Finally, the official MoA 2011 website is online! :) Exciting… The exhibition is divided in five (!) categories, human, user & design, research, environment, and art. The exhibition stands under the theme ‘Redesigning Human’, the official statement reads:
‘One of the main differentiations between humans and other animals is the ability to make tools. First, we made tools to ensure our survival: we needed clothes, shelter, food and medicine in order to survive in the harsh environment of the Earth. When the basic needs were met, we began to make something much more complicated. This moment could be called birth of design: and the birth of things we design: artifacts. Humans have a strong belief that the more we design, the more we are in control of our lives. We now have the world at our fingertips on any given moment. We engineer our food, our skin color and even our children. Itʼs the age of a redesigned human. Not by god or nature but by us, humans.
The visuality of MoA 2011 will challenge the viewer if the statement above is really so. As more and more we design, weʼre more and more separate from our original creator (nature) and begin to live in our environments (artifact) by ourselves. As we design these artifacts around us, yet our behaviors have to slowly adjust and comply to these artifacts. This process is continuously ongoing, so is it that the more we design, the less control we have ourselves? These are some of the issues the graduating master students of Aalto have been tackling in their work. Creating applications of design and art that make our lives better in a natural and humanistic way.’
Sounds and looks promising. It is encouraging to see what other people have been doing and thinking and that many project go in similar directions.
As mentioned earlier, the now confirmed site of the exhibition is Salmisaari, Porkkalankatu 13 G in the old Skanno building and it will be open from 12. – 29.5.2011. More info on the program will be published in Mid-April according to the website. Welcome to the exhibition!
After two months of cloistering within my four walls writing on this project, my MA thesis at the University of Art & Design in Helsinki, I could finally pick up the books from the bookbinder yesterday! What a feeling to hold them in my hands. The bookbinder did such a nice job that I cannot resist recommending the company. I am now about to leave home to hand them in for evaluation to later join the architectural workshop of the MoA-2011-exhibition which has eventually announced its location: it will take place in the old Skanno building facing the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti, next to the sea shore towards Lauttasaari. Nice! According to rumours, the website will also be launched soon, so stay updated for news!
PS: Wondering about those holes punched in the cover? They stand for each one of the people who were involved in this project. Thank you again!
It has already been two weeks that the new year is on (happy new year!) and I have to admit: it has been quiet on this blog. Nevertheless, some things have been moving in the background- currently, I am trying to pull together the theory of this project, which has to be delivered by Mid-March (another reason for the unforgivable neglect of this blog). In May, the project will participate in MoA11, the Aalto University’s School of Design & Art Master of Arts-exhibition (what an expression!). At the moment, I am also looking for nice internships, projects and jobs for the time after March (in case you know something, don’t hesitate to let me know! :) )
I would like to seize the opportunity and thank everyone again who helped and supported me in some way during this project. New ones will come up soon, for example a proposal for the Helsinki World Design Capital year 2012!? The programme and theme look very promising, particularly in regard to new ideas about design… :) I will post new information after a first meeting this week with lots of possibilities for participation!
Anyway, only because the project is sort of over, I don’t want this blog to dwindle away. A new year’s pledge to you and myself: I will continue posting news and any related topics or inspiring projects. Like Bruno Munari for example (see above), Seeking comfort in an uncomfortable armchair (that’s how I feel at the moment!) Stay tuned!
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Our kitchen this morning
The last and final event of the project ‘5 The dish’ took place last night at my home on Iso Roba. Starting at 5 pm, last guests left around 1:30 am – that would be 8,5 hrs of Knödel party! This morning, I woke up with a hangover of sorts (which was not caused by too much glögi) – was this really the last event? I feel sad, but also relieved; now, the writing can start, and tomorrow, I will take off to Austria and Germany afterwards for holidays (if the snow storm doesn’t wreck my travel plans).
‘Waste’ bread from the supermarket
Preparations started with a supermarket tour on Thursday morning, when I picked up a bag full of the bread that would have officially expired the next day (supermarkets usually sort out products one day before expiration date), and which would have gone to the bin. I felt a bit like Santa Clause with that huge heavy black plastic bag full of goodies on my back, tramping back home through the snow. I unpacked the bread to prevent it from becoming mouldy – my flat smelled like some sort of bakery for three days.
The plan was to make so-called ‘Knödel’ from the waste bread, a typical German dish that recycles stale bread. I am sure none of my guests would have expected those hot steaming round bread balls to be as tasty as they were – not even me! I have to admit, the first Knödel in my mouth just truly made my night – so hearty, warming, and comforting! (talking about food arousing memories) The kitchen was packed with people, and nevertheless we managed to cook together. People just started chopping up bread and following the recipe that hung next to the stove. I didn’t even count how many different doughs were made last night, but there were quite a few, ranging from rye-beetroot- over normal white-bread-parsley-onion- to mixed-bread-with-carrots-Knödels.
All photos but first two by Marina Ekroos
The night went on with our ‘analogue Facebook’ wall – visualizing the social network of people at the party and those who had participated in former events and workshops of this project. It only stopped when we ran out of stickers! When people left, ‘Knödel doggy bags’ with the recipe printed on them were handed out to be filled with leftover bread from the table. Long live the Knödel!
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All photos by Marina Ekroos
This time, the event was documented by photographer Marina Ekroos, who also participated as a guest in the happening. Find more of her work from her website! Thanks to her for the beautiful pictures which can be now checked out on Picasa! Enjoy…
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The art and food event series ‘5 – The dish’ comes to an end with this big final event: an open invitation to the artist’s house! Welcome to bring as many friends as you want. The only thing I ask from everybody is to bring old bread – either from your own kitchen, salvaged from the supermarket waste bin, hunted for in a bakery, or from elsewhere – be creative! We will pile up the ‘waste bread’ and turn them into delicious ‘Knödels’.
This event is a chance to meet new and known faces, build up new networks, think of new projects, and reflect upon past, present, and things to come…
Date: December 5th 2010 (this week’s Sunday)
Location: at my home, on Big Mama’s 5th floor (where I share a flat with two girls). Iso Roobertinkatu 26 A 14, 00120 Helsinki
Time: starting from 5 pm onwards. Open end.
Looking forward to seeing you!
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Yesterday night at Ravintola Kuurna in Kruununhaka: a bread making and root cutlery workshop, three plus five chefs of sorts, bottle candle lights, three experimental dishes, a shopping receipt tablecloth, melting beer glasses, and ten strangers. The ingredients that composed the fourth event of the food series ‘5- The dish’. Sounds chaotic? Maybe it was, but a beautiful chaos, with an open-minded atmosphere, delicious plates, and a nice crowd.
The evening started at 5 pm with the first half of our guests coming to join forces to create the first dish of the evening – a plate made from Ravintola Kuurna’s specialty, the home made sourdough crisp bread, topped with any vegetable creation people wanted to think of, to be eaten with cutlery made from local root vegetables as material. There were carrots, radish, parsnip, celery, different kinds of turnips and cabbages, cucumbers, leek, and spring onions ready to be cut up and composed into colourful dishes. The guests were asked to make one set for themselves and one for their avec which would join us two hours later, at 7 pm, for dinner.
When the second half of the guests arrived, preparations were still underway, but soon we could sit down for the starter creations. Antto offered a special brew of a Finnish beer brand (won’t do any advertisement here!;)), which we served in glasses made from ice (that’s how you make people drink fast!). In the meanwhile, the main course and the dessert were being completed in the kitchen – a barley-beetroot bowl with melted goat cheese and honey, and a strawberry sorbet container with lingonberries and chocolate sauce on top of a cookie plate. Yummy! The basic idea of the dinner event was to make a wholesome ephemeral experience with all objects slowly melting away, being eaten, or salvaging and repurposing trash.
Time to give props to all those people involved: first of all, thanks to all the guests for your interest and participation! Thanks to Marina for documenting the event. A very special thank you to Salla for the big support, help, and creativity with the dishes and preparations, and of course, last but not least, to Antto for the support in the kitchen, the generous sponsoring of all the food and drinks, and the provision of the kitchen and the atmospheric location! More photos are coming soon (as soon as I get hands on Marina’s material)! :)
Stay tuned for the 5th and last event coming up this week’s Sunday, 5th of December, more information can be found online soon!