Summer 2010: Kalasataman Konttiaukio + Helsinki Public School

posted: May 31, 2010 06:54
As mentioned in the previous post, Part Oy has offered Helsinki Public School a shipping container to use for classes + events to be housed at the new Kalasatama development.
 
Grey_plan

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There will be 9 containers arranged about halfway up the western side of the harbour (where #4 is marked on the map).  Besides us, there will be Dodo, two theatre groups, Kuvataideakatamia, Suomen Merimieskirkko and possibly some others.  The opening event will be on 12.6, Helsingin Päivä.
 
Konttimap


Container #4 on this map will be the Public School's.  We haven't actually gotten the container yet, so I don't know exactly what the facilities will be like, but we will have an electricity hookup.  There's been talk of installing solar panels and the self-generating electrical system used in the Self-Sustainable Party Container from the Pixelache/Ptarmigan Art and Sustainability workshop -- and we've already proposed a Public School class to expand those facilities.
 

The triangular space outside of where the containers are arranged, dubbed Konttiaukio, will likely be a place for meetings, performances, and social activities throughout the summer. We'll have some things going on there (or in the containers themselves) on the 12th --  Dodo and Public School Helsinki are planning to finally get the long-planned Bicycle Maintenance class happening that day, possibly in two sessions (basic maintenance and advanced tuneups).  The Dinosaur Drawing group will also be holding at least one session, also as a Public School class, though instead of the freeform approach before, there will be some more focused exercises.  I believe some theatre pieces will be taking place around Konttiaukio as well. And beyond our little slice of Kalasatama, there will be other Helsingin Päivä festivities - bicycle joust competitions, a human chessboard, etc.

The next day, 13.6, the Friend_Ship project (a traveling performance boat featuring my partner, Tara Pattenden) will dock at Kalasatama and perform in the Konttiaukio space at 19:00.
 
 
 Kalasatamamap

In addition to Konttiaukio, there will be a lot of other things happening around the harbour over the next 25 years!  A public beach is being constructed, Dodo is organising some community gardens on the southern tip, there is talk of an ethnic restaurant cooperative opening up, and rumours of a floating sauna.  (Larger size scan of plan


As Ptarmigan's schedule has slowed down a bit for the summer, I'm planning to focus my attention on this space, so look here for announcements of classes, programmes, and other events occuring at Kalasataman Konttiaukio.