Around 650 kilometers up north from Helsinki is a town called Ii. The place is not only blessed with the shortest place name in Finland but also with a amazingly active cultural life with for example an environmental art biennale. At the moment I’m working here as a guest artist together with another artist in residence from Japan and a bunch of local artists. It’s going to be an extremely busy month up here but I can already now say that I’m super happy to work here with all these people.
BTW, today I met a lady who told me that the origin of the name Ii comes from the North Sami word “idja” that means night… Hmmm… If you describe night as the time between sunset and sunrise then at this time of the year here in Ii there so much light that the idja lasts only for 1 hour and 31 minutes. –Sounds like the Sami people had a good sense of irony wink emoticon
I will try to be active here during this month so you will have a chance to follow my adventures here. Next time I will tell you more about my forthcoming project here.