VIILI is an ongoing cultural research that started at The Halikonlahti Green Art Trilogy “FOOD CHAINS” 10.9 – 30.10.2011 in Salo Artmuseum Roundhouse, Finland.
In the project i did a visual mapping of this fascinating culture that has deep roots and a long history in Finland. I collected stories and search for viili culture, made viili and give a public performance talk on the fermenting cultures. During the period I also hoped to find an old viili culture that perhaps was still kept alive somewhere deep in the Finnish forest. unfortunately I did not succeed. The closes I got was a viiliculture still going in USA brought over by Finnish immigrants. Read the story in the blogpost: https://viiliculture.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/the-seed/
VIILI is a household name for a slimy yoghurt that has developed as an integral part of Finnish culture. Viili used to made at every Finnish home with a local culture handed down through generations. Now people buy their VIILI in the shop.
My intention with this project is to gather some of the stories and pictures to revitalise the culture that is now rapidly disappearing. All the gatherings will be displayed at the Salo Art museum for the duration of the project and also documented here on this blog.
This is a collective work so contributions from the public are welcome in form of stories, pictures or anything else of relevance so please feel free to contribute!
Please post stories and pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
PROGRAM Halikonlahti green Art Triologi 10.9 – 30.10.2011
Sunday the 11th of September
12.00 Lunchtalk: “Living cultures – from counteraction to fermentation”.
A story about how human and microbial cultures have a lot in common and how viili can teach us important lessons!
14-15 Viili workshop/performance.
Practical and aesthetic workshop of how to make viili.
Limited to 20 participants (for booking contact …) but viewing open to the public. Open to all ages.