This residence is exactly what I need, both as a human being and as a writer. It is an opportunity to detach from the everyday rat race, to go to the woods to write and meet new people. I do feel a little anxious. It is like I was participating in some kind of a study, going to a Big Brother house with cameras or to a summer camp. As you probably notice, I have not been to a residence before. I look forward to new encounters and coffee pots inadvertently left on in the common spaces. I hope I will gain new inspiration for my art from here but, perhaps most of all, I expect to find something I would otherwise never know to look for. At the beginning of the residency, my own project will be at a stage where I should start compiling a whole out of the raw material and drafts. The Saari Residence could be a gentle, bottomless pit where I could throw in all my material and thoughts and, ultimately, myself. If that doesn’t produce damn good text, I don’t know what will.
DANIIL KOZLOV | SUSINUKKE KOSOLA
Susinukke Kosola, also titled anarchist lyric, is a Turku-based writer, publisher and literary arts director. His appearances have been seen on the cracking concrete slabs of Turku’s abandoned buildings as well as at London’s literary festivals. He has published two books, the first of which, .tik, has been recognised with the Silja Hiidenheimo memorial award, and the latter, Avaruuskissojen leikkikalu (Space Cats’ Toy) was nominated for the Finnish Broadcast Company’s Dancing Bear Award. He is also a founding member of the Turku-based Kolera collective.