The latest big My House Arabianranta meeting was on Saturday the 17th of March in Arabianranta library. In a brainstorming session that we had with all the participating buildings we had a first taste of dialogue between the residents, architects and artists. In the same occasion, we also put together a palette of suggestions to be used as a tool when formulating a concept for each building. Now that programs are being drafted for the participating buildings, the tips and ideas below can be useful.
“Onko kukaan kuullut mitään?”
“Miten se homma etenee?”
“Ei se vastannut mun postiin.”
“Onko sulla oikea numero?”
Buffattu-katutaidenäyttely jäi katveeseen. Se kuuluu Katufestarin ydintarjontaan, mutta rakentuu melko itsenäisesti oman kuraattorinsa voimin. Yhtäkkiä havahduimme siihen, ettei kukaan oikein tiedä, mitä Buffatulle kuuluu. Festaripäivä lähestyy, eikä minulla ollut tiedotettavaa. Read more
In the morning, I waited. I didn’t want to open my eyes, I was afraid we’d have bad weather. Finally, I took the plunge. The sun is shining and the sky is blue! THE PERFECT FESTIVAL WEATHER!
Of course, the rain and the hellish wind started up conveniently around noon when the festival started. When the first people came, I realized there was nothing more I could do. The thing for which we’ve worked for three months starts now. It’s time to sit back and look around in wonder.
On my second to last day at work here at The Spirit of Artova I had the pleasure to chat with Taneli Kainulainen, the chief producer of Arabia Street Festival. Taneli was in the production team last year as well when a group of Metropolia students of cultural management produced the event as a part of their studies. “I play in a street band called Hermanni Turkki, and it came naturally to me to take responsibility for the street music area. I meant to do the same thing this year but somehow I finally found myself as the chief producer. This has been my first event production, so I’ve learned a lot along the way, and it feels like I was studying the things I was doing as I was doing them but at the end everything worked out well.”
July is in the heart of summer. It’s not all dead in the city but mainly people are who knows where, living their dream out of the reach of the long hand of the email. From the project management point of view this is problematic, of course, especially as we weren’t bright enough to settle a date for the next meeting. I miss all these exciting people, but I think there might be others like me in this district for whom it’s business as usual. And, of course, I wish all the best for those who are taking a distance and a holiday they have been looking forward to. Read more
Before I can wrap up this week, though, I need everybody’s help in order to take care of all the chores. I jotted down a to-do list that consists of things we can do in our own time without any particular meetings.
At the moment the most critical tasks are distributing posters, making orders and picking up different materials for next week. The posters remind the locals of important dates; first-hand experience shows that without posters people simply won’t turn up. There are nearly a hundred of us out there, so we should be able to get a whole lot done!
Don’t think, though, that they would pop up on their own! Well, they did, actually… in the sense that they were designed, logos and all, by Tero Juuti, a most skillful graphic designer. But it was us, the volunteers, who got together to decide on the text, find out about different printing options, order the prints and spread them around Arabianranta.
Mari Andersson ja Azar Saiyar deconstructed the Artova Kino concept into bite-size entities in Artova Film Festival (AFF) mini seminar 7.9.2012 (see the video in this post). They told about the joys and challenges of running a movie club that has established itself in the Helsinki movie scene. They also told about funding, facilities, hunting down rights to films, film traffic, motivation, ambition and the magic of the moving picture.
Translation by Pigasus Translations.
Helsinki accommodates more and more bright homes, creative work spaces, stately public spaces and other places central to the way our culture is shaped. What elements characterise each of these spaces?
The per cent for art scheme in the blocks of flats in Arabianranta, work spaces customised by employees and memorable cultural sites show that people who use these spaces are valued. The sites highlighted by our event week remind us of the fact that the particular character of a building contributes most to how the place is experienced. A room with some character is one to remember.
I took part in a joint meeting of all Spirit of Artova initiatives as the representative of Arabia Street Festival at the end of September. Janne Kareinen, the project leader, asked me a question that went something like this: “The Arabia Street Festival working group utilized a democratic decision-making model. How did that work out, in your opinion?” A bit confused, I waded back in my memories to last spring and answered: “Not very well.”
Afterwards I spent some time thinking about my answer and the reasons behind it. Working in a group – particularly with the small core group – was fun, straightforward, open and effortless. I’d say we conducted our business very democratically indeed and everyone present had a say in how things were done. What I mean is that everyone had and used opportunities to speak their mind nobody dictated what people should do. So you can say that the democratic decision-making was a success.