ gig invited everyone to dance and before this we participated in a performance by Vishnu Vardhani Rajan and admired poses by Tiia Kasurinen. Before the event we were welcomed by Pii Anttila, Sanna Karimäki-Nuutinen and Kunsthalle Seinäjoki staff. Karimäki-Nuutinen gave us a thorough introduction to the Kunsthalle history and current program. During the tour we got to meet and interview artists Ida Sofia Fleming and Vesa Rahikainen who had an exhibition in the top floor. Their work was based on rust, sound and rituals. Pii also hosted us a celebratory lunch and the co-curator of Glow Up, artist Aeon Lux gave us compliments when we parted ways.
We performed together as a group consisting of artists Tonya Björkbom, Julia Elo, Viola Jalaskoski, Uljas Kaitala, Anni-Maaria Leppänen, Sade Marila, Pinja Minkkinen, Piia Muurinaho, Ignacio Pérez Pérez, Sanna Svartström, +1 and myself. Tiia From & Onni Oja, who participated in the planning of the work could not attend. The performance was prepared during a two week intensive performance art course titled “Audience and Performance” organized at Kankaanpää Art School. Our group was called Eero Yli-Vakkuri & Co. in reference to recent debates on “& Co.” -style charismatically led performing arts organizations.
During the two week program we wrote a collective study journal with the group, which shares lecture notes, drafts for the performance choreography & score and other notes, general glimpses to discussions and exercises. I particularly enjoyed a day we walked the city and Uljas presented the group with the Kankaanpää cemetery gravestone deposit/storage. The site reminded me of a past gig at the Malmi Cemetery, which hosts a similar deposit of gravestone gravel.
Our performance, perhaps titled as “This is your ancestor” (but not agreed to be titled such) was an effort to transform a rock with the collective will of our group, bodies and by facilitating audience interactions with it. We advised various choreographic motifs, which were be used to exchange experiences, such us temperatures with the stone. I think the majority of the audience came to contact with the stone and some even performed solo actions with it. We developed the performance by gradually growing our collective understanding of the materials of stone, bubble gum (which contrasted the hardness) and by debating what constitutes an audience or public. We loosely defined (but experienced and abided to) collective rules on how to physically engage with each others and the audienceperformers. Trust was built trough intuition and developed a good mood for the club.
The Evening of Artificial Spring Water Tasting at the Finnish-British Society r.y. turned out great. Tuukka Asplund was a welcoming host and the audience of the event open to encountering taste. People shared their drinking water related memories and tasting histories. We explored in-house waters which were collected from two different tap of the building. To my surprise people experienced the kitchen tap to be more refreshing then the toilet tap water. As I learned from Tea during a previous performance, the toilet tap usually supplies fresher water then the kitchen tap. This is due to the frequent flushing, which constantly clean the pipes. Moving water is fresh – We gotta keep moving. The evening folded into a comfortable seminar, a chamber presentation of sorts. I ended up detailing my activities at the Kurängen Spring (I had brought with two of the carbonization / mineral extraction tool displays built last month) and opening the waterworks relationship to land-art conservation, which is a topic I’ve not yet explored publicly.
Joined Outi’s blessing ceremony today. The priest conducting the blessing asked us to foster “good speech” as an opposition to “hate speech”. The ceremony was held in a church, from where we were led to restaurant Kosmos by the Bad Ass Brass Band. It felt great to dance in their trail. It was raining and we formed a bicycle bock of the parade with other wheeled friends. A fitting rite to commemorate Outi’ life and legacy. I will keep the mourning flag at the Ore.e Ref. site for a week still.
A teaser from an upcoming book Radius: A Story of Feminist Revolution (2022) Yasmin El-Rifae detailing Cairo’s Tahrir Square events from ten years ago. The story follows activists working in the Opantish network.
Then I came back on the 30th and went straight from the airport to Opantish. And as soon as I saw the streets, I knew. I knew that we (the revolution) had lost.
Wickedest Sound (2022) 99% invisible. A good vibe podcast offering a DJ oriented narrative of the development of sound systems in Jamaica. I particularly like that operators and engineers where considered a part of the system. A good companion for Edward George’s The Strangeness of Dub (2019) mentioned earlier.
Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires (2022) Cyber (Matthew Gault). An interview with Douglas Rushkoff exposing billionaire worldviews. Not surprising but enjoyable to reconfirm. If something was surprising it was Rushkoff’s soft flirtation with ecososialism and permaculture.