Finland’s first reading room was build on Örö, it was established in 1923. The purpose was to make the fortress island a more pleasant place for it’s inhabitants. As the name suggests news papers and books could be read. Nowadays only the foundations of the building are left.
Artist Michaela Casková and I will start using the reading room again as a place to read. At the end of our residency we will leave a storage space for books at the reading room. Please feel free to add to the collection and use the reading room for what it was once intended.
In november I'll be staying at Örö, a former military island in the Archipelago sea.
This little house is my home for the next month.
During NorthSeaOffshore in Den Helder I was invited to give a talk about my practice and in particular my project about the platforms on the North Sea.
Part of the day was a workshop in which I invited participants from the offshore industry to envision a new future for the North Sea. After a guided tour through the Reddingmuseum, a simple assignment was passed ‘Create a collage of an Alternative Future for the North Sea’. In an hour the participants not only made collages that envisioned redundant platforms as future places of leisure, extreme sports or a museum but was also a vehicle to look back. From a ‘ fortune in oil’ there is a ‘new season, new hunt’ for alternative forms of energy supply and usages.
Discussion took us around the globe, from the North Sea to Nigeria, India, America and back to the Netherlands. What is the responsibility of companies, industry and the government in creating a better environment? And how do we create this new future? Answers seem to be found in the necessity of new legislation, the implementation of new technologies, awareness and a call to action for all involved to take responsibility.