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All photos and words by Chris Svetlik.

Can you feel it? That’s the Finnish-American unity in the air. All last week was the Finus/88 Media Arts Symposium, a project of Finus (the Finland-US Cultural Alliance) and 88 space, aimed at showcasing artists in the electronic space from both Finland and the US. The event’s climax was arguably the sauna party held Thursday at the Embassy of Finland (think beautiful Scandinavian people dripping with sweat in the wet, wet heat). Unfortunately I missed out on that event.

But I did make it to Friday’s performance at the Finnish Embassy, featuring electronic artists the Pink Twins (Finland), Yoko K. (DC), and Adrian Loving (DC). Here’s a super quick recap:

MUSIC: Complex! Layered!
VISUALS: Epileptics’ nightmare!
FOOD: Sooooo good, so much of it
ARCHITECTURE: Awesome. Not as in-your-face as House of Sweden, but still plenty of subtle Scandanavian class

In conclusion, was there ever a bad event at a Scandinavian embassy?

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