Ore.e Refineries is a socially responsible enterprise providing handicraft services. It was founded in 2007 as an art project, focused on producing a copper plate suitable for printing fine arts. Currently Ore.e is offering its services to all craftspeople who wish to have a more personal relationship with the materials they are using.
Created by ldezem on Nov 6, 2010
Last updated: 04/04/13 at 05:27 AM
Tags: socially engaged arts live-art copper diy printmaking eero yli-vakkuri jesse sipola
Ownership Renunciation Services – ORS can be used to renounce ownership rights to property. After ownership renunciation all rights to the property will belong to the commons. The service is offered in LITE and PRO versions.
Ore.e Ref. announces a program which searches for the perfect ingredients for the companies first cosmetic product. If everything goes accordingly the "Anti-Imperial Moustache Wax" will ultimately be made exclusively from materials specific to the Baltic Sea Drainage Basin environment. Small batches of moustache wax is delivered for selected tester who are expected to provide feedback on the product. The project works as a starting point in an effort to understand the concept of "ecogeographical thinking" better and to experiment with male facial hair aesthetics.
The Message is a social project during which we will send a message addressed to the civilization which will discover the Onkalo - Nuclear Waste Repository being build in Finland. Ore.e Ref. initiated the Early Warning System Project (EWS) in the spring of 2012. EWS's devices are a series of handmade navigational instruments. The instruments are embedded to bedrock etc. each facing to the Onkalo site. Artist and musician Lauri Wuolio was contracted to select and/or craft items for a time-capsule which was placed behind the EWS1# and embedded to the a boulder.
Mr. Ruuska was contracted by Ore. Ref to act as liaison of the companies southeastern African relations and businesses for the duration of his trip to The Republic of Mozambique 03.03-17.03.2012.
Mr. Ruuska was been assigned to A. To investigate the possibility to build a traveler maintained commerce route and crafts culture relations network. B. To acquire samples of copper and to salvage 19th century telegraph technology related to the "Cape to Cairo Red Line" infrastructure. Full assignment available trough link (.pdf). "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction" (Benjamin Walter), illustrated with 18th century erotic engravings was also included in the assignment package.
"Time to Your Door" services deliver the exact time to the location of Your choosing. Customer service personnel arrives to the site you specify, to announce the time according to your request.
"Time to Your Door" is a luxurious way of keeping time. The service is suitable for maintaining your everyday working rhythm and as a featured service of ceremonial occasions. The service is currently available exclusively in Helsinki.
To market "Time to Your Door" Services Ore.e Ref. also announced "Speaking Clock" services available trough phone. Ore.e Ref. Staff announces the time of Finland on demand.
Call the number and ask "What is the Time?" and the operator will tell You the official Finnish time.
0. If You are COOL You know what is the right thing to do. You are granted all rights to use, distribute and modify this material considering that You are COOL.
As the NO-CHAIR-DESIGN Campaign has received some attention the material Ore.e Ref. has produced will possibly by be used by someone somewhere. The ESRek1.0 license was too stickt for even our peers to use. It was too complicated. The COOL license achieves the same goals but with less fuzz.
After careful consideration the company changes their logo. In the new logo there is no mention of the "ore" refining services which the company started off with. After the NCD-Campaign (and honestly way before that) the company has been engaged with much more then "ore" refining. To better reflect the current industry the "ore" was removed from the logo. A vintage edition is found via link. The new logo is embedded with html which can be used to reconstruct the http://oree.storijapan.net site. This will help the archeologist of the future to reconstruct the Ore.e Ref. site if they so choose.
Ore.e Ref. launches a challenge to designers of the world to NOT design chairs in the year 2012. "We believe that the world already has enough chairs. Designing new ones only takes time away from renovating the ones we already have". This is the first project Ore.e Ref. has utilized video in it's practice. Also the webpages are under considerable changes. etc header/link is added into the main menu pointing to the P.I.E (Press/Investors/Etc) site on the pages. Also the staff section is now modified and both active partners are presented in near equal style columns.
Celebrating 5 years of successful business and original research Ore.e Ref. send out a collection on imagery and sounds for free usage. Intended for wallpapers and ringtones of pda mobile devices.
Why ringtones? Well Africa is the target of many mobile phone developers and it is estimated that most of nations in Africa will get online for the first time using their mobile phones.
The ringtone is morse code transmitting a famous quote by Cecil John Rhodes: "Remember that you are an Englishman, and have consequently won first prize in the lottery of life."
The artwork is based on Edward Linley Sambournes "The Rhodes Colossus: Caricature of Cecil John Rhodes" which was published 10 December 1892 in "Punch" (British weekly magazine of humour and satire 1841-1992/2002) after Mr. Rhodes announced plans for a telegraph line and railroad from Cape Town to Cairo.
Low2No Camp was a strategic design workshop curated by think tank Demos Helsinki. In Low2No Camp thirty carefully chosen urbanist come together to create groundbreaking projects. In this frameworks Ore.e Ref. Head of Sales Yli-Vakkuri worked at the DMY, International Design Festival, Berlin (http://dmy-berlin.com/en) and educated people on how to sharpen knifes.
Bitcoin is a peer-to-peer digital currency. It can be used as payment for all items and services Ore.e Ref. produces.
D2T (Digital-to-Tangible) this means that Ore.e converts digitally stored data (webpages, emails, multimedias, sms-messages etc.) into tangible forms using traditional handicraft tools. Ore.e also takes part in the artmoney project and 20% of payment can be given in artmoney units.
During a workshop a group was offered the possibility to practice smithing and talk about crafts together with Jesse Sipola. No prior skills was need. The workshop was intended to last for to days and it was conducted in urban and open environments.
Brief exhibition showing the work of Ore.e Ref. at Aalto EE (Aalto Executive Education) office spaces in Helsinki. "The plate", an alternative print made of it and texts where shown next to the Land Values project.
Ore.e Ref. is invited to produce "rings" from Zambian Copper to a couple getting married. The rings where melted during the wedding in a publicly open event, backstage of the wedding place. The material for the rings what provided by the groom during his trip to Zambia.
"Good Morning Africa - Villa Karo 10 v." exhibition presented the works of some 50 artists who had visited Villa Karo, the Finnish-African Cultural Centre in Grand-Popo (http://www.villa-karo.org/) within the last 10 years. Ore.e ref installation featured detailed texts in Finnish, France and English together with the "Homage á Pentti Kaskipuro" print made 2008. The name of the print was changed to "A lump of Bread Drawn with out the Touch of Hand - Homage á Pentti Kaskipuro".
A simple introduction to the "esrek" license is that for any media owned by Ore.e used in any commercial publication (print or digital) a loan must be given to using Kiva - Micro-finance system. At the same time the company website is rebooted, P.I.E (Press/Investors/Etc.) page is made and texts focusing on SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP added.
"Batch of Zambian copper imported to Finland by mr. Rantanen in a backpack". Copper was mined in Zambia, refined in the Republic of South Africa, bought back to Zambia. Five copperplates (each waighting above 200g [in 10x18cm plates])
Oheis - Group Exhibition (Cur. Outi Heiskanen). Presented the work of Ore.e in a detailed manner. This was the first time The "Homage á Pentti Kaskipuro" print was presented publicly. The print was made in Print Making Studio Himmelblau (Tampere) by Janne Laine. Also a audio documentary was presented as a part of the installation.
Ore.e Ref. website is launched in preparation of the upcoming exhibition. The site does not feature "the PRESS/Investors/Etc page". The site is hosted inside the "storijapan - framework". http://www.eero.storijapan.net/aineisto/oree
First drafts using the "copperplate produced in Togo" are made by Outi Heiskanen. The decition that nothing will be drawn on the plate is made.
During this trip to the Villa Karo, the Finnish-African Cultural Centre in Grand-Popo we produced a copperplate suitable for fine-art printmaking in collaboration with local artisans.
As joined operation between Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Jesse Sipola and Outi Heiskanen. DIY topics regarding printmaking discussed in Outis summer cabin.
While working to build and installation for Outi Heiskanen the artists start talking about the future of the modern world. As it turns out they both share a belief that the infrastructure our current lifestyle is dependent on, is fragile and can change in a blink. Heiskanen has built huts (installations for museums etc.) out of litter and sticks and in her prints figures are placed in dystopian landscapes. Eero Yli-Vakkuri has studied carpentry in the hopes of being able to live outside the grid of the "profit seeking capitalistic society" and (at that time) Mad Max is his favorite movie. The "post-industrial" future they are dreaming of is not a violent one - It's an utopia where humanistic (possibly anarchistic) ideals are exercised. As an academic of fine art Heiskanen educates Yli-Vakkuri on the traditions of printmaking. She claims that the techniques involved in contemporary printmaking are the same as they where in Dürers times. Yli-Vakkuri criticizes this claim as his friend artist blacksmith Jesse Sipola has shared insight to the metal industry - it's not a pretty picture. During his trips to Namibia Sipola has observed closely how the heavy metal industry operates in regions of the world which produce raw ore. And printmaking is somewhat depended on these resources. Soon these discussions result into a shared critique of technocracy and a celebration of DIY Culture. During WWII times Heiskanen was given a metal by the national "Martha organization" for collecting the most pine cones (the cones where used for heating tents in the front), she explains that during these hard times she could observe a beautiful transformation: As resources gradually got skimmer, her mother gradually developed into a craftsperson. She learned to DO practically anything, out of nothing. Yli-Vakkuri shares these beliefs as MacGyver was one of his childhood heros and he also (at that time) likes Jazz. Out of these discussions the idea of producing all elements required to produce a print arouses. During her 40 year artist career Heiskanen has fiddled with pretty much every possible medium. But she has not refined ore. Sipola agrees to take part in the project and they seek aid from the University of Turku, Department of Archaeology. Which has a "field experiment unit" close to Sipola's school Mynämäki.