Andrew Paterson got in touch to highlight theÂ Case PyhÃ¤joki transdisciplinary expedition and production workshop having seen our earlier posts from Su Grierson in Fukushima Province, Japan. Â A group of artists, researchers and activists undertook a drift toÂ PyhÃ¤jokiÂ in Northern Finland at the beginning of August 2013. Â PyhÃ¤joki is the proposed location of a new nuclear power plant. Â This is their press release, and hopefully weâ€™ll have some reflections from Andrew in due course.
Erich Berger and Martin Howse organised a geiger counter building workshop in Case PyhÃ¤joki. For the workshop, they designed an easy to build geiger counter and now, they have made a geiger counter building manual based on this design. The manual is available as a download from the project website. Photo courtesy of project
Case PyhÃ¤joki â€“ Artistic reflections on nuclear influence is a trans-disciplinary expedition and production workshop in PyhÃ¤joki, Northern Finland 1. â€“ 11.8.2013. The sixth nuclear power plant of the country is planned to be built in PyhÃ¤joki.
Participants of Case PyhÃ¤joki are for example artists, researchers and activists. The programme has consisted of lectures, meeting local people and expeditions of different kinds to get to know the area, nuclear power as a phenomenon, and what the power plant means to people. It reaches from the local to national and global. What is artistâ€™s role in the changes in the area and wider? How can we develop methods of creative work in a complex and contested place of social tragedy and distress? How can we communicate this through to wider networks?
As well as talking, thinking and research, there is also time for action. The participants have created different types of engagements, prototype events and experiments, reaching from a large â€˜thank youâ€™ sign for those who refuse to sell their land to the nuclear power company, to the design of a â€˜power sports dayâ€™, a local fairytale, aswell as a mural painting with local youth, a special karaoke playlist, and a DIY geiger counter building workshop.
See also links to the broadcasted lectures on the website.
The final â€˜show & tellâ€™ day during the residency period took place on Sunday 11.8. at 14.00 in the local Parhalahti School, close to the location of Hanhikivi, the actual site for the planned nuclear power plant.
The participants of Case PyhÃ¤joki are:
Ryoko Akama (JP/UK), Erich Berger (AT/FI), Brett Bloom (US/DK), Bonnie Fortune (US/DK), Carmen Fetz (AT), Antye Greie-Ripatti (FI/DE), Martin Howse (UK/DE), Mari Keski-Korsu (FI), Maarit Laihonen (FI), Liisa Louhela (FI), Pik Ki Leung (HK), Mikko LipiÃ¤inen (FI), Shin Mizukoshi (JP), Helene von Oldenburg (DE), Opposite_Solutions (RO), Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI), Leena Pukki (FI), and Heidi RÃ¤sÃ¤nen (FI). Â For more information on the participants go here.
Case PyhÃ¤joki is supported by Kone Foundation and Arts Promotion Centre of Finland.
Contact: Mari Keski-Korsu,
Case PyhÃ¤joki artistic director & executive producer
+358 40 506 5871
mkk (Ã¤t) katastro.fi
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