First few days in Helsinki
Good morning !
Friday, I took the plane to Finland. Here I am just out of the airport on my way to the temporary station granting access to the whole new express train services to Helsinki main station. By this time, I had already noted tiny pratical things that could make me feel clumsy : for instance, the lock in the toilets that has to be turned in the opposite direction that I’m used to. I was wandering what else I was to discover.
After almost 1km walk with my heavy luggage on, I reached the entrance of the temporary station. It seemed very neat and pretty for a short term use.
I had a hard time finding informations about the new railway I had read that you could buy your ticket from someone on the train But I thought there would be vending machines on the platform anyway. I knew you could pay on the train with cash, but still, when I did it and saw the guy was alone on the job, I had a feeling of a huge gap whith what I’m used to in France on that matter.
When I reached central station, finding my host didn’t happen in a snap so when we finally got together, we went directly to the subway, forgetting to grab a citymap. I followed the advice given and transferred maps screenshots to my phone.
Before getting on the bus to the subway station, I took a few pictures of the surroundings, as I’m amazed that such landscape can be found in the zone concidered central by the public transportation system. Later, I found rocks rising in the middle of a much denser part of the city.
Arriving, at Sörmäinen, I felt disoriented as I found myself in the middle of a block party reaching the surface. The Sorbus gallery is really nearby, so I managed to find it anyway. They presented a piece just for the time of the week-end. The white cube was furnished with 3 car seats on ferroconcrete slabs, a large rusty churn was a part of the scenery, and also amplified the sound. The voice telling the story of 3 europeens in New-York had such a strong french accent I wanted to laugh everytime I wouldn’t understand the proper words. And I’m french ! maybe that’s why… When it restarted from the beginning, I took the transcritpion in my hand to access the whole story through reading trying not to let myself distracted by the way it was told at the same time.
Then I walked to the main station where I couldn’t find a city map though I spend quite an amount of time looking all other and I asked someone who worked there. I grew tired of the loudness of the place and went out to try to reach the Third Space on my own even if the pictures in my phone were incomplete for this part of the journey as I fought I would have found a map by then… I reached the place easily, I guess my sense of direction as more to do with left and right than north and south. I was kinda worried about that as the sun is on a such different track here.
I stayed quite a bit in the gallery. In this context, I choose to add something to the project. On my way, I had witnessed a scene in the neighbourhood : a person in a wheelchair was in the middle of the sidewalk, her barefeet lying on steps. In the distance, I though she was just hot and was talking to somebody inside. Getting closer, I saw she was in front af a shoe shop and a child was bringing her items to try on.
We will have 2 maps. The extra one will be used to collect memories and sensations of the participants about the different places. It will be henging on the wall other the radiator. On the opposite wall, we’ll have the map with the places where the sculptures will be, attached to the pictures and models.
The corner on the left has to be turned into a storage space with a curtain or something, to be able to stock the materials for the project without making the space look messy.
A lot to do until the first workshop on wednesday. The calendar is published, I welcome you for a 2 step workshop :
1st step: A talk to define a spot for a figure, the posture of the figure itself and the object it will be set to interact with. The artist will shape a model for the group to refer to in the following step:
2nd step: A building session on the public spot chosen by the group with materials collected from waste and papier mâché.
– the 5th from 19.00 to 20.30 and the 6th from 18.00 to 21.30 (workshop consists of two parts, so please be available on both dates!)
– the 8th from 10.00 to 16.00 (including lunch break)
– the 9th from 10.00 to 16.00 (including lunch break)
– the 12th from 19.00 to 20.30 and the 13th from 18.00 to 21.30 (workshop consists of two parts, so please be available on both dates!)
– the 15th from 9.00 to 15.00 (including lunch break)
– the 16th from 9.00 to 15.00 (including lunch break)
– the 19th from 19.00 to 20.30 and the 20th from 18.00 to 21.30 (workshop consists of two parts, so please be available on both dates!)
– the 22nd from 9.00 to 15.00 (including lunch break)
– the 23rd from 9.00 to 15.00 (including lunch break)
– the 26th from 19.00 to 20.30 and the 27th from 18.00 to 21.30 (workshop consists of two parts, so please be available on both dates!)
There is a maximum of 5 participants per workshop.
Register by emailing your name and preferred date(s) to:
Have a good week !