This site remains as an archive of the activities at Temporary.


11.05.2017 // News //

Temporary's finances for April 2017 are now available as an Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the expenses for April totalled 1175€ and the income was 100€, leaving a loss (-1075€). To date, the total operating loss of Temporary since opening in September 2016 is exactly 11000€!

We again thank Koneen Säätiö, whose working grants to two of Temporary's instigators allows us to continue to operate at such a loss. If you would like to donate to Temporary, either in cash, Ether, or Bitcoin, please see our information on donating.

24.04.2017 // Experiment news //
Justin Tyler Tate writes...
If you plan on coming to give blood tomorrow morning with us, we will meet at Temporary at 11:00 and then go on to the blood center. Please make an appointment for 11:20 at the following website:
02.04.2017 // News //

Temporary's financial report for March 2017 is now available as an Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the operating costs for the month were 1745€ and the income from donations and Temps purchases was 71€

16.03.2017 // News //

After discussion at the meeting on Tuesday, it was agreed that the base cost for experiments will now be 100Ŧ. Subsequent recurrences will still receive a 10% discount from the previous session (so 90Ŧ, 81Ŧ, etc.) and already-ongoing experiments (not yet scheduled) will have their future sessions price increased appropriately.

Additionally, Open Time now only earns you 5Ŧ instead of 10Ŧ. This change was made because it was felt that Open Time was generating too many Ŧs that were not being spent on pledges (or room rentals).

The reason for these decisions was to try to keep a balance of activities at Temporary; as the calendar is beginning to fill on many evenings and weekends, time for experiment scheduling is obviously a more scarce resource. Also, there are currently over 10,000Ŧ in the system, spread out over 209 different people, though only 46 different users have ever pledged to support a proposal. It is hoped that some of the other 150+ users will be encouraged to support some of the experiments that they have been participating in, so we'll see if these new 'rates' will help.

Temporary's operating rules are open for discussion at the 'meeting' events. Once a week, usually on Tuesday night, an experiment is tagged as a 'meeting' in which these and other issues can be discussed. So far, these meetings have been non-hierarchical and decisions have been made by consensus. If you would like to shape the overall experiment that is Temporary itself, please participate!

11.03.2017 // News //

Temporary's calendar is filling up. There is a steady stream of proposals and experiments being scheduled each week, many of which are recurring. Yet there are (at the time of this writing) over 10000 Temps out there in your accounts, accumulating too quickly to be spent.

Therefore, we will soon raise the cost of an experiment to 100 or even 120Ŧ.

This will be discussed at the next Temporary meeting - which is this coming Tuesday, during or after Works in Progress: Luca Aci. There is a lot to be decided - how much to raise the cost by, when to make this change, and if existing ongoing experiments should be 'grandfathered' into the old rate, or should be adjusted dynamically to the new one.

If you would like to have some input into this process, please come to the meeting! There will be food and drink as well as Luca's presentation.

03.03.2017 // News //

Temporary's financial statement for February 2017 is now available as an Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the expenses for the month were 1115€ and the cash income was 15€, leaving a loss (an even -1100€) for the month.

01.03.2017 // News //

Beginning today (1 March 2017), Temporary finishes the Open Day experiment and changes to the new system: Open Time.

The difference is that while Open Day kept regular hours from Monday through Friday, Open Time is a fluid and ongoing session that is potentially open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The idea is otherwise the same - come by, bring some things to work on, and in general use the space for whichever creative purposes you would like. You will still receive 10Ŧ each time you visit (you can check in once per day).

Getting to full 24/7 status will require some time - right now, Open Time will be open whenever someone is there to keep it open for other people. As we migrate towards full 24/7 activity, please check the website before coming to make sure we are open. The top of every page on this site will say very clearly whether Temporary is open or closed at this particular moment, so check before you head this way. Temporary will of course be open for all other scheduled experiments on the calendar.

If you'd like to make an appointment to visit for any reason - to work on your own projects, or just to meet other people and learn about what happens at Temporary - send an email to admin@temporary and we'll try to accomodate you.

03.02.2017 // News //

Temporary's financial statement for January 2017 is now available via Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the expenses were 990€ and the income from cash donations was 11€ leaving a loss of -979€ for the month.

19.01.2017 // Experiment news //
mactwyver writes...
REMINDER: For those of you who are joining the workshop tomorrow: please bring something you would like to preserve for a time of need. It can be anything you want: from your favorite comfort food, to a love letter, to warm socks. You name it, (yes) we can it!
13.01.2017 // Experiment news //
stevemaherart writes...
IMPORTANT UPDATE - Quenya being our primary language in the E.L.V. it seems that our translation department didn't realise the Suomi name for E.L.V. was in fact Gnome and not Elf. Please note Quenya is not a Gnomish language, I don't even know what Gnomes would speak. Hence forth our Finnish name will now be Haltia Vapautusrintama H.V.R.,(Which is also probably wrong) there may be an issue with immediately updating the link on the webpage, so use your internal non-me spell check. Now to figure out what to do with all this gnome merchandise I made.
09.01.2017 // News //

During the first few months of Temporary, you may have noticed the amount of Temps in your account was not correct for what it should have been. This may be due to several reasons: the instability of the Ethereum blockchain in October/November (during which time it was under a DOS attack, and many of our transactions failed and were resubmitted), the instability of our check-in kiosk, or the generally poor coding skills of Temporary/Biathlon developers.

Today we are running an 'audit' script to compare your balances on the blockchain and add or delete Temps as needed so everything will be correct. This only affects your actual, unspent Temps - Temps you have currently pledged to yet-unscheduled events still exist, and are not spent until the event is scheduled.

If you believe there has been an error with our caclulations, please contact admin@ temporary via email. And remember to always check in to activities at Temporary!

03.01.2017 // News //

Temporary's financial report for December 2016 is now available as an Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the operating expenses for December were 1396€ and the cash/donation income was 27€, leaving an operating loss of -1369€ for the month.

With 2016 reaching a close, the overall operating loss for Temporary is -6172€ (approximately 1543€ per month). We thank Koneen Säätiö for allowing Temporary to run at this loss, as working grants to individuals have made this possible.

At year's end, after 4 months, Temporary has 192 registered users on the website. 43 different people checked in to Open Day or other experiments in December, a total of 115 times, as well as 35 anonymous people/guest tickets.

03.12.2016 // News //

Temporary's finances for November 2016 can be found on this Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, expenses were 1135€ for the month, while income (in the form of cash donations) was 68€. The loss for the month was -1067€.

23.11.2016 // Experiment news //
hyksos writes...
Hi everyone! Great news, the stuff I ordered arrived so we can meet on Sunday as planned.

My plan was to attempt to build a basic condenser microphone, using some plans found online. I ordered enough parts for 10, except 7 condenser capsules are normal and 3 different ones I ordered are really, really tiny, like we're talking spy microphone tiny. I got some various XLR connectors and the necessary capacitors too. I think.

This will be a condenser mic that gets power from a 9v battery, not phantom power (that will be an advanced topic for a future meeting). If you have some 9v batteries, bring them. And most important -- bring something to build your microphone into, a case or housing. I'm going to use some empty coconut shells from the last Fake it Till You Make it workshop. So please bring something fun and weird that you want to make into a microphone shell.

If everyone could kick me around 10-12€ for materials that would be great too!

05.11.2016 // Experiment news //
hyksos writes...
Final results of the vote:

1. Late night karaoke hour - 50 points
2. Culinary traditions of USA/beer batter - 49 pts
3. Diversity of Voting Protocols - 30pts
4. Upside-down map of the world - 29pts
5. Democratic confessions - 21pts
6. New hairstyles - 20pts
7. Top 100 poetry night - 19pts
8. Crying and cartoons - 16pts

12 ballots came in total, thanks to everyone! We'll definitely do the first four of these assuming all the proposers are still willing. See you on Tuesday.
03.11.2016 // News //

Temporary's financial report for October 2016 can be found on our Ethercalc spreadsheet. In summary, the costs for Temporary were 1088€ and the income was 25€ (in cash donations), leaving a minus of -1063€ for the month.

13.10.2016 // News //

Temporary's Temps currency (Ŧ) is built upon the Ethereum blockchain, a decentralised application platform. Ethereum is still very much an experimental, bleeding-edge technology and has been undergoing many DDoS attacks in the recent weeks. This means that many of our transactions involving Temps being created, transfered or spent are not being processed, or not being processed for hours.

If you see a red alert sign in your activity feed, that means your transaction was not successfully mined on the blockchain. Rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to fix this (which, honestly, there's not much we can do) and that when the blockchain is healthy and stable again, all missed transactions will be re-submitted. 

In the meantime, you can still write proposals, comment on them, and pledge to them! And we are still open daily for the Open Days experiment, where you can receive 10Ŧ for attending (even if it make take a few hours (or days) for the Ŧ to actually reach your account).

03.10.2016 // News //

Temporary's first month is in the books and we couldn't be more delighted with how it went. Amazingly, there are 98 of you who have registered on this site, and 65 of you attended at least one experiment. Already, Temporary has become a site of vibrant, strange and fun cultural exchange with a heavy social and participatory focus. Thank you to everyone and we hope October has just as much energy.

As this was Temporary's first month, expenses were quite high, involving costs for furniture, networking, hardware, and other supplies. Still, several people helped out by donating money to purchase Temps or other equipment. The bottom line is that Temporary cost 2940€ in September, with an income of 267€, leaving a debt of 2673€.

The full financial breakdown can be found as an Ethercalc spreadsheet and most of the receipts for credits can be found in the activity feed. There are some discrepancies in the Temps count due to errors writing to the blockchain, but these will be dealt with and re-submitted in the next few days so everything should be correct by then. 

If you have any questions, send an email to admin@ or just show up to the next Open Day and ask in person.

29.09.2016 // News //

We're thrilled to offer a limited edition Biathlon/Temporary ID card, with artwork by the great Sac Magique! These cards can be linked to your account and are made of a much more durable plastic than the Temporary business cards we have been using. You can choose one of three different designs - there are 15 of each available, so get them while supplies last!


We are asking for a minimum payment of 5€ per card, and you will receive 1Ŧ for every 1€ over 5€ you pay; for example, paying 12€ gets you an ID card + 7Ŧ, and it helps support Temporary with your cash donation. Cards are available during Open Days or any other activity, while supplies last. Cash only, please, and if you like the art and would like to 'tip' Sac Magique in Temps you can do so via his profile page.

09.09.2016 // News //

Many thanks to the Ethereum explorer, Etherscan, who have verified Temporaries as a recognised tradable token on the blockchain! You can see proof of this here.

07.09.2016 // News //

Temporary welcomes Marc Dusseiller aka Dusjagr to Helsinki, who will be running the ongoing Empathetic Taxidermia Lab between the 8th and 20th of September. This is in conjunction with this year's Pixelache Festival, which will host an Empathetic Taxidermy workshop on the 24th. Before then, at Temporary, Marc will be working daily in an open process, with an inauguration event on Saturday the 10th, two open labs on the 14th and the 19th, and a weekend-long Taxidermy Kit workshop on the 17th and 18th.

Participation is open to everyone!

04.09.2016 // News //

Temporary is located at Kolmas linja 7, in the courtyard, in the Kallio district of Helsinki.

Enter through the gate on Kolmas linja, where you see the yellow Temporary sign. Go up into the courtyard and head to the right, behind the bins. You'll see this sign above our door. The door should be open during Open Days and other experiments.


If the outer gate is closed -- ring our doorbell!