From the Toolbox of a Serving Library

The Museum of the Near Future

Continuing some of the conversations begun in Banff this summer, I am in Helsinki, Finland for the next week participating in OK Do’s Museum of the Near Future.

The Museum of the Near Future (MNF) is an apparatus for looking sideways at institutions, cities, time and space. In an attempt to challenge perceptions of what is possible and desirable, between now and next, MNF produces places for imagination and discussion in site-specific, functional installations.

The first MNF project manifests in a thematic book society and shop, taking over the Museum of Finnish Architecture’s villa in Kaivopuisto, Helsinki as part of the museum’s attempts to revitalise its annex space, and in conjunction with Helsinki’s Design Week (in anticipation of Helsinki’s designation of World Design Capital 2012). Here, the MNF explores micro-political participation in a city undergoing grand urban projects, such as its expansion to the centrally located former harbour areas or the recent identity-defining missions. Using literature and related activities—like reading circles and performative publishing—as tools, the first MNF experiments with the convergence of personal and public space, asking how the value-based concerns of individuals can be translated into enriching tactics for living in a city.

OK Do, together with Berlin-based Motto Distribution, reinvent the city by means of passages from novels, poems, academic essays, lyrics, scripts, news stories and other written pieces.

The Museum of the Near Future is a project by OK Do, the creative practice of designers, writers and curators Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela, to be carried out in collaboration with organisations and individuals of different stripes. The project team for this iteration of the MNF includes designer and curator Anna Mikkola, bookshop representative Matilda Tjäder (Motto), curator cheyanne turions and designer Tommi Vasko.


The bookshop is open daily, 09-18 September:

Monday, 10:00-18:00
Tuesday, 10:00-21:00
Wednesday, 10:00-20:00
Thursday + Friday, 10:00-16:00
Saturday + Sunday, 11:00-16:00

Sunday, 11 September: Museum of the Near Future Morning Party, including the Helsinki launch of OK Do’s OK Talk Helsinki/London book, 09:00-12:00.

Sunday, 11 September: Walk Talk in Hernesaari, a Helsinki harbour area in development. Participants will be picked up by a water bus to Hernesaari at the Sea Harbour of Kaivopuisto (Merisatamanranta 10) at 13:30 and brought back by 16:00.

Tuesday, 13 September: Reading circle I: City of Matters of Concern, 18:00-21:00.

Friday, 16 September: OK Do curates a film screening at the Museum of Finnish Architecture’s backyard, Kasarmikatu 24, 19:00-21:00 (free entrance).

Saturday, 17 September: Reading circle II: The Climate of Public Space, 12:00-15:00.


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