onemorequestion is a Finnish-Austrian artist collective. Many of the core members of onemorequestion – Joonas Lahtinen, Mikko Niemistö, Eero Erkamo and Luzie Stransky – have worked together in various projects since 2005.
onemorequestion -collective’s website: http://onemorequestion-collective.tumblr.com
You plan your life. Why not plan your death as well?
onemorequestion’s performance/installation explores the limits of our self-
determination in today’s consumerist society obsessed with optimization and efficiency. Due to the enormous progress in medicine during the last decades, our life can be prolonged in ways that were unimaginable for the past generations. However, we are also forced to take more control over life and death than ever before in history. R.I.P. SERVICES helps you manage the challenges of death and dying in the most enjoyable way possible.
“… R.I.P. SERVICES offered us one surprise after another; it was a very detailed crash course on dying preparation … Sounds distressing? Not at all, because the pleasant soundscape, the precise script, intriguing video projections, and the common breathing exercises guided us gently to reflect on these issues … The performance managed to “scratch” a crack in the untouched “mental foil” of the human mind that keeps the fear of death away … This service that chaffed at life-coaching businesses, was, I would say, a frighteningly brilliant idea.” –Raisa Rauhamaa, Teatteri & Tanssi
R.I.P. SERVICES premiered at the URB 16 Festival / Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki in August 2016: 4.8. at 19:00, 5.8. at 19:00, 6.8. at 18:00 and 7.8. at 16:00
Location: Alppitalo office building, Alppila district
Artistic director, script, performance: Joonas Lahtinen
Dramaturgy, script, production: Luzie Stransky
Performance, script: Mikko Niemistö
Set and lighting design: Eero Erkamo
Performance: Tanja Turpeinen, Jukka Heiskanen, Harald Jokesch, Esther Csapo and others TBA
R.I.P. SERVICES is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Fund / Uusimaa Regional Fund and ruumisarkkuliike.fi
YOYO – You Are On Your Own
A nuclear disaster, the collapse of Capitalism, Third World War… what would YOU do in case of a large-scale emergency?
YOYO – You are On Your Own by onemorequestion is an odd, disturbing and funny performance that introduces you to a number of negative future scenarios and gives you strategies to enhance your chances of surviving any catastrophe. YOYO takes the individual’s will “to be prepared” to its extreme and playfully reflects on the relationships between fear, agency, future perspectives and today’s economy.
“The performance concept is powerful. It blurs the borders between
the performance situation and reality in an engaging way … the Finnish- Austrian collective that created the performance is a definitely interesting new acquaintance.“ Marja Silde, Teatteri & tanssi 5/2014
“You might really feel at ease here, in this ambience, if you didn’t constantly hear the admonishing voice from the off that reminds us about past and upcoming catastrophes. The hour that we spend in the rugged and cold basement whose walls get decorated through curious fresco-like memory videos, lives from Mikko Niemistö’s mischievous performance. He furnishes the vaulted crypt carefully and leisurely, like a prudish housewife, reflects on the performance situation and gives friendly glances at the audience, thereby wrapping the surreal catastrophe scenario in soft irony.”
Ditta Rudle, tanz.at, 03.02.2015
Artistic director, concept: Joonas Lahtinen Performance, concept: Mikko Niemistö
Set and lighting design, concept: Eero Erkamo Production management, dramaturgy: Luzie Stransky Sound technics: Andreas Wiesbauer
Premiered 2 August 2014 at URB 14 Festival/Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki. Performed 3–7 February 2015 at brut Wien and 24 October 2015 at HomeFest, Bucharest
Supported by Vienna Municipal Department 7 for Cultural Affairs, ESKUS Performance Center Helsinki and the Austrian Embassy Helsinki.