Shopping Mall Investigations

Blog and artistic research
In collaboration with Miina Pohjolainen
2020-
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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