27 January 2012, Cervera de los Montes
Every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods.
I bussed to Madrid to vote in the decisive second round of the Finnish presidential election. My first round candidate, Left Alliance's Paavo Arhinmäki, didn't make it to the final duel and I was thinking not to travel 240km, pay €17 for the trip and lose one whole working day to vote Green League's Pekka Haavisto who I consider to be a pure right-winger in sheep's clothing. An openly homosexual president would give a shiny and liberal image to Finland but I believe, in the Marxist way, that the politics are about economy and in that issue the Green League is just like the conservative National Coalition Party. So I was thinking about not voting but my Spanish wife said that I had to and drove me to the bus station.
I felt awful after submitting my ballot at the Finnish Embassy but then I had some beers and hummus in Biblos, my favorite Lebanese bar in Madrid, whose owner Toni is politically as radical as I am. The only thing I dislike in the bar are the posters of FC Barcelona and visiting it the day after they eliminated Real Madrid from the Copa del Rey. Before traveling back to the village I had lunch with Abdul in Yulong, the subterranean Chinese bar at Plaza de España - it is just like any informal eatery in Beijing. The noodles are good but the dumplings are frozen.
If they organize a third round of the election with one candidate who would obtain 100% of the votes, I'm definitely not going again to Madrid.
24 January 2012, Cervera de los Monte
The democratic regimes have killed, tortured, deliberated wars, built concentration camps, financed terrorist groups and employed weapons of mass destruction. Where there is a conflict, theres is a democratic country involved directly or indirectly. This is why I did The Black Book of Democracy: Crimes, Terror, Repression.
Other books with similar titles are The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (1997) and Le Livre Noir du Capitalism (1998).
20 January 2012, Cervera de los Montes
Fragments of the correspondence between the curator Siv Hofsvang and the artist Riiko Sakkinen:
20 May 2010
Dear Riiko Sakkinen,
My name is Siv Hofsvang, curator for the arts organization Punkt Ø in Moss, Norway. We are preparing an exhibition under the title Momentum Design - Art, Design and the Space Between. The exhibition will run from 3rd July to 3rd October this year at the Momentum Kunsthall, Moss. The curators of the upcoming Momentum Design, and myself especially, hope you will participate.
8 June 2010
We are insuring the works from nail to nail, and we are paying the artists a small fee.
19 October 2010
Really nice you will send me the press material! By the way, I remember that in the beginning you mentioned something about a honorarium. Is this still a valid thing?
18 November 2010
I received the LV bag work back. Thank you! You wrote that you "send both the documentation pictures and the press clippings as well as additional info from the exhibition within short". I didn't receive these (yet). Have the paintings been shipped back to Helsinki? By the way, last summer you mentioned something about a honorarium.
11 October 2011
I hope this finds you well. I'm back from maternity leave, therefore the late reply. Hopefully the paintings arrived in Helsinki well before last Christmas. Have you got the documentation and the honorarium?
12 October 2011
Congratulations for your baby! The paintings arrived safely in Helsinki but I didn't receive the honorarium and neither the documentation.
27 October 2011
Do you think that I still could receive the honorarium? I just heard that (name omitted) who participated in the show too got it already last year.
6 January 2012
I try one more time and then I´ll give up. You wrote me last year October asking if I had received the honorarium and I told you I haven't. Is there anything what can be done? Or should I accept that I´m not going to receive it never?