Searching For A Job?

We’re looking for seven employees for two-month grant periods during September 2020 – July 2021. The application period is February 28th – May 7th.

Searching for a Job? is art, and it is also true; the project creates new realities and takes place in reality. We’re turning the process of employment into art and contemplating the possibilities of art and work in the era of post-fossil reconstruction. This is art participating in the rethinking of society.

You have a chance to suggest and get to do exactly the job you want, the one you wouldn’t have a chance for otherwise. We will pick seven employees, each of whom will be given a two-month grant for carrying out the job. The chosen jobs will be documented.

Application period is open between 28.2.–7.5.2020.


How to apply?

Apply by filling out the application form before 7th of May.


Important information

  • A job proposal is written by one person. It is not possible to apply on behalf of another person (except for assisting with filling the application form).
  • The grant recipient is a single person. The job must be carried out personally and it cannot be transferred to another. It can however take place in a social context, with / among other people or species.
  • The chosen jobs will be carried out as grant work. Compensation will be paid as a grant, not salary.
  • The chosen jobs will be documented on video. The practices of documentation will be negotiated with the employee. If a particular job requires anonymity, documentation can be adjusted accordingly.
  •  Insurance. The employee is responsible for the insurance needed for the job. The grants will be paid by Kone Foundation and the status of each employee will be a grant beneficiary.


What kind of job can I propose?

You can propose any job you would not be able to do otherwise. Our project creates space for exceptional acts: the ones that are quiet, neglected, lost in a hurry, only dreamt of, left undone. What needs to be done or does not exist yet. For example:

1) ”I would like to spend two months as a rower. I’d row a boat between mainland and an island, transporting people.

2) ”I would like to act as an grandma.”

3) ”I want to spend time with abandoned animals”.

The proposal can be a finished description of the job to be done – or it can be sketchy and composed of abstract, unifinished wishes, in case you want us to propose a job for you based on the information on your application form.


What is the difference between a grant and salary?

The chosen jobs will be carried out as grant work. Compensation will not be paid as salary but as a grant by Kone Foundation. Unlike salary, grant is tax free, but the two-month grant period will not accrue pension. The grant is 2400€ / month. A two-month grant is reserved for each job.


When is the application period?

The application period is February 28th – May 7th. Based on the applications received, we will pick seven employees for two-month working periods in between September 2020 – April 2021.


How are the employees chosen?

The process:

– application period Feb 28th – May 7th.
– first raffle on week 23
– interviews and second raffle between Jun 26h – Jul 1st
– chosen employees will be notified on Aug 3rd
– choices will be published on week 33

In order to apply, you have to fill out an application form. Application period opens on February 28th at 00:01 A.M. The form and the application period will close on May 7th 23:59. From all the application forms, 16 applicants will be picked at random and invited to a job interview. Seven jobs, that will be implemented, are selected from this group of 16. From these seven at least five will be picked at random and not more that two will be selected by Juhani and Lauri. First raffle takes place and the invitations are sent out on week 23.

The application form is an invitiation to dream and build your orientation towards going to work. The proposal can be a finished description of the job to be done – or it can be sketchy and composed of abstract, unifinished wishes, if you’d prefer us to propose a job for you based on the information on your application. Based on preferred time periods and qualities, the applications will be sorted into raffle baskets, from which the first batch of selections will be drawn at random.

Juhani and Lauri have set the following parameters for the raffle and the selection process: gender equality; at least one of the employees will be a senior; at least one of the employees will be a minor; at least one of the employees will not speak Finnish as their first language; at least one of the employees will live outside of Helsinki.

The job interviews will provide us with a more precise understanding of the applicants’ working plans and their job-related dreams. If an application has not included a concrete job proposal, the nature of the job will be negotiated based on a suggestion made by Juhani and Lauri. Interviews will also ensure that the project has sufficient material and temporal resources for carrying out the chosen jobs. The interviews will be captured on video as a part of the documentation process. The usage of the video material will always be agreed upon, on a case by case basis.

The final selections will be made and the chosen applicants informed on July the 7th.


How are the answers used?

The applications will be processed with great care, respect and confidentiality. By participating in the application process you will agree to having your answers to be used anonymously for artistic / scientific purposes.


Will the employees be interacting with each other?

The chosen employees will form a work community, and they will also become a part of the artistic work group. The whole community will meet up physically at least twice during the project, and in between these there will be 6-8 meetings based on the needs and willingness of the employees. The work community will provide a chance for coming together, peer support and sharing for the chosen employees. Virtual participation is also possible. Participation in the work group meetings and activity is voluntary.


Who can apply?

Only human animals can apply. The applicant needs to provide their full name, address, date of birth and social security number (if Finnish), plus a bank account number (which means a bank account is necessary). No other limitations.

The applicant does not need to be a Finnish citizen. There are no age restrictions, but this may be reviewed case by case.

The work can be done either in Finland or abroad.


What if my job proposal requires special resources or renting a workspace?

The project has a limited budget for the required tool, space, and material costs.


How are the working hours defined?

A two-month grant is reserved for each job. The amount is 2400€/month. This can refer to two consecutive months, but it isn’t obligatory. You can work full time or part time. You may think about your personal preferences concerning the working hours.

A full time job means working 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, for two months. A part-time job can be done with either 75% working hours (30 hours a week) for 2, 67 months; 50% working hours (20 hours a week) for four months; or alternatively 25% working hours (10 hours a week) for eight months.

It is possible to be employed elsewhere during the grant period. While receiving a full monthly grant, 25% work hours on another job are permitted. The grant can also be paid for part-time work, if the work hours on another job exceed the 25%.


Are there limitations for the job proposals?

A job proposal is written by one person. It is not possible to apply on behalf of another person (except for assisting with filling the application form).

Grant recipient is a single person. The job must be carried out personally and it cannot be transferred to another. It can however take place in a social context, with / among other people or species.

The job can take place either in Finland or abroad, but our resources for covering work-related travel costs are limited.


When can my work begin?

The work can begin in August 2020 at the earliest.