Tags: Helsinki Design Week, OK Do
Last days of Motto’s Temporary Shop in Helsinki
11 – 8 pm
& Sunday 18
11 – 4 pm
Museum of Finnish Architecture’s villa in Kaivopuisto
Puistokatu 4, Helsinki
MNF Reading Circle II: The Climate of Public Space
Saturday 17, September
12 – 3 pm
Join us in reading aloud texts from the Museum of the Near Future book collection, including a preview from a forthcoming title, and discussing public space today and tomorrow.
How can we define public space today? More precisely, what does it mean in Helsinki, a city of long winters and respectively cold and dark agoras? While the privatisation of public space – as illustrated by the rise of warm and brightly illuminated malls – is not only a local phenomenon, Helsinki faces a challenge to invent new models of spaces for year-round free assembly in its expanding urban core, taking over former harbour and industrial areas by the sea. Will the future of our public space be enclosed, or perhaps virtual?
Drawing from philosopher Boris Groys’ ideas about weather as a defining element in the collective sensibility of a city, The Climate of Public Space reading circle explores different ways of leading a public life inside. Based on the forthcoming ‘Solution Finland: The Welfare Game’ book (Sternberg Press, 2011), the event includes a presentation by its editor, architect Martti Kalliala, together with one of the co-writers Jenna Sutela (OK Do), leading into a reading and discussion about the weather, city and media, joined by Toronto-based curator Cheyanne Turions.
Previously at MNF: Reading Circle I: City of Matters of Concern
The City of Matters of Concern reading circle explored how to make our concerns and interests manifest in Helsinki, mixing the private with the public and the individual with the collective.
OK Do drew from (or bastardized) sociologist Bruno Latour’s notion of ‘matters of concern’ in mapping out what it means to care for a city. Hosted by OK Do together with Toronto-based curator Cheyanne Turions, the readings included extracts from ‘OK Talk Helsinki/London’ book (2011).
Museum of the Near Future is created by OK Do, the creative practice of designers, writers and curators Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela, and carried out in collaboration with organisations and individuals of different stripes. The project team for MNF I includes designer and curator Anna Mikkola, bookshop representative Matilda Tjäder (Motto), curator Cheyanne Turions and designer Tommi Vasko.