Aino-Marjatta Mäki

Time and Space Arts

1982, Sysmä

I lost my faith in words and started to pay attention to motion. The human still remains my primary interest.

As I was once again sitting in the home of a stranger, face to face with someone similar, I started to consider the factors underlying the situation. I was particularly confused about my own position in this peculiar structure of people, spaces, talk and a set of relations. I could not help but feel that there was an “excluded third” in the room, which was constantly striving to disturb the situation, but whose presence was nevertheless essential. As I verbally tried to enter into the other, I felt like moving further away from the experience I was trying to reach. Am I at all aware of where I am taking the stranger?

No, I was not.

Almost a year has passed since that encounter. Overall, I met with eight people, and we meet again. This time all together. We have shared through speech, movement and gesture an experience common to all of us. The central medium has been language, gesture-based body language

in particular. My work in the Kuvan Kevät Degree Show is a first attempt at transferring the essential of our encounters through a performance, and thus capturing something transient and unobtrusive.


Thank you dancers Helena Ratinen, Ken Mai, Leena Ritva Koskinen, Minja Mertanen, Mirva Mattila, Reija Stenius, Saara Holmberg, Sanni Priha and Terhi Lilja.

And my most sincere thanks to all of you who spent time with me in the spring of 2011 and 2012, unravelling the experience of depression.