30 Poems for Artists: Lisa Hayes

Live Art, Poetry, Yleinen

In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.
Here’s the poem of Lisa Hayes, an Irish theatre professional from London, and I must say, I had a hard time keeping it short when I wrote the poem. Would’ve wanted to say so much more about this awesome creature! She’s a theatre maker, and you could tell that instantly when she appeared on the metro station in Berlin; she oozes that something that connects her to the present moment and she is definitely very aware of her surroundings all the time. These features were top tools when we worked together in a team during Ponderosa residency. Lisa was open and willing to collaborate, and she brought us a lot of practical knowledge about theatre making and playing. She liked to approach many things through fun. What an amazing attitude that is! Go conquer the world, Lisa!

Oh Lisa, you’re a diamond amongst the ladies

and never mind the shadies

I believe in you

no matter what you do

’Cause the fire in your eyes

tells me you speak no lies

You’re tender and good,

you like to be understood

and I would be the happiest

to be your chap.


30 Poems for Artists: Tara Rynders


In the inspiring artist residency of Ponderosa, Germany, I wrote one poem for each fellow artist, curator and worker at the residency. The poems were then performed at a Poet’s Reception on 2nd October 2014.

Here’s the poem for Tara Rynders, an astonishingly beautiful choreographer, dancer, performer and overall artist who engages the audience into private, personal, beautiful encounters with the performers in her works. She is the artistic director of You&Me, and she worked in Ponderosa together with a skillful artist crew, leaving no one cold after the showings. The collaboration gave the work a lot of warmth and spirit.


Someone might have taken a ladder

climbing up on the sky

Taken down a pair of stars

to be framed by your hair

And as they shine on your face

you dance on, like it was a race

You know there’s beauty around

– that’s what you’re speaking out loud

The archives of a Performance artist: Live art group ”O”, 2003-2004

Live Art

It is stunningly beautiful to go through some old papers and suddenly run into old pictures and notes made over 10 years ago. This just happened to me last month, and here it is, the memories of the performance art duet ”O”.

Live Art Group: O (2003-2004)

O (the letter O, referring to a circle as a never-ending and strictly geometric form) was an artist duo of me (known then with the name Parviainen) and Lauri Luhta. We would be known with names ”Die Systematische Frau” and ”Der logischen Mann”. We came up with the urge to establish O after experiencing several simultaneous geometric occasions in Berlin on October 2003, while performing solo and group works in International Congress of Performance Art, Gallery SoToDo. Being inspired by the authentic works of art in the Bauhaus Museum, the duo O started a series of performances including geometric elements in action such as drawing circles and squares, using pure basic colors according to Johannes Itten, and measuring/mathematics. The question was often much about nutritional experiments, too, like finding a suitable state of mind and body through kethosis, enjoying lots of caffeine or nutritional supplements, or fasting before the performance. The first performance in Berlin included feeding the audience with Schokoladenriegeln (chocolate Santa Clauses). The first performance was a collaboration with Morlokkiarmeija, which later came to be known as KOELSE, Kokeellisen Elektroniikan Seura (Association of experimental electronics). Later, some technological experiments were involved, such as wearing a 4-channel recorder attached to the body, and overlapping the recordings of nutrition and science based mind flow dialogue while moving on the floor only by lying on our back. In Taidehalli, Helsinki, you would also see Die Systematische Frau, eyes wide open, kneeled in front of a TV producing a static image, with her face attached to the screen with tape, as Der Logischen Mann would walk around a circle and make some measurements on KOELSE members with a measuring tape.

The performances were named by numbers according to their appearance, so the first one would be ”0”, the next one ”1” and so on. Due to the short name of both the group and the performances, it would sometimes happen that the audience had a hard time understanding that O was the name of a performer. That is, of course, a typical thing to happen to a conceptual art maker, and also a part of the risky business of simplifying things to the ultimatum.
Here is some info that was found in an old artist file, made on the years we still had more paper photos and prints than blogs and web sites:

11th October 2003 in Bunker, Alexanderplatz, Berlin, Deutschland
Outi-Illuusia Parviainen ”Die Systematische Frau” and Lauri Luhta ”Der Logischen Mann”
MOTTO: ”Less is more. A circle has it all.”
INSPIRATION: Minimalism, functionalism, suprematism, the Bauhaus. Basic forms and primary colors. Measuring things, analyzing, research. German language.
SPECIAL: An original terminology, a good example being ”graani: the culmination of something that tests the inhuman experience of comfort; such as a change of temperature, physical or mental stress, or such. It is experienced as a sensation of weight. Can roughly be translated as punishment, fever.”