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Date: August 2nd 2014Time: 12:00–19:00 Place: City of Helsinki, Base camp in front of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Training

12:00 All together 20 brave explorers arrived to the base camp to receive training for the following expedition. Training begun with exploring your own inner meter. How you sense your surroundings inside you when you move in the space? How does your inner meter change when you change your position? The practice led the explorers into a receptive state of mind.

Training begins. Picture: Veera Konsti

The training continued with introduction to five different research methods concentrating on different expertise: speed, material, emotion, belief and code. The explorers chose their expertise and within an hour of intensive schooling they became the experts of their own field of research.

For example the research experts of speed were trained to observe and detect how the local species of the city of Helsinki move, in what kind of speed and form. The experts of belief concentrated on observing what kind of traces of sacrifice, things left behind, can be found around the city and what kind of stories they tell.

Two expedition teams – red and yellow – were formed containing experts of different fields and send out to scout the city of Helsinki. The groups were equipped with high-class technology, safe food and water.

13:15

Expedition groups left the home base and headed to different directions into the city of Helsinki. Both followed the remains of logbooks left behind by earlier expedition groups, which never returned from their journey. The ultimate aim of the expedition was to find out what possibly had happened to previous expedition groups. Why didn’t they ever return from their expedition? What is it in the environment of Helsinki that may have caused their disappearance?

Red expedition group leaving the home base. Picture: Veera Konsti

The following journal entries are from a member of the red expedition group:

13:30

We reached the first station where the previous expedition group supposedly has been. The station is approximately 1 km away from the base camp in a square in the middle of white buildings. There seems to be scattered around different material, which might have belonged to the previous expedition group. We decided to form smaller groups of each expertise area and investigate the square and natives more closely.

Red expedition group at the first station. Picture: Veera Konsti

14:23

We reported our findings to each other and the base camp. We all detected that the square has lots of temporal elements and constructions that can be moved. On emotional level there is some sort of expectation that something is going to happen there. Still all the natives just pass through or by the square. On one side of the square there is a constant flow of natives moving from A to B. We observed that, if they move in a group and some one disturbs their formation they are distracted and troubled for a while but then quickly move back to the formation. It seems that there is some sort of magnetism among the members of the moving group and the flow from A to B. The only stable thing in the square seems to be the flow of people. We wondered whether it would ever stop? This would need more research and fieldwork.

14:50

Following the coordinates in the logbook we reached the second station through big doors less than 1 km away from the first station. Our arrival caused some uncertainty in the security persons of the station. Two male natives dressed in grey suits questioned us for a while about our vehicle and its contents but eventually let us go further into the station. This area is heavily characterized by masses of people and transactions involving some kind of currency. We again formed smaller groups of expertise to investigate the area.

Entering the second station caused some questions in local officers. Picture: Veera Konsti

16:25

The second station proved to be very difficult for us. We lost in total three members of our expedition group into the flow of the masses. We suspected that the natives contaminated them. Suddenly they started to speak about having family and home in the city of Helsinki although they had not ever been there before. They seemed so sure about their lives in Helsinki that the remaining group could not convince them to stay with the group. Sadly, we were forced to let them go. The station had very exhausting effect on us all. We could not get a clear picture of it.

We found that natives are queuing to a creature for which they tell their secrets in order to get something in return. Many of the locals also seemed to be very attracted to our vehicle and wanted to buy stuff out of it. On the other hand they were very irritated if their transactions were disturbed. Some of our team also talked to the natives about their beliefs but the answers were really vague. It seems that this station does not have any single belief system.

Natives expressed interests towards the contents of the vehicle. Picture: Veera Konsti

Many different cultures come together in this place and at the same time there is variety of flows and background sounds, which direct the locals to different moods. After a while, the pressure of the station got too hard on us and we decided to leave it as quickly as possible. We had already lost three members of our group to the flow of the station and didn’t want to lose more.

17:00

We reached the third station after a bit of wandering and looking for a shade to rest. The entries in the logbook were really confusing. They suggested that the previous expedition team had eaten the local food. The natives around the station seemed to be also eating and drinking a lot but we didn’t dare to try the local food, as that might have been the reason why the previous expedition had gone wrong. One of our team members, however, started to act quite delirious supposedly because of hunger. We examined her blood pressure but everything seemed to be ok. Still the confusion among our team continued and we didn’t know where to go from there.

At the third station. Picture: Veera Konsti

It felt like our team would have not been hit already too many times then the so-far-strongest member of our team started to talk about receiving a phone call from a friend and that she needed to go and help her. Obviously our team had caught some sort of disease from the previous station, which still affected us although we had left the station. We had to make an emergency report to the base camp. They just instructed us to have a one-minute silence by ourselves and study our inner meter and feelings. Are we still researchers in our heart or are we becoming natives?

Just in the middle of the silence suddenly two natives, male and female, dressed in totally white costumes and carrying up-beat music with them walked pass our remaining group. Their attraction was really hard to fight and three of us just run after them. We were in total crisis and unable to keep our group together! Fortunately, after a while two of them returned but reported that they had lost the third one. We just had to trust that she would still come back and go on with our research at the last station.

Fortunately, she came back with a native man who proved to be a real artist. The man was also acting bit deliriously. They had met because the man had begged for some of the local currency. Somehow they got on very well and draw together a dreaming spot on the ground of the station.

Dreaming spot. Picture: Pekko Koskinen

18:15

We reported to the base camp our final results of the research and our assumptions about what had happened to the previous expedition team on the basis of our own experiences. We concluded that the third station was some sort of place for drinking and smoking and sacrificing the remains of them on the ground. You could also reach different states of emotions when positions yourself differently in the space. The dreaming spot on the ground which we left there, served as an experimental area for natives to try the positioning themselves. However, we didn’t stay to see if any one tried it.

Finally on the grounds of our own experiences and some of the final entries in the logbook, we came to the conclusion that the previous expedition group had one by one assimilated into the native species. This was probably due to the local food they ate or due to the pressuring energies that we also had experienced.

18:45

Back at the base camp. Picture: Veera Konsti

The remaining members of our team reached the base camp. The base camp was surprised to see us returning because they were sure that we wouldn’t. They decontaminated and cleaned us. We told them what had happened with other members of our group and repeated our assumptions about what had happened for the previous expeditions. We were happy to return safely after all, but of course also sad about the lost members of the team.

If any one of you happens to read this we wish you all the best in your life in Helsinki!

19:00

Expedition: Helsinki – Over and out!Date: August 2nd 2014 Time: 12:00–19:00 Place: City of Helsinki, Base camp in front of Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art

Training

12:00 All together 20 brave explorers arrived to the base camp to receive training for the following expedition. Training begun with exploring your own inner meter. How you sense your surroundings inside you when you move in the space? How does your inner meter change when you change your position? The practice led the explorers into a receptive state of mind.

Training begins. Picture: Veera Konsti

The training continued with introduction to five different research methods concentrating on different expertise: speed, material, emotion, belief and code. The explorers chose their expertise and within an hour of intensive schooling they became the experts of their own field of research.

For example the research experts of speed were trained to observe and detect how the local species of the city of Helsinki move, in what kind of speed and form. The experts of belief concentrated on observing what kind of traces of sacrifice, things left behind, can be found around the city and what kind of stories they tell.

Two expedition teams – red and yellow – were formed containing experts of different fields and send out to scout the city of Helsinki. The groups were equipped with high-class technology, safe food and water.

13:15

Expedition groups left the home base and headed to different directions into the city of Helsinki. Both followed the remains of logbooks left behind by earlier expedition groups, which never returned from their journey. The ultimate aim of the expedition was to find out what possibly had happened to previous expedition groups. Why didn’t they ever return from their expedition? What is it in the environment of Helsinki that may have caused their disappearance?

Red expedition group leaving the home base. Picture: Veera Konsti

The following journal entries are from a member of the red expedition group:

13:30

We reached the first station where the previous expedition group supposedly has been. The station is approximately 1 km away from the base camp in a square in the middle of white buildings. There seems to be scattered around different material, which might have belonged to the previous expedition group. We decided to form smaller groups of each expertise area and investigate the square and natives more closely.

Red expedition group at the first station. Picture: Veera Konsti

14:23

We reported our findings to each other and the base camp. We all detected that the square has lots of temporal elements and constructions that can be moved. On emotional level there is some sort of expectation that something is going to happen there. Still all the natives just pass through or by the square. On one side of the square there is a constant flow of natives moving from A to B. We observed that, if they move in a group and some one disturbs their formation they are distracted and troubled for a while but then quickly move back to the formation. It seems that there is some sort of magnetism among the members of the moving group and the flow from A to B. The only stable thing in the square seems to be the flow of people. We wondered whether it would ever stop? This would need more research and fieldwork.

14:50

Following the coordinates in the logbook we reached the second station through big doors less than 1 km away from the first station. Our arrival caused some uncertainty in the security persons of the station. Two male natives dressed in grey suits questioned us for a while about our vehicle and its contents but eventually let us go further into the station. This area is heavily characterized by masses of people and transactions involving some kind of currency. We again formed smaller groups of expertise to investigate the area.

Entering the second station caused some questions in local officers. Picture: Veera Konsti

16:25

The second station proved to be very difficult for us. We lost in total three members of our expedition group into the flow of the masses. We suspected that the natives contaminated them. Suddenly they started to speak about having family and home in the city of Helsinki although they had not ever been there before. They seemed so sure about their lives in Helsinki that the remaining group could not convince them to stay with the group. Sadly, we were forced to let them go. The station had very exhausting effect on us all. We could not get a clear picture of it.

We found that natives are queuing to a creature for which they tell their secrets in order to get something in return. Many of the locals also seemed to be very attracted to our vehicle and wanted to buy stuff out of it. On the other hand they were very irritated if their transactions were disturbed. Some of our team also talked to the natives about their beliefs but the answers were really vague. It seems that this station does not have any single belief system.

Natives expressed interests towards the contents of the vehicle. Picture: Veera Konsti

Many different cultures come together in this place and at the same time there is variety of flows and background sounds, which direct the locals to different moods. After a while, the pressure of the station got too hard on us and we decided to leave it as quickly as possible. We had already lost three members of our group to the flow of the station and didn’t want to lose more.

17:00

We reached the third station after a bit of wandering and looking for a shade to rest. The entries in the logbook were really confusing. They suggested that the previous expedition team had eaten the local food. The natives around the station seemed to be also eating and drinking a lot but we didn’t dare to try the local food, as that might have been the reason why the previous expedition had gone wrong. One of our team members, however, started to act quite delirious supposedly because of hunger. We examined her blood pressure but everything seemed to be ok. Still the confusion among our team continued and we didn’t know where to go from there.

At the third station. Picture: Veera Konsti

It felt like our team would have not been hit already too many times then the so-far-strongest member of our team started to talk about receiving a phone call from a friend and that she needed to go and help her. Obviously our team had caught some sort of disease from the previous station, which still affected us although we had left the station. We had to make an emergency report to the base camp. They just instructed us to have a one-minute silence by ourselves and study our inner meter and feelings. Are we still researchers in our heart or are we becoming natives?

Just in the middle of the silence suddenly two natives, male and female, dressed in totally white costumes and carrying up-beat music with them walked pass our remaining group. Their attraction was really hard to fight and three of us just run after them. We were in total crisis and unable to keep our group together! Fortunately, after a while two of them returned but reported that they had lost the third one. We just had to trust that she would still come back and go on with our research at the last station.

Fortunately, she came back with a native man who proved to be a real artist. The man was also acting bit deliriously. They had met because the man had begged for some of the local currency. Somehow they got on very well and draw together a dreaming spot on the ground of the station.

Dreaming spot. Picture: Pekko Koskinen

18:15

We reported to the base camp our final results of the research and our assumptions about what had happened to the previous expedition team on the basis of our own experiences. We concluded that the third station was some sort of place for drinking and smoking and sacrificing the remains of them on the ground. You could also reach different states of emotions when positions yourself differently in the space. The dreaming spot on the ground which we left there, served as an experimental area for natives to try the positioning themselves. However, we didn’t stay to see if any one tried it.

Finally on the grounds of our own experiences and some of the final entries in the logbook, we came to the conclusion that the previous expedition group had one by one assimilated into the native species. This was probably due to the local food they ate or due to the pressuring energies that we also had experienced.

18:45

Back at the base camp. Picture: Veera Konsti

The remaining members of our team reached the base camp. The base camp was surprised to see us returning because they were sure that we wouldn’t. They decontaminated and cleaned us. We told them what had happened with other members of our group and repeated our assumptions about what had happened for the previous expeditions. We were happy to return safely after all, but of course also sad about the lost members of the team.

If any one of you happens to read this we wish you all the best in your life in Helsinki!

19:00

Expedition: Helsinki – Over and out!