Hi! We hope you are well and safe!

Here some words how the Covid 19 -pandemia influenced our plans so far.

We were supposed to start a new project in Armenia in spring 2020, in collaboration with artasfoundation. We stayed home instead. After the first confusion we took time to think, talk, cook, watch movies, make music and learn.

During the lockdown of Uusimaa county we produced an art piece “Forms of Social Distancing”. Liisa Vihmanen from national broadcast company YLE had contacted us and commissioned a new piece in 2 weeks time frame!  YLE went through some extraordinary time as well, as all their sports programs had to be replaced by something else in no time.  Forms of Social Distancing came out in YLE Olohuone in April, and a re-edited version of it will be installed in Ars Kärsämäki 13 June – 31 July 2020.

In March Tellervo started regular online meetings with artists Susanne Bosch from Berlin and Chrissie Tiller from London. Together they wanted to share their long experiences in the field of participatory art. The original plan was to share and experiment face to face, but it turned out that the zoom sessions worked surprisingly well for deep exchange. We just heard the news that their project got funding from LADA, London, and will take further shape in fall 2020 in collaboration with LADA and Heart of Glass, UK!

Oliver took this change to learn more about AI through online courses in Aalto and Harvard Universities!

It was a big relief to notice that we can safely continue our major long term project Keskustelupuisto (Common Ground Park) in collaboration with Lönnström Art Museum. The meetings with the participants were moved online.  As planned, the new park in Rauma will be ready for the opening party 12 September!

Thanks for taking time to read about our Covid-19 times.

Tellervo & Oliver