IHME School


  • IHME-teos 2016, koulujen tilausajoratikka / IHME Project 2016, a special tram for schools. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-teos 2016, koulujen tilausajoratikka / IHME Project 2016, a special tram for schools. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-teos 2016, The Entropies kouluratikassa / IHME Project 2016, The Entropies performing for school groups. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-teos 2016, koulujen tilausajoratikka / IHME Project 2016, a special tram for schools. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -radiotyöpaja / Here and There+ radio workshop ja/and Hassan Maikal. Kuva/photo: Titus Verhe/IHME

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -radiotyöpaja / Here and There+ radio workshop ja/and Eero Yli-Vakkuri, Hassan Maikal. Kuva/photo: Titus Verhe/IHME

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -radiotyöpaja / Here and There+ radio workshop. Kuva/photo: Titus Verhe/IHME

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -radiotyöpaja / Here and There+ radio workshop ja/and Hassan Maikal, Jonna Kalliomäki, Eero Yli-Vakkuri. Kuva/photo: Titus Verhe/IHME

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -ääniopaste / Hear and There+. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • Mitä kuuluu+ -kuuntelutilaisuus Itäkeskuksen nuorisotalo Kipinässä / Hear and There+ communal event at the Kipinä Youth Center. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-kouluprojekti Porolahden koulussa / IHME School Project at Porolahti School, Helsinki. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-kouluprojekti Porolahden koulussa / IHME School Project at Porolahti School, Helsinki. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-kouluprojekti Porolahden koulussa / IHME School Project at Porolahti School, Helsinki. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-kouluprojekti Porolahden koulussa / IHME School Project at Porolahti School, Helsinki. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

  • IHME-kouluprojekti Porolahden koulussa / IHME School Project at Porolahti School, Helsinki. Kuva/photo: Veikko Somerpuro

Welcome to IHME School!

The annual IHME Festival brings you face to face with contemporary art in urban public space every March/April. IHME publishes tasks for schools (in Finnish) and runs the Our IHME event for teachers in the spring. IHME School also includes extended art-education projects staged with its various partners in collaboration. Our partners 2015-2016 were City of Helsinki Education Department, Helsinki Youth Department, Aalto University’s Department of Art and The City of Helsinki Cultural Office (Annantalo).

All IHME School events and materials are free of charge. For more information, please contact Cultural Producer Katja Koskela, katja.koskela[at]ihmefestival.fi

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The Festival’s annual publications 2012-2015 also include details of IHME School events. View previous publications >

The children of Tähtitorni Day Care Centre told a story about the IHME logo. Read the story here >


Tram tours for Schools

This is one of my best art classes ever.
I got hot dancing.
In the tram art and everyday life meet, for real!

Kateřina Šedá’s IHME Project Tram Buskers’ Tour will rolled on to the Helsinki tram system on March 16 as the international performers took to their moving stage to play the first notes of a performance that ended 4 days later on the 19th. Read more about the IHME Project >

A special tram for schools operated in Helsinki on March 16, 2016. Nearly 600 pupils and teachers stepped on board, from 17 schools in different parts of the city. The teachers could also join the IHME Project with pupils in normal tram lines from Wednesday, March 16, to Saturday, March 19.

IHME Project supports phenomenon-centred learning. The themes of the Tram Buskers’ Tour were interaction and multiculturalism. The tram trip could be used as part of a lesson on e.g. art, music, geography or ethics.


Our IHME

Friday 1.4, Music Hall, Old Student House (Mannerheimintie 3, Helsinki)

Our IHME is a conversational and functional info session for teachers and art pedagogues. We shared our experiences of Tram Buskers’ Tour and learned together about making use of contemporary art in teaching.

Contemporary Arts Centre DOX’s Artistic Director-at-large Jaroslav Anděl (Prague / New York) spoke in English with a title “Can Education Save Us?”. There was also a quick look at youth projects that have been directed by artist Eero Yli -Vakkuri and Aalto University Art Education students. Other participants included members of the IHME staff, Aalto University lecturer Marja Rastas, and producer and art pedagogue Päivi Venäläinen from the Art Centre for Children and Young People, who created the IHME Tasks.

The session was in Finnish, apart from the speech by Jaroslav Anděl, which was in English. View Anděl’s lecture on festival’s YouTube channel >

See the whole programme in Finnish >

Read more about the speakers >


Radio workshop for young people

The collaboration project 2016 between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Department was Mitä kuuluu+ (Hear and There+) radio workshop, which brought together various ways that young people who have moved to Eastern Helsinki, and their parents, experience city soundscapes. The workshop recorded memories of the sounds of the families’ original towns and cities, along with the current soundscape of Eastern Helsinki. These experiences were collected in interviews conducted among people’s families and in local youth centres. From the interviews brief audio dramas were created and listened to at communal events. These ‘hearings’ prepared the public for what the city will sound like in the future. The focus was on families who come from surroundings imbued with Islamic culture.

A special radio play/guidance was made on the basis of the interviews. You can listen to this guidance at Kipinä (Stoa, Turunlinnantie 1 A, Helsinki) or at Kallahti Youth Center (Pohjavedenkatu 5, Helsinki) during normal visiting hours. IHME recommends!

The concept for Mitä kuuluu+ (Hear and There+) was devised by multidisciplinary visual artist Eero Yli-Vakkuri (b. 1981), who also run the workshop. Yli-Vakkuri is known for performances staged on the site’s own terms, conceptual-art projects, and video works that critique technology and media.

The goal of the collaboration between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Department is to get young people to take part, to create a sense of community using the means of contemporary art, and to bring out young people’s ideas and viewpoints. The project staged annually in youth centres particularly seeks to activate those young people who are not very familiar with contemporary art in advance. At its centre are the young people themselves; the work is done listening to them, in open dialogue. The threshold to participation is kept low: there is no need to sign up in advance, and people can take part in more than one project event, or just drop in.

The project leaders are artists, so that participants also get to know an art discipline from a professional standpoint. The themes of each year’s IHME Project inform the content of the Youth Centre projects. Since 2012, the following artists have worked on IHME and City of Helsinki Youth Department projects: Meiju Niskala, Otto Karvonen, Sasha Huber, Kari Cavén and Eero Yli-Vakkuri.


IHME School project

IHME School Project 2016 explored the many modes of human encounter and interaction by venturing into young people’s own everyday lives. The art workshops took the form of mutual extreme brainstorming by school pupils, teachers and visual-art-education students – How can we use visual art to explore themes relevant to young people? This communal work was then be used as a springboard for the participatory production of impressions that were hared with the public on the IHME Days 2016.

IHME’s partner in School Project 2016 was Porolahti Elementary School in Roihuvuori, Helsinki. The Project was planned and run by Master’s students on the visual-art-education course at Aalto University: Pauliina Jokela, Inga Mustakallio, Noora Sandgren, Irina Schuvaloff, Laura Wiio-von Konow and Elina Ylhäisi. Teacher-in-charge at Aalto University was Lecturer Marja Rastas.

The IHME School project is a partnership scheme begun in 2012 between IHME and Master’s degree students on the visual-art-education course at Aalto University. It is intended is to develop art-education activities in schools based on the contents of the annual IHME Project, to bring out the children’s and young people’s ideas by means of art, and to explore and make visible the interfaces between contemporary art and art education. The School project offers the students running the project the experience of planning and carrying out a pedagogic project based on contemporary art.

The IHME School project has been carried out in the following educational institutes: The European School of Helsinki, Tölö specialiseringsgymnasium, Forssa Keskuskoulu Primary School, Die Deutsche Schule Helsinki, Helsinki Diakonia College, Rauma Freinet School, Arabia Comprehensive School, North Tapiola School and Porolahti Elementary School.


Culture Courses

The Culture courses, produced by The City of Helsinki Cultural Office, are directed to the pupils of upper level comprehensive schools, secondary schools and vocational schools in Helsinki. Courses are tailored in collaboration with teachers and art and cultural institutions. In 2016 Kateřina Šedá’s IHME Project Tram Buskers’ Tour was an integral part of the course called Näyttämöitä (The Scenes) by Annantalo.