MY FAVORITE MAUSOLEUMS
30 May 2014, Cervera de los Montes
Abraham Lincoln's Tomb, Agostinho Neto's Mausoleum
Al-Masjid al-Nabawī, Altar de la Patria, Anıtkabir
, Battenberg Mausoleum, Belevi Mausoleum, Bismarck Mausoleum, Cave of the Patriarchs, Che Guevara Mausoleum
, Chico Xavier Mausoleum, Dr. John Garang De Mabior mausoleum, Great Pyramid of Giza,
Grigory Kotovsky's Mausoleum, Frogmore Mausoleum, Hamilton Mausoleum,
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,
Humayun's Tomb, Julius Nyerere's Mausoleum, Kim Il-sung Mausoleum, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Laurent Kabila's Mausoleum
, Lenin's Mausoleum
, Les Invalides, Marcos Museum and Mausoleum
, Marien Ngouabi's Mausoleum, Mausoleo a los Heroes de El Polvorín, Mausoleum of Augustus
, Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor,
Mausoleum of Genghis Khan,
Mausoleum of the Grand Masters of the Teutonic Order, Mausoleum of the Late President of Kenya Mzee Jomo Kenyatta,
Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Mausoleum of Mohammed V
, Mausoleum of Yugoslavian Soldiers
, Miles Mausoleum, Monumento a la Revolución, Musashi Imperial Graveyard, Naqsh-e Rustam,
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
, National Pantheon of the Heroes, Obelisk of São Paulo, Pantheon, Pir Huseyn Khanqah
, Prophet Noah Mausoleum, Queen of Heaven Mausoleum, Quezon Memorial, Rothschild Mausoleum, Sassoon Mausoleumm Shrine of the Báb
, St George the Conqueror Chapel Mausoleum,
Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, Taj Mahal, Tomb of Absalom, Tomb of Mausolus,
Tombs of the Uga Mascots in Sanford Stadium, Touliao Mausoleum,
Umayyad Mosque, Valle de los Caídos, Westminster Abbey
, Yeşil Türbe
26 May 2014, Cervera de los Montes
I Instagramed the rests of my KFC lunch and the company censored my picture telling that I was violating their community guidelines. They suggested that the photo a) was not mine, or b) pornographic, or c) had illegal content, or d) attacked somebody. Maybe Colonel Sanders felt I was attacking his business forming the infamous KKK of Ku Klux Klan of his family friendly logo. #kfc #kkk "kentuckyfriedchicken #kukluxklan
FINLAND, SWEDEN, SYRIA AND HOME
23 May 2014, SK4249 Tampere - Stockholm
I’m flying back home via Sweden and reading Ammar Abdulhamid’s novel about Hasan who has the ability to smell a menstruating woman among a thousand others. It makes me sad to read a story that takes place in Damascus before the devastating war caused by the geopolitical greed of the West. What is the odour of the destruction?
I don’t understand why I get so tired always when I travel. This week my job at Serlachius Museum was supervising things, basically drinking coffee and waiting. The Finns also stop working very early in the afternoon, I had time to watch TV in the note room. No parties or other activities than sauna with Pauli. Anyways, next week will be harder - my wife travels tomorrow morning to Germany and I’m going to be alone parenting the kids. That will mean practically no working but it doesn’t matter because an army of workers is finishing my MuNA - Museum of No Art while I play Lego and football.
19 May 2014, Mänttä
I'm in Mänttä, Finland, installing MuNA - Museum of No Art at Serlachius Museum. Actually, as the director of this fictional museum, I'm not doing anything myself but just overlooking operations of a huge bunch of real professionals working with my project - steel workers, clothing designers, lightning specialists and many more. The new Serlachius museum looks amazingly good - and MuNA begins to look as dystopic as I wanted. I don't know what is going to happen with its metal structure after the exhibition - is it my property or owned by the museum that pays the productions costs - but I'm thinking it could be a great summer kitchen for my patio.
LISTS AND MORE
15 May 2014, Cervera de los Montes
The Finnish Institute in London asked me few question related to my lists that are now in a show at Bury Art Museum, UK.
MADE BY is the Institute’s series of interviews that allows artists, designers, thinkers and doers to unfold their creative process in their own words.
Finnish artist Riiko Sakkinen (b.1976) is showing a series of his works in the group show ‘The Language of Lists’ at Bury Art Museum as a part of the Text Festival 2 May - 9 July. The Text Festival in Bury is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary language art. Riiko’s works are lists about things he finds interesting.
I did my first list drawing almost ten years ago. I copied the famous Big Mac index. It was included in my exhibition in Belgium and sold on the opening night. I was amazed that people were interested in a piece that anyone could have created. Maybe that is the charm of my modest pieces. In my opinion, the best art doesn’t necessarily require money, special skills or tools.
My other work at the exhibition is a series of Starbucks’ cups with the names of the world’s most powerful people written where they always write your name. The last series of these cups was shown in Damascus where the exhibition was held in the middle of the civil war. I’m sure the pieces will have a different meaning in Bury, even though they don’t have a Starbucks there either.
Some of the lists are copies of lists that already exist – and other times I’ll get an idea and compile the list myself. It can take about twenty minutes to complete a list at times, but sometimes I’ve collected material for months. The making of a list is simple, but I tend to get excited about a subject and end up researching and reading on it broadly.
I am intrigued by lists because everyone writes them. Even people who don’t write anything else write to-do lists and shopping lists. Lists are primitive. Even if we are otherwise unable to express something in writing, we can make a list of it. Lists can also be series and a bit scary. There is a rumor that the fascists in the small Spanish village where I live have an execution list of all the lefties in case they’ll take over the village.
My work shows the world the way it is - or at least the way I see it. They don’t convey any certain message since I feel that would be underestimating my audience. On the other hand, my whole artistic work and activism is based on the idea of wanting to destroy capitalism and support the birth of socialist world. But it doesn’t have to show in my art. I feel that I have succeeded when I can change someone’s way of seeing everyday things such as the news or special offers in the supermarket.
In the future I would like to live in a socialist world. If that doesn’t happen, I would like to make enough money so I could live the life of the Spanish middle classes. I have also been invited to have a solo exhibition in Bury Art Museum in two years. It will be my first solo exhibition in a museum outside Finland. I also hope that in addition to the museum’s exhibition space I will get to have a small stall at the Bury market.
THE MOST HATED COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD
09 May 2014, Cervera de los Montes
Land of Milk and Honey, Columbia, Land of the Free, Land of Opportunity, The States, America, The United States, The United States of America, USA, U.S.A., U.S., US, US of A., Land of Liberty, New World, Usonia, Usania, Yankee Land, Home of the Brave, Bushlandia, The Western World, The Melting Pot, Leader of the Free World, Uncle Sam, The Land Across the Pond, Apple Pie.
COFFEE SHOPS WITHOUT COFFEE
03 May 2014, Bury
It took 25 hours to travel from Cervera de los Montes, Province of Toledo, to Bury, Greater Manchester, to write names of the most powerful people of the world on ten Starbucks coffee shop's paper cups that are in the exhibition The Language of Lists which was inaugurated yesterday. When the opening reception began there was a demonstration at the Bury Art Museum's doors. I thought it was a performance programmed by Text Festival but it was a real thing. There is a local controversy related to the new space of the museum that used to be a part of the library located in the same building. The library's size was reduced due to the budget cuts of the conservative UK government and now Bury's Tories blame the local Labor government.
The best experience has been the famous Bury Market. It started in 1444 and is said to be the best in the Great Britain. I liked the chaotic mix of stalls selling black pudding, soap, silicone and "postman's legs" for dogs which reminded me of the markets in China. Black pudding blood sausage is good but I had a rather exotic meal in one of the cafés at the market. The worst was that they served fish, chips and peas without any salt. Later I was told that the British cook without salt for health reasons. The funniest was that the meal included a cup of tea with milk served with the fish. I remember that in Hong Kong they served complimentary tea - but no milk - with food. Maybe the British learned the habit from their colony. Surprisingly they called the place café though they served only tea. Maybe coffee doesn't refer to any drink - in Amsterdam coffee shops sell marijuana and internet cafés have just Coca-Cola vending machines. However, coffee shops without coffee and fish and chips without salt sound Zizekian items. Slavoj Zizek wrote that we find a whole series of products deprived of their malignant property: coffee without caffeine, cream without fat, beer without alcohol... And the list goes on: what about virtual sex as sex without sex, warfare with no casualties (on our side, of course) as warfare without warfare, the contemporary redefinition of politics as the art of expert administration as politics without politics.
For the exhibition I marked all the fat cats' coffees decaf.