The Finnish Cultural Foundation has generously awarded a grant to our project The Nature Cots. With the grant we will build The Movable Bilberry Pad. Working together with Services for the Elderly in Kangasala, Finland, we will bring the Bilberry Pad to a service center for the elderly to enjoy and to engage with. A big Thank You for the Finnish Cultural Foundation!
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We have started working on our Nature Cots project. The website is now live at NatureCots.fi! Nature Cots is an experimental project by Mieluisa. The aim is to bring intensive nature to the concrete jungle via small scale portable nature devices – Nature Cots.
Yle has posted an article about Is This for Real? / Onko totta? -project. Some of the utopian ideas we presented at the Tampere Art Museum 80th Anniversary Jubilee Exhibition are actually becoming reality, can you guess which? The story also features the video used in the installation.
Tampere has a brilliant new bookstore/record store/hangout called Miekkakalapasuuna (Swordfishtrombone). They have a neat selection of records and books to browse while sipping a cup of coffee provided by the shop. They also have a very friendly and helpful staff. Be sure to check this place out at Satamakatu 5, Tampere!
Here is our entry to the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition. We propose a Vaivaisukko, a money collecting statue, to be built on the competition site. The idea is to collect the funds needed for a new museum entirely from individual supporters and to make the process enjoyable. The name Vaivaisukko comes from a historical tradition where a wooden poor man statue, vaivaisukko in Finnish, was placed outside a church to collect money for the poor. Our Vaivaisukko combines the historical money collector and the modern day crowd funding into an artwork of its own. In our scheme, a new Vaivaisukko will be built periodically. There will be an international competition every year to select the new project to be built. Artists and designers around the world can submit their designs for the Vaivaisukko. In the first year, the budget for the competition will come from a Vaivaisukko Kickstarter project. Later […]
Living amidst a huge construction site can be painful. Mieluisa collected some complaint rants about living in Jätkäsaari, a new district of Helsinki that will be under construction for years to come. “The sidewalks and pedestrian crossings are not in use, how am I supposed to get home? The street is a puddle of dirt and holes! Why is there no green space?” and so on. The rants evolved into a humorous collection of poems (in Finnish) called Jätkäsaari Blues. How do you like your neighborhood?
Tomás Saraceno, the creator of the brilliant Cloud Cities installations has a new installation called In Orbit. The installation was just opened at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. What an inspiring work! Looks like the people are floating in the air. Would be lovely to experience the installation in real life. Read more and see the beautiful photos at http://www.tomassaraceno.com. And if you get to actually visit the installation, please let us know how it felt like!