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Space Junk presents: How lanterns will turn into galaxies, sighs will be measured in horsepower, and puddles of naphtha will become oceans on a new map of the world

“We are living a new creative time.” This is how Olavi Paavolainen starts his book Nykyaikaa etsimässä (In Search of Modern Time). He was searching for a modern time in Finland in the1920s and found it. He found what we call modern times, today. What we called modern times yesterday, as well, and what we will call modern times tomorrow, too.

The material used in the film How lanterns will turn into galaxies, sighs will be measured in horsepower, and puddles of naphtha will become oceans on a new map of the world is the black-and-white silent film Finlandia from 1922, directed by Erkki Karu. The film depicts Finland and its most iconic views poetically but realistically a hundred years ago. The material from a hundred years ago combines Esa Kerttula's photographs about everyday Finland in the 2020s and the unique music of six Finnish musicians Esa Kotilainen, Nemesis, Mari Sainio, Johanna Sulkunen, Jimi Tenor and Ilpo Väisänen.

Jukka Mikkola is a long-term journalist of Space Junk. He is interested in strange phenomena in the world and in music. He has also provided radio series on conspiracy theories, digital privacy, copyrights, communication, and the riddle of time. The marvelous world of sounds and its electronic manifestations are his constant interests.

Esa Kerttula is a graphic designer and art director from Helsinki. Kerttula is also a documentary photographer who has whispered into everyday aesthetics and does not dare to leave his home without a camera. The daily updated project can be tracked with his instgram account. IG: esa_kerttula

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