34 minute video work and varying installation, 2016
In 2016, England celebrated the 40th anniversary of punk with the official blessing of the Queen. In reaction to this, punk producer Malcolm McLaren’s son, businessman Joe Corré, was planning to burn his five million pound punk memorabilia on the 40th anniversary of the release of Sex Pistols’ single Anarchy in the UK.
Meanwhile, on their trip in the lucid muds of the other dimension, Helsinki based startup company Sorbus witnessed the death of punk eye to eye. They sought to distill their experience into a new ethical and natural product: luxurious Crucian Carp Spirit.
The title of the work is taken from The Heartburns’ album by the same name.
Fucked Up in a Bad Way has been exhibited at:
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SAKARI: I wonder how the beer can be so cheap here?
HENNA: I know! And 6 € entrance! How can this be profitable? I wonder how much the band gets paid.
TUOMO: You know what, maybe they’re not doing this for money. I have a feeling they have other interests in this. Like, if you listen closely, you can hear that the lyrics are actually opposing the monetary power structures – and power structures in general. I feel like the people here are fighting for a better world – just like us(!) That they are fighting for a world that is actually based on —- equality. You don’t need money for that! Fuck money!
HENNA (doesn’t hear what Tuomo is saying): Fuck yeah! (taking sips of her beer eagerly)
TUOMO (continues full of excitement): And what have I done to deserve the privilege to my high standard of living? I don’t want to live off other people’s suffering. These people here actually seem to be free, they are neither oppressed nor oppressors… They have their own community! No one is above anyone else.
It seems like they are outlining some kind of alternative and communal life style, where people come first. They refuse to be part of consumer society. Or to be enslaved by providing labour for the humiliating machinery.
And… We should also refuse to be a part of it! We should aim to destroy the existing systematic structures of exploitation, oppression and repression. We should fight the global corporation model thru our actions, provide an alternative for the ….model..multinatio.. anal…Stubb.. hallintar. . Coca cola.. Fanta….institution… I’m going to refuse to be a part of the system that favors economic growth over well-being of humans and nature!!!!! Working for a just distribution of the fruits of the earth and human labor is not mere philanthropy. It is a moral obligation!
Review of the exhibition at Schunck* Museum: De wereld van nee, Metropolis M, 17.04.2018