KA:LAB

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Photo: Mikko Haapoja

KA:LAB was an installation and an urban art piece that was opened in an empty commer- cial space in the district of Kalasatama. The aim of the project was to create common space and to make an artistic investigation of the district. It was also a comment to the discussion about the city that is for everyone. It experimented on the possible activities in witch the unused spaces of Helsinki city could be used. It put into practice the idea of common art spaces that could be opened in different districts.

The installation was based on a wooden map of the Kalasatama district that was completed by every visitor who entered the space. The visitors inserted wooden blocks into the map according to their ideas and notions about the district. Around the map were also recorded interviews from the residents of Kalasatama. The installation was fully completed on the last opening day of the space. The other half of the space was made into a ”living room” where the residents had the possibility to exchange ideas and bring their own activities. KA:LAB was open for two weeks.

Concept: Mikko Niemistö, Annika Niskanen and Johannes Vartola
Working group: Mikko Haapoja, Mikko Niemistö, Annika Niskanen and Johannes Vartola

Supported by The Ministry of Education and Culture, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland.

Kalasataman Taidetalkoot is a community and urban art project by ESKUS – Performance Center which focuses on the new Kalasatama district next to ESKUS. The district will be under construction until the year 2035. The project is led by Mikko Niemistö and community/urban artist Annika Niskanen.

In the ”Kalasataman Taidetalkoot” project encounters are built between the citizens, pub- lic space is taken over and creative solutions are invented to enrich the city culturally.

Kalasataman taidetalkoot is supported by The Ministry of Education and Culture, The Arts Promotion Centre Finland and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland

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