The Morning Happening
Collaboration with Petros Konnaris, part of the site-specific event Something Is Happening In the Neighbourhood.
The audience coming for The Morning Happening did not know what will happen. In the event booklet and on the event’s website Petros and I announced only basic instructions:
The Morning Happening asks people to wake up early in the morning and come to the Kalasatama area to have an exploration/adventure/trip/journey with us. It is happening at the intersection of Junonkatu and Parrulaituri at 5:00, at 6:00, at 7:00, at 8:00, at 9:00, at 10:00 in the morning. The earlier you come the better the experience. Dress warmly. Suggested duration is 2.5hours.
One of us would meet a small group of audience members each hour on the announced spot, provide a safety vest to everyone and invite them into a small rowboat. People would be transferred from the meeting point in Kalasatama to a nearby island, Mustikkamaa. On the island either Petros or me would greet them again, provide a bag with a sketchbook, a pencil, a towel, a bottle of water and a blind map of the island with suggested spots for visit. We did not create any installations or presented any performances but just offered the island as it is for the exploration. A pincic place with blueberry cakes (mustikkamaa = blueberry land) and a coffee was created as a meeting point. We were performing our casual selves, chatting with audience about any topic they were interested in.
After aproximately two hours the boat would take the audience back to the mainland.