Sunday the 28th of January The MI had been invited as a guest at Daily Traces
Daily Traces is a pop up gallery in the Amsterdam central station. It is a surprise for train passengers and casual passers who suddenly become part of the dynamic work process and conversations about drawing. By working daily on site, the artists give the audience an insight into their own, individual approach and the audience sees the drawings literally.
Together with Liesje van den Berk, the MI researched how to connect with people in the station through the act of drawing. Participants could draw a blueprint out of their thoughts with the MI, adding to the ever growing Thought Blueprint Archive. Liesje van den Berk invited people to come and draw a continuous line with here, producing not only a drawing, but also a connection.
Thank you Liesje van den Berk Cathelijn van Goor, Liesje van den Berk, Marleen Kappe, Mirna Limon en Emmy Bergsma for including the MI in your amazing project!
From 13 October till 15 October The Mythological Institute opened the Thought Blueprint Archive, part of department of Jolijn de Wolf. Over 80 thoughts could be admired in the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland.
The exhibition also featured a performance by Joan Esc from Department GIRL, Artist In Residence Kian Dowlatabadi and our two researchers in residence Eva den Heijer and Martine Mussies.
Sunday the 15th is was possible to listen to stories of Markus Luukonen, play the “tell your art-tale” designed by Eva den Heijer and to participate in a story meditation with Kian Dowlatabadi.
The Mythological Institute sends a big thank you to all the partcipants of the workshops and the visitors of the exhibition!
Photo exhibition of Kian Dowlatabadi
Research presentation “the Cyborg mermaid” of Martine Mussies
Joan Esc discusses about female labor with visitors
Visitors play the “tell your art tale” game, designed by Eva den Heijer
The first Though Blueprint workshop, facilitated by department SEWA, is a fact! Saturday 16 October participants from different nationalities and backgrounds came together to exchange their thoughts.
Following a questionnaire designed by the MI, the participants followed a step by step method to create an image out of their thoughts. These images then got translated into blueprints.
Enjoying a good cup of coffee or tea and some home baked snacks, everybody had an opportunity to share their thoughts and get to know each other.
Thank you for all your beautiful thoughts!
Since the 10th of februari 2017 asylum seekers protest on the railway square in Helsinki, against the Finnish goverment’s deportation policy. Some of the protesters were so kind to share their stories and thoughts with the Mythological Institite. Their stories will be filed and archived, so they will not be forgotten.
At the protest camp site, we transformed some of their thoughts into blueprints.Here are some examples:
“I just want to continue my life”
“Live is like a ferrywheel, now we are in a down place, but some day we will reach the up place”
“We are like a kite, going everywhere”
“We have to smile”
Moving to the metro from the laid back Tacloban and its neighboring towns, the MI representatives met with researchers and MA students from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Jessa, MA English and American Literature and Mars, MA Art History, actively shared their thoughts and own experiences in relation to the concept of myths and to methods which can be deployed to approach the topic.
Jessa and Mars furthered that their respective MA thesis are closely related to the discourse of mythology and lore. The representatives of the Mythological Institute sees this as possibility for future research collaborations between the institute and researchers from the Philippines.
The Mythological Institute’s departmental representatives Jolijn de Wolf and Jay Albaos visited the young performers of SamLeYaw Dance Company today to hold a group discussion. The meeting was held at the Auditorium of the Eastern Visayas State University, Tacloban City, Philippines. The representatives briefly introduced the history of how the Mythological Institute was realized.
During the second part of the discussion, the participants were asked to pick a concept and discuss about it inside their group. They were also asked to give criticisms and suggestions towards the research methods of the Institute. Each group member exerted effort for the task. The small groups were then invited to go back to the bigger group circle for the sharing of outputs. The suggestions were constructive and definitely are of great help towards the next projects of the institute. The representatives responded to pressing questions from the young artists on how to deal with researches related to myths.
The group discussion ended with a communal meal and exchange of contacts for further questions and collaborations.
The Mythological Institute has developed a new way of working. Instead of going out on the streets, we organize mobile offices that the audience can visit. In these offices one can receive a consultation. the consultations are different from place to place. Our first try out was during the New Performance Festival Turku.
Department Place and Migration offered an opportunity to think about material belongings and migration. It was possible to make an donation to the migration kit. By holding interviews department representative Jay Mar Albaos collected data about what kind of objects one brings in case of migration.
Department Self Exploration and World Arrangement facilitated a consultation in which one could make a blueprint out of ones thoughts. Department representative Jolijn de Wolf designed a questionnaire, in which the participant gets the opportunity to explore thought patterns and make an image out of them. The thoughts are then made into a file and stored in the archive of the Mythological Institute.
Photo by Emilia Karjula, Jussi Virkkumaa and Christy Ann Balita
The performance is part of the project “When Myths Meet” which is an exploration about the meaning, making and sharing of myths in the present day. The mythical creature Tuminongnong from the Philippines wandered at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s opening ceremony at Kiasma and offered something for everybody.
Kiasma Museum, 7.9.2016
(c) Jolijn de Wolf and Christy Ann Balita
Myth meeting August 12 2016
The Minotaur is spending time at the amazing FLOW festival! The best way to relate to this mythical creature is to join him in a game. Today the Minotaur is drawing labyrinths all over the FLOW territory. Track down 3 labyrinths and take a selfie with them, and the Minotaur will reward you with a price.
Location: TTIP demonstration in Helsinki
Time: 15.00 – 16.00
What is the Minotaur holding? Are those seeds?