Urbanapa x Ateneum, Ateneum Museum, Kaivokatu 10, Helsinki

Welcome to the Oracle of Changes

What is this?

It is an oracle that we made to help answer any questions that you may have.

How does it work?

1. Come in and think of a question that you don't know the answer to. Preferably one that you can't answer 'yes' or 'no' to, although you can do that as well, it's all fine. Don't tell us what your question is, at least not yet.

2. Once you have thought of a question, we will randomly select one of sixty-four 'hexagrams' that we wrote / devised based on the 2000-year-old oracle, the I Ching. Some of these hexagrams are text, some are sounds or videos, and some are actions.

3. We will try to let the hexagram answer your question for you, and then have a conversation about it afterwards if you like.

How long is this going to take?

Anything from 10 seconds to 10 minutes, depending on which hexagram you get.

Why are you doing this?

This performance is part of a broader project that we're working on called 'OF CHANGES' as part of the Urbanapa x Ateneum festival (happening in the museum this week). We will be doing these readings until Sunday, but we'll also start a live audio broadcast online as RADIO OF CHANGES, starting Thursday morning. The audio broadcast will feature speech, music, some new radio drama and featured guests.

This online broadcast is available to listen to at our website: https://ofchanges.fi/