Post-MJ Era Institute Of Consciousness is a research body run by individuals who grew up within the pop culture of the 80’s and 90’s. The mission of the Institute is to articulate the influences of the spectacle through the mythical terrain created by Michael Jackson.
Wake is an all-night performance focusing on the effects of the death of Michael Jackson. The participants are invited to ask themselves how to cope with the absence of an influential and complex icon, and to understand the legacy of his times. Wake suggests an answer in the collective celebration and mourning, from dusk till dawn.
The main task of Wake is to set MJ’s soul free from the satirical cycle of cultural references.
Participants are asked to bring a concrete object or other offering to place it on the memorial altar during the night.
Dramaturgy and direction by Emmi Venna and Ossi Koskelainen
with Michael-Jan Havia, Ilpo Heikkinen, Anne Hiekkaranta, Samuli Laine, Suvi Matinaro, Jani-Matti Salo, Emilia Kallioinen, Iiris Laakso, Marlon Moilanen, Pauliina Sjöberg
DJ’s: Niko Likainen, Kristiina Männikkö, Antti Salonen
MJ’s in the coffin: Esete Sutinen, Emilia Neuvonen, Sunny Seppä, Johannes Holopainen, Laura Pietiläinen
Performed in the frame of Baltic Circle Festival, 14-15th November 2015.
Post-MJ Era Institute of Consciousness is supported by Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Samuel Huberin Taidesäätiö, Baltic Circle Festival and Kiasma/ URB Festival.