Endogenous Morphine

Endogenous Morphine (or The Fabulous Endorphin Series) is a collection of drawings dedicated to Finnish trainer Sauli Koskinen’s passion for sports and travel. He once mentioned the good feeling given by endorphins, which are hormones released through exercise and other activities. I gave the title in jest, as the scientific concept has a rather questionable history (privileged white men picking apart slaughtered animals’ brains, in short – this is not wisdom). But the indication of a good feeling given by the central nervous system is quite interesting: first of all it’s what makes some people so independent. Then, the same ancients who brought up Morpheus, god of dreams, also named the central nervous system “the soul.” The word “soul,” however, used to imply another person or “god” whose unique reality was in direct connection with your unique life. There were as many gods as people, obviously, but only one god was your soul (as in your love). The good feeling is created by the central nervous system opening itself to this inner communication. The greeting Namasté can thus be attributed to people originally recognizing what we now believe is a modern message, “It doesn’t matter who you love.” Either “My soul recognizes yours” or “I see the divine spirit within you,” both would have meant that because I am connected with my soul mate, I understand you are your soul mate’s ideal as well, and so I deem it holy.
The problem we have today is Western dualistic belief (if I can be allowed the use of this umbrella term) where the soul is conceptualized as separate from the body; but as opposed to indicating some sort of independent spirit chatting within, the separation is introduced so that the soul appears as something the body (your social persona) owns or controls. This two-fold denial is expressed in teachings such as “Do not trust your senses” or “Become an ideal to everyone but yourself,” both of which tell you to exert control over (limit) the influence of your spirit.
Ever since I was a small child I found myself going against the grain as I kept exploring the relationship between the soul and one’s developing awareness of it through one’s activities. I was fascinated with aerobics and with Olympic performers – the way they would look inside right before doing something amazing – and I imitated them in my living room because I wanted to know what that place inside was… that fuel. Other aspects that drew me to this project would be how music is used as an information carrier, and then the hunger for travel to which I can relate. Last but not least, there is the mythology aspect, with Finnish gods originating in the Carpathian mountains, their historical cradle and a lovely playground for me – where I still spend many an exciting holiday discovering natural and artistic beauty.

Dancing On Ice

Dancing On Ice focuses on seeing music as an information carrier. If you don’t know how this works, you begin by “unwrapping” each song and listening to what it says, while putting yourself in the place of the person promoting it in that moment. In this way, you gain information about their soul and what’s important for them. It’s more of an art than a science, of course, so you need a fair amount of thought flexibility. Nevertheless, referencing culture in this way has ancient roots, winding us all through the dream of life…

The titles are of my art works, followed in brackets by the original song titles.

“The Other Side of The World” (Maailman toisella puolen); “Endogenous Morphine” (Aamu); “The Black Sea Hypothesis” (Drink Up Me Hearties); “Old Friends” (Wannabe); “Sinda” (Jai Ho!); (It’s My Life); (All That Jazz); (Vogue); 

“The Call of The Sea” (Minä ja Hän)

Mina-ja-Han

(Feeling Good); (Nuori ja Kaunis); (Show Me How You Burlesque); “Leviathan” (Drink Up Me Hearties – reprise); (Sun Särkyä Anna Mä En).

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Maailman toisella puolen (Haloo Helsinki!) Nyt hihnalle laukku Ja viimeinen kuppi naamaan Kohta pilvien päältä Voin muistaa tämän maan Ei mulla oo tarkkaa suuntaa Mä menen minne sattuma johtaa Mulla on mukana kuvat Mutta katseet eivät kohtaa Isä olen täällä maailman toisella puolen, ja laulan pappadaduda pappappa duudadappa Äiti älä pelkää kyllä pidän itsestä huolen, … Continue reading Lyrics | Versuri