My first book was published in 2006. Since that all books has been in a way or other concepted as adult's playfull workbooks, which encourages readers to be rather active operators than passive consumers. All of the concepts are site-spesific, combining art, history, interaction and possible history. Most of the material has been developed as part of live art pieces and interventions happened in public spaces.
Down here there is some of my books and concepts more spesifically:
Calendar for everyday explorers, 2010
Calendar for everyday explorers was published in autumn 2010. Concept of the book was calendar + 52 exercises, one for each week. Exercises varied from spending one week upside down, letting the dice to do all the decisions for a week, making statement for a good life, making a map based on the sounds of the city, making a map based on psycho-geography etc.
All the exercises were published also at the web pages, where users
would be able to download the documentary of their week and exercises. I
wanted to have "goodfathers" for users to encourage them on their
tasks, and therefore asked 52 artists and 52 school-classes in Finland
to be involved the project. Therefore in each week there was one
documentation/ performance based of exercise published also by artist,
and one by a school class.
Finland's National broadcast company YLE did also one year long program based on the book, running weekly.
Illustration and graphical desing in this book were by Jenni Erkintalo and Hanna Konola
You Are Here ( Helsinki), 2008
You Are Here (Helsinki) was published at May 2008. It was based on the same consept, as two years earlier published You Are Here (Turku). Both books located to different cities, and instead of well-known touristplaces, they were introducing most romantic places, most agonizing experiences in this city, ugliest routes, alternative moments and places to experience, silences of the city and the most beautiful places in order to lose the sense of time.
Between the experienced history and unwritten or forgotten history there were exercises in order to experience the city and life in different way. The concept statemented: city and life is a huge amusementpark, it's just up to us how do we use it.
BACKROUND OF THE CONCEPT
Both of the books were created by getting actively lost with another (wrong) city map, using a dice as a guide and dozens of conversations with unknown citizens. For example between the years 2006-2007 I would sit many times at the Dome's stairs, the other end of a red ball of yarn knitted to my pants, while other end of the yarn were laying on some spot of the city. The red yarn was followed by dozens of citizens and tourist, and those conversations were helpfull while hunting and creating new perspectives to the city we know.
The work of enthusiastic eceryday explorer never ends. In this concept I wanted to create wep pages, where readers could also document their stories, detailed notes of everyday and public spaces. This web page was published at the same time as the book came out, and the interface and stucture is based on psycho-geographical map of Helsinki.
Illustration and graphic design was made with Satu Kontinen
You Are Here (Turku), 2006
You Are Here (Turku) was published in 2006. The concept and book was awarded with nonfiction, art, and travelbook -prices on the same year.
As in You Are (Helsinki), this book also played with different information interfaces, structures from games and workbooks, combining them in strong (but not known) non-fiction and exercises for everyday exploring.
The illustration and graphical design was made with Maarit Kotiranta and Piia Seppälä
For live-artist it's just great when it comes to do something that actually stays as it is. On the other hand it's scary and pressing to understand that you're not able to chainge anything after the book is gone to printing house.
This was my second book, and it felt the book went to the printing machines in too tight schedule. When it came out, I still had the feeling I would like to chainge something; I'd like to make some extra notes on the sheet's marginals and add some topics, open the perspective a bit. Since this will was so strong, I printed stickers and flyers, and started pimping up the book whenever I saw one at the bookstore. For a note for this extra content each pimped book would have a sticker and a flyer that would tell the reader what has been chainged, why and when.
About what was the book then? It was dealing the issue of holidays that are repeated each year, the routines and odd habits behind those. It was made so that we could remember the different methods to have the x-mass tree from neightbours forest, so that we could do a real inventary of the year and remember what did we promise last year. It was made in order to understand why do we do certain magic tricks or decorations in each easter, midsummer or new year (in Finland). And what the proverb we hear from time to time from gannies, actually means.
It was done so that we could stick on traditions we love, and do the re-repetion for the traditions we don't care. So that we could understand and draw a line from one year to other, so that we could understand we would we like to see the line leading us.
And as earlier, the concept was made in workbook combined strong nonfition and contemporary exercises.
Illustration made with Anna Virtanen, graphic design by Anna Mattson