Sound & Video Art


Petri Kuljuntausta, Ville Aalto, Heidi Hassinen, Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kamanger

Petri Kuljuntausta: Laikku's oracle

An oracle relays messages about the future. Visitors may ask the oracle a question; the oracle may or may not answer. The tree is never silent. It makes a sound when the wind blows, when the earth shakes, when water moves through its veins or when birds sit on its branches. A breeze makes the leaves rustle in whispers. A wind makes the branches creak. In high winds, the entire trunk moves, down to the roots, and this makes a sound too. What the tree says is for the listener to determine.

Petri Kuljuntausta is a sound artist, a composer, a musician and a scholar. Collaborating with natural scientists, he has made music using the sounds of whales and the aurora borealis, performed concerts with birdsong and real-time sounds from outer space and written music for underwater concerts where the audience is literally underwater and ‘hears’ the sound through their bodies rather than with their ears.

19.–.30.8. | Culture House Laikku, garden

Ville Aalto: Avian Electronics | Electronic bird songs

Voltage-controlled birds sing in the park, synthetic natural sounds and electronic signals merge. The boundary between real and artificial is elusive and imprecise. Accelerating technological developments affect everything – how irreversibly are we changing our living environment, and what will nature around us sound like in the future?

Sound artist and musician Ville Aalto creates sounds and electronic music using synthesisers. He combines minimalism with electronic, artificial soundscapes of nature. At the moment, he is working on a project titled Avian Electronics, where he creates electronic versions of natural sounds and uses these to create immersive sound installations, recordings and performances. His works blur the boundaries between the natural and the artificial, between the biological and the electronic.

19.–.30.8. | Culture House Laikku, garden

Heidi Hassinen: A new composition for the Frenckell bells

This piece was commissioned by the Tampere Biennale specifically for the Frenckell bells and will play in the Frenckell bell tower every hour on the hour throughout the festival.

For Heidi Hassinen, music is all about sincere emotions. She is particularly fond of tonal colour and the wide palette of expression in electroacoustic music. Her first orchestral work, Huurre [Frost], will be premiered by the Helsinki Police Band in April 2020. Hassinen is finishing her composition studies at the Sibelius Academy, having spent the past year as an exchange student at the MDW in Vienna. She is also studying computer science at the University of Helsinki.

Tampere Biennale 2022

Antti Laitinen: Marionette

The artist has turned a tree into a marionette. With strings, he aspires to imitate real wind.

Antti Laitinen (b. 1975) lives and works in Somero. He combines performance art, video, photography and sculpture in his works.

1.–30.8. ǀ

Kalle Hamm & Dzamil Kamanger: Removing Defences

Removing Defenses is the documentation of a live act, where the defensive hairs of a nettle plant are removed. The video is questioning the idea of plants as mute and senseless beings.

Kalle Hamm is a Helsinki-based artist whose works explore cultural encounters and their impacts, both in history and in the present day. Since 2000, he has been collaborating with Dzamil Kamager, an artist from Iranian Kurdistan. The two address the status of marginal areas in mainstream culture and cultural encounters in global networks. Their works draw on art, design and crafts and are often inspired by everyday things.

1.–30.8. ǀ

The works at Culture House Laikku Gallery and garden are curated by Jarno Vesala.