What is it like to swim among a pod of dolphins?

Thu 7.10. Time 8.00 - Sun 31.10.2021 Time 20.00

Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4

Helsinki

The Kuutio space at Central Library Oodi will feature Toisen nahoissa. Syväluotaus – millaista on uida delfiiniparven keskellä? (‘In Someone Else’s Skin. Deep Sounding – What Is It Like to Swim Among a Pod of Dolphins?, 2021) an interactive animation work by Leena Pukki and Karoliina Paappa.

Senses and animation

“Deep sounding is about dolphins and their sense of echolocation. The work seeks to translate a dolphin’s experience into a format that is perceivable and understandable to a human viewer. It is an immersive art experience designed to increase empathy,” say Leena Pukki and Karoliina Paappa. Part of the Ääreen project and supported by AVEK, the work will be on show 7–31 October on two walls of the Kuutio space. The animation is accompanied by an echolocation soundscape that can be felt physically in the body.

increase empathy,” say Leena Pukki and Karoliina Paappa.

The work is animated by Minna Salminen and implemented by Zach Laster. Sound design is by Toni Teivaala.

Leena Pukki and Karoliina Paappa have been working together since 2008. The overarching topic of their media artworks is the senses of animals. through which they explore empathy and the limits human senses. It is possible to understand how ultrasound works, even if we cannot hear it. Ultrasound helps dolphins know how dense an object is and what kind of material it consists of. Ultrasound rebounds differently from a stone than from another dolphin. If we asked a dolphin, how would it describe its environment?

Leena Pukki (b. 1984) is a visual artist interested in cultural hegemonies, interspecies relations, history, utopias, emotions and power relations. Her techniques range from media art to large-scale murals and installations. Pukki graduated from the MFA programme at the Aalto University School of Arts and Design in 2015 and from the Lahti Institute of Art in 2007.

Karoliina Paappa [b. 1983] is a visual artist specialising in photography and installation. She graduated as a visual artist from the Tampere University of Applied Sciences in 2012. In her work, Paappa explores the social and cultural conventions that affect the individual and society. She is interested in performative acts as a research method and their application as a healing method in filming situations.

Animations from Ääreen project take over Oodi

Ääreen – Documentary in Animation brings animations on all screens in Central Library Oodi. All through October, screens in the Oodi lobby will be transformed into an animation exhibition featuring works by the Finnish Animation Guild and by animation students of Aalto University.

Curated by the Finnish Animation Guild, the show spotlights the wide range and expressive power of animation. The short, silent animations cover a wide range of topics, from everyday events to pressing social issues. The artists come from different corners of the art world, which is reflected in their approach and the techniques they use.

Aalto University’s energetic compilation showcases extracts from the work of MA major and minor students in university’s animation programme. The versatile and cleverly edited loop rests on visuality and experimentation.

More about Ääreen programme, discussions, lectures and screening here.

In brief

Ääreen is a project that showcases Finnish and international interactive, documentary animations. Running throughout October, the programme consists of exhibitions, screenings, discussions and interviews that bring together experts from a broad range of disciplines and offer multidisciplinary experiences for the public.

The project is a joint effort by Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Oodi Central Library, Finnish Animation Guild, Turku Animated Film Festival, Artists’ Association MUU, Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Aalto University, Danish ANIDOX forum, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI and the Finnish Documentary Guild.

More info

Annika Dahlsten
Regional artist, Arts Promotion Centre Finland
annika.dahlsten(a)taike.fi, tel. 02 9533 0907

Sanna Huttunen
Special librarian, Oodi Central Library
sanna.m.huttunen(a)hel.fi, tel. 040 186 3042

Main organiser: Central Library Oodi and Arts Promotion Centre Taike

Partners: Finnish Animation Guild, Turku Animated Film Festival, Artists’ Association MUU, Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Aalto University, Danish ANIDOX forum, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI and the Finnish Documentary Guild

dolphin in a sea
Leena Pukki & Karoliina Paappa: Toisen nahoissa. Syväluotaus – millaista on uida delfiiniparven keskellä?”, 2021.