ANTI-ADULT RUN! RUN! RUN! MASTERCLASS #antiadultrun, ANTI - Contemporary Art Festival 2015. Video: Pekka Mäkinen
2015. Kuopio, Finland. Ten children, aged 7-14, run masterclasses to teach 40 adults (top age 82) how to run. Through a series of games, we sprint, fall, sweat, giggle, throw tantrums, laugh, and transform the market square in our playground. The ANTI Adult RUN! RUN! RUN! Masterclass #antiadultrun are exercises in rebelliousness and cultivating mischief. These are lessons in the gift — ‘anti’ in the Finnish language — of being playful and interacting with self and others anew; of running, no frills, as if we are kids, again; to sense and make sense of the city and the world around us. We invite onlookers to join us in being wayward and ill-disciplined. We have unadulterated fun. It’s a riot.
#antiadultrun was commissioned for and premiered at the annual Anti Festival held in Kuopio Finland, September 2015. It was led by Kai with Dr Alan Latham, both of RUN! RUN! RUN!, and co-developed with the Masters with the assistance of two interpreters/facilitators. It was highly successful, receiving radio and online coverage in Finland and Australia as well as positive feedback from the Masters, organisers and participants alike. While the experts were tiny, they were big hearted, open, giving and taught the adult participants (aged up to 84!) way more than running. They also proved to us that running can be that conduit to cut across and indeed question the boundaries of culture (Finnish; UK; NZ; Singapore), discipline (geography; fine art) and age (adults and non-adults).
Kuopio Academy of Design Finland 2015 http://goo.gl/gxoDaP
Royal Geographical Society RGS-IBG Conference 2016 http://goo.gl/GLq45p
Newspaper and radio (in Finnish) Yle Uutiset http://bit.ly/2dwnNqT
Real Time Arts (Australia) review: http://goo.gl/LTLYD0