YOUR MONEY STAYS RIGHT IN THE CAFÈ’S NEIGHBORHOOD – SUSPENDED COFFEE MOVEMENT

Graphic Design Antti Karvanen

Helsinki will formally embrace the Suspended Coffee movement during the week of 12.9-19.2013. Most important, iconic and contemporary cafes and restaurants are together building a better and fairer Helsinki.It’s to support each other and express compassion, love and empathy. It’s to acknowledge we’ve all been there. It’s to encourage each other to keep going. It’s to prove love exists.<3

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BUY A CUP OF COFFEE FOR SOMEONE IN NEED

Made in Kallio
Photography Kai Kuusisto Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

Photography Kai Kuusisto

First, it’s simple. You walk into a coffee shop and instead of buying just one cup of coffee  you buy two – or more. You buy one for yourself and one for someone in need, perhaps an elderly person. You not only support a senior citizen in need, you also support your local business and it’s employees. Your money stays right in the café’s neighborhood. It’s to get you through the day. It’s to remind you to be strong. It’s to celebrate you. It’s to fight right along with you. And it’s to remind us all to be happy and to love each of other. The tradition began over a hundred years ago in the cafes of Naples, Italy, when customers who’d had a lucky day bought a cup of coffee and offered coffee as well for someone in need, as a “coffee sospesa”. Later, when someone asked whether there were any ”Suspended coffee” available his or her cup of coffee was served up free of charge! The Suspended Coffee initiative was a big hit, spreading first within Italy, and some years later reaching Britain, Spain, America, Australia, Canada and other nations. <3

Factory Street Gallery
Photography Kai Kuusisto Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

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THE SORROW OF LOVE

 

Photography Matti Tanskanen

Styling Shadi&Stephanie Productions

Model Niina Björkman

Model Management Paparazzi

Jacket Penny Lane
Shoes Karen Miller
Photography Matti Tanskanen Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

Dress Penny Lane
Photography Matti Tanskanen Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

 

“Love is patient, love is kind, love is not

envious or boastful or arrogant or rude.

It does not insist on its own way, it is not

irritable or resentful, it does not rejoice

in wrong-doing, but rejoices in the truth.

It bears all things, believes in all things,

hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends.”

(I Corinthians 13:4-8, Anonymous, Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version.)

 

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TOO CLOSE TO SEE

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Jani Leinonen We Are Sorry, 2013
Metal, plexiglas, neon lights 248 x 146 x 15 cm
Photography Vilhelm Sjöström Courtesy of Showroom Helsinki

Alina Weckström

‘How to listen to the other, to open one self, horizontally, to the other’s sense, without preventing the return to one self, to one’s proper way?’

This is a question French feminist and philosopher Luce Irigaray poses to us, to humanity. So how is it then in the contemporary age of mass media and with streams of information constantly seeping through our consciousness – or more possibly our unconscious – that we keep love alive? Are we too distracted today by technology to see the other person for who they really are, to truly fall in love and not to ‘return to oneself’ or recoil in a narcissistic and self-indulgent way? An Orwellian take on love may be a little extreme to apply to our society. We’ve still got it in us and our hearts are still beating, but our ways of connecting with one another and sharing our lives has inextricably changed, perhaps forever.

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SENIORS DO IT BETTER

 

Kanerva Mantila & Outi Pyy

They are happy. They have full owner ship o f their time. They do everything with a good spirit, leaving lot s of memories and stories to us . We love seniors. And of course we’ll join them one day.<3

Photography Kanerva Mantila Courtesy of Public Action No.4 2013

IRINA SANTTO, Age 68, Councilor ”What love is cannot be taught, it has to be given.”

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GIRLS JUST WANNA DESIGN ”MY THING” VALLILA INTERIOR COLLECTION AUTUMN/WINTER 2013

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Vallila Interior Designers (from left to right) Matleena Issakainen, Saara Eklund, Riina Kuikka and Tanja Orsjoki. Photography Verna Kovanen Courtesy of Vallilla Interior 2013

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”Suvilahti” design by Riina Kuikka for Vallilla Interior Collection Autumn/Winter 2013

Vallilan suunnittelijat  Matleena Issakainen, Saara Eklund, Riina Kuikka ja Tanja Orsojoki ovat kiteyttäneet tekstiilisuunnitteluun olennaisemman.  Vallilan Syksy/Talvi 2013 verhokankaat symboloivat Helsingin monimuotoista urbaania kulttuuria: kaupunkia ympäröivää eteeristä luontoa — modernismin rytmiä, 1900-luvun alun tapettidesignia ja antiikin satuja. Kokoelmasta löytyy mm. hispterisukupolven pyhiinvaelluskohde ”Suvilahti”-niminen verhokangas. ”Miro” -kankaassa tuntee melkein punaisen maalin hajun. ”Romulus” -kuosi tulkitsee antiikin mytologiaa dadaistisesti nykypäivään. ”Malla” -verhokangas tuo mieleen mummolan punaisen tuvan tapetit. ”Metsänhenki” ja ” Pihajengi” kertovat luonnon ja kaupunkilaisten yhä lähenevästä suhteesta urbaanissa kaupunkikulttuurissa.

Vallilan tekstiilien visuaalinen muotokieli poikkeaa virkistävällä tavalla suomalaisesta nykysuunnittelusta. Painopiste suunnittelussa ei ole enää ”Finnish Designin” uudistuneessa  retrotulkinnassa. Suunnittelun ydin on siirtynyt lähelle 80 -luvulla syntyneen sukupolven ”omia juttuja”: urbaaneihin maamerkkeihin ja luonnon kiertokulun uusekletistiseen tulkintaan. Modernismia, mytologiaa ja mielikuvituksellista satukerrontaa unohtamatta.Vallilan suunnittelijoiden kuvat on ottanut lahjakas nuori valokuvaaja Verna Kovanen.<3

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LOVE IS HERE

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”Four pack orange” by Philip László for Vallila Interior Collection A/W 2013

Philip László

Taiteilija Philip Lászlón kuvissaan ovat keskiössä hylätyt romukasat. Hän vertaa niitä unohdettuihin ihmisiin, jotka ”yhteiskunta heitää kuin romut kaatopaikalle”. László on puhutellut valikoitua yleisöä 1970-luvun alusta lähtien yhteikunnallisella taiteellaan. Hänen teoksensa ovat viiltävän ajankohtaisia  – ja poliittisia. Lászlón valokuvat eivät huuda. Ne puhuvat hiljaa puolestaan. Lászlón Vallilalle suunnittelema ”Four Pack” on tehty kunnioituksensa unohdetuille yksinäisille ihmisille. Kirkkaan täyteläiset värit julistavat Lászlón ihmisyysden sanomaa eriliaisissa urbaaneissa kodeissa, julkisissa tiloissa ja 2013 Flow -festivaalilla.<3

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UNTIL THERE’S NOWHERE LEFT

Photography Idan Raichel Project

Idan Raichel

IIn Israel, military service is mandatory for all young men and women, so at age eighteen. Idan Raichel was conscripted in to the Israeli army. It was in this military setting that Idan developed musical skills that would prove essential later in life. Rather then heading to the front line soft his volatile region, Idan joined the Army rock band and tour ed military bases, performing covers of Israeli and European pop hits. From the beginning, Idan saw the experience as a collaboration be t ween artists who each bring their own musical culture and talent sto the stage. As part of what became known as The Idan Raichel Project he brought to get herd different musicians from awide variety of back grounds. including Ethiopians, Jews and Arabs among others .The Idan Raichel Project become known a round the world for its cross -cultural collaborations that changed the idea of Israeli popular music and offered young, tolerant , multi – ethnic Israelis a music that all the universe could love.<3

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A RADICAL REDUX

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Installation view of “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 ”From left to right: Stephen Kaltenbach Graffiti Stamp: Lips of Artist, 1968; Joseph Kosuth I. Space (Art as Idea) Tagwacht” March 8/9 1969, “Illustrierte” March 8/9 1969, “Der Bund” March 9 1969, “Berner Tagblatt” March 8/9 1969, 1969 Fondazione Prada, Ca’ Corner della Regina Venice, 1 June – 3 November 2013 Photo: Attilio Maranzano Courtesy: Fondazione Prada

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From left to right:Joseph Beuys, Bill Bollinger and Keith Sonnier“When Attitudes Become
Form” Kunsthalle Bern, 1969 Photo: Shunk Kender © Roy Lichtenstein Foundation

Tiina Alvesalo

”It is all about visual rhythm. Visual rhythm is a representation of avant-garde drama. My source of inspiration is Arte Povera, literally meaning ‘poor art’, which is a modern art movement organized by Italian art critic and curator Germano Celant. The term was first introduced in Italy in the 1960’s and 70’s when artists began attacking the values of established institutions and culture.“

The Fondazione Prada presents an exhibition at Ca’ Corner della Regina in Venice entitled “When Attitudes Become Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013”. In a surprising and novel reworking, the project reconstructs “Live in Your Head. When Attitudes Become Form,” a show originally curated by Harald Szeemann at the Bern Kunsthalle in 1969, which made history trough the curator’s radical approach to exhibition practice based on a linguistic medium. To present today an exhibition from 1969, exactly as it was, including its original visual ann formal relations and links between the works, has posed a series of questions related to the complexity and very meaning of the project. This in fact developed into a profound debate from various perspectives: the artistic, the architectural and the curatorial. It is, in fact, an exercise in “double occupancy”: in a way similar to how the spaces of the Venice Kunsthalle were occupied by a generation of young revolutionary artists in 1969.

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ART LOVER

Walter De Maria Art by Telephone, 1967 “When Attitudes Become Form” Kunsthalle Bern,
1969 Courtesy The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2011.M.30) Photo: Balthasar
Burkhard © J. Paul Getty Trust

Tina Caven

Taiteen rakastajasta tulee ensimmäisenä mieleen mesenaatti, joku joka kerää taidetta tai tukee taiteen tekemistä muuten huomattavilla summilla. Mutta todellisuudessa monet meistä taiteen rakastajista ovat vapaamatkustajia, koska osa taidemuseoiden näyttelyistä, galleriat, kirjastot, julkiset teokset ja arkkitehtuuri ovat nautittavissa aivan ilmaiseksi ja useimmat pääsymaksullisetkin kokemukset ovat vahvasti yhteiskunnan tukemia. Taiteen parissa kulutettu aika kertoo kuitenkin lahjomattomasti siihen kohdistuvista asenteista ja arvostuksesta. Elämä ilman taidetta on köyhää, tylsää ja vailla sisältöä, kuin elämä ilman rakkautta.

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