First YOYO press quotes from Vienna


YOYO – You are On Your Own received a lot of media attention in Vienna —  here are the first press quotes translated into English. You’ll find the complete YOYO Press review here!

With a lot of irony, the performance YOYO – You are On your Own sheds light on the fears of a young artist; fears that drive him to isolation. Indeed, the performance shows us a gloomy portrait of our contemporary society: he, who chooses to prepare his survival shell instead of going to protest on the streets for a political change, has completely lost the belief in politics and the society … The innovative basement interior design in the crypt of the church St. Ursula is a prototype: it can be applied to any site and has room for individual modification. Of course, it is up to each spectator to decide whether that is a truly calming message or not.
Sebastian Fleischer, Ö1 Kulturjournal, 03.02.2015

A real utopia, an ideal state, waits us under the Music University. What is more, YOYO – You are On Your Own takes place in an old church crypt; at a site where the dead waited for the Last Judgement to take place. This gives a sacral touch to the apocalyptic atmosphere that many of us only know from Hollywood films … Mikko Niemistö shows us how to “make it cosy” in the claustrophobic environment, in order to remain as sane and healthy as one has been before descending to the shelter. And how nice it might be to see this “shelter existence” as a metaphor for the contemporary attitude towards life. Helmut Ploebst, der Standard, 03.02.2015

You might really feel at ease here, in this ambience, if you didn’t constantly hear the admonishing voice from the off that reminds us about past and upcoming catastrophes. The hour that we spend in the rugged and cold basement whose walls get decorated through curious fresco-like memory videos, lives from Mikko Niemistö’s mischievous performance. He furnishes the vaulted crypt carefully and leisurely, like a prudish housewife, reflects on the performance situation and gives friendly glances at the audience, thereby wrapping the surreal catastrophe scenario in soft irony.
Ditta Rudle,, 03.02.2015

Photo: Luzie Stransky

About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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