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Encounters

Encounters

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Published by Omar Willey
The first publication in the Reaktio series, Encounters, celebrates the Finnish Institute's first 20 years in London by exploring how connections between people produce new creative ideas. Encounters investigates what exactly happens when new people meet, share ideas, exchange views and form partnerships. The publication is about international encounters in the realm of the civil society and it presents those who have witnessed it in action.
The first publication in the Reaktio series, Encounters, celebrates the Finnish Institute's first 20 years in London by exploring how connections between people produce new creative ideas. Encounters investigates what exactly happens when new people meet, share ideas, exchange views and form partnerships. The publication is about international encounters in the realm of the civil society and it presents those who have witnessed it in action.

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Spaces for Shared imagination

In the summer of 2003, I carried out a small internet-based
social experiment, which I called imaginary Journey. The project’s
website showed a travel journal in which a mother and her five-year-
old son’s train journey through Europe was described through a series
of pictures and texts. The background story, however, made clear that
the journey had been produced through the means of communal fic-
tion. In reality the mother and her son lived in Helsinki and had asked a
group of fellow travellers for assistance. These fellow travellers imag-
ined their visits to different places and helped them create the story of
their journey.

In retrospect, one could say that the project was supported by
those spaces of shared imagination, in which the events in the jour-
ney were created by working together as a team. Unlike traditional
travelogues, the mother and son’s journey is purely fictional and has
been produced communally using different media technologies. The
story is thus twofold: one can look at it as a traditional story of a jour-
ney or as a story of the production process of the journey. The latter
approach focuses not only on the perusal of the daily stories, but also
on the attempt to find holes or tears in the web of the implementation
process. The latter approach also enables one to see the pictures in
parallel with the e-mails documenting the production process, which
are archived as part of the work. The latter story: the space of shared
imagination as a shared work and process is the actual theme of the
imaginary Journey project.

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