Calligraphy & Onomatopoeics - workshop day by Mari Mäkiö

One day Calligraphy & Onomatopoeics - workshop day organised together with calligraphy artist Yukina Yamamoto January 2019. The day consisted of traditional calligraphy workshop, onomatopoeic sound & painting worshop and a performance combining onomatopoeic sounds & Yamamoto’s calligraphy.

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Tutkimushuone / Research Room by Mari Mäkiö

Tutkimushuone (Research Room) -project was site-specific artistic research project taking place at the former Lapinlahti mental hospital in Helsinki during October-November 2018. Group of artists, curators and a researcher settled in to the hospital with the aim to investigate, think and explore the place collectively. We invited experts from various fields as well as the public to discuss and contemplate with us. We reflected how presumptions of healing and curing influence the ideas and technologies created to achieve them at different times in history.

Tutkimushuone functioned hereby as a platform to explore possibilities of creating significance through artistic research as well as to examine existing interpretations and perceptions of Lapinlahti hospital and its history as an environment, which was built with the aim to construct a place that is healing in itself.

Tutkimushuone project group comprises of the artists’ participation of Harrie Liveart, Mari Mäkiö and Ninni Wager as well as of the researcher and writer Maija Kerko and the curators Julia Kartesalo and Anna-Kaisa Koski.

At the end of the project a performative walking tour open to the public was organized, where researcher Maija Kerko guided the participants along the physical and mental borders of the place together with interventions from each of the artist.

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Images from the walking tour (photos by Ikko Alaska)

Images from the walking tour (photos by Ikko Alaska)

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Mäkiö’s listening station in a hill where hospitals summer celebrations took place which is now located next to a highway. Together with sound designer Jyri Pirinen alternative sounscape for this spesific place was created referring to possible pasts, futures and utopias connected to the hospital area. (photos by Ikko Alaska)

Mäkiö’s listening station in a hill where hospitals summer celebrations took place which is now located next to a highway. Together with sound designer Jyri Pirinen alternative sounscape for this spesific place was created referring to possible pasts, futures and utopias connected to the hospital area. (photos by Ikko Alaska)

Kaarela 2100 by Mari Mäkiö

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Kaarela 2100

What would a 3D printer creating synthetic burgers sound like? How about a virtual trip to the Caribbean or a hyperloop-capsule that moves at a thousand kilometers an hour?

In the Kaarela 2100 project, 9th-grade students from the Apollo School’s music specialised and music elective classes were invited to imagine what Kaarela neighborhood in Helsinki would sound like in the year 2100. During the project, students explored the future together and created soundscapes. The students used techniques known from cinema sound design, such as Foley. The pupils designed, recorded and edited their own visions of the future.

The project was led by the artist Mari Mäkiö, sound designer & musician Jyri Pirinen, and the Apollo School’s music lecturer Nacera Ketroussi. The students involved in the project: Matias Jääskeläinen, Tony Kejonen, Jennifer Lomalisa, Pauli Sirén, David Kodia-Ndundu, Kristofer Kuusik, Timo Konovalov, Daniil Kravets, Hakim Laalag, Amir Timame, Jomi Papunen, Kaisla Latva-Karjanmaa and Lotta Sainio. The project was created together with The Helsinki Artists’ Association (Art-Ring project), the Apollo School, the Kannelmäki Youth Center and the Future School.

The soundscapes by the students were presented in an exhibition at Gallery Kanneltalo 06.-27.12.2018.