What if we could experience daily news in a more personal way – and script a different future while doing so? The News Transformation Agency is a new project by artist group YKON, internationally known for their participatory projects dealing with utopian issues such as micronations and future scenario games. The project approaches the overwhelming aspect of global news as a potential platform for civic action – for local, emotional and transformative standpoints.
The project kicks of as an open workshop, at a temporary, pop-up news office at Lasipalatsi gallery. During the workshop, participants will work with YKON to filter and analyze breaking news, to transform them into ones with local relevance, remixing, visualizing and creating alternate realities. This unique and thought provoking experience will provide a completely new perspective to the world of the news. The news will be broadcast in public space at a live News Show during the Night of the Arts and specially tailored newsreels will appear on urban screens at Lasipalatsi Square and the Culture Tram.
For our Helsinki Agency we are happy to announce that we will work together with Juha Sääski as our local news editor and host for the News Show.
YKON is a Helsinki-based not-for-profit organization. Its membership consists of artists, designers, game developers and art historians who share a deep interest in current utopian thought and practice. Utopia is seen as a myriad of bottom-up processes and initiatives with a strong Do-It-Yourself (DIY) attitude. Since 2005 YKON has worked on themes such as micronations, social architecture, alternative economies, scenario developments, participatory processes, mapping and game design.
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