Found some text concerning on spiritualism and electricity. “The Spiritual Telegraph and the relation between body and electricity in Spiritualism” is an overview on how science of electricity was used foundations of a new spiritualistic movement. “Spiritualism and Electromagnetism” offers a detailed look on how scientific concepts and terminology was used by some spiritualistic practitioners.
Visited KOM-theaters “Sound Night” (Ääni-ilta) at Vuotalo. The event lasted for over 90 minutes and was structured around contributions by local art/culture actives and organizations. Some parts of the show felt superficial.
The Sound Night was build around interviews they’ve conducted through the year. It felt as if all of the informants they’ve talked to had portrayed Vuosaari in very emotional manner (both negative and positive). The theater crew had chosen the positive approach to investigate the sites history. The Sound Night was fixed on the idea of Vuosaari as a happy village which had been masked as an urban district. They tried to portray the sites mythological past and contemporary soul. The problem is that suburbs renounce the concept of a soul – Suburbs are about movement. The unifying character of suburbs like Vuosaari is that they are transitional and fluid areas. They are constantly being rebuild and populated by new groups – They are modern.
Towards the end we sung a Vuosaari song the crew had composed. The song feld similar to the horrible municipal songs nationalistic artists composed for their districts, around the time Finland gained its independence (Vuosaaren maakuntalaulu). The Helsinki-model cultural funding program is guiding the team’s focus specifically to the Vuosaari district. This is a very limiting frame for cultural production. I’m interested to learn how other Helsinki-model funded institutions have solved the issues.
Started messaging with Kira O’Reilly, Lecturer MA in Ecology and Contemporary Performance (MAECP) about a meeting concerning horses.
Approached KOM-theatre about their upcoming sound events in Vuotalo. They are starting a three year venture into Vuosaari together with Klockrike-theater and the The Finnish Museum of Photography. Their joint effort is a result of the Helsinki Model (Helsinki Malli) cultural funding, which forces (or guides) established art institutions into providing creative experiences for people living in the suburbs. We met with the organizations together with Jonna Kalliomäki after the IHME festival workshops. My experience is that these kinds of institutionally run art-to-the-fringe projects fail to support the creative culture locals are already engaged in. Let’s see how I can change this.. Perhaps I could get them hire Hassan Maikal as a performer.
Also.. Had a touching meeting with the Mounted Police force of Helsinki.
My talk for Ihme-days is now on youtube. I’m pretty proud of the relaxed tone of the talk. It was prepped during the Error Collectives Serious Inspections-“talkshow” with Nestori Syrjälä, Pekka & Teija Isorättyä which is on youtube too.
The only thing I miss about twitter is @SUCHHELSINKIs witty comments.
My first talk for Ihme-days is online (in Finnish). Audio is a tad low so here are the notes for the talk.
Accidentally met Mikko Kuorinki at a Cafe. We went on to talk about the Record Singers (group) vinyl cover designed by Jorma Puranen in 1974. Kuorinki was interested in getting a copy so I gathered my guts and called Mirja Airas to ask if she had any left. She has some copies stored and her friend Marjatta Hanhijoki will bring them to Helsinki later this week! I’ll give copies for Puranen and Kuorinki too. This is the same vinyl cover I’m tasked to write about for the Artsi-museum catalogue.
Post Ihme-days. Waiting for my talks to come online on their youtube and depressurising from the busy weekend by watching Tron Legacy and playing techno. The KP3 can only play 7s long samples which makes it limited as a sampler.
We got organized with Antti, Pietari ja Timo and formed a study circle where we’ll read “In the Flow” by Boris Groys. I’ve read the intro and first chapter (and build by talk for Ihme-days on that basis).
Called artist Jorma Puranen and interviewed him about a vinyl cover he made 1974. The cover shows the Record Singers group. He was excited to talk about his involvement and confirmed majority of details I had heard about the cover. The way he spoke was inspirational and I also learned how he got to study in Pentti Kaskipuros class. Kaskipuro is a key figure in the post-postmodern movement in Finland. Self-educated but traditional, crafty but spiritual. I had the pleasure to meet him a couple of times.