STUDIO KALLEINEN

THE BALLOT – EXHIBITION @ FELLESHUS, BERLIN, OPENING 3 SEPTEMBER, 2021

Oliver joins forces with Swedish Think Tank Fabel in organising an exhibition about the evolution of the ballot in the Nordic and Baltic region. The show looks at the ballot – a simple piece of paper and a tool of power  at the same time – mainly from a design perspective. Why are the ballots looking like they do? Who actually designs them? What are the ballots telling about the state of democracy and what are they hiding?  The exhibition opens September 3rd at Felleshus at the Joint Nordic Embassies in Berlin at 16:00. 

‘If you cannot visit the exhibtion in person you can get an glimpse of it by downloading the exhibition app. Search for “The Ballot” in the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. alternatively you can follow the links below. The app was coded and designed by Oliver.

Android version
iOS version

PLAYING ADULTS @ TROUBLE FESTIVAL, BRUSSELS, 11 JULY, 2021

Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen are currently taking part in the Trouble festival in Belgium, 11 July 2021 2pm and 6pm with their piece Playing Adults. In the piece four adult actors perform adults based on the observations and views of children, who have been interviewed for the piece. The performance turns the local Parc Liedekerke -playground into an absurd stage of adulthood. While sliding down from a castle performers shout descriptions of adults the interviewed children don’t want to become like. While standing on a seesaw the performers tell children’s reflections about dilemmas related to adulthood. The piece highlights the critical views and hopeful thoughts of children about their future in a changing world. Playing Adults creates an awkward tension and a dialogue between generations.

Because of the pandemia, the duo directs the performance from a distance. The performers of the piece are Maxime Bodson, Jean Fürst, Julia Ghysels and Emilienne Tempels and the assistant director is Francoise Berlanger. Trouble festival is curated by Antoine Pickels. 

Free entry!

 

WINDOW CLEANER ORGANISED A COMPLAINTS CHOIR @ THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART. READ HERE THE ARTICLE ABOUT IT, BY JOSE GARCIA OLIVIA

“In 2020, in the middle of the pandemic, many complaints rose against universities, especially art universities where studios and workshops are fundamental for most of the students. Imagine international students who pay up to £29.000 a year, and what they are receiving is a Zoom link. They are fighting for fair adjustment of the fees in accordance with what they are receiving 14 . It’s also important to mention that art university strikes began even before the Covid-19 outbreak when staff complained for 14 days all around the UK for zero-hours contracts, pay devaluation, rising workloads and the gender and ethnicity pay gap 15 . In parallel, students demonstrated by the lack of tutorials, crowded workshops, and the number of students per course.

All these discontents built up energy of collective action against the institution. From that place, a complaint choir was the perfect tool to use. Due to the lockdown, video call was the only channel where we can attempt to sing together. For the aim of this project, it didn’t matter how harmonious singing was performed; it was more about the action of singing collectively as a political performative tool. ”

READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE AND SEE THE CHOIR VIDEO @ https://www.cleanyourwindow.co.uk/articles/complaintchoir/

KESKUSTELUPUISTO HAS NOW AN OWN APP!

It is now possible to get to know Keskustelupuisto (Conversation Park) through a mobile phone app! It is currently only partly in English, but please have a look and get a sense of the project, where 21 inhabitants of Rauma negotiated and realised a new park together from the scratch. In the app the participants introduce the park, and you can hear in depth interviews with them before and after the 2 year park making process. Some of the features work only at the park, such as the park disco. You can download it for free from play stores: the name of the app is Keskustelupuisto. Any feedback welcome!

AN ODE FOR Y – A MOSAIC WITH AUGMENTED REALITY

In June the boss of Y-Foundation contacted us, asking if we’d like to make a new art work for their 35th anniversary. We had never heard about Y-foundation but learned soon that it is a a non-profit and independent foundation, who builds / buys and renovates houses, which they then rent for people who have low income – as inexpensive as possible. Y-Foundation have developed the Housing First principle, which means that one needs to have a home first before sorting out other issues in life, and thanks to this simple but powerful principle, during the foundation’s 35 years, homelessness has went radically down in Finland. Inspired by all this, we developed an art work Ode For Y, which consists of 17 374 mosaic tiles. The mosaic will have an augmented reality -layer, turning it into a sound piece. We invite tenants of the Y Foundation’s 17 374 flats to give their voice for one of the mosaic tiles! (Part of the difficulty of reaching the tenants is that many of the renters don’t even know that they live in an Y-foundation flat) Here is the link for participation! https://oodiyylle.fi/

HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW PLANS…

Happy New Year! We hope you are well and healthy. We are currently working on two new commissions, which we look forward to tell more about soon. In the end of January 2021 we start to make a 3D demo for one of the projects with 3rd year students of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and we are excited about this collaboration. Also Centriphery – an EU project, which we make in collaboration with Espoo City Theatre, Finnish director Anna-Mari Karvonen, French musician Fred Nevché and Croatian actor Matija Kezele, is taking an exciting direction after many discussions and co-planning. Looking forward to share details on that as well as soon as possible! The performance will take place in Spring 2022. We are working also on another performance piece, which will take place in Belgium this year – more info will follow from that as well! Stay safe, wishing you good spirits!

ARCHIPELAGO SCIENCE FICTION SCREENED 20-25 OCTOBER @ OODI, HELSINKI

Archipelago Science Fiction is screened at Oodi, Helsinki, at OP2 -space during 20.-25. October. You can enter the loop any time between 6pm-7.30pm. The event is part of Agenda – Art 2030,  curated by artist Marika Tomu Kaipainen. Archipelago Science Fiction is made by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, in collaboration with Henrik Andersson. The animations are made by Antonia Ringbom. The work was originally commissioned by Taru Elfving and Lotta Petronella as part of Contemporary Art Archipelago (CAA) in 2011.

IHME & AMPI PRESENTS TWO FILMMAKERS 3 OCTOBER, 2020 @ OODI, HELSINKI

Tellervo Kalleinen had an honor to curate two films of AMPI (Academy of Moving Images and People) graduates to a screening organised by IHME Helsinki. Welcome to see the great films by Shahi Derkyand Mariangela Pluchino and join the discussion! Note the event starts 10 am with a breakfast for those who have registered – followed by the screening and discussion.

More about the event: https://bit.ly/3iGd2Qj