Based on the discussion in the two grower meetings, Airikka drew up the following proposal for the application for a WDC 2012 initiative.
Edible Arabianranta is a plan thought up by the residents of the area, which unites urban agriculture and environmental art to form common living rooms for the residents.
There is an oasis in a lush park by a stream. A few city residents are looking after their plants. Summer squashes seem to yield a particularly good harvest this year. Read more
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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My House Arabianranta is an open event that takes place in August/September 2012. In the event, we invite the architects and artists of five buildings to the penthouse club rooms of those buildings to tell about the guiding principles, requirements and dreams that guided the planning/designing work. We hope to find a couple of residents from each of these buildings, who would like to open their flat to the public for one day. Enrol your building to the event now! The enrolment ends 4.2.2012. We would very much like to have participating buildings that represent different forms of housing. 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
Taneli the producer smiles broadly in our meeting. He has a good reason to, because at the moment he’s our hero. He conquered Hämeentie.
Hämeentie is a street nearby. In previous years, the street festival has sprawled on both sides of the street, and this year too we’ve made plans to place programme and show venues to the community centre Kääntöpaikka, Galleriakäytävä, Comics Centre and the yards of Toukola area single-family houses. And now, according to the most recent news, also on Hämeentie.
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.
Matti Lahtinen, a Metropolia student, is adding the finishing touches to his creation, the virtual Design Dog Park. The idea is to enable people to enhance their experience in the dog park with the mobile application that also includes all the design elements. Also, as a kind of “by-product”, a browser-based 3D model has been created, which means that you can visit the place on-line where ever you are. The browser version is already in operation.
After being in touch with a whole lot of people, we are slowly reaching a clearer view of the participating venues. It also looks likely, that the event will take place during Helsinki Design Week (10.–16.9.2012).
As was intended, different forms of housing are represented in the event. There are homes rented from the city and other parties, there are owner-occupied flats, new flats and older ones… In fact, not all of the participating buildings and gardens are yet complete!
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
Mari Andersson ja Azar Saiyar deconstructed the Artova Kino concept into bite-size entities in Artova Film Festival (AFF) mini seminar 7.9.2012 (see the video in this post). They told about the joys and challenges of running a movie club that has established itself in the Helsinki movie scene. They also told about funding, facilities, hunting down rights to films, film traffic, motivation, ambition and the magic of the moving picture.
Translation by Pigasus Translations.