torstai 27. marraskuuta 2008

The space

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So, this is the space where we are building our setup.

keskiviikko 26. marraskuuta 2008

perjantai 21. marraskuuta 2008

Stalking Kekkonen like theres no tomorrow

There is so much Kekkonen in my life right now that I am surprised if i don't dream of him when I go to sleep.

Besides all the work with the aprons and the buttons etc and the Kekkonen inspired music I've actually managed to meet some relatives of U.K.K.

Not only did a friend of mine Maria Kekkonen (related to the late president) taught us how to climb trees like U.K.K. himself did.


But I actually got to meet some more of Kekkonen's relatives and they told me really interesting stories about their family.

Listening to Anarchy in the UKK while working



Today we have been making aprons for our group. And of course these aprons would be nothing without Kekkonen. While transfering the prints to the Aprons we were listening to LTJ-29 "Kekkonen - Anarchy in the UKK". Anarchy in the UKK is a compilation that has versions or tracks inspired by J.O. Mallander's tracks "1962" and "1968" which are based on the counting of the votes in finnish presidential election. The winner was of course Kekkonen, who served as president of Finland for 25 years. The compilation was released in 2005 as a limited edition of only 120 copies. Obviously it was sold out, but we managed to get one.

Preparing for the festival

This week we have been making all sorts of props for the demo for example buttons with Finlands former president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen.

U.K.K. was born in September 3th 1900 and passed away August 31th 1986. He first served as Prime minister of Finland twice 1950–1953 and 1954–1956 and later as President of Finland 1956–1982. Kekkonen was the longest-serving President of Finland.

torstai 20. marraskuuta 2008

Some treeaction

Former Finnish president Urho Kaleva Kekkonen seem to pop out quite often in our project. UKK was definitely a man of real action, or atleast portrait as one by the media. There is one specific photo, that all finnish people remember: Kekkonen climbing a palmtree in Tunisia back in 1965.

Photo was taken by press photographer Martti Brandt. We do not know if the situation was spontanios, or if it was arranged. There have even been speculations if the photo is complitely faked.

Regardless of how this particular photograph was made, it definitely have helped UKK to gain his position as a man of real action.

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We thought we should try the treeclimbing ourselves, so we desided to contact Maria Kekkonen. Maria was just the right person for this particular job for two reasons: she teaches poledancing, so she knows a lot about climbing, and she is also related to Urho Kekkonen.

So first we started from the UKK monument, just to get to the right feeling. UKK monument also has some poles in it, so Maria tried climbing those first.

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And then we continued to the trees.

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Maria Helping Rakel to the tree

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tiistai 18. marraskuuta 2008

The pie issue

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One of the key terms when thinking about real action is definitely food. Eating it, preparing it are both very important forms of real action. We approached the issue throught one example: the karelian pie.

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Karelian pie is one of the most traditional finnish foods. It originates from Karelia, area that no was given in to Russia after WW2. We bought a bag of contemporary industrial versions of the theme, availlable in all supermarkets here, and had a nice piknik in Asematunneli, the shopping area beneath Helsinki Railway station.

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These pies are very popular in Finland, even thought food industrys versions are very far from the original. Soviet union took away karelians land, and made it a soviet province, and now the food industry took away their pie and turned it into this.

We wanted to try to meke some pies ourselves as well. We got some traditional incredients like rye flour, butter and greasy milk (unfortunately you can not get greasy enought anymore), and started cooking.

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Well we did agree, that things like sushi seem more familiar to us that traditional finnish cooking, even thought Rakel has taken a course at some point on the subject. Still we did manage pretty well.

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tiistai 11. marraskuuta 2008

tiistai 23. syyskuuta 2008

kekkonen



When Danske bank bought finnish bank Sampo, they had severe problems adjusting to new IT-infrastucture. This ment that none of the systems: internetbank, cards or customer service did not work at all for quite some time.

Thousands of customers left the bank, systems are still not not working properly, but now we can have kekkonen on our debitcards.

tiistai 16. syyskuuta 2008

Kekkonen

Since this project started we seem to run into Finlands former president Kekkonen everywhere.
When Vladimir Putin saved a film crue from a tiger Helsingin Sanomat made a list of other heroic acts of leaders. Kekkonen was obviously on that list.

I also recently found out that friend of mine is related to Kekkonen. She has kindly promised to help us if we need material of Kekkonen climbing in a tree. The very next day I ran into a shop window that had a giant picture of Kekkonen.

Also a finnish bank Sampo has launched a series of debit cards that are decorated by photos of finnish heroes. One of them obviously is Kekkonen.

It seems to me that we must include Kekkonen to this piece someway.

Working hard



We allways work hard on our projects, but we also have fun at the same time. In the left photo there are me and Rakel painting collective paintings and in the right side there are me and Anna year 2008 studying contemporary iconography.

maanantai 8. syyskuuta 2008

Nature of real action



When I think about real action, first things that come to my mind are all archaic manly things, like hunting, fishing or woodchopping. If I think about the subject any further, I realize that this sort of activities do not have any real meaning in the life we live today.

Average finn feels most real when spending the summer vacation chopping wood for the electrically heated summercabin and dipping TV-shop lures in the lake. Rest of the year is spent feeling unreal in the technological rat race.

We live inside technological rat race, so why do we search the realness from such distances?

Why is chopping wood more real than updating computers? Is it biological, are our brains just constructed this way? Is it species-specific behavior, or have we just spoiled ourselves with culture that emphasizes archaic heroic myths?

Well we do not know, we just started our journey. We will do our best to answerr these questions soon, or possibly just produce more questions.

But about the photos: In the left photo there are Anna and Rakel printing posters old fachioned way for an exhibition we did back in 2000. In the right photo there are Rakel and Anna, year 2008, studying postmodern representations of fishing.