Interrupting the Everyday


Snaking through our cities, often going unnoticed, are hundreds of adverts on digital screens that follow us as we journey through the city. Interrupting the Everyday is a project by m-cult and Tactical Technology Collective to rethink our urban environment and to reclaim some of these spaces for issues that affect our society. Together with a group of activists, community groups and designers, we will create campaigns that make visible and public, issues that are meaningful but not covered in mainstream media. These campaigns aim to open new perspectives to citizens everyday experiences of the city and its political underpinnings. Read more…

Organic Cinema


What if we can see and hear what plants talk about? What if we can pick up their inaudible whispers  – the signals, and make them audiovisual? By using the latest sensor technologies, Organic Cinema explores how local flora and fauna respond to their immediate environment. We will give them a voice!

Plants, bacteria and millions of other living entities surround us all the time and are vital to our well being – and they were the participants of this project. The main actors in Helsinki’s green installation were the Ostrich fern, the Raspberry, and the Ladies’ mantle.

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Urban Alphabets


Have you noticed all the letters around you? Would you like to create messages with a typography from your home town or a city you are visiting?

Urban Alphabets is an application that lets users use their smartphones to capture letters in their environments and reuse the typographical elements to write their own messages. It is a project realized by the Helsinki-based artist and designer Suse Miessner.

The messages written using the Urban Alphabets App can be sent to friends using social networks. This project raises interest in the everyday surroundings and encourages playful social communications.

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Meeting of artists and curators January 28-29, Berlin / transmediale.14

The meeting of Connecting Cities curators and artists was held in Berlin in connection with transmediale.14 , January 28-29.

In the meeting the new projects were chosen and the program was decided for the Connecting Cities network and festivals for the year 2014.

The Connecting Cities artists and curators joined for the official transmediale.14 program and continued with a Connecting Cities Panel discussing the topic Blackout on the 31 January. On the following day the Connecting Cities’ workshop analyzed the potential of urban media facades, visual language, audience and participation and telepresence.

Register for the Robin Hood workshop!

Easy money!? Want to get money without work!? No strings attached! – A Robin Hood workshop on the ethics and politics of financial economy at Made in Kallio, Vaasankatu 14, Helsinki, August 19-21.

Join the Robin Hood gang, mutate into parasites of financial economy and gain access to money without a necessity to work. This is no joke! We shall walk you to our camp in the Sherwood forest, follow the money routes of financial economy, log into the brains of the elite at Wall Street, appropriate their most important knowledge and put it to work for us. Read more…

Robin Hood


There is no outside of global financial capitalism so we have to find ways to work within it. Robin Hood – a cooperative fusing economy, art and activism works towards new forms of economy and organisation.  For Media Facades Festival 2013, Robin Hood created an interactive campaign including a 3-day workshop and an  urban installation. Read more…

TransEurope Slow


Take a virtual bike ride and explore the development of European cities through the eyes of the urban cyclist. TransEurope Slow negotiates modern cities and finds places that tell contemporary stories which move beyond tourist attractions, stereotypes, and city brands. Your journey will seamlessly switch from Liverpool to Helsinki and Madrid, linking the cities and highlighting their differences, and similarities. Read more…

Artist and curator workshop, Marseille

Curators and artists of the Connecting Cities network gathered in Marseille in February 5-8. to discuss projects and programme for the 2013 events. Hosted by Videospread, the workshop enriched the perspectives on the Networked City theme, in light of the concepts presented by the artists. Read more…

News Transformation Agency


What if we could experience daily news in a more personal way – and script a different future while doing so? The News Transformation Agency is a new project by artist group YKON, internationally known for their participatory projects dealing with utopian issues. The project approaches the overwhelming aspect of global news as a potential platform for civic action – for local, emotional and transformative standpoints.  Read more…

Reading Kamppi


The urban mediascape is made of words, images – and code that binds it together. Reading Kamppi is a series of experimental small pieces, where artists interpret messages from the Kamppi area, by doing word and image searches online and on the streets. Read more…

Artvertiser Helsinki


The “improved reality” project Artvertiser by Julian Oliver and Damian Stewart replaces billboard advertising with art – virtually. In the Artvertiser Helsinki workshop, May 4-6, 2011, artists and designers reworked urban visuals and shared the results with citizens on an urban walk. Read more…

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. Read more…