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Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt: Schattenpfade Helsinki

Lasse-Marc Riek & Verena Freyschmidt
Schattenpfade Helsinki

An audio-visual installation

Multichannel sounds, Paper Art, Light

Open: 3.-6.4.2018

Opening Hours: 14-18, Tue-Fri

The concert of Lasse-Marc Riek on Friday 6.4. at 18:30.



Schattenpfade Helsinki
An audio-visual installation by Verena Freyschmidt and Lasse-Marc Riek.

The walk-in installation piece “Schattenpfade” by Verena Freyschmidt and a multichannel sound-composition by Lasse-Marc Riek. The cut-out traces abstract forms and structures are emphasized in their interplay with light. Emanating from multiple locations in the space, the composition of natural and artificial sounds completes the cut-out and lets emerge in an enticing atmosphere of sound, light, and shadow.
This work is designed and composed for the Akusmata.

As part of the exhibition, there will be a Gruenrekorder stand with recordings from the publication catalog.

Lasse-Marc Riek

Lasse-Marc Riek (1975, Germany) uses different forms of expression in his production methods. His works are interdisciplinary and can be conceived as groups of works of both visual art (action and conceptual art) and sound art. His art of sound can be described in terms such as acoustic ecology, bio acoustics and soundscapes.

Here, Riek uses field recordings, storing them with different recording media, editing, archiving, and presenting them in different contexts.

Since 1997, he has operated internationally with exhibitions, releases, concerts, lectures, workshops, awards, and projects and given performances in galleries, art museums, churches, and universities. He has made contributions in the public media as well as in public radio and received scholarships and artist-in-residence programs realized in Europe and Africa.

Riek is the owner of Gruenrekorder label, which is specialised on soundscape music and sound art.


Verena Freyschmidt
Verena Freyschmidt (1975, Frankfurt Germany) studied history and art education in Gießen from 1996 to 2000. Until 2002 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Mainz and from 2002 to 2006 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. Since the end of 2015 she has been teaching at the Alanus University for Art and Society in Alfter near Bonn. She lives and works in Dusseldorf.

“In my work, the organic structures in nature are important,” says Freyschmidt, “lines and natural spaces, actually inner landscapes.” And: “It also has something to do with research, the microcosm and the macrocosm.” She is interested in “the fractal geometry of nature”, but also works with directed coincidence.

Freyschmidts materials are mainly the paper, the pen and the scissors. According to Katja Ebert-Krüdener, she takes lines, structures and formations from what she has seen and remembered, and puts them into new contexts. This results in large-format paper cuts, as well as free artistic creations and nature’s impressions. Like organic processes, fractal structures are increasingly conquering space.”

Running: Grinding Keys With Sharp Knives

RUNNING

‘GRINDING KEYS WITH SHARP KNIVES’

4.1 channel sound, keys, speech, photograph

Open: 26.3. – 29.3.2018

Opening Hours: 14-18, Mon-Fri

 


Grinding Keys With Sharp Knives (2018) is a spatial and auditive documentation of a reality and a way of living in south-east parts of Poland. In Eastern Europe “Do It Yourself”- mentality is common way of doing things, especially for the poor and young people. We have documented a group of people manufacturing handmade keys for their own purposes and needs. “Key makers” are divided in two sections – the professionals who operate in the bigger cities and kids and poor people who grind keys themselves.

Railroad system has provided an alternative method for manufacturing keys by grinding objects of metal on railtracks. At the same time young and evolving music scene called “Polski Beat” is reflecting this sometimes life risking way of living in their art.

The work consist of professionally and “unprofessionally” handmade keys and audio for 4.1 channel speaker system. Audio material is arranged from collection of interviews and field recordings made during our trips in Poland in 2015-2016.


RUNNING

Eero Pulkkinen is sound and media artist, sound designer and musician from Helsinki. His works have been exhibited in Finland and abroad in numerous exhibitions and international art and film festivals. He is working with music projects such as Running, New Sincerity and W. Now he’s mainly focusing on sound art, multichannel compositions, music and film. Currently finishing his MA in sound design studies at VÄS, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Teemu Iltola (born 1990, Jyväskylä) is artist, working in field of sound art, music and performance. Teemu is also another member of Running. He studied sound design in University of the Arts Helsinki during 2011-2015. Now he is selling vitamins.

Also: Tayo Koroma, speech, and Mathias Foster, photograph.

LIVE: Kim Myhr (NO), Tuomo Väänänen

KIM MYHR (NO)
TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN

Saturday 10.3.2018
Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00
Voluntary entry fee 5e

The concert is supported by Puls / Nordisk Kulturfond.


KIM MYHR


Kim Myhr is one of the leading new voices of the Norwegian experimental music, both as a composer and guitarist. Myhr’s solo music can be described as an orchestral exploration of the 12-string guitar. It remind the listener of early music of Ligeti and of Morton Feldman, but it also contains an energy and simplicity similar to American folk music and Minimal music. He has released three solo records, ‘All Your Limbs Singing’ (2014), ‘Bloom’ (2016), and ‘You | Me’ (2017). The new release features contributions from drummers Tony Buck (The Necks), Hans Hulbækmo (Atomic) and Ingar Zach.
‘You | Me’ received an honourable mention at Nordic Music Prize 2018. Jury stated: “This is a sonically adventurous record, beautifully listenable and immersive but never wilfully difficult, spanning both the sound worlds of contemporary jazz guitar and modern classical music”.
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During 8.-10.3.2018 you can hear Kim Myhr’s music also at Mad House Helsinki. He has composed music for the dance work ‘Shaking The Libidinous’ by Orfee Schuijt (FR/NO).
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Kim Myhr – Sleep nothing, eat nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHJwo60dVrw

Kim Myhr – Bloom (Hubro) [Full Album]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gnPOu2ionc

https://soundcloud.com/kimmyhr

“Kim Myhr is a master of slow-morphing rhythms and sun-dappled textures that seem to glow from the inside…It’s an album to bolster the spirits and ground the nerves: travelling music for big-sky vistas.” ★★★★ / The Guardian

«Delicate and suffused with beauty, yet exudes a power derived from the clarity of its creative vision. Truly, an ocean of sound.» ★★★★ / MOJO

«A Tremendous Piece of Music» / BBC3 Late Junction

20 Best Classical Releases of 2017. / Scotland Herald



TUOMO VÄÄNÄNEN


Tuomo Väänänen (Helsinki, Finland) makes sounds and music with both electronic and acoustic means. Sometimes the outcome is built into a grid-like temporal structure, sometimes it flows freely in the space and around the listener. Tuomo is also part of Ljudverket, which is a small record label and a collective of like-minded musicians.

VOIX – A Group Exhibition

VOIX

Variety of sounds and ties to realities

A Group Exhibition

Date: 26.2. – 9.3.

Opening time:  Mon – Fri, klo 14-18.

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The University of Lapland brings to Helsinki a VOIX sound exhibition with nine artists. In the works will be examined the own space, environment, mass tourism, world conflicts, musical dimensions and independence. Artists come from Finland and China.

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Artists:

Dao (CN)
Kari Hautanen
Pekka Kumpulainen
Heidi Kenttälä
Dawei Li (CN)
Roope Mäenpää
Markku Riipi
Jari Rinne
Heikki Timonen

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DAO: EMPTY JOY

[Empty Joy] is a sound acquisition project that started in June 2017. It takes about 2 months to collect the national traditional music, Shaman’s sacrificial music, sound of nature and atmosphere in southwest China, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. The movie [Empty Joy VOL1/Nothing], as a part of sound art project [Empty Joy], takes the concept of sound movie, is the Dao’s extension and experiment in his work. The sound acquisition project collects various sound, including the sacrificial music from Miao(a minority in Asia) in Vietnam, the Jinuo traditional songs, noise from flea markets in Dali(a major city in Yunnan), the sound of Buddhists’ chanting and bell ringing in Polo Temple in mountains, the sound when people practicing White Crane boxing, the sound comes from hundreds of bats in deserted temple in Vietnam and the sound recorded from Dao’s improvisation with local musicians in a reggae bar on Khao San Road in Thailand. At the same time, he inserts the clues of his experience in the movie, which are three sections of Dao performing saxophone and cello in the street. Dao uses the materials as veins of the sound movie and his story, playing a non-vison, auditory stimulation based movie.

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DAWEI  LI: 1200 SECONDS OF SUNSHINE IN BERLIN

Some images do not need to be processed or modified, just recording real pictures. The secret is the image itself, and it shows some sights to you, just like a mirror. The experimental image of 1,200 seconds of sunlight in Berlin is a coincidence. When first coming to Berlin, I was impressed by its unsettled weather that sun and rain often appeared in one day. I often saw that amounts of clouds fluttered with the wind in a fine weather, sunshine constantly appearing among the clouds. This scenery is very common in Berlin, but it can show different conditions under different substances. In a morning, I got up, seeing the sunlight filtering through the curtain into my interim studio in Berlin, where the shadows and the sunlight were interlaced with the moving clouds. I didn’t open the curtain to see the flowing clouds and sunny sky, while picturing this beautiful moment. MI Lin and I quickly move out the window workbench, starting to record this scenery. Also, some words from us and some voice of cough were included, I didn’t delete these because they were also necessary parts in the image.

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KARI HAUTANEN: UMBRELLA

A downward umbrella is hanging from the ceiling, with a small loudspeaker attached to it. The sound of rain can be heard through the loudspeaker. The umbrella acts as a parabolic reflector that reflects the sounds directly down. The sound is only heard when a PIR motion sensor detects a potential listener below the umbrella. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card, plus a small loudspeaker. The umbrella is made of transparent plastic, with diameter ca. 70 cm.

 

KARI HAUTANEN: MIRROR

A board, or mirror, in which the sound that is heard transforms according to the general colouring of clothing of an approaching person. The board is located on the wall, and a viewer is able to see his or her own reflection. The camera lens monitors an approaching viewer and draws its own conclusions about the colours and the matching sounds. The computer and other electronics needed to produce the sound are latent. Colour analysis is carried out using RGB and Luminance sensors. The sound is produced using an Arduino microcomputer and an included SD memory card. Size of the artwork is 28 x 28 cm, with depth ca. 7 cm.

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PEKKA KUMPULAINEN: BOUNDARY

This artwork deals with its own space. The space of the artwork is technically bounded using a booth resembling a polling booth, with handsets and a picture inside.

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HEIDI KENTTÄLÄ: MASS TOURISM

Mass Tourism is an acoustic tour to the core of Rovaniemi Christmas Tourism. Rovaniemi and Lapland are described as magical and mythical, the home of exotic Santa Claus, where the number of reindeer exceeds the number of people. Tourists are set to enjoy reindeer rides, huskies, snowmobiles, and cross the Arctic Circle. By documenting the Rovaniemi Christmas season, I wonder how the clichés related to Christmas Tourism do sound – or not. Welcome to the journey!

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ROOPE MÄENPÄÄ: SARABANDE

Pastiche of J.S. Bach´s (1685–1750) G-major solo cello series, part Sarabande 2018

In the metadata of music, a lot is talked about the similarities of cello sound and human voice. It is believed that people like any sound that matches their own communication style. The form of Bach’s dances is plaited into its simplest shape, which puts the instrument, its sound and the musician’s sensitivity on a pedestal. Can musical communication understood as a flowing? Audio – 3′

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MARKKU RIIPI: FINLAND 100

Finland 100 deals with 100 years of significant events in Finnish history from an author’s point of view. Those events – both happy and sad – that have been fixed in the depths of memories of authors as very important events. Duration ca. 27 min.

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JARI RINNE: SNOWBALL SOUNDS

Snowball Sounds is driven by speech and the sounds of situations. The sounds of the artwork have been collected from What’s up voice messages and vocal reports sent by young people, as well as from trips to Serbia, China, Russia and Utsjoki.

Speech is the cleanest subjectivity, the formation of identities and the positioning of self into a position. Sound produces and limits space which as a speech and act produces a social identity that is constantly changing. Alternative identities, consisting of self and other dialogic categorisation skills, as well as identification, are built for other people and the world in everyday speech. In the blizzard of speaking, self is a product of socialisation and my own subjectivity snowballs among others. The artwork deals with the identity of individuals as possible worlds, whose various facets are brought forth by the thoughts seeking to shape their piecemeal monologues. Bladdery conventions governing in a temporarily seeming society bring forth identity crystals approved by the community, and in their snowdrifts we build our own snowflakes for speeches. The sound compilation reflects on Gareth Dylan Smith’s “Snowball Self”, a conceptual notion that describes the construction of identity from multiple meta-identities and contextual identities.

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HEIKKI TIMONEN: SOLO FOR BALALAIKA – THE POLITICAL ACT

Solo for Balalaika – The Political Act – in my performance artwork, I express my political opinion on current international politics in the spirit of Fluxus art trend. This artwork is based on the famous international conflicts that we have regretfully had to follow in recent years. Video duration: 1 min 10 sec.

LIVE: Prestekveler, Libidog, Taneli Viljanen, Zherbin

Prestekveler (NO/ITA), Taneli Viljanen, Libidog, Zherbin

Friday 9.2.2018

Doors 18:30, showtime 19:00

Voluntary entry fee 5e

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Prestekveler (NO/ITA)
Paolo Gàiba-Riva – clarinet, electronics, field recordings
Dario Fariello – sopranino and soprillo sax, vcv rack

Prestekveler is a type of pasta, but also a duo consisting of Dario Fariello (saxophones) and Paolo Gàiba Riva (clarinet and electronics), two Italian musicians which are based in Norway.
The project was born in 2015, when Dario moved to Oslo. In the beginning the duo focused on acoustic music, later on shifted to noise textures. Nowadays at their concerts it is possible to listen to both.
Their setup includes amplified winds, viola feedbacker (an electric viola modified by the instrument maker Christian Blandhoel), live sound manipulation and field recordings.
Dario and Paolo have been touring together in Norway, Italy, France, Netherlands, Slovenia, Denmark, Greece and Spain and are planning to play in South Korea, China and Taiwan this year.
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Libidog 
Libidog (Elsa Heikkilä) is an edgy underground noise artist.
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Taneli Viljanen
Taneli Viljanen’s music consists of everyday noises and manipulation of sound producing objects that happen to be around, for example. Disparate sound elements are juxtaposed in surprising ways; no sound is innocent; nothing happens for a reason.
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Zherbin
Dmitri Zherbin is a musician and tape manipulator from Helsinki. He makes tape loop based experimental music. Reviewers have been describing some of Zherbin’s music as eerie, adventurous and primitive and comparing it to artists like Aaron Dilloway and The Skaters. Zherbin has several releases on different DIY labels and has also done live collaborations with artists like Andrea Pensado (USA), Jelena Glazova (Latvia) and Ilia Belorukov (Russia).

LIVE: Vongoiva

Vongoiva

‘The Web of Time’ / Ajan verkko, Album Release Event!

Audiovisual show by musician Heikki Lindgren and artist Ville Westerlund

Tuesday 23.1.2018
18.30 – 20:30 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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VONGOIVA

Vongoiva is an audiovisual collaboration by Heikki Lindgren and Ville Westerlund. At Akusmata they’ll create a performance following the themes of the new release, “The Web of Time”.

“The Web of Time” describes the concept of time acquired by our own experiences, how it flows inexorably onwards. Centuries change like the sparse strokes of a clock: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, the Middle Ages… Time before the human race and long after its end. Time when mankind learnt to enjoy beauty and began to create art.

We are accustomed to viewing the whole formation of our existence as past eras, with the present flowing into the past like a vast waterfall, carrying all the memories of humankind.

As a reminder of the very first moment of time, there is the constant hum of cosmic background radiation: a message from the very first oscillation, the moment when all matter was compressed into a single point. The moment when we all were one.

The composition concretizes time by way of image and sound. Depending on the position and velocity of the observer, sound condenses or stretches according to the Doppler effect. Redshift effect causes the same to happen to light. According to the relativistic Doppler-effect, the same analogy can be applied to the time itself when approaching the speed of light.

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Vongoiva on Heikki Lindgrenin ja Ville Westerlundin audiovisuaalinen kollaboraatio. Akusmatassa Vongoiva tekee esityksen kulkien uuden Ajan Verkko -julkaisun teemoissa.

Ajan verkko kuvaa oman kokemuksemme kautta saavutettua käsitystämme ajasta. Kuinka se kuluu eteenpäin vääjäämättömästi. Vuosisadat vaihtuvat kuin harvat kellonlyönnit. Kivikausi, pronssikausi, rautakausi, keskiaika…. Aika ennen ihmiskuntaa ja kauan sen jälkeen. Aika jolloin ihminen oppi nauttimaan kauneudesta ja alkoi kehittämään taiteita.

Olemme tottuneet tarkkailemaan koko olemassaolomme rakentumista menneinä kausina, nykyhetken vaipuessa tauotta osaksi historiaa kuin valtava putous, vieden tasapuolisesti koko ihmiskunnan muistot nykyhetkestä menneisyyteen.

Aivan aikojen alusta muistuttaa kaikkialla läsnä oleva kosmoksen taustakohina, joka on kuin meitä varten talletettu viesti ajan ensimmäisestä hetkestä. Siitä värähdyksestä, jolloin maailmankaikkeuden materia oli tiivistynyt yhteen pisteeseen. Hetkestä jolloin me kaikki olimme yhtä.

Teos konkretisoi äänen ja kuvan avulla aikaa, kuten tarkkailijan paikasta ja nopeudesta riippuen sama ääni joko tiivistyy tai venyy Doppler-ilmiön mukaisesti. Samalla tavalla käy valolle punasiirtymässä. Ja samaa analogiaa voi soveltaa myös ajalle relativistisen Doppler-siirtymän mukaan kun lähestytään valon nopeutta.

https://vongoiva.bandcamp.com/album/ajan-verkko

LIVE: Superalma Project (BRA) & Captain Heroin

SUPERALMA PROJECT (BRA)
CAPTAIN HEROIN


Wednesday 17.1.2018
18.30 – 22:00 (Showtime 19:00)
Voluntary 5 euro entry fee

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Superalma Project (BRA)

Superalma Project was founded in 2014 by the Brazilian sound designer, music researcher and producer Igor Almeida.
The project aims to present a sound experience that unfolds through the mixing of a wide musical spectrum, bringing influences like dark ambient, drone, glitch, idm, noise and power electronics.

On January, 17th Akusmata Soundgallery presents a concert of Superalma Project, which is playing its 6th and 7th albums: “Cura circum animum mei intorquet ut in sella mei sedeo” and “Non – Genesis”, among new stuff!

https://superalma.bandcamp.com/
https://facebook.com/superalmaproject

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Captain Heroin

Helsinki based Experimental Ambient sound artist Fredrik Willberg brings forth conceptual and cinematic sounds inspired by desolation under the moniker Captain Heroin.
For the moment consumed by scavenging archived recordings he also does rare live events as will be witnessed at Akusmata Soundgallery 17th of January 2018.

https://www.facebook.com/captainheroin
https://captainheroin.bandcamp.com/

Recording Session: Saliatahn & [ówt krì]

Saliatahn & [ówt krì]

December 21, 2017

Recording session at Akusmata, the duo created material for the new album with electronics, bicycle, cymbal etc. The musicians are Sergei Tumanov and Kenneth Kovasin.

LIVE: Clara de Asís, Sähkökitarakvartetti

CLARA DE ASÍS (ES)
SÄHKÖKITARAKVARTETTI (IS/FI)

8.12.2017
19.00-22.00
Akusmata Sound Art Gallery,
Tukholmankatu 7 K, 00270 Helsinki
Entrance: 5€


Äänen Lumo presents an evening of… guitars!

CLARA DE ASÍS, a guitarist, composer and performer originally from Spain and now based in France, has developed a non-conventional and personal instrumental approach; with longstanding interest in minimalist frameworks, spacial auscultation and temporal suspension. She uses different combinations of materials and sound sources, with a main focus on guitar. The concert in Akusmata is a solo performance for acoustic guitar, microphones and objects.



SÄHKÖKITARAKVARTETTI is a fresh Helsinki-based electric guitar group concentrating on contemporary/experimental compositions. The group aims to bridge the imaginary gaps between sound art, experimental music, contemporary composition and improvisation. In Akusmata the quartet will premiere works by e.g. Clara de Asís and Russian composer-musician Ilia Belorukov.

Musicians: Juhani Grönroos, Lauri Hyvärinen, Jukka Kääriäinen, Sigurdur Rögnvaldsson.

Thanks to Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Finnish Music Foundation for support.

Lauri Luhta: Architecture of Right

 Lauri Luhta
Architecture of Right

16 November – 3 December 2017
Open Thursday – Sunday  2-6 pm
Opening: Wed 15 November 6-8 pm


Opening performance

At the opening of Lauri Luhta’s sound art exhibition Architecture of Right at Akusmata, Wednesday 15 November, a soundtrack to Jenni Luhta’s video Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa (“Glimpse of a Better World“) will be produced live. A work of video and environmental art carried by text, Häivähdys parempaa maailmaa was filmed in the same surroundings of Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, that the field recordings for Lauri’s Architecture of Right sound installation took place during this year. Jenni’s video was originally finished for Pihlajamäki’s Night of the Arts in August, 2009. The work was premiered at the local bar Ralli and later shown at Orion cinema in Spring, 2010 – without a soundtrack, which it has lacked for eight years.

Video is screened at 7:00 pm. Sound is mixed by Lauri.

Refreshments are provided by Jenni. Welcome!


Architecture of Right

Lauri Luhta’s sound art installation Architecture of Right is based on field recordings made in Pihlajamäki, Helsinki, during different seasons of the year 2017. Out of the material thus assembled, Luhta has crafted a circular, spatial-temporal composition, which one can go to.
A suburb erected in the the 1960s, Pihlajamäki is visually recognisable by its landforms, its buildings and the plan of its architecture. Pihlajamäki is carved in terrain risen from the primordial sea as a home for the people and as an image of the geometric and the organic, the rational and the expressive. In Architecture of Right, one observes what kind of aural living environment the walls and hollows of the area create and what the firmament of the sky above it sounds like.
In Architecture of Right, one is moving on the Right-Hand Path, the clear and plain road of right and truth that is narrow yet open to everyone. In the work, one steps in and stands still in the soundscape that always lies in the background of the existence of an inhabitant of Pihlajamäki, amidst the world, at the world’s centre. A world of sound with its different elements and little details, with its sounds of nature, men and machines, its children, birds and airplanes, is always waiting for the one who stops and settles down on land. When that depth is reached, its basis is mined for nourishment and understanding.
Architecture of Right is a work of the author for the neighbourhood that has become his new home region, a homage to its planners, builders and dwellers. The exhibition is also dedicated to the Republic of Finland, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary and whose bright noontime thinking Pihlajamäki represents.

Lauri Luhta (b. 1980, Vaasa) is a Helsinki-based sound, video, media and performance artist, organiser of art festivals and cultural events, document archivist, theologian, custodian of being.
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