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Miroslaw Balka’s IHME Project Signals is taking place in Helsinki this week. From Thursday to Sunday, April 4–7, participants will use red flags to signal important messages in semaphore through the city’s streets. The questions they raise will then be discussed by residents and experts. The artist Miroslaw Balka will be in Helsinki to observe the progress of the project.

To find out where and when the events will take place, click on these links.

1. Communication Point Pasila and Töölö, Thursday, April 4

                            Students at Tölö specialiseringsgymnasium School will ask: What is the meaning of money? Discussing the topic will be the Director General of the Government Institute for Economic Research VATT Juhana Vartiainen and the philosopher Thomas Wallgren.


                            Skyscrapers in Keski-Pasila? A motorway through Pasila? Addressing these topics, and others, will be the Head of the Pasila project at the City of Helsinki’s City Planning Department (KSV) Timo Lepistö and urban farmer Päivi Raivio.


2. Communication Point Punavuori and Roihuvuori, Friday, April 5

                            Roihuvuori residents’ question is about services in the suburbs. They are concerned about preserving the area’s vitality.

                            Those discussing these subjects will include the managing director of Voima Magazine Tuomas Rantanen and city councillor (National Coalition Party) Lasse Männistö.

3. Communication Point Arabianranta – Toukola – Vanhakaupunki (Ar-to-va) and Malmi, Saturday, April 6

                            In Malmi the discussion will be about local identity. Artova residents will raise the issue of autonomous activities by area residents. Contributing to both discussions will be researcher Aleksi Neuvonen of Demos Helsinki.


4. Communication Point Kivinokka and Herttoniemi, Sunday, April 7

                            The question posed by Kivinokka residents is about the development of Kivinokka as a recreation area. Addressing the topic will be MPs Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto and Silvia Modig and architect Tuomas Toivonen.

                            Talking about the future of urban activism by Herttoniemi residents will be the developer of the concept of the Urban Co-operative Farm Olli Repo.


Each day of the Signals project will end with an evening programme. Free admission!

Miroslaw Balka will discuss his project with the Spanish curator Juan Vicente Aliaga on the IHME Days, on Saturday, April 13 at 14:30–16:30 in the Great Hall at the Old Student House. Do you want to interview Miroslaw Balka? Contact Paula Toppila, contact details below.


Further details and requests to interview Miroslaw Balka: IHME Contemporary Art Festival

Executive Director Paula Toppila, tel: +358 (0)45 124 0096,


District Association contacts

Kivinokka Association, Katriina Rosavaara, katriina.rosavaara(at), +358 (0)40 562 2314

Herttoniemi District Association, Hilkka Helsti, hilkka.helsti(at), +358 (0)50 358 1575

Roihuvuori District Association, Otto-Ville Mikkelä, ovmikkela(at), +358 (0)45 209 0201

Malmi District Association, Maria Laurila, laurila.m(at), +358 (0)40 583 4654

Arabianranta-Toukola-Vanhakaupunki District Association, Janne Kareinen, jannekareinen(at), +358 (0)45 631 6516, Saara Vanhala, artova.koordinaattori(at), +358 (0)44 2750180

Pasila Community House, Sonja Salomäki, sonja.salomaki(at), +358 (0)50 5163090

Rööperifest, Hanna Haavikko, marjaana.sorakunnas(at), +358 (0)50 337 4382

Tölö Specialiseringsgymnasium School, Laila Rebers-Holländer, laila.rebers-hollander(at)


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