ETHOS

03.06.2017


Lately, ethos has become a trendy concept. We talk about the ethos of an artist or an art work. Does this mean that we have become more moral? Ethos means habit or moral character, moral vision. It makes also root for ethics. Talking about ethos, are we calling for ethicality? Photo: Maija Blåfield (Boy’s Toys)

VIRTUOSO AND MULTI-DISCIPLINARY AFICIONADO

16.05.2017


Today morning I thank artist Teemu Mäki, who, in his essay Toolbox (Työkalupakki, in Näkyvä pimeys, 2005, lame translation mine), deals with a subject, that is not unusual for me: “Giving up admiration for and demand of virtuosity is above all a philosophical decision. A virtuoso artist masters her/his instruments, and thus rises above her/his materials and works.… Read more

HOW AND WHERE?

10.04.2017


In recent years, one of my favourite phrases has been “artist doesn’t know where s/he’s going but s/he knows how to get there”. Lately I’ve had a funny feeling, quite often, that I don’t know where I’m going, and I don’t know how to get there, either. A friend said that it means that something is… Read more

WAIT

07.04.2017


I participated in Roy Hart Theater’s voice workshop in summer, 1998. The most important thing I took with me from there was not vocal but something bigger, something that concerns performing generally. It was told by a clown, who led the workshop together with the voice teacher; “if you don’t know what to do, and… Read more

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF ART?

19.03.2017


I really liked your question; it’s very blunt in the sense of ‘how do we think we contribute to the market?’. This brings us to the question: what is the function of art? I think there we have a quite radical standpoint: if our time already produces so many crises, the theatre doesn’t need to… Read more

SCRATCHES

19.03.2017


This space is reserved for short, now and then appearing writings. I call them Scratches. They are notes about work and life, personal and general. Photo: Aleksi Poutanen