Spaces – DIY Music Venues in Helsinki
Date and time13.11.2020 – 29.8.2021
In these places, people have come to rock and rave, drink and party, create art, meet each other around music and grow into adults. The exhibition presents venues such as Konttiaukio, Oranssi, Vadelma, Vuoritalo, Siperia, Studio Là-bas, Kääntöpöytä and Omenapuutalo.
Permanent or genuinely dedicated facilities for independent music performance venues and related subcultures have been rare in Helsinki in the 2000s. However, dedicated and enthusiastic activists have occasionally been able to create places that determine their own activities and enable music to thrive on its own terms. The activities have been significant to the organisers and participants themselves, as well as the diversity of urban culture at large.
The Spaces exhibition is based on an open material and memory collection project carried out in 2019. The materials and memories presented in the exhibition were collected from a large group of activists involved in the operations of the venues. The exhibition showcases a variety of non-commercial facilities that were highlighted in the project survey.
The exhibition is dedicated to everyone keeping the facilities alive.
Exhibition image: Vadelma. Image: Yehia Eweis / Helsinki City Museum
Image: Yehia Eweis / Helsingin kaupunginmuseo