based in Helsinki, Finland
Temporary is a platform for experiments in participatory trans-disciplinary culture, located in Helsinki, Finland. Temporary runs atop the Biathlon cultural toolkit, a blockchain-based system which employs a currency-like system for making participation cumulative and empowering its visitors in culture production.
Pixelache Helsinki is a trans-disciplinary platform for experimental art, research, and activism. Festival co-director (2015), member 2012-present, board member 2013-2015. Project facilitator, digital culture specialist, web maintenance, curatorial guidance. Organiser of AMRT (Alternative Mobility Research Triangle) project, 2014-2015.
Co-founder and constant volunteer. Ptarmigan is an artist-run project space in Tallinn, Estonia and a mobile curatorial platform in Helsinki, Finland. Ptarmigan aims to create space for participatory cultural projects and adventurous, challenging scenarios, usually the form of workshops, art/sound/performance events, discussions, education-orientated events and unusual social interactions. Ptarmigan has organised over 400 events, operated a residency programme and instigated numerous collaborations and projects.
Facilitation of collaborative creative forms in trans-disciplinary, post-subcultural space. Workshop facilitator, including Grawlixes, Ptarmigan (2013); DIS/Orientations, La-Bas biennale, Helsinki (2012); Space is the Place, Kuvataideakatemia Helsinki (2012); Miscellaneous Expertise, MoKS (2010). Organising of regular events and projects: workshops, reading groups, seminars, and non-institutional environments for sharing skills and perspectives via Ptarmigan and elsewhere. Various and scattered involvements: production and organising, creative work, various participations. Also see 'Various musical projects' and output.
Member, organiser or otherwise involved with numerous projects and networks. Active: Pixelache (Helsinki); Migrating Art Academies; Open-Sourcing Festivals; Artist Initiatives Meetings network; Alternative Mobility Research Triangle. Formerly: Triple Canopy (New York); Robin Hood Minor Asset Management (Helsinki/worldwide); Slothrop's English Bookshop (Tallinn), Blind Carbon Copy; Due Diligence Development Circuit.
Liminal Images was a 'film' / video series that looks at the transformative movements in film culture in the 20th century, specifically in the realm of experimental cinema. Each month, we screen selections from a time before the moving image was all-pervasive (ie: nothing from the YouTube era, and only early, experimental video work). The selections range from classics of early 20th century surrealism to 1960s agit-prop, structuralist and material cinema, and other such (anti-) classics.
Solo and group recordings and performances including groups Bat Tarbet (Helsinki/Glasgow) [video 1, video 2], Lied Music (Glasgow), Intro to Pterodactyl (Providence, RI), Land (Pittsburgh, PA). Solo projects as John W. Fail, Oakwhistle, Handshake Garden, The 15,000 Day Boat Trip. Many brief collaborations and workshops. For recordings and performance history, see 'outputs' section. An overview (2007).
Tiib was a visual art space in the Pelgulinn area of Tallinn. Over a temporary lifespan several exhibitions and events were organised and curated by Ptarmigan in collaboration with Flo Kasearu.
Helsinki franchise of international open education model: "THE PUBLIC SCHOOL is a school with no curriculum. At the moment, it operates as follows: first, classes are proposed by the public (I want to learn this or I want to teach this); then, people have the opportunity to sign up for the classes (I also want to learn that); finally, when enough people have expressed interest, the school finds a teacher and offers the class to those who signed up." -- TPS site
Ownership and operation of independent label focusing on avant-garde and experimental music. Releases include CDs and LPs by Car Commercials, Burning Star Core, Eyes and Arms of Smoke, Scatter, Arco Flute Foundation, Earth Trumpet, Need New Body. Curation, production and marketing of releases.
Svamp is a regularly-scheduled workshop for music improvisation in Helsinki, Finland and Tallinn, Estonia. It does not involve money, careers or obligations -- only interpersonal and sound relationships. Svamp sessions may range from collective improvisation to directed exercises or game-playing.
CD-R and cassette label for limited production of art-edition releases. Includes releases by John W. Fail (solo and with Ben Reynolds), Oakwhistle, Minn Minn Lights, The Good Anna, Nonhorse, Matt McDowell. Distribution throughout US and Europe.
Development and design of Biathlon toolkit. Production and operation of Temporary project space (curation, production, facilitating).
Co-director of Pixelache Festival 2015, 'Living Spaces'
Co-founder and Chief Cultural Strategist of Ptarmigan (see website and 'Projects', above) which functions as my primary artistic practice/platform. Creative development, organisation, management, everything (but with others).
Organisation and production of creative projects. Organisation of Ptarmigan project space, artist-in-residency programme, creative development. Workshop facilitation and instruction; sound recording and performance; freelance writing. Website development involving database creation, customized design and functionality, content management.
Projects and affiliations:
Development of arts-based systems for academic and research purposes. Participation in digital preservation programming and research. Workpackage leader on Preservation Planning workpackage of Planets Project. Contributions to 3D-COFORM project. System administration, infrastructure and maintenance. Database development, expansion and support.