|John Mäkinen & Michael Fliri
Trondheimsveien, Lakkegata Skole, 22 August 2005
Our concept for working together is one work two views. Two practicing artists collaborating bringing each others best qualities together, making them visible and combining them as one work. The theme of copying and copyrights i.e. stealing and making it into one form is also present in the works we did in
My colleague Michael Fliri and I were lucky to have the possibility to be able to go to
Our first work was done as part of the official Oslo Mobile Kunsthall program. The location was Lakkegata grammar school, the date was August 22 - the first day of school. We contacted the school and they agreed gladly to cooperate with us. The children here come from a multi cultural background; 25 languages are spoken in the school!
We asked all the other artists participating in the
The performance was both elaborate, ambiguous, ambivalent and chaotic - a rush of energy all filmed and photographed. After the action slowed down we took a series of composed digital photos in the location without the children. The result was a total of 400 pictures with digital camera, 12 pictures with a 6x6 camera and 2 clown videos. We stayed on location until 5 p.m. to finalize the work. Then we cleaned up the place, which was very easy since the colours used were all water based and easily removed from skin, textiles and practically all surfaces.
We have done similar works with the same concept using film and different medias. We are looking forward to bringing them all in one place as separate works with one concept and a strong entity and are now looking for options of exhibiting them in
Thank you for making this all possible to happen in
all the best,