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