Thursday, 19 May 2011

Touching dreams, voodoo-weirdness

Another interesting week on the job. Then again, it’s been a pretty wild couple of months ever since I started my new job as Information Officer at the Finnish Cultural Institute in Denmark in January. Two nights ago I had the strangest dream where an old caribbean lady told me, ”When the winds are windier, the sails are sailier”, in a lovely thick accent that sounded exactly like something from one of those Pirates-movies. She walked down a flight of stairs and into a concrete tunnel where she transformed into some kind of weird voodoo-entity and woke me up with a shout.

Voodoo-weirdess apart, I guess that’s a good way to look at things. When the storm rages, that’s when you really get the farthest, and when it feels like things are moving a bit too fast you just have to make sure to hold on. Unless your vessel sinks, of course. That still remains to be seen, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

We have the opening for an exhibition of the third generation of the Helsinki School of photography tonight, at Nationale Fotmuseum in the Black Diamond, and I am very curious to see how the Finnish ambassdor’s speech turns out. Photographer Susanna Majuri and her manager Hanna Rantala had some coffee at our office before the exhibition and talk shop about finding a good gallerist here in Copenhagen with my boss Esa. I got to leaf through Majuri’s portfolio of photos, which was amazing stuff, and I really want to see what the pictures look like in 100x150 cm. Should be good.

Wilma Hurskainen: Invisible (2011)
The picture to the left here, also shown at the exhibition, reminds me of the optical games I used to play by myself when I was a kid. By obscurin parts of my vision and closing one eye at  a time, I could make things disappear and reappear in my sight, as if by magic. (I still keep up this strange game from time to time, but I pretty much gave it up because my girlfriend tends to notice me blinking and asks me what the hell I am doing, and I find it very difficult to answer.)

Six minutes left of the Finland-Norway hockey game, 0-0 so far even though Norway has a pretty slim track record over the years. Over and out.  

Ps. I posted this entry already on Thursday 12th, but it up and disappeared completely sometime during the weekend. Gremlins.  

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