Workshop and Seminar in Environmental Art
1st - 12th September 2003
University of Art and Design Helsinki, Lume Media Centre
Helsinki, Kirkkonummi, Sipoo, Tuusula, Finland




Participation fees (estimated prices,
subject to change)

Advance fee to be paid by 30th June 2003 latest

Workshop and seminar 50 €
Seminar only 50 €

Seminar 200 €
Daily Admission 100 €

Fee after July 1st 2003

Workshop and seminar 75 €
Seminar only 75 €

Seminar 300 €
Daily Admission 100 €

Registration and enquiries:
Project Secretary Inka Finell
Department of Art
University of Art and Design Helsinki
Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki
Tel: +358-9-75630360
Fax: +358-9-75630577




The Environmental Art unit of the Department of Art at the University of Art and Design Helsinki will organise an event focusing on environmental art in September 2003. The event is titled Fermentation and will consist of three week-long workshops and a two-day seminar and accompanying events.

"Fermentation" alludes to the transformation taking place in areas around big city centres. All over the world such areas are losing, through the migration of population and restructuring of economic life, their agrarian character without actually growing into cities. Neither are they suburbs - their particular new identity has not yet fully emerged. Another feature of these areas is that they are used for transit from the city centre to the countryside proper. They do not invite one to stay.

These intermediate areas, squeezed between city and countryside, have not attracted the interest of artists. Artists have traditionally preferred the city or the wilderness as a site for their art works and happenings. Fermentation is looking for means offered by environmental art to deal with these rapidly changing, emergent intermediate areas. The seminar will also discuss fermentation as a metaphor and how well it describes other contemporary issues, such as the fusion of mass media and the encounter of different languages and cultures.

Fermentation is meant for artists interested in environmental art as well as environmental planners, designers, researchers, administrators and students. The aim is to further the interaction of these different groups particularly through art. Can art function as a stimulus of environmental discourse and as an instrument of environmental design and reshaping?

The workshops will take place during 1st - 10th September 2003. Their languages will be English and Finnish. A maximum of 15 participants per workshop will be accepted and each workshop will produce one collaborative artwork. The workshops are open to both Finnish and foreign students.

The seminar will take place during 11th and 12th September 2003 in the Sampo-auditorium of the Lume Media Centre at Hämeentie 135C, Helsinki. The seminar will be conducted in English and Finnish.

It is possible to participate separately in either the workshops or the seminar. The workshops are meant only for students, but their results will be exhibited to the seminar participants.

Advance registration to be made to Project Secretary Inka Finell at the address above - or here. It is also possible to register for the seminar daily during the workshops. Final date for workshop registration is June 27th 2003.


Markku Hakuri
Professor of Environmental Art
Ossi Naukkarinen
Head of Research
Laura Uimonen
Research Assistant
Inka Finell
Project Secretary