STUDIO KALLEINEN

BOOK LAUNCH

During the spring 2022 we’ll launch a book about Keskustelupuisto / Conversation park. In the book we describe 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 turn 30 different visions into an attractive urban park in 6 game moves. The park was opened in 2020. In the book we describe our original intentions when designing the game and share insights we gained while working on Keskustelupuisto for 4 years. The book touches on many questions with regards to engaging citizens in designing urban public spaces. It is an attempt to open-source the Conversation Park project so that it can be analysed, modified, and replicated. It is an invitation to learn together with the us and the participants about the many factors which have to be considered when designing a participatory project – whether it takes place in art, urban planning or politics. The book is published in collaboration with Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland. Stay tuned about the book launch date!

BIASED @ Espoo City Theatre 12 – 19 May, 2022

KARVONEN – KALLEINEN – KOCHTA-KALLEINEN – KEZELE – NEVCHE
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

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/