Kerroin eilen Future DiverCities – Creativity in an Urban Context -hankkeesta Opetushallituksen Polkuja Luovaan Eurooppaan -tilaisuudessa, Korjaamolla Helsingissä. Mukana olivat Hanna Hietaluoma-Hanin, Kerstin Degerman, Kati Uusi-Rauva, Kai Lehikoinen, Riku Salomaa, Hannele Pellinen, Aleksi Hyvärinen,Hanna Nyman, Aleksi Bardy ja Iina Berden. Kiitos kaikille panelisteille ja osallistujille kiinnostavasta keskustelusta!
This Sunday we are performing Map of Scars at the Full Moon Dance Festival in Pyhäjärvi, Finland. I’m so happy to re-visit Pyhäjärvi as it is the festival where my works have been performed more than at any other festival. I’ve performed Milk, Outstanding Performance and Acts of Clothing there. On Friday we are rehearsing in Kuopio and then travelling to Pyhäjärvi on Saturday and performing on Sunday, on the opening day of the festival. Hope to see you there!
The rest of my days 11-28 in Australia were busy with IETM Satellite meeting in Melbourne and the caravan to Sydney, my talk at the Arts House and research for my upcoming project and PhD. But I had a day off when I visited Healsville Sactuary, which was quite magical! And I’m so happy I did that day tour.
Walk in the rainforest:At the William Ricketts Sanctuary:
My first ever Espresso Martini in Melbourne:
Spotted Marimekko magazine at the local laundry in South Melbourne:
A surprise guest at my door:Melbourne skyline from Footscray:
Wearing Marimekko and Minna Parikka:Visiting Heide Museum:NGV: A view from St Kilda where I went to watch pinguins at sunset:Oysters at a premiere, Melbourne style:On a walk: My talk:Australia was magical, inspiring, fun and an amazing opportunity to focus on my work and thoughts! So thank you ITAK, the regional dance centre of Eastern Finland and Moriarty’s Project in Melbourne. Also a big thank to Angharad Wynne-Jones, Sophie Travers and Alison Halit and everyone I met and hang out with!!!
When I came back from Australia, my days were busy with the upcoming ANTI Festival, my son’s graduation and Meet Johanna Tuukkanen performance.
Days of happiness, emotions, work, family, exhaustion, grief and disappointment…
The last days I’ve spent working in the studio, reading about cities by Nigel Thrift, on work emails, seeing performances at the Next Wave Festival (saw Fluvial and Kids killing kids on Saturday which were both great), meeting up with some friends, artists and organizers and wandering about in the city and in Fitzroy… It’s quite inspiring to be on my own!
I’m aware that my aspirations for this month are ambitious – too high. But I’m trying to make most of it! Working on my new project, my PhD, letting myself to be inspired and excited about works I see, artists and curators I meet…
Melbourne city with its famous Lanes is buzzing but quite relaxed. Melbournians are famous of their hospitality – and they deserve to be! I’ve had only one very rude encounter at the Next Wave Festival club Shebeen where a waitress treated me like I was the most irrelevant person on earth. Well, it was a busy Saturday night and I’m not a young trendy hipster but still… I don’t particularly feel that I want to spend my money there – since my order wasn’t really much of an importance to that particular waitress.
Some pics of the famous Lanes: I don’t really understand what’s going on with the horses on Swinston St.?
A Saturday afternoon walk from South Melbourne to the Queen Victoria Market:
Had a great coffee at the Market Lane Coffee: Popped into Uniqlo, one my favourite shops! They’ve just recently opened the first shop in Australia and it’s in Melbourne! So it’s pretty packed and busy… I love their ultra light down jackets, I have a few… But I spotted some Finnish design there as well! Horray Tove Jansson and the Moomins! Horray Paola Suhonen and Ivana Helsinki! Melbourne offers a great variety of amazing food… Here some Vietnamese steamed dumplings. Another morning run in Albert Park: My home street! All Australian made! Leggings by Zoya. A treat for myself from Smith St., Fitzroy. Tomorrow I’m off to Healesville for a day trip. Have to get some sleep now!
An early morning run/walk to St. Kilda. 11 km.
Strength training at the studio.
Alexander technique and stretching.
Music and a short improvisation.
Smoked salmon and feta salad.
Facetime with my son.
A sleeping pill.
After a rather restless and sleepless night I went for an early morning walk/run/jog around Albert Park and St. Kilda. It was windy and raining on and off but I really enjoyed it. I was carrying my camera, iPhone and keys.
It was such a great experience to visit Zodiak in Helsinki with Map of Scars in February! Four beautiful performances, touching moments, tears, friends, lovely dinners and great talks. I’m always over optimistic about my time and energy and of course, I didn’t manage to do as many things as I had hoped. But I really enjoyed being a visiting artist at Zodiak and being in Helsinki… So thank you to our audience and to the Zodiak crew!
Since the beginning of March, I’m focusing on my PhD for the rest of the spring and working only part time. I’m really excited but also struggling a little bit to find a rhythm between reading, writing, ANTI work and my training. At the moment I’m reading theoretical background including Bruno Latour, Niklas Luhmanna and Nigel Thrift…
The first weekend of Meet Johanna Tuukkanen performances is over. It has been such an exciting process… Working with someone outside the art world has been really inspiring and great but it hasn’t made making of the performance easy. So I’m truly happy that anaesthesiology specialist Johanna Tuukkanen from Jyväskylä is actully performing with me and that I’ve been able to create a structure in which we both feel comfortable and confident. And I’m so super happy that Johanna Tuukkanen is part of the performance and I’m so happy to have met her and to have gotten to know her better. We’ll do 4 more performances next weekend, you are most welcome!
Fri 22.11.2013 at 6.30pm
Sat 23.11.2013 at 1.30pm & 6.30pm
Sun 24.11.2013 at 5.30pm
Remember the absolutely necessary pre-booking: firstname.lastname@example.org or + 358 (0)40 708 0005 / Asta Elijoki!!!!!
Audience arriving through the forest:
Shots from the performance:
Examples of images in the space:
Johanna & MeAll photographs by Pekka Mäkinen.
I just arrived yesterday in Athens to participate in the IETM meeting. I’m really looking forward to all the events and talks but also to get to know this city that I haven’t visited before!
Yesterday happened to be my birthday as well and I had a great walk around Plaka and Psyrri, gorgeous dinner on Iron Square and fun with my collegue Maija.