Returning from Anti festival. Our performances (four two hour long spring tours, one featuring local spring water advocate Sirpa Vuori) and the Water Bar during the event gala were well received. Our collaboration with Tea was smooth and were kindly supported by Thomas Berra. I particularly enjoyed the energy we channeled during the 6h Water Bar session. I completely lost myself to the work and we moved around our bar-table in unison – Staying concentrated on our individual tasks: Preparing cocktails from water which bar customers prompted from us. I think we served over 20 liters of drinks (half of which was from the Poukama spring).

Here is a recipe for Moon Mist which was one of the most coveted drink (Discarded Gravestone with Salt did well too). Moon Mists is the taste of the moon crust as it is presented on Geology of the Moon article. We used 2g of substance per 1l water (Carbonated with 65 bars of pressure to illustrate a spacecrafts entry on Earth). The mount feel was sandy.

  • Quartz stone powder (as a supply for silica) 50%
  • Soda-can tab shavings (Aluminum) 24%
  • Limestone (Chalk) 15%
  • Steel tool flakes (Iron) 7%
  • Hit of Magnesium oxide 7%
  • Touch of Titanium white paint (Titanium) 1%
  • Hint of Sodium oxide 1%

We also served: Tap from Genova (Multia spring seasoned with a big chunk of copper), Poukama Spring (raw unfiltered wild water), Faux S. Pellegrino (recipe here), Finlandia Hall Carrara (marble powder from Finlandia hall with Faux S. P.), Wäinö Aaltonen Travertine (travertine from Wäinö Aaltonen museum wall with Faux S. P.), Berlin Wall Carbonated (Ppowdered Berlin Wall with Faux S. P. and salt), Ammonoidea in Limestone (fossil powder with with Faux S. P. and chalk), Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi Tap, Private Home on the Rocks, Distilled ’n Chilled and Discarded Gravestone with Salt

Also participated in a TAIKE seminar on Performance as Public Art (my contribution is available as a recording ) and before your shows I gave a short interview for Yle. (Edit:  I was told that spring-water restoration was discussed in Savon Sanomat in 17.11.20 and 22.11.20) A busy production and an intensive week. Currently working for Aalto university with Tina Madsen. We are teaching a course called Art, Environment, Education and has little over ten participants. Feels nice to teach. We will be experimenting with Deep Listening next week (as defined by Pauline Oliveros).

Mark Fisher: Capitalist Realism (2019) Philosophy Guy. An easygoing video for staying on track with communist fantasy.


Listened to James Bridle New Ways Of Seeing (2019) which “reimagines John Berger’s Ways of Seeing”. Felt like an throwback to the past glory days of media-art. Some interesting new stuff too, like terra0 the cybernetic forest (by Paul Seidler, Paul Kolling & Max Hampshire). Their modular, open-source framework is available on Github. The project is affiliated with Moneylab, which is fun as I just helped to stream an event related to it at Oodi. Bridle’s presentation is stuck on gaze. He repeats numerously (and in numerous ways) that seeing is knowing: That by gaining a view to the inner-working of a system, we could overcome its effect on us. I don’t share this optimism. Knowing is not power: Power is power, and the power to employ is the Power.

I’ve visited the Kurängen spring (60.288403,25.214754) area twice after the first visit. We found a wooden-frame which has been build to protect the spring opening (mentioned here). I cleaned the foundation of the spring by removing plant life from the bottom and leaves from the top. Found gray clay in the bottom soil. Could it be used for pottery? While cleaning, the clay tainted the spring-pond, which revealed the exact location where water is gushing out. An incredible site. It’s mentioned on the Helsinki city database of natural resources.

Preparing the Encountering Taste performance with Tea Andreoletti. Preparations are fun and have progressed steadily. Interviewed Sirpa Vuori a Kuopio resident who was witnessed the decay of city springs from 1988 onwards. Spotted her from an interview on Savon Sanomat (Kuopion kaupunki mylläsi lähteensä, 03.03.2014). During our interview I got a detailed witness account of the destruction of the Linnanpelto spring and a thorough mapping of past spring usage by city residents. A small detail:  Her neighbor had a sealed document granting her the right to use the Linnanpelto spring as a supply. The neighbor had received this document when resettling to Kuopio from the north (as a refugee). Suvi from Anti festival got her hands on a great document Lähteet Kuopiossa (2011) Teppo Tossavainen which offer a technical view to the springs. She visited many of the sites mentioned in the survey and it appears that the Poukama Spring is the only one left.

Digging Filament 1 (2007) Sachiko M and planning to modify my Arturia Keystep following Toms Jensens Janko Project 00 guide (also on Thingiverse). Sourced parts for a diy Norns build (the PCB is from Pusherman) but I don’t have time to commit to the build.

Got a temporary teaching gig at Aalto and bought Cobra Biker Hook Jac-Dingo boots from a Finnish manufacture Boot Factory run by Pekka Lahti.