dreaming of laho paratiisiisi:
return of (the) earth, rhizomes laaaaaaugh, spiralling

Roby Redgrave McPherson & Joni Judén


dreaming of laho paratiisiisi: return of (the) earth, rhizomes laaaaaugh, spiralling is an audio-visual collaboration by artist and graphic designer Roby Redgrave McPherson & TUO TUO Cofounder and music artist Joni Judén aka Sisilisko.

dreaming of laho paratiisi is a curatorial project in three parts: publication, site-specific artwork made of organic materials, and audio-visual film. The film is a poetic triptych featuring three shorts that connect the project’s conceptual themes with elements of the artwork and installation site, which were observed and recorded over the course of 48 hours, alongside a chorus of nonhuman counterparts.

The artwork which appears in parts of the film was designed and built by Aleksi Vesaluoma and Tania Malréchauffé of Cararcara Collective. Its construction took place over a 22-day period at TUO TUO in June 2021 and was later disassembled and scattered over nearby garden beds and compost heaps in August 2021. The score is composed of sounds recorded during a collective listening session and ceremony held near the artwork and in the surrounding forest at TUO TUO.  

The film premiered at SOLU / Bioart Society in December 2021. This project was supported by Taike - Central Arts Promotion Finland.

Roby Redgrave McPherson is a Helsinki/Stockholm-based artist/designer/teacher and queer symbiote. They work to develop visual communication to better serve social and ecological justice movements and are invested in publishing as a tool for radical collective liberation and trans survival. They are currently working as art director of Tidskriften Astra, a Swedish-Finnish feminist magazine (est. 1918) and as designer of Almanac Journal of Trans Poetics (est. 2021). They are also involved with the platforms and associations Effort, Trojan Horse and TUO TUO. robynn.xyz

Joni Judén is a musician and artist living and working in Central Finland. Active since the mid-’00s, Joni’s previous home bases include London and New York. Current musical projects include Celestial Trax, Sisilisko, Muki Bu Mudiubi and Linnuissa. Joni runs True Aether––an independent record label focused on globe-spanning electronic music experiments. Joni is a cofounder and facilitator of  TUO TUO, an artist residency and transdisciplinary project space. trueaether.bandcamp.com

Caracara Collective is an experimental design studio that creates art and design installations and collections using biowaste. We promote a new wave of sustainable Nordic design, envisioning a future without harmful materials and where waste is a resource. Caracara Collective is named after a bird, which is native to Central and South America. Like many birds, caracaras collect natural matter and create their nests from it. This reflects our vision of recycling and making use of what is available. Also, caracara is a type of orange whose peel is one of our key ingredients. caracaracollective.com