Shopping Mall Investigations

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 thus representing a vanishing cityscape and culture. During this fracture between the past and the future the worn out malls are used for many kinds of alternative, 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 as a part of a larger societal and structural 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, locating itself in a mall.


Photo: Salla Valle


Screen capture from the blog


Photo: Salla Valle