”We are Helsinki Biennale. Do not mix us with that new kid on the block with lousy spelling.”
Helsinki Biennale is an independent art organization based on collaboration between different artists. We operate on the border zone of art, design, technology, big dada, and random data.
If it sounds naive, that's what we are! We aim to bring new ideas and exciting people together without commercial goals or predetermined forms. For more than 15 years, this vision has created new ideas, interfaces, arrangements of cooperation and activity, working methods, and other good stuff.
In 2006 we did the exhibition in Myymälä2 gallery. The exhibition's theme was pop-up studios (in Finnish: työhuoneet) and temporary spaces. The show ended up being the most visited exhibition in the legendary Myymälä2 gallery's history.
Helsinki Biennale 2008 was our last public exhibition so far. It was a World Fair. We secretly built pavilions and all that shit in the cellar of Design Museum Helsinki. Our World Fair included 150 artists' works worldwide, and the result was noisy, magnificent, and blurred reality. 25.340 persons visited the exhibition! To be honest: here in Finland, it is a shit lot of people, especially as I organized the exhibition without any budget. People loved the exhibition, and we got embracing feedback from the media, the audience, and the artists involved from all around the world.
Helsinki Biennale 2008 was our last publicly presented exhibition so far, but we have continued working with super interesting arrangements and conceptual art all these years. So if you think we have just been sipping margaritas on the beach, you are wrong! Or let me put it this way: If sleep is the new black, Helsinki Biennale has been shining all white since day one! We have been building a secret. A big secret, and soon the whole world will hear about it."
Head of Helsinki Biennale