We are the people, this is the place

Liverpool’s famous community media project tenantspin co-produced a project for Media Facades 2010 Festival with local residents in Helsinki and Liverpool. The project was realized in workshops focusing on local people’s conceptions of normality and citizenship, and the co-creation process produced two short films: Kontula News and Four Bricks.

The project was led by artist Alex Harrison together with FACT community programme leader Laura Yates and tenantspin members Ian McNeill and Lucy Gonzales. In May 18-24, 2010 tenantspin conducted the first workshop in Kontula, Eastern Helsinki, with participants from the Symppis community centre. A workshop with the same brief was realised in Liverpool’s Anfield/Breckfield. The resulting two short films built a bridge between two neighbourhoods.

The project was a part of the Media Facades 2010 artist residency exchange between m-cult and FACT, realized in collaboration with HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme, Kontupiste and Symppis and with support from the Finnish Institute in London.

The first premiere of  the project was in Kontula (Ostostie 3) during Helsinki’s Night of the Arts, August 27, 2010. In Liverpool, the films were screened at the BBC Big Screen throughout September 2010.

Tenantspin is a Liverpool-based community media project which has achieved international recognition and has created a successful model to engage artists and local residents in media production.  Initiated by FACT Foundation for Art & Creative Technology in 1999, tenantspin was one of the first community media projects to practice online webcasts.