Other Spaces: Reindeer Safari
Reindeer Safari Synopsis
Reindeer Safari is a collective wayfaring performance for 20-60 participants in three phases: I Reindeer Introduction, an instruction of 2 hours about reindeer, II Reindeer Safari the wayfaring of 4 hours in semi-urban landscape, III Reindeer Round Up discussion about experiences.
The performance is intended to take place in a semi-urban landscape where authentic reindeer might also visit. The participants of Reindeer Safari form a herd, which moves according the natural rules that correspond to the group behaviour of reindeer. The herd decides autonomously on its itinerary and the rhythm of its wayfaring. For example, one of the rules is that the participants are not aloud to chat – reindeer are very quiet animals.
The members of the organizing group survey the wayfaring, document it, and take care of the needs of participants. The goal is to restore the urban landscape to a state of nature by observing it from the point of view of a semi-domestic, semi-wild herd animal – a reindeer. The transition from human experience into reindeer experience is acquired step-by-step.
OTHER SPACES is a Helsinki based live arts collective since 2004. The aim of the collective is to create collective physical exercises through which people can visit “other spaces”, i.e. enter in contact with the modes of being and experience other than human. The activities of the collective vary from practical demonstrations and public workshops to thematic, experimental productions.
Video shot and edited in Helsinki, Finland 2011 by Lauri Kontula