Blog and artistic research
In collaboration with Miina Pohjolainen
The project deals with Helsinki’s suburbian shopping centers built in the 1950s and 1960s, many of which are now threatened by either complete or partial demolition. The malls thus represent a vanishing cityscape and culture. During this fracture between the past and the future the worn out malls are used for many kinds of small scale, alternative, commercial and non-commercial social activities. The project aims to document these activities from a micro perspective as well as to analyse the lifespan of the malls in the context of a larger social and economic change.
The blog functions as an archive of the shared research and as a platform for making notes. It is a work in process and is updated in Finnish. Between 2021 and 2022 the project will continue in forms of a seminar, performance art event and a publication, located in an old shopping mall.