Friday 17.5 at 4pm at Arkadia: Janks Archive: Helsinki with Jerstin Crosby

You are very welcome to visit us / Arkadia International Bookshop and “like” us if indeed you do!

Dear friend of Arkadia,

You are invited to ‘Janks Archive: Helsinki’ by Jerstin Crosby on Friday 17.5 at 4pm at Arkadia (Nervanderinkatu 11).

Inspired by the efforts of archivists such as Harry Smith and Alan Lomax, the Janks Archive aims to establish a collection of put-down jokes from as many cultures as possible; blurring the lines between media art, folklore, anthropology, and comedy. The archive is made publicly available, and can be searched by subject, or geography.

Janks archive is a collaboration between American artists, Jerstin Crosby, Ben Kinsley, and Jessica Langley. Collectively, they “are
driven by a curiosity of what these jokes tell us about the culture where they originate”. Like poems, or riddles, jokes pack abstract meaning into a few carefully crafted words or phrases.

You are all very welcome.

Warm regards,


Entrance is free but a donation of €3 (or more!) to fund the event is suggested and would be most welcome.

Kallio Kunsthalle
Toinen Linja 31, Helsinki May 17, 2013 19:00-21:00 (Opening reception)

On 17.5, from 19:00-21:00, you are invited to Janks Archive: Helsinki, at Kallio Kunsthalle, with Brooklyn-based artist, and co-founder of the archive, Jerstin Crosby. Video’s recorded in Philadelphia will be exhibited and Crosby will be present to document as many new and old Finnish insult jokes as possible for the archive. The documentation from this event will be added to a web database, and exhibited in upcoming international exhibitions.