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Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: ‘The Making of Utopia’

Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space is pleased to present ‘The Making of Utopia’, a video by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen.

The Making of Utopia is a film between documentary and fiction: the artists approached utopian communities in Australia, which life-style combines features of old-school hippie communes and self-sustainable ecovillages and challenged each of them with a proposal of film-making workshop. The work consists of four case studies and four fictional short stories written and performed collectively by the members of these communities — Bodhi Farm, Dharmananda, Equilibrium and Moora Moora.

In the foreground of Australian evergreen landscapes, the decision-making process plays a central role in each short film: How to maintain the communal reality? How to go on with the collective life in a legitimate way? During a problem-solving process community members need to introduce, negotiate and defend their values and viewpoints before reaching from conflictual situation to consensus. Each short movie becomes an act of sharing and constantly negotiating opinions and interests until some reasonable solution has found. As a long-time member of Bodhi Farm mentioned, in some cases this negotiation process might take years.

Another option to watch The Making of Utopia is from the perspective of choosing the life one lives: What one could do to live a life in this world and what are our choices? Do we have to silently agree and obey the dominant, often market capitalism and right-wing government promoted and driven life-style? Should we accept the prevailing value systems? Do we want throughout contributing to this type of social reality to affirm, confirm, support and reproduce it? Or could we instead relay on our free will and common sense to use the freedom to organise and practice our
lives in a different way? ‘The Making of Utopia’ points at the fact, that there are alternative ways of living — it is all upon our own decision.

The Making of Utopia was one of the central work at ‘Consequences and Proposals’, the Biennale of Young Artists in October-November 2007.

Tellervo Kalleinen (b 1975 in Lohja) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (b 1971 in Dresden ) are visual artists based in Helsinki. They have been collaborating since 2003 – two bigger scale ongoing projects include several ‘Summit of Micronations’ events (in Berlin, Helsinki, Singapore, and Taiwan) and ‘Complaints Choirs’ (in Birmingham, Bodoe, Budabest, Gabriola Island, Hamburg, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Juneau, Melbourne, Penn State, Pittsburg, Poikkilaakso, and St. Petersburg).

The video is translated into Estonian and will be screened until February 2nd, 2008.

Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space wish to thank Tartu Public Library and Mr Asko Tamme, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, FRAME – Finnish Fund for Art Exchange, and Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Estonia.

Forever Yours,
Rael Artel
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skype: raelartel

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