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October activities: Radio of Changes @ Urbanapa x Ateneum, talk in Nashville

December 27, 2018 10:11
Hi!  I am part of the Radio of Changes project with Emily & Roy Boswell. We are conducting live hexagram readings on the top floor of Ateneum museum in Helsinki all this week, for a radio broadcast that goes throughout the festival. The hexagram readings will be broadcast as well as some radio dramas we have worked on, interviews, documentation of the festival and some other content. More information (and our hexagrams, which can be consulted online) can be found at www.ofchanges.fi.
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Kuusi Palaa: view from within season one

April 25, 2018 11:04
The Biathlon system that I have been co-developing since 2016 has been in use at Kuusi Palaa, a cooperatively operated project space in Helsinki. Kuusi Palaa opened on 1 March 2018 and will run at least until the end of June. The idea for Kuusi Palaa was to continue using the Biathlon tools that Temporary used (and operating in the same physical space), but to further decentralise the financing and become a legal cooperative. So now, instead of just the content and day-to-day operations being spread over a large and open mix of people, the paying of the rent and bills is also shared.
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World is Sudden: Summer Lab (+ bursaries available!)

June 19, 2017 07:34
I'm honoured to have been invited to participate in the World is Sudden: Summer Lab project by Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects next month. The project will take place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland and the North Pennines, and I'll be one of the artists along with Anne-James Chaton, Rory Pilgrim, Giles, Christian Jendreiko, Christo Wallers and the Glasgow Open Dance School.
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About Temporary (donate, please!)

April 25, 2018 10:46
Since September of last year, my day-to-day attention has been focused on Temporary, which we call a 'sandbox for practice-based research into experimental interactive formats’ in Helsinki.
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Temporary/Biathlon presentation in Riga 27.7.2016

July 26, 2016 05:47
My main project this year has been working with my colleague Agnieszka Pokrywka on the creation of a new toolkit for enabling participatory, trans-disciplinary culture environments. The toolkit, called Biathlon, will be tested out in a physical project space called Temporary, which we will open in Helsinki in September. Agnieszka and I have been supported throughout the year by the Kone Foundation to develop this concept.
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Experimental Event in Pori, Finland

October 14, 2013 17:25
Hi everyone!  Does anyone want to come to the west coast of Finland and wander around petrol stations for a few hours, picking up various random objects on the way, and then building narratives and histories around them? 
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August 2013 at Ptarmigan

July 31, 2013 07:13
In August we're pleased to host Done Kino, the first Kino Kabaret event in Estonia. At Done Kino, participants will create collaborative film/video projects built from previously shot, unfinished material which they will bring. The workshop is set up as a 99-hour event, in three 33-hour sessions, with a public screening after each session. There's still a bit of space left on the participant roster if you want to join, and the screenings (and opening event) are free to the public.
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Slothrop's, Tallinn, Estonia

January 19, 2012 23:25
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Recent things.

January 19, 2012 22:53
Dispatches from a website I do a piss-poor job of keeping up-to-date:
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Oakwhistle live show in Tallinn: 17. september 2011

January 19, 2012 22:53
I'm going to perform solo/live for the first time in ages, as Oakwhistle again.  It's at the Soodevahe festival in Tallinn on the 17th of this month.  Expect something along the vibe of the Boat Trip LP only maybe sloppier - but (un)focused around hesitation, delicacy, and misguided stabs at beauty.
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Miscellaneous expertise @ MoKS AVAMAA 2010

January 19, 2012 22:53


Next month I will be coordinating a workshop entitled Miscellaneous expertise: performance, unlearning stories and public speech at the MoKS Kunsti ja Sotsiaalpraktika Keskus AVAMAA sympsium in Mooste, Estonia.  This is a collaboration with my good friend Giles Bailey, and the workshop will take place over five days with the dissemination on the sixth.

We proposed Miscellaneous expertise as an experiment using the workshop format; we hope to explore some of the structural components of performance through a patchwork aesthetic, with a concentration on found materials, chance, and non-linear constructions.  One potential subtitle was Performance for non-performers AND non-performance for performers, though that's a bit too constrictive and I think "unlearning" is a better term to use.

The outcome of the workshop will be a panel discussion that dissects the nature of performance, which of course will itself be a performance, which of course will not be.  If you remember my post about last years Mutopia workshop @ AVAMAA, then youll know I valued the MoKS approach to creative practice, a flame that will hopefully burn through this.  

Details about the workshop (how to attend, as well as info on the other workshops and projects occurring during the AVAMAA week [Natalia Borissovas workshop looks amazing, and I wish there was some way to clone myself and do both]) are available on the MoKS website.  If youre thinking of participating in...
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The 15,000 Day Boat Trip: now available!

January 19, 2012 22:53
I'd like to announce (with great pleasure) that The 15,000 Day Boat Trip is finally available! 8mm038lp

This is an LP that I recorded during my final year in Glasgow, in 2007.  It's one long piece split over two sides , and I have been describing it to people as "instrumental music".  To be a bit more detailed, Boat Trip contains similar concrète assemblages to what we did in Lied Music, but with a significantly less boisterous attitude.  I took a slow hand here and tried to focus on cohesiveness (despite the damaged/anti aesthetic) as well as providing delicate, slowly breathing spaces. If you know me, you won't be surprised to hear a lot of strings, though I believe this record is esraj-free. 

The LP is released in an edition of 300 by the lovely 8mm label of Italy/Portuguese operation (making this, strangely, the second consecutive solo release I've done on a Porto-based label [the first being the split CD with Spiral Joy Band from back in '07]).  Screened/handmade covers, hand-numbered editions, you know - the whole deal. 

This has been a long time in the works and represents a solid year of my musical life.  I'm really thrilled to have this on vinyl, and it sounds great (thanks in part to the wonderful premastering done by Rory Sanachan). 

I'm really sorry to any Americans who may balk at the high price of this.  Vinyl costs are rising, but even moreso are shipping rates, which almost seem designed to fuck over those of us who still...
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'Last Night on Earth' tape

January 19, 2012 22:53
Ikuisuus has just released a split casette between Last Night on Earth and New Yaki.I appear on the Last Night on Earth side playing esraj, along with Jani Hirvonen, Mari Imppola and Jari Koho.  This was recorded ages ago after I just moved to Finland and was probably the first time I had played with anyone in months.  I haven't heard the recording in awhile but it is available for purchase for anyone who may be interested.  I have a few performances coming up in Helsinki which I'll post about here again when I have more details.
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New code on icewhistle.com

January 19, 2012 22:53
This site runs a custom-built content management system that I wrote when I was teaching myself Rails.  As it was a learning project, the code was full of bugs and suffered from generally poor design.  This afternoon I ripped out the guts and bashed out some new code, essentially from scratch.  The goal is reduce the ridiculous number of 500 errors that was occuring because I was aggregating too many RSS feeds together.You may notice that this site is generally less complicated now.  I have decided to stop reBlogging -- there are already a zillion pointless sites out there where people repost other content, and most of those actually take the time to comment on what they are reposting, which I didn't even bother doing.  The old reblog data will sit in the history of the posts unless people start to find it confusing when searching, in which case I'll wipe it.  I've added my delicious bookmarks to the sidebar here which will serve the same purpose.This "blog" will continue to exist as a place for me to write general thoughts and post news and updates about my work/projects.  I will continue to use blindness as a tumblr-style blog for quick and dirty stuff, and I will be merging the other various Wordpress installations into this main CMS.  The blog content will now be visible from the frontpage, which was previously reserved for "news" and announcement (which will now be found on every page, at the top).Thanks for reading this far.
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