At this point, it’s clear that we can use the empty plot for cultivation in the summer of 2011. We would have liked to start this year, but no can do. It’s ok, though, the future looks bright, and everything has went so well that you wouldn’t believe. At least I wouldn’t, true to my Finnish brand of scepticism.
The Arabianranta art co-ordinator, Tuula Isohanni from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, has taken the project under her wing. She has managed to achieve progress both with the city and with the School of Arts. The project now has the support of the city, and the planning will start at the department of environmental art sometime in the autumn. The application for a WDC initiative has been handed in, and it’s realistic to expect that it will pass and that financial support would come from that quarter.
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Airikka met with the art school students today to communicate the wishes residents have for the cultivated work of art. The wishes put forward by the residents were to have areas of all sizes for cultivating, a place for hanging out, a box with a lock for tools and a compost bin. The residents were also hoping that the artwork would become a monument of Arabianranta. Read more
The active participants of the dog park initiative met in a club room to discuss and assign up-coming tasks.
Sami Niiranen had been in contact with the schools of the area about the design of the park. Two students from Metropolia had been in touch. It was agreed that Sami would reply to them, find out a bit more and if they would turn out to be what we are looking for, we would meet them as soon as possible. Anna promised to put together an information packet about the project for the potential designers, and Tero promised to turn that into a brief summary.
There was some discussion over whether to introduce the working team members in the blog. Anna has prepared a template for anyone to use for their own introductions. Read more
In one autumn season we’ve managed to spread the word among the area residents pretty efficiently. Actually, the visitor count has been surprisingly high. There were almost 200 viewers in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. And a touch over 200 in the Swedish-speaking children’s animation about the little ghost called Laban. The least popular showings have had about 30 spectators.
We didn’t set out to show blockbusters, thinking that “I wish this film will bring a lot of viewers to Artova Kino”. Since there are no entrance fees, Artova Kino’s funds aren’t directly linked to the spectator counts, which is the case with commercial businesses. From the get-go, we wanted to make a name as a movie club that shows films you can rarely catch here in Finland.
We do monitor the numbers, though, and an almost full theatre or the familiar faces that come every week increase the motivation to do this. We’ve wanted that the filmoholics all around the Helsinki area would find their way to Artova Kino. Read more
Hi! My name is Minna Reinilä, and at the turn of the year I started my work trial at culture and resident house Kääntöpaikka, where I run the everyday functions and take care of PR, and at Spirit of Artova, where I’m a co-ordinator. I’m sure I’ll find out in the near future what all that means. At this point, it would seem that I’ll participate in co-ordinating Arabianranta Street Festival and join the media relations team of AFF. Writing is a dear hobby of mine, and I’m very interested in sharing in this blog how I experience working in this kind of environment.
I can’t remember everyone’s names, I can see wandering eyes and hidden yawns. We run out of chairs. There are few things that motivate less than a poorly organised meeting. That’s what we had, and more than once.
I mentioned earlier how the production of a festival is shared by a large group of people. Somewhere in our co-operation fog we decided to invite absolutely everyone to our meetings, “so that everybody is up-to-date.” A mistake. If meetings swell into large gatherings, agenda is lost somewhere along the way and conversations become long and muddled. It’s time for a reformation. From now on, only the people whose contribution is necessary in the meeting will be invited. We mistook meetings to be internal communication, but that’s not the case. The people who know what their tasks are can easily keep up by reading the bulletins that drop into their inbox.
The latest big My House Arabianranta meeting was on Saturday the 17th of March in Arabianranta library. In a brainstorming session that we had with all the participating buildings we had a first taste of dialogue between the residents, architects and artists. In the same occasion, we also put together a palette of suggestions to be used as a tool when formulating a concept for each building. Now that programs are being drafted for the participating buildings, the tips and ideas below can be useful.
Taneli did it again. A veritable feat. This time it’s about a wall. Iittala’s old paint warehouse, which is being assessed for condemnation, is right next to the festival area. Now it will be transformed into the canvas of the graffiti artist Otto Maja and the Nimi collective. The pallid yellow of the wall will turn into a giant mural! That’s insane!
“In the initial stages of the project, I had no idea I’d sit down with Iittala Group marketing crew and quote the district architect’s opinion of how tearing down the building would affect the city façade committee.”
Arabia Street Festival 2012 has been packed away for winter. The realities of my personal life required my attendance away from the event production just before the festival, and I didn’t get back until the 14th of May; just in time to help the others carry away the last things, roll up banderols and clean up Kääntöpaikka. Everything ran smoothly in my absence; there were a number of committed people making everything happen, and when I asked to hear how everybody felt about the festival, I got the impression that it had gone very well indeed. There were approximately six thousand (6000!) visitors, you could hardly move in Intiankatu, and the visitors, organisers and artists had a good time. Read more
I come from a background of working on various types of projects at Metropolia, creating websites for the school’s WebTV show, to working with Espoo City museum to create a visual interface to run with one of their exhibitions. I’ve also done a lot of experimentation with 3D graphics, and have run a small business in the virtual world of Second Life under the alias Matti Deigan. Read more