Residency statement

The Kammari Residency is independently run by a collective of artist and researchers. This brief collective statement attempts to communicate some of the foundations of our thinking, briefly, how we aim to tackle the two-fold task of becoming consciousness of the material relations determining our experience as well as the ideologies determining our emotions and thinking. We invite all artists and guests to relate to it, challenge it and engage in a dialogue with the space, the people and the ideas.

The house

The residency house is an evolving, collective post-fossil art work, coordinated mainly by Sakari Laurila. The work started from an abandoned old stone house in the spring 2018. The project is combining recycled and mostly natural materials, DIY post-fossil inventions, sustainable energy solutions, experimental architecture, a wild garden, installations, performances, sound art and bio-art. We invite guest artists to voluntarily participate in its evolution.

The fossil subject  – material basis of our thinking

Our actions and thinking rely on a material reality. When, as is usually the case, this is ignored, action and thinking become disconnected and our critique and works remain, on a fundamental level, irrelevant.

We live and work in a globally connected world. Cheap labour is working for us, fossil fuels run everything from food production to infrastructure, economic and political structures distribute power in this global network we live in. Any disconnection from this is an illusion. Therefore we want our research, work, thinking and living to be based on the acknowledgement of the interconnections of all of these structures, and our responsibility for them. This is why the residency, among other things, strives to base its thinking and work on material autonomy, post-fossil consciousness and creating systems of ecological sustainability.

Experimental thinking – understanding ideology

One of the main things endangering our thinking, and hence the way we perceive and act in the world, is the appeal of ideologies. We are for some reason irresistibly drawn to determined, regulated and controlled systems of thought that hinder responsible and free thinking.

So, while each individual’s thinking and experiential worlds are infinitely unique, we at the same time seem to think and act in significantly uniform ways in social groups. In this given tension we tend to experience ourselves as split between, on one hand, socially determined identities, and on the other hand, a “real” self hidden behind them. This picture is in itself an illusion and a fundamental trait of the structure of ideology. In turn, we suggest that the uniqueness of every individual should be understood as an open, undetermined process where each one is constituted by his/her relatedness to other people, animals, plants and objects. This is in fact, we think, an urgent political project in the time of the deepening ecological, social and political crisis.

Therefore it is of fundamental importance to try to understand how we can understand the appeal of ideology and, through experimental thinking and art, remain constantly questioning and radically open to our fundamental relatedness. This essentially requires open and unbiased encounters with other artists, researchers, thinkers, writers, performers, musicians etc. For us, apart from being spaces for people to independently work on their projects, our research project and the residency are at best spaces for such encounters.