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A publication delivered to strangers in the form of an anonymous letter.

Online documentation includes names.

curated by
Jaakko Pallasvuo

texts by
Audun Mortensen
Elina Minn
Ida Lehtonen
Jaakko Pallasvuo
Jessica Williams
Simon Boase




faq (after blink 182)

is it cool if i hold your hand?
is it wrong if i think it's lame to dance?
do you like my stupid hair?
would you guess that i didn't know what to wear?




Audun Mortensen




Marine Biologist

So, I, um, this piece will be about my favorite Seinfeld episode.. I don't know, maybe you're all, maybe you're not all familiar with that, maybe some of you are, I'm going to be talking about this episode from uh, I don't know what season it was but this um, episode called The Marine Biologist, I don't know..

[laughter]

Season five! 

..yeah, season five, the award winning, best ever, season or something.. and, it's like, well, I don't know about you but like, my favorite Seinfeld character is George.. 

[laughter]

 

Of course!

 

..because, it's like, I mean, I wish it could be someone else, but it's just..

 

[laughter]

 

..I mean, yeah, and I think in this um, particular season there's so many great George episodes, like The Opposite.. you know, and all these, like you really start to get into his world somehow..

and um, I mean like The Marine Biologist.. it's, when I was thinking about this installation that I did in the small room there, um, that uh, is called Marine Biology.. I just, how do you say, I was thinking about what is typically George.. um, I don't know I would just tell the story, maybe you've all seen it, but I would anyway […],

so there is um, I think Jerry is going out with some cash […] and he runs into this girl who is, who he's been studying with back in the day, at like a college or something.. and um, the girl is um, a very well-to-do, very stylish woman.. and she goes to Jerry and she asks Jerry "So what is George doing these days?" and um, for some reason Jerry doesn't want to tell what George is doing these days so he says that well, he's a marine biologist and the girl is very impressed, obviously, about this,

and then later Jerry goes to the diner where they always go with George and Elaine and Kramer and um, he's telling George that he met this girl from college and she was asking about what does George do, and George is like, I mean, his whole being just lights up like whoa, she was asking about me! and he goes like yeah, yeah yeah yeah yeah, but um, the thing is that um, I um.. I kinda told her that you're a marine biologist and then George is like, what? I didn't even know that's a field or.. that's fascinating to me..  

[laughter] 

 

..and um, yeah, so I think first George wants to be like, why couldn't you lie that I was an architect, I've always wanted to be an architect, and, and Jerry's like ugh.. so then, I think George like, starts to like this idea so they end up on a date with this girl and obviously.. there is this whole thing […] where they're walking on the beach, and there's like a.. just happily strolling, George telling like facts about the ocean life, y'know.. 

 

[laughter] 

 

..and um, and there's a crowd over there.. and somebody yells out like.. something going wrong there and George and this girl go there and somebody shouts out "Is anyone here a marine biologist?!" 

 

[laughter]

  

..because there's like a dying whale over there that's badly hurt.. 

 

[laughter] 

 

…and all these people are like, gathered around the whale.. yeah, so, I mean, you know George Costanza maybe.. at that point he would do everything to take back his words and reveal the lie.. that he's not actually.. but it is like, I don't know, there is like, there is some kinda like […] and after this it's like my favorite part, George is at the diner, back at the diner and he's like telling the story and it's like, it's like Moby Dick.. I mean I haven't even read Moby Dick, but.. 

 

[laughter] 

 

..it's a wonderful story he tells, um, maybe I wrote it down.. yeah, it's like, he says this: "So I started to walk into the water and I won't lie to you boys, I was terrified.. but as I pressed on and I made my way past the breakers, a strange calm came over me… I don't know if it was the divine intervention or the kinship between all living things, but I tell you Jerry, at that moment I was a marine biologist!"     

 

[laughter]

  

..and I think to me that says everything about like, being an artist.. I mean like, I don't know, it's like this, I don't know, maybe it's the same feeling.. and um, actually I just read this in Wikipedia today, that.. um, the production crew actually created a very lifelike CGI whale to be inserted into the scenes on the beach.. however, it was ultimately decided that the scene worked better if the whale remained unseen, and the CGI whale was not used in the episode. 





Elina Minn





If you were a boy

If I were a boy
Even just for a day
I'd roll outta bed in the morning
And throw on what I wanted then go
Drink beer with the guys
And chase after the girls
I'd kick it with who I wanted
And I'd never get confronted for it
Cause they'd stick up for me

[Chorus]
If I were a boy
I think I could understand
How it feels to love a girl
I'd swear I'd be a better man
I'd listen to her
Cause I know how it hurts
When you lose the one you wanted
Cause he's taken you for granted
And everything you had got destroyed

If I were a boy
I could turn off my phone
Tell everyone it's broken
So they'd think that I was sleepin' alone
I'd put myself first
And make the rules as I go
Cause I know that she's be faithful
Waitin' for me to come home (to come home)










Moving

There's something unpleasant about the city. The straight coupling, empty streets followed by more streets. I sit in the kitchen of their new home and think that they've accomplished something. I think about my room, a suitcase open and unpacked on the floor.

I'm just passing through. Taking notes: photographs, video and written documents. I try to be exact, get the details right.

  • A 20 story office building at night with one window open.
  • A paper towel moving in circles.
  • The nondescript parking lot where H died.
  • White sheets moving in the wind. On a field on the island.
  • The moon reflecting light, light being reflected back from the surface of the water. Lying on a pier, looking up, thinking this wouldn't usually happen.
  • Some guy in a suit parking his car at 1 AM. Walking towards his house, looking guilty.
  • The back of his head in a photograph, poorly printed, stuck to a studio wall with bright orange tape.

  • Most of it will only make sense later on. I try to make connections but I'm out of place. It's a relief to admit this. I'm on my computer, chatting, I type: traveling in space is also time traveling.



    Jaakko Pallasvuo







    21.10.2010, 1:02 pm

    Sometimes when I am alone it is like a black hole

    But I want to be bright and productive and self-motivated

    But its hard, being affected by the people and the feelings around me. Going to work. Casually chatting and misunderstanding other people. Getting upset over nothing. Thinking about things too much or too little.

    How do you bridge the gap between what you want to be and who you are? What is the process?

    What are the thoughts that go through my head when I'm eating noodles at my desk, when my lover sleepily scratches my back while we are in bed, when I'm alone on a plane, alone in an airport, alone in my bed in dim lighting?

    Using the Internet to learn more about my physical being.

    Psychic awareness

    Rejection of money having any value

    Quality of life reflected by keen mental abilities and a healthy body

    Knowing what you want, getting what you need

    Not letting people or things around you taint or shake your state of mind. Being strong inside yourself. Only letting people affect you in a positive way.

    Getting in touch with your body as a way of getting in touch with the world around you.

    Understanding things on a physical level--sensual not sexual.

    Being able to talk freely but also knowing when to be quiet.



    Jessica Williams







    Lying on the rocks, by the beach, I was
    screen capping the sky. cmd + shift + 4
    the clouds, the pastel gradients, the
    planes passing me by, vanishing into the
    horizon. Such a hopeless romantic.




    Ida Lehtonen








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