STUDIO KALLEINEN

ODE TO Y INVITES YOU TO THE TABLE @ Helsinki, Vantaa, Porvoo and Tampere

On its 35th anniversary, Y-Säätiö Foundation commissioned us to create a public artwork involving its residents. The work, which has been in progress since 2020, will be celebrated in June 2024! 

Y-Säätiö is the largest nationwide non-profit landlord in Finland and an international expert in fighting homelessness. Y-Säätiö promotes social justice by offering affordable rental apartments. 

Ode to Y consists of five mosaic-covered tables – there are two of each of them – as well as an interactive mobile application. The physical tables were donated to two Y-Homes (Taipaletalo and Rukkila housing community) and three M2-Homes. The tables contain a total of approximately 17,400 mosaic pieces. The figure corresponds to the number of Y-Säätiö rental apartments in 2020, when we started planning the work. 

Anyone can download the free mobile app that is part of the work. It allows you to dig deeper into the mosaic: during 2023 we set up a mobile studio in the properties included in the project, and invited residents to add content to the mosaic tiles. By clicking the digital mosaic tiles of the Art Table, you’ll find art made by the residents. To the Table Instrument we recorded sounds produced by the residents. The mosaic of the Game Table archives residents’ memories from playing games around a table. The Common Table gathers residents’ insights and learnings about coexistence in an apartment building. The Ode to Y table, on the other hand, contains the history of the Y Foundation as told by its employees. The organization’s journey from an idea born at the kitchen table to a globally significant homelessness activist greatly inspired us. 

When Juha Kaakinen first contacted us, he emphasized the values ​​of the foundation, especially community spirit. So many communal and meaningful moments are experienced right around the table! Our work invites people to the table, but also creates connections through the stories, pictures, memories and poems hidden in the digital mosaic.

You can see the physical tables in the yards of Taipaletalo (Porvoo), Rukkilan asumisyhteisö (Helsinki), Lyyrapyrstö 2 (Tampere) and Puunhaltijankuja (Vantaa). 

The project was funded by Y-Foundation. It was co-production of Y-Foundation and Firma Oy / Studio Kalleinen. The work was made possible due to AVEK’s Mediarata support for Firma Oy.

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.

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’.

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

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!