STUDIO KALLEINEN

EXHIBITION IN HILBERTRAUM, BERLIN, 5-14 APRIL, 2024

WELCOME TO THE OPENING ON FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 6–10 PM

Helsinki-based artist duo Tellervo Kalleinen (FIN) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (DE) work in the field of participatory art crossing various mediums: performance, cinema, and socially engaged games. They became known as the founders of the International Complaints Choir project (2005-2014). 

In the exhibition, they show three works of participatory art. Collective Mindscape (2024) is a digital 3D world constructed of the inner mindscapes of eight people who have experienced cancer. The viewer can move freely in the open world, through simple hand movements. Collective Mindscape is a commissioned work for the Cancer Day Care Center in Helsinki. In Hilbertraum the work is shown for the first time outside the hospital.

For the Final Scenes for Disaster Movies (2023), the duo invited residents of Helsinki to imagine a final scene for an imaginary disaster movie. The scene had to take place at Kansalaistori, a square located in the heart of Helsinki. From 105 submissions, 3 scenes were realised, with over a hundred volunteers acting in the film scenes, most of whom portrayed adult zombies. 

People in White (2011) explores the relationship between doctor and patient in mental health care – strictly from a patient’s point of view. In the film, 9 former clients of mental health institutions return to their memories through storytelling and re-enactments.

PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION CONVERSATION PARK ON SUNDAY, APRIL 14, 4 PM
together with  Philip Horst (ZK/U) and Susanne Bosch

Conversation Park is a unique artistic experiment of transforming an abandoned plot of land into a public park in the Finnish town of Rauma. In 2019 thirty residents between the ages of 6 and 89 became players in a two-year-long “Public Space Game”. Their mission was to unify their 30 individual park visions into one urban park. The playful process, designed and moderated by Tellervo and Oliver, progressed through 6 phases. Conversation Park was made possible by the Lönnström Art Museum. In the event at Hilbertraum, Tellervo and Oliver will present the Conversation Park -project, and the book they wrote about it. The duo has invited renowned artists Susanne Bosch and Philip Horst to provide additional commentary and insights with respect to their expertise on participatory art and participatory urban planning.

COLLECTIVE MINDSCAPE @ COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER, HELSINKI

We are very happy to announce that Collective Mindscape is now open for viewers at Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Eight participants described their two inner landscapes to the us: their personal sanctuary, and the more difficult terrain, which reflects life with cancer. The mindscapes were realized with 3D graphics and combined into one virtual world.

The artwork is displayed on a framed screen, which in passive mode looks like a large slow-moving landscape painting. You can dive deeper by sitting in front of it: simple instructions on how to move in the terrain appear. 

If you want to hear the thoughts and experiences of the participants, you should look for particles of light in the terrain: walking through a shiny cloud makes the participants talk about their cancer experiences and their relationship with their mental landscapes.

Common Mindscape has been realized using the open world game technology. The visualization of the work is made by 3D artists Vilma Ratinen and Katariina Kontturi.

Common Mindscape  is the result of five years of work. The piece is part of a collection of commissioned works for the hospital Encounters – art in Siltasairaala, curated by Taru Elfving. Common Mindscape  is the first media artwork in the collection involving patients.

We first designed the piece for cancer patients, but have later understood that we all belong to target group.

101 FOR ALL -EVENT @ SALO ART MUSEUM, 31 AUGUST, 2023

Salo Art Museum is organizing an event around our work 101 For All. Three locals, farmer Esa Ranniko, veterinarian Jerina Wallius and business coach Juho Nenose, each have 20 minutes to present the work from their own perspective without interruption. They are free to choose whatever they want from the sea of 30 topics and 1,900 video clips. The event is in Finnish and it is moderated by Tellervo. Welcome 31 August 7pm!

PREMIERE OF FINAL SCENES OF DISASTER MOVIES @ HELSINKI FESTIVAL, HELSINKI, 17.8.2023

Welcome to the premiere of our participatory film Final Scenes of Disaster Movies. The piece will be premiered in Night of Arts, 17 August 8.30pm and 9.30pm at Kansalaistori, Helsinki, in front of the Oodi library.

In spring 2023 we invited people to send ideas how an imaginary disaster movie could end. Out of 105 proposals we chose three, which we filmed with volunteer actors. All the scenes take place at Kansalaistori, Helsinki.

Cleaning Women has composed the music score to the film, and they will play it live during screening.  In between of the two screenings they will play a mini concert. The event is free.

The project is commissioned by Helsinki Festival / Marko Ahtisaari and it is made in collaboration with Helsinki Events Foundation Sr, YLE / Sari Volanen and AVEK/ Milla Moilanen. 

 

101 FOR ALL EXHIBITION @ SALO ART MUSEUM, 6 MAY – 10 SEPT, 2023

Why do we think like we think? For All put it’s focus on the people hidden inside statistics – and to the stories behind their opinions. 

The 100 people in the art piece forms a cross-section of the Finnish population in terms of gender, age, region, education, level of income, country of origin and mother tongue. 51 of them are classified as women, 13 isover 70 years old, one is from Asia and one holds a Ph.D. 

In 2015 Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen visited them around Finland. The artists interviewed people about their personal relationship with 30 topics that tend to divide opinions. The interviewees tried to pinpoint experiences and influences that play a role on how their opinions were shaped. 

The 1900 responses fed into an interactive video-installation. One spectator at a time can choose who to let speak, and on what topic.

Concept, Interviews, Camera: Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen /Programming: Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen Producers: Essi Ojanperä, Heini Puurunen, Tellervo Kalleinen / Translations: Laura Hilska, Susanne Ådahl, Mauri Aarniosuo, Eeva Marttinen, Jussi Suvanto, Tim Page, Anni Kåhre, Liisa Roberts, Rita Jokiranta / Editing and Color Correction: Nina Forsman, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen / Editing Assistance: Nina Aspinen, Saana Kotila, Sanna Kultanen / Consultation: Kaskpar Brakis, Tina Cavén, Taru Elfving, Irmeli Kokko, Seppo Laaksonen, Laura Lohikoski, Reijo Sund / Supporters: Finnish Cultural Foundation, Kone Foundation, AVEK (Elena Näsänen), Oskar Öflund Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland. WARM  THANKS TO THE PARTICIPANTS!

 

THE BALLOT – PIECE OF PAPER OR TOOL OF POWER @ NORDIC CULTURE POINT, HELSINKI, 6 MARCH – 5 APRIL, 2023

“THE BALLOT” is an exhibition about a small but highly significant artefact: the ballot paper. Taking place during the time of the Finnish parliamentary elections in 2023, the exhibition tracks the evolution of the ballot paper in Finland, the other Nordic countries, Germany, and Lithuania by presenting 60 historic artefacts from 1856 to 2021.

 

Why do the ballot papers look the way they do? Who actually designed them? How come the ballots are so different between countries with similar political systems? How do ballots reflect political trends and events over time? Is the current ballot design the best we can do or is there space for improvement?

 

The evolution of the Finnish ballot started with one of the most progressive electoral laws in 1906, featuring oversized, so-called bed sheet ballots. Starting in 1945 Finland switched to one of the smallest ballots in the world, nicknamed appropriately the miniature ballot, which is still in use today. Even though this ballot paper has passed through the hands of most Finns, it is hitherto unknown who actually designed this innovative ballot. The exhibition can provide a likely answer to this question.

 

The opening event takes place on March 15th at 17:00 at Nordic Culture Point in Kaisaniemi.

Come and check out exciting ballots from Finland, Germany, the Nordic countries and beyond.

 

The opening will also feature an entertaining panel that will deconstruct ballots live on stage. Three experts from different fields of knowledge, such as UX design, democratic governance and art will pass judgement on a number of ballot contestants. Further events are especially catering for young and first-time voters.

FINAL SCENES OF DISASTER MOVIES – OPEN CALL UNTIL 31 MARCH, 2023

 

ENG: Final Scenes of Disaster Movies -project looks forward your input! Please send us ideas of what could happen in the end of an imaginary disaster movie of your choice. The scenes have to take place at Helsinki’s Kansalaistori. We also look for volunteering actors for the film shootings, which happen in the end of May / beginning of June. The results will be seen from a huge led screen in Kansalaistori 17 August 2023, as the kick off event of Helsinki Festival. Read more and contact us here

FIN:Tellervo Kalleisen ja Oliver Kochta-Kalleisen osallistava elokuvaprojekti Katastrofielokuvien loppukohtauksia kerää elokuvallisia loppuratkaisuja todellisille tai keksityille katastrofeille. Niiden tulee sijoittua Helsingin Kansalaistorille. 28.2. avautuvassa haussa voi lähettää ideansa tai ilmoittautua näyttelijäksi: kohtaukset näytellään vapaaehtoisten kaupunkilaisten voimin touko-kesäkuun vaihteessa järjestetyissä kuvauksissa. Lue lisää ja ota yhteyttä Helsingin Juhlaviikkojen verkkosivujen kautta! 

BOOK LAUNCH @ PUBLICS, HELSINKI, 30 AUGUST, 2022

CONVERSATION PARK
BOOK PRESENTATION AND LAUNCH

TUE 30 AUGUST 2022
5–7PM

On 30 August 2022, Lönnström Art Museum and Studio Kalleinenwill present and launch the English version of Conversation Park; a book exploring an in depth overview of a unique artistic experiment in transforming an abandoned plot of land into a public park in Rauma, Finland. The book, which is for sale at the event, is written by artist duo Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, and co-edited by artists, curators and researchers Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa.

At the book launch in PUBLICS, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen will introduce Conversation Park project followed by response from prominent Finnish researchers on participation – Kaija Kaitavuori and Robin Lybeck  – providing additional commentary and insights with respect to their expertise on participatory art and participatory urban planning.

In 2019 thirty residents between 6 to 89 years old became players in a two-year-long “Public Space Game”. The mission was to turn thirty individual ideas for a park into a collective urban reality in 6 game moves. The cooperative park was opened in 2020. Conversation Park is a Lönnström Project and made possible by the Lönnström Art Museum in Rauma.

In the book Kalleinen & Kochta-Kalleinen describe their original intentions when designing the game and share their insights gained whilst working on the Conversation Park for four years. The book touches on core questions with regards to engaging citizens in designing urban public spaces. It is an attempt to open-source the Conversation Park project so it can be analysed, modified, and replicated. It is an invitation to learn about the many factors which have to be considered when designing a participatory project – whether it takes place in art, urban planning or politics.

Helsinki-based Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen are an artist duo whose practice merges the languages and approaches of multiple disciplines, such as film, performance, game design, experimental education, facilitation, social architecture and alternative economies.

Robin Lybeck is a researcher at the sociology department of Åbo Akademi  University. He has studied typologies of engagement in urban planning. His PhD looks at how technology is applied in the context of participatory planning and urban development.

Kaija Kaitavuori is an educator and art historian. Her research focuses on audience participation in contemporary art. Her dissertation “Art of Engagement” discusses participatory processes in terms of democracy and the extent to which participation in art can be understood as ‘democratic’.

A WALK ON THE EDGE @ WALK AND TALK ART FESTIVAL IN AZORES 23 JULY, 2022

A Walk on The Edge is a performative experience and a collective journey in Fenais da Luz, a village on the North coast of São Miguel Island. The pathway connects Azores’ history, a local tragedy from the 1980s, and the audience members’ personal relationship to owning.

Starting from the overwhelming idea that If you live on the edge, you might lose your belongings overnight, the collective began to raise questions about the meaning of ownership and its relation to property, society and time. Do you own what you have?

A Walk On The Edge is presented as part of Walk & Talk Art Festival. It is a multidisciplinary art piece part of the European project Centriphery, developed by architect duo Mezzo Atelier – Joana Oliveira (PT) and Giacomo Mezzadri (IT) – choreographer and artist Gustavo Ciriaco (PT, BR), theatre director, musician and writer Ovidiu Mihaita (RO) and contemporary artist and songwriter Tellervo Kalleinen (FIN). Local musicians and performers are an integral part of the piece.

Centriphery is a collaborative project between nine partner organizations based throughout Europe, which includes Walk&Talk – Arts Festival, co-funded by the European Commission’s Creative Europe program.