Radio workshop for young people
The collaboration project 2016 between IHME and the City of Helsinki Youth Department is Mitä kuuluu+ (Hear and There+) radio workshop, which brings together various ways that young people who have moved to Eastern Helsinki, and their parents, experience city soundscapes. The workshop will record memories of the sounds of the families’ original towns and cities, along with the current soundscape of Eastern Helsinki. These experiences will be collected in interviews conducted among people’s families and in local youth centres. From the interviews brief audio dramas will be created and listened to at communal events. These ‘hearings’ will prepare the public for what the city will sound like in the future. The focus will be on families who come from surroundings imbued with Islamic culture. Work began at the end of the year 2015 and continues in 2016.
The concept for Mitä kuuluu+ (Hear and There+) was devised by multidisciplinary visual artist Eero Yli-Vakkuri (b. 1981), who also runs 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.