101 FOR ALL @ 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!



ENG: Interactive digital art work by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, commissioned by the cancer department of HUS hospital, curated by Taru Elfving.

The artwork combines the mindscapes of eight cancer patients into one open world. When walking through the 3D world, one can discover the participants’ inner places – virtual sanctuaries, but also more challenging landscapes reflecting their experiences of living with cancer. 

One can enter this digital world through the touchless screen, which reacts to the gestures of one’s hands. Later on the work will be optimised for tablets.

The user of the work can regulate the level of involvement with the art piece. In a passive state it appears as a slowly changing landscape painting. After activating the work, one can either just walk in the landscape, or trigger the audio layer on: Walking through shimmering particles activates ‘sound treasures’, where the participants talk about the landscapes and their experiences of living with cancer.


FIN: Tellervo Kalleisen ja Oliver Kochta-Kalleisen vuorovaikutteinen digitaalinen taideteos, tilaajana HUS, syöpähoitojen päiväosasto. Kuraattori Taru Elfving.

Yhteinen mielenmaisema -teos yhdistää syöpäsairaiden yksityiset mielenmaisemat yhdeksi digitaaliseksi maailmaksi Teos koostuu kahdeksan eri-ikäisen syöpää sairastaneen osallistujan mielenmaisemista. Teos on toteutettu avoin maailma -peliteknologiaa käyttäen.

Digitaalisesta maailmasta löytyy kultakin projektiin osallistuneelta kaksi erilaista paikkaa: turvapaikka, jonka ajattelu rauhoittaa, sekä se vaikeampi maasto, joka kuvastaa elämää syövän kanssa. Teoksessa eri mielenmaisemat yhdistyvä yhdeksi suureksi maailmaksi.

Yhteisessä mielenmaisemassa voi “kulkea” kosketusvapaan näytön kautta: sensori tunnistaa näytön edessä seisovan tai istuvan käden liikkeet, joilla voi ohjata liikkumistaan. Teoksen käyttäjän on myös mahdollista aktivoida maastosta löytyviä ”ääniaarteita”, joissa osallistujat puhuvat syöpäkokemuksistaan sekä suhteestaan mielenmaisemiinsa.

Teoksesta on Siltasairaalassa 21.3.2023 lähtien esillä demoversio, josta saadun palautteen avulla teoksen käyttäjäkokemusta kehitetään. Lopullinen versio teoksesta sijoitetaan sairaalan aulatilaan syksyllä 2023. Teos tullaan optimoimaan myös tableteille, jotta sitä voidaan käyttää syöpähoitojen aikana, hoitotuolissa vietettyjen tuntien aikana. Teoksen 3D-artisteina on toiminut Vilma Ratinen ja Katariina Kontturi.


“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.



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! 



TUE 30 AUGUST 2022

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 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. 

BIASED @ Espoo City Theatre 12 – 19 May, 2022

A performance @ Espoo City Theatre, Espoo, Finland

People mostly believe their thought processes to be both rational and sensible. And yet, systemic mistakes influence our thinking far more than we realise. These universally shared mental shortcuts are known as cognitive biases. The best-known cognitive bias is the confirmation bias which leads us to select information that supports our existing views. BIASED invites the audience to explore these hidden notions and unconscious factors that drive our actions.

BIASED is born out of collaboration between five artists. Matija Kezele from Croatia, Fred Nevche from France, and Tellervo KalleinenOliver Kochta-Kalleinen, and Anna-Mari Karvonen from Finland explored the theme as a part of Espoo City Theatre’s contribution to Centriphery project.

You can buy tickets here

Dr Untitled – an online performance @Untitled Festival, 24 September 2021

In the performance we share our struggles of living up to our values and ideals. This session is intended for professional “re-imagineers” who work day in and out on the transformation of society. In our experiment we want to understand how individuals manage to translate the goals and ideals of their daily work into their private life. Do you advocate a basic universal income but don’t know how to deal with your kids’ pocket money? Do you implement national citizens assemblies but cannot decide on the family vacation?  Are you a vegan eating meat in your dreams? Do you have occasionally brief moments of feeling like a hypocrite? Then this is the right session for you. In full anonymity we share cases about such dissonances. The presented cases – your cases – will be discussed by our peer-to-peer support network. At the same time each case will be fed into an immature human AI system called “Åsa and Max” that is particularly responsive to so called intention-behavior discrepancies. Our system – while still in its infancy – will unapologetically try to produce recommendations for each case. It nevertheless needs to be trained by providing feedback on the presented recommendations. 

Join us in trying to apply big picture ideas on a very small scale.

Disclaimer: This session requires no imagination.

Time: 24 September 2.30pm EEST

Concept and facilitation by  Ceyda Berk-Söderblom, Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Production by MiklagardArts 

With actors Max Bremer and Åsa Nybo


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