Bad Research was a performative collaboration between Ari-Pekka Leinonen and Dan Allon, started in 2016. The project transcended cities and countries, narratives, and practices. It is comprised of different, yet well connected episodes; each is dedicated to a place on earth, and unfolding story and a performative rolling action of collecting material and digesting it. Work was documented into a web page consisting videos, audio, pictures and text.
With five different finished episodes, we have consulted Bad Research tackling topics of terrorism, fake news, national histories, current politics, rock music, psychoanalysis and humor to mention a few. We have openly expressed our naive and irresponsible prejudiced attitudes while inspecting various serious phenomena. Our work tries to expose via laughter things that oppresses us, as well as the mechanisms that make us classify and discriminate.
Episode 1 - An ecoterrorist wants to start a new religion in Jerusalem
Episode 2 - A duo of artists talk about life, in the time of the 2016 US-election
Episode 3 - A recruitment of Tahini-based terror group and its dismantling
Episode 4 - A philosopher criticizes cartoonist for "disgraceful" Holocaust art and reconsiders the limits of humor
Episode 5 - A duo of historical kings, go through therapy and compose a rock opera http://unpracticedknowledge.com/