IHME Evening at Korjaamo Culture Factory

Puhekaraokessa esitetään laulujen sijaan puheita. / In Speech Karaoke, participants perform speeches rather than songs. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro.

The annual IHME Evening was spent differently this year at Korjaamo on Saturday, December 1. The first part of the day was dedicated to the Wikimarathon, which resulted in the creation of the following articles to Finnish Wikipedia: a map of the locations of IHME Projects; Katoava taide (ephemeral art); Kun päivä laskee (When Day Closes), Philipsz’s Project); Susan Philipsz (artist); and THE BEETLE (Håkansson’s Project). Anyone can add to or create articles about IHME Projects or other topics. There are easy instructions for getting started on Wikipedia’s own web pages.

In the evening at Korjaamo we went over to a more free-form atmosphere for Speech Karaoke. We heard fragments of ten talks given at IHME Festivals over the years, including Pontus Kyander’s Manifesto and Nato Thompson’s Art in Public Space. Other talks from the speech karaoke catalogue were freely performable, and during the evening some even dared to take on the classic series, one example being Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech.