Trans-Horse (2014-2015) Table of
Trans-Horse project studies contemporary horse
culture and advances travel by horse between the
cities. A finnhorse The Awaited Son (fi.
Toivottu Poika) was hired for the usage
of the project to further expand the experience.
As a highlight of the project The Riders of
Ore.e Refineries (Yli-Vakkuri,
Sipola, Karppinen & Kylmälä) connected
the cities of Helsinki to Turku via horseback.
More on the project
webpages (Mostly Finnish).
A public artwork commissioned from Ore.e Ref.
by Akaa Gymnasium rector Tuovi Ronkainen.
The multipart artwork Seli-seli seppele
(Loose translation. Bla-bla Wreath)
is installed in the main staircase of the Akaa
Gymnasium & Toijala co-educations school
building. The artwork is constructed from school
memorabilia and outdated teaching equipment. The
production of the artwork intertwined with
arbitrary school activities and took a year to
complete. More on the artwork
webpages (Mostly Finnish).
"Is property a burden for You or those dear to
You?". Ownership Renunciation Services – ORS can
be used to renounce ownership rights to
property. It is useful when renouncing ownership
of chattels, immovable property and intellectual
concepts. The service is offered in LITE and PRO
versions. Learn more on the service webpages.
searching for the perfect ingredients for our
first cosmetic product". If everything goes
accordingly the "Anti-Imperial Moustache Wax"
will ultimately be made exclusively from
materials specific to the Baltic Sea Drainage
Basin environment. To achieve this Ore.e Ref.
has launched a testing program targeting
"Gentlemen with Handlebar Moustaches". Small
batches of moustache wax is delivered for
selected tester who are expected to provide
feedback on the product. The project works as a
starting point in an effort to understand the
concept of "ecogeographical thinking" better and
to experiment with male facial hair aesthetics.
More on wax webpages
Time to Your
Door / Speaking Clock (Aikapalvelut) Table of
"Time to Your Door" services deliver the exact
time to the location of Your choosing. Customer
service personnel arrives to the site you
specify, to announce the time according to your
request. "Time to Your Door" is a luxurious way
of keeping time. The service is suitable for
maintaining your everyday working rhythm and as
a featured service of ceremonial occasions. The
service is currently available exclusively in
Helsinki but also includes "Speaking Clock"
features. More on the product webpages.
Challenge (NCD-C) Table of
28.07.2011 Ore.e Ref. challenged designers of the
world to NOT
design chairs. We believe that the world
already has enough chairs. Designing new ones
only takes time away from renovating the ones we
Full details on the project is
found on the official campaign webpages
This is the first project Ore.e Ref. has utilized
video to promote its cause. The project had it's
without Cecil John Rhodes Series Table of
Usage of Image
five years of successful business and
original research Ore.e Ref. is glad to
offer a collection on imagery and sounds
for your enjoyment. Follow
link and download .gif animations and
. The artwork
is based on Edward
Linley Sambournes "The Rhodes
Colossus: Caricature of Cecil
John Rhodes" which was
published 10 December 1892 in "Punch"
(British weekly magazine of humor and
satire 1841-1992/2002) after Mr. Rhodes
announced plans for a telegraph line and
railroad from Cape Town to Cairo.
We live in
times during which exabytes of digital data is
processed daily. Libraries are being digitized
and personal photo albums shared online, with no
guarantee of the services sustainability – Will they
be here for the next 10 years? Most devises
storing digital data are not designed to
last trough times. Hard-drives get
corrupted and computers capable to
interpret data on hard-drives require
electricity and computer skills to work.
Ironically information on how to use computers
is commonly stored in .pfd/.html manuals inside the
hard-drives. Even physical manuals are printed
on poor paper, using lousy inks.
A bigger issue is that mechanically produced
reproductions don't require labor and are
incapable of adding intrinsic value to the storage
medium. This means that in time, manuals and
other texts, images etc. which are not "made
beautiful" will be used for something else
(possibly for heating the house). As a solution
to data preservation issues Ore.e Ref. is
working to convert selected digital documents
into physical manuscripts. The work is done by
hand on acid free papers, using the same inks
one can find in pre industrial books. To test
these ideas, the front page of the most read
online publication of Finland was "undigitized"
in 2008. We are currently offering this "undigitizing"
service for selected companies. Please contact
us to learn if we can help you in converting
importat digital data into tangible forms.
Contact only by phone: 00 358 50 57 29743 (00=+
in local calls).
"An effort to notify future
generations of the Onkalo NUCLEAR WASTE
During a social
project You have the opportunity to send a
message addressed to the civilization which
will discover the Onkalo - Nuclear Waste
repository being build at: 61°14′13″N
(Finland). A message
selected using a curated selection system
will be carved to the bedrock close to the
site. Ore.e Ref. is also working on an Early Warning
(EWS). EWS's devices are
navigational instruments installed some
hundreds of kilometers around the repository
site. Learn more on project
the year 2038 Ore.e - Ref. Crew will
make a tour from Nordkapp to Cape Town
(and back) using low-carbon transport
vehicles. During this tour we will
salvage material to construct a
human powered dynamo (capable to produce
electricity for a laptop running a
server 24/7) from different kinds of
recycled and Ore.e Ref. style
During the tour we will have the
opportunity to fetch materials our
clients have ordered from Europe, Asia
and Africa. So if YOU
are looking for specific materials from
a specific region of the world the Legacy Tour
> 2038 is a good opportunity
get them – with out causing carbon
pollution. Our route in Africa will take
us in the footsteps of the telegram-line
Cecil John Rhodes build to connect Cairo
and Cape-Town early 1900. We will map
its route and attempt to salvage pieces
of this infrastructure.
The Tour will take place before 2038
(Hence the name "> 2038").
We are looking for investors
wanting to contribute to this tour and
clients in need of material from
specific regions of the world on route
from Nordkapp (Norway) to Cape Town (The
Republic of South-Africa). Contact
only by phone: 00 358 50 57 29743 (00=+
in local [Finland] calls).
Mission of Ore.e - Refineries. Table of
Ore.e Refineries is a socially responsible
organization providing handicraft services. It was
founded in 2007 as an art project, focused
on producing a copperplate suitable for printing
fine arts. Currently Ore.e Ref. is offering its
services to all craftspeople who wish to have a
more personal relationship with the materials they
are using. We encourage people who use metals or
other ready-made material in their work to take
note of the technology and ethical backgrounds
where and how these materials are collected and
refined. Ore.e Ref. is a manifesto for all
handicrafts and the intrinsic value of handmade
Detailed information on the backgrounds of
the project can be found in
Management and Sales
(also in Finnish
and a pictorials from exhibition displaying our
work in the context of art Voipaala
, Taidehalli (2010)
art space (2014)
We are working hard to build Ore.e Ref. into a
sustainable crafts organization. As such we
have aimed our services and goods for designers,
artist and artisans with very specific crafts and
metal related needs – possibly producing unique
products. But we may also scale our services
to meet the needs of light industry.
To reach our aims we are working in an
ecologically and socially in an sustainable
manner. For us sustainability means that the needs
on both the clients and providers side are
to the fullest extent
sacrifice short term profit for sustainability, as
ultimately only socially and ecologically
sustainable business and production systems will
continue to exist.
Our mission is to distribute knowledge on social
entrepreneurship issues and wealth to craft people
in all corners of the world.
researching how to design a robust and scalable
"system of goods production" which will be able to
function in the
true post-industrial era
. A key tag for
this project is the
archaeology of the future
. This term
defines our research aims: What will be left of
our technologically driven culture in the
As Ore.e Ref. is a non-registered company we
currently don't have the possibility to share
profits made trough sales in a transparent and
public way. However, we will to share 20% of
made with any Ore.e Ref. related
object/service sales trough The Kiva
As a private artist and a designer. As sales catch
on we will post news on these investments here.
In order to share profits we have also developed a
licensing system "O:ESRek1.0
] which forces
we like to think invites
organizations to use the Kiva system, if they want
to use any media owned by Ore.e - Refineries. For
more details on how the distribution of wealth is
made possible trough copyright policies see the
FOR PROFIT segment of the esrek
A simple introduction to esrek
for any media owned by Ore.e Ref. used in any
commercial publication (print or digital) a loan
must be given to West-Africa using Kiva. O:ESRek1.0
by Ore.e - Refineries
is licensed under a Creative
Noncommercial 3.0 License
licenses of it can be crafted to suit your needs.
As a potential client or investor you might like
to see a timeline
of Ore.e Ref.
which presents its development
so far. We are a stable company. Fueled with
passion for arts and crafts and the ambition to
develop sustainable systems of production.
agile for breakfast ... scrum, scrum, scrum."
Funding for projects is applied both on the
private and public sector. Sipola is running his
own craft company Oshipala
- Air Hammer Studio
(/corporate name "Oshipala"), the services of
which are presented on company webpage
Yli-Vakkuri works as a freelancer (sole proprietor
n. 2394036-1 FI)
for multiple clients, his work-history is shown on
Together they have over 25 years of
experience as entrepreneurs in the fields of
fine-arts and crafts.
and prices for services and products:
Everything is negotiable and information is free.
Do not hesitate to ask for an offer. As an
example the starting prices for "copperplates
suitable for printmaking" is 80€ (+23% vat) (including
) but prices are
dependent on the plates size and the raw materials
needed for its production. Prices for the services
we offer (DT2
manufacturing of items, raw materials etc.) are
not fixed as they depend on how demanding your
project is. Please bare in mind that we share 20%
made with any Ore.e Ref.
related object/service sales trough The Kiva
There are other
possibilities to solve issues with money:
We also accept ARTMONEY as payment. Artmoney is an
international art project presenting a global,
alternative currency. 20% of payment can be made
using this currency. Learn more on their on their
We also accept BITCOINS as payment. Bitcoin is the gold standard of digital
Full payment can be made using
this currency. Learn more on their on their webpages
Also Uuva -
Currency of New Work
is accepted but it is
only usefull for clients situated in Finland.
Albeit currently unregistered in the system we
also support the efforts of the CES
- Community Exchange System
in Helsinki, Finland.
Don't hesitate to
contact us if you have questions. Contact only by
phone: 00 358 50 57 29743 (00=+ in local calls/
Am I allowed too
use material linked to this project in my
Yes. Feel free
to use material in the The PRESS
kit (2010-2012) and on the Ore.e
Ref. web-site (if not otherwise licensed) if you
follow the O:ESRek1.0
- License shown below, with the following
Ore.e - Refineries
pre-selected entrepreneur = None. You may
select an entrepreneur of your liking.
NOTIFY = with
an SMS to 00 358 50 57 29743 (00=+ in local
usage must be checked with Ore.e Refineries -
Management and Sales -> See Staff
for further contact details.
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