NOCTURNAL ENCOUNTERS IN THE CITY
Media Facades says farewell to Helsinki and the Lasipalatsi Square with two artists who have been intently following the night of the city. Seppo Renvall and Maija Saksman present their film and video stories with live music on the facade of the Old Bus Station.
ON THE MOVE, IMMATERIALLY
The Spectre of People is a virtual demonstration and participatory art project where a citizen movement is given an immaterial form.
WHITE ON BLACK
Conducting Senses is an audiovisual experience that makes possible for audiences to interact with large projection mapping in city landscapes.
Two leap motion sensors are controlled by four participants. Each one controls both visual and sound elements. The sensors enable the capture of a wide range of the user’s hands movements, emulating the gestures of a conductor in front of an orchestra and giving a 3D spatial feel to the experience, involving the participants and audience in an immersive sensorial environment. Read more…
THRESHOLDS OF THE VISIBLE
Tales from Frontiers is an outdoor media performance consisting of facade video projection, soundtrack and live music performance.
The visual elements of the project come forth, change and hide in the continuum of lights, shadows and tones of the video projection. Are these the signs of a life once lived, or pieces of a language long since disappeared, or perhaps the remains of structures mangled by war? When looking at our environment, does our perception capture the whole or just the details? The work invites viewers to form their own interpretation. Read more…
Media Facades Helsinki, organised for the 5th time, will go nomadic. The programme becomes visible on the digital screens of Helsinki’s metro and tram lines with the Interrupting the Everyday campaigns. In the Night Sites programme, a new project will open in a new location every night.
On the Night of the Arts, August 20, the evening will be spent in the Tähtitorninmäki park as part of the Observemus event. In collaboration with the Runokuu poetry festival we open our first night site at 9 pm, with the project Tales from Frontiers (Marikki Hakola, Jarmo Vellonen, Epa Tamminen, Jone Takamäki) illuminating the Observatory facade and yard with images and sounds.
The next night, Friday August 21, a new night site will open by the Hanasaari power plant and coal hill. The final programme will be published in early August – for more information also visit our Facebook page!
MAKE YOUR ISSUES PUBLIC!
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…
DEBATE ON LASIPALATSI SQUARE AND ITS PUBLIC SIGNIFICANCE
In 2015, construction work will begin at the Lasipalatsi Square in the context of the new Amos Anderson Art Museum project to be finished in 2017. How should the square be re-thought so that it will provide a space for action for citizens and artists alike? These are some of the questions to be addressed by the debate on The Future of the Square, which is a co-operation between the To the Square 2 project and Media Facades.
RADIO WAVES AND OCEAN SOUNDS
Fish-go-Round! is a live performance for electronic music, Radio Helsinki radiowaves, lights and dancers, tailored for the Lasipalatsi Square in Helsinki.
Music for the piece is composed by Shinji Kanki, who has created an experimental work where sounds of 40 different species of fish emerge from an ocean of white noise. The composition is dedicated to the Gulf of Finland Year 2014.
THE DESERT OF NET ECONOMY
What is left of us if the cloud servers are destroyed in a global environmental crisis? The new pieces by Timo Bredenberg, I, Cloud and Uncharted, present an interpretation of the landscape beyond our technological reality – a dystopia where the infrastructures of net capitalism have been deserted.
HACKING INTO THE WHISPERS OF PLANTS
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.
LET THE BEES TAKE OVER!
Our urban environment is constituted not only by the activities and processes of us humans, but also a variety of species that co-construct our habitat. Among them especially the bees are important for the natural balance and environment. Without bees, nature as we know (or made) would stop to exist, since they are most active in pollination on which one third of the human food supply depends on.
Human Beeing, an ecological videomapping project by The Constitute, honors the bees by making their activities visible in the city in a large-scale projection. Read more…
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.