Lymy is a small space in Helsinki that we have rented together as an initial experiment in shaping a life in common with friends and comrades. We use the space to meet each other and others, eat together, do paid and unpaid work, study, share skills, accumulate resources, have fun and organize.
Out of all the questions we could ask ourselves today we feel that the one that really connects us with our immediate situation is “what does shared life look like, here and now?”
We have barely begun to answer this question, but are pretty sure we know why we ask it. We long for something that would bridge the disparate moments of belonging we experience in different projects and struggles into one continuous terrain. A terrain we can inhabit without being torn between the two feelings that dominate our lives: anxiety (“something, anything must be done”) and apathy (“nothing can be done”). We want to overcome the sadness we encounter with the joyful notion that everything that matters is already possible. There will never be a better or worse time to start building new forms of life in common.
We have taken the first step in finding each other and look forward to finding many more to share and learn with. Any lasting change for the better will result from real people making real, material things together. As each moment is unique and there is no program that can be applied everywhere and at every time, we need only be concerned with where we are here and now. In any given situation, what is more important than any rule, moral or regulation is that which puts us in touch with our common power, with our potential. This is our ethic.
The common that we are looking for exists in some parts and must be built in many others. We have now started building and intend to continue doing so for a long time. We will use hammers and spikes, books and pens, computers and algorithms, pots and pans, cloth and needle, and so much more. If you want to build with us, we wholeheartedly welcome you to propose events in our space and projects to work on together.
Accessibility info // Lymyn esteettömyystiedot:
The space is not wheelchair accessible, there are steps leading (downwards) into the space and three steps up to the toilet. The toilet is quite small, the door to the space and to the toilet are quite narrow. We ask that everyone who enters the space not assume consent for anything from anyone, including being photographed.
Tilaan ei pääse pyörätuolilla, sisään käydään katutasosta portaita pitkin ja pieneen vessaan noustaan paria porrasta pitkin. Pyydämme tilaan tulevien olemaan olettamatta kenenkään suostumusta mihinkään, mukaan lukien valokuvatuksi tulemiseen.