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Performance with 30 monologues
Duration: 2 h 30 min
Year: 2015
Single channel video work with 10 monologues performed for the camera
Year: 2017
Duration: 28 min

About the work
Predictions is a series of monologues depicting visions of the future spoken out as personal predictions by young performers. The layout is plain: speech, nothing more. Each monologue unfolds as an image described in relation to the narrator’s experience of the situation depicted. The monologues combine fiction with personal narrations and speculations of the impact of climate change. They take in account how climate change will result, in addition to extreme natural phenomena, as new political challenges, renewal of food production or struggles in sharing resources in an ethical way.

Press image of Predictions performance, Teatteri.nyt, Kiasma Contemporary Museum of Art, 2015

Photo: Katri Naukkarinen / Kiasma

Credit list / video version
Written and directed by: Marja Viitahuhta
Cinematography: Pasi Rauhala and Marja Viitahuhta
Edit: Marja Viitahuhta
Subtitles: Ville Vainio
Sound mix: Tuukka Haapakorpi
Production: Marja Viitahuhta
Production fund: Alfred Kordelin foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation
Cast: Mette Järveläinen, Bella Meer, Iiris Laisi, Diego Salvador, Sebastian Sarviala

Credit list / Live performance
Working group & performers: Siiri Rajalin, Katja Eskola, Iiris Laisi, Inka Degerman, Mette Järveläinen
Thank you: Taneli Viitahuhta, Azar Saiyar, Kallio library
Video documentation: Azar Saiyar

Predictions 01
#racism #education #parenting

Predictions, 02
#dystopies #mortality #heritage #uncertainty

Predictions, 03
#violence #policebrutality #activism #conflicts #politics #society #demonstrations #recources #family #healthcare #workingconditions #empathy

Predictions, 04
#naturalcatastrophy #tsunami #nature #oceans #survival

Predictions, 05
#architectureinfuture #totalitarianism #society #dystopia #bigbrother #artificiality #a.i. #overpopulation

 Predictions, 06
#advertising #robotics #fashion #consumerims #materialism #nonpaidworks

Predictions, 07
#unemployment #wealthdivision #precariousness #stealing #illegality

Predictions, 08
#research #extinction #glaciers

Predictions, 09
#gender #internationality #globalpolitics #environmentstudies #specialists #loss #lobbying

Predictions, 10
#ecosystems #documentation #wildlife #monsoon #extinction #oceancurrents #catastrophies #adapatation

Excerpts of the monologues

The first thing I see is a girl running towards me. She is shouting out loud, waving her arms in the air. Behind her there is a man, her father perhaps. He is also shouting something. Then I hear it, it is english, run, run. I slowly twist my body, turning, and there, behind and below the hill there, below me, in the landscape, there is something massive that stops my motion.

They arrive like the rain, like a cloud. I remember having visions of the crickets like this, whilst reading the bible as a kid, the eqyptian crickets. I remember reading the moomin book by Tove Jansson and the crickets in it that ate the forest as they went on by. The catchers have set themselves around the field on all corners and sides, there are not so many of them, not like in the traditional fishing cultures, more like aerial video shooters, standing by with their digital remote controllers and meters, in their black outfit. How come the color of the outfit is black, to begin with? The net they have spread is like a giant spiders’s creations with its nylon texture blinking to me when the sun hits it.

I step into the elevator, I choose minus 13. My ears lock, I stretch my neck and rub my ear with my thumb. Hitting my floor I walk through the inner yard onto section D. I say hello to my neighbour with the magnolias and chrysantems by the wall. The new brightlights have a more pleasant, matte tone to them. The artificial sky is half cloudy. I scan the electric lock open with my fingertip. The synthetic smell of my apartment irritates me for a second before I get used to it. I open the tv and the landscape screens.