press release

Welcome to solve the world's problems. All of them. In one day. YKON invites you to take part in a Future Game facilitated by renowned Medard Gabel. Saturday 5, April, 10.30-19.00. YKON will offer lunch and drinks.

The Future Game is part of YKON's first exhibition in Finland at Taidehalli, 4.4.-to 6.4. The artist group will give an overview of its recent international activities. Among the works included in the show are "Recognize Me!" – Micronations recognize Taiwan – produced for the Museum of Contemporary Art Taipei and "M8-Singapore Summit of Micronation" commissioned by the Singapore Biennial 2006.

THE FUTURE GAME is a fast-paced multimedia simulation for 10 to 200 players that places you in charge of the future. The FutureGame - designed by BigPictureSmallWorld - is a modern variation of the famous WorldGame developed by Buckminster Fuller and Medard Gabel. Fullers idea was to create a subversive tool to "make the world work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological damage or disadvantage to anyone."

MEDARD GABEL is the founder of BigPictureSmallWorld and the former Executive Director of the World Game Institute which he started with Buckminster Fuller. He is also known as the founder of the Encyclopaedia of World Problems Global Recall. In his work with Buckminster Fuller, he learned the power and utility of whole systems thinking, global perspectives and a good sense of humor. Gabel is the author of six books on global energy and food problems and solutions, environmentally sound planning methods, the global impact of multi-national corporations, and global sustainable economic development. He is for example auhtor of "Global Inc. - An Atlas of the Multinational Corporation."

YKON is an artist-run non-profit advocacy group for experimental countries and utopian thinkers. YKON evolved from the Amorph!03 Festival "Summit of Micronations" produced by Artists' Association MUU. The current members are Sasha Huber, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Petri Saarikko and Tomas Träskman.

FRIDAY 4.4. 18:00-21:00 - Opening of the exhibition - Q&A with Medard Gabel - O-Samuli-A live @ the World - Panoramic Sketches from the Betterlands by Ulu Braun - World Karaoke - Karkkitehtuuri - Vodka Jelly & Hernekeitto

SATURDAY 5.4. 10:30-19:30 - Exhibition - Future Game (registration - Lecture by Medard Gabel

SUNDAY 6.4. 12:00-17:00 - Exhibition - 14:00 Guided Tour of the Exhibition with YKON - 15:00 Screening "The Mouse that Roared" (1959, with Peter Sellers) - Karkkitehtuuri

YKON presents Future Game with Medard Gabel
"The world may need more than your love"

Künstler: YKON  (Sasha Huber, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Petri Saarikko, Tomas Träskman), Medard Gabel
additional programm: O-Samuli-A, Ulu Braun, Peter Sellers