Sampling of the photos from storage building Venetsia of the old Lapinlahti mental hospital:

Taidetapahtuma – Art Event
Lapinlahden Venetsiassa 22.8.-3.9.2017
Lapinlahdenkatu 1, 00180 Helsinki

Lähienergia – Local Energy on taidetapahtuma, jossa taiteilijat etsivät vaihtoehtoisia tapoja tarkastella energiaa. Lapinlahden Venetsia-rakennukseen ja puistoon levittäytyvässä tapahtumassa nähdään pienenerginen kuvataidenäyttely, pohditaan paikan kokemista ja kehon energiaa taiteilijoiden vetämillä retkillä ja koetaan hiilijalanjäljeltään vähäenergisiä esityksiä, joissa yleisö voi osallistua teoksen tuottamiseen. Keskustelutilaisuuksissa tarkastellaan energiaa empatian, psyyken ja taiteen tekemisen näkökulmista. (translation to english in process, check the programme)


Thu Aug 24, 12 am-10 pm

PIENENERGIA art exhibition

Art works by Antti Maasalo, Egle Oddo, Kristina Sedlerova and Justin Tyler Tate.

Ajatus archive (Archive of Thoughts).

Compiled by Marjatta Oja.

* Venetsia building, 1st floor, 12am-10 pm.


Artists and scholars will tackle the topic of energy from various angles, from those of emphaty, psyche and art making. The language of the panel is Finnish.

1.00 pm – Lapinlahden Lähde

1.15 pm – Introductions

Petri Ruikka, Mari Keski-Korsu and Maarit Laihonen: Regenerative Notes – Reflecting and Developing Empathetic Practices in Post-Fossil World

Riikka Stewen and Mikko Salmela: Psyche and Energy

Hanna Johansson and visual artist Katarina Reuter: Everyday energy need

3.30 pm – Coffee break & Performance “Ark of Seeds – Arboretum Corporis” by Egle Oddo

4.30 pm – Panel discussion, moderated by Hanna Johansson.

* Venetsia building, 2nd floor, 1 pm-6 pm.


The artists transport two spectators at a time in a mobile pinhole camera (camera obscura) attached to a moving bike. The landscape of the route is projected for the spectators to view in 3D and in color, without using any electricity.

* Departures in front of Venetsia building, 6 pm-10 pm


What does the annual consummation of electricity in a flat in Helsinki sound like? In a sound artwork commissioned by Local Energy art event, musicians interpret the consummation graphics of electrical energy and produce four variations of them with the least possible energy. The live performance takes its final form in collaboration with the audience.

Seppo Kantonen, oration, walking, iPad

Arttu Partinen, cassette deck and effects

Liisa Nassir Tolonen, production

* Performances at 6.30 pm & 8.30 pm (duration 50 min)

Free admission to all events – Welcome!

Organised by Local Energy workgroup.

Supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and City of Helsinki.

In partnership with Lapinlahden Lähde.



Sampling of the photos 2013 from Staffas and 2015 from Galleri Jangva:

Art and Energy at the Staffas Gallery in Porvoo

Warmly welcome to the opening of the Solargenerator exhibition on Sunday 30.6.2013 at 14.00 and to the Solarpanel discussion on Sturday 29.6.2013 at 16.00-19:30!

The Solargenerator exhibition

The Solargenrator exhibition will open in the Staffas manor and its park on Monday 1.7. In the exhibition works relating to renewable energy, experimental technology and innovative ways of using these will be shown.

The starting point for the exhibition is our observation that artists often use technology in an imaginative or wrong way. This means that they by mistake sometimes come upon new uses for appliances, which were originally meant for something completely different. Artists also create alongside the mainstream or in the margins ways of doing things and come up with technological, social and ecological suggestions.

The core of the exihibiton is a large body of sun-related works by emeritus professor Lauri Anttila. These are shown on the upper floor of the Staffas Gallery. One of the starting points for Anttilas exhibition is Games with the Sun’s rays (Leikkejä Auringon säteillä) which was originally shown in the Jugendhall in Helsinki in 1991. For the Solargenerator exhibition Anttila has created a replica of this with variations. Also other conceptual works by Anttila related to the magic and physical power of the sun using different methods and media are shown. The earliest of these is the photo series The Power of the Sun (Auringon voima)from 1971, with pictures taken at the Helsinki Botanical Gardens. The newest work 9 Pictures of the Sun (9 kuvaa auringosta) is from this year.

The artists and designers of the exhibition are:

Lauri Anttila, Niran Baibulat, Anders Bergman, Petri Eskelinen, Päivi Jääskeläinen, Asko Keränen, Isa Kukkapuro & Henrik Enbom, Antti Maasalo, Tuula Närhinen, Marjatta Oja, Paula Salmela, Nestori Syrjälä and Marianna Uutinen.

The exhibition is open 1.-31.7.2013 tue-sun 11:00 – 18:00.

The Solarpanel discussion

Before the exhibition is opened there will be a discussion related to its themes on Saturday 29.6.2013 at 16:00. The purpose is to start a conversation on among others geological time, the technologies of seeing and possibilities of co-operation between alternative energy and art. The discussion will be started by the philosopher Antti Salminen, who will speak on the topic: Back to the Sun – the meaning of the end of oil and by the art historian and one of the curators of the exhibition Hanna Johansson, who will speak about heliofilic art. After these opening statements the discussion will continue as a panel.

On Sunday 7.7.2013 between 12:00 – 15:00 a workshop on Solar cookers will be organized in the Staffas Gallery. The workshop is lead by Taina Maikola, from Technology for life (Tekniikka elämää palvelemaan)(


More information from the curators and the websites:

Hanna Johansson (planning, curator)

Marjatta Oja (planning, curator)

Kirsi Reinola (production, documentation)

Paula Salmela (planning, curator)


Contacts to Staffas:

The texts, press pictures and CV’s of the artists can be found at: