Bio / Cv

Tellervo Kalleinen is a Helsinki based contemporary artist. Working widely with different media, such as cinema, installation, performance, events and games, she constructs situations, which people are invited to join. Her artistic practice bases on creative collaboration and transformative adventures.

Duo Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen
Tellervo forms a duo with Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen – together they design and realise participatory art projects, which look playfully into different social psychological phenomena and the dialogue between individual and collective. Tellervo´s and Oliver´s collaboration started in 2003 when they organized The First Summit of Micronations in Helsinki in the role of the curators of Amorph!03-performance festival. Together they founded Complaints Choirs -concept, which has spread to more than 150 cities around the world as an open source concept. They have made several participatory cinema works:  The Making of Utopia (2006) introduces alternative living models in Australia, People in White (2011) deals with dynamics of a doctor-patient relationship in mental health care and Dreamland (2010) shows how has the president of Finland appeared in the dreams of the sleeping citizens. I love my Job invited people to direct short films about the nightmarish situations at their workplace and create a fantasy ending to the real life conflicts and in Archipelago Science Fiction local inhabitants of the Finnish archipelago imagined the future of their area in 4 short short film scenarios written and acted by the participants. In 2015 Tellervo and Oliver created an interactive video installation 101 For All, which looks beyond the opinions and statistics of a cross-section of the Finnish population. In 101 For All 100 individuals address sensitive topics in the intimacy of their own homes, and tell real life stories behind their opinions.

Artist Collectives & Music
Tellervo is a member of  YKON -collective (since 2005), a performance trio JOKAklubi (since 2009) and The Speech Karaoke Action Group (since 2010). She writes music for her band Olento Orchestral, and in 2014 she released  a vinyl under Kaukaisu -name.

Venues
Tellervo has exhibited widely all around the world. The venues include Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), P.S.1 (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Shedhalle (Zürich), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Hamburger Kunsthalle (Hamburg), KUMU Art Museum (Tallinn), KIASMA (Helsinki), S.M.A.K. (Ghent), Museo de Arte Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (Shanghai) and Ars Electronica Center (Linz). She has performed in venues such as W139 (Amsterdam), Baltic Circle Festival (Helsinki), Aterlierfrankfurt (Frankfurt), HAU2 (Berlin) and International Schillertage (Mannheim). Her film works have been shown in venues such as DocPoint (Helsinki), Hot Docs (Toronto), Rome Film Festival (Rome), MoMa (New York), Japan Media Arts Ferstival (Tokyo) and EMAF Film Festival (Osnabrück).

Awards
GRANT IN HONOUR OF THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FINNISH ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS
When graduating from The Finnish Art Academy in 2003 she won a prize with her graduation work In The Middle Of A Movie, from the Finnish Cultural Foundation.

BEST FEATURE FILM -AWARD
People in White – a film describing doctor-patient relationship in mental health care  from the subjective point of view of the patient – won a „Best feature film -award“ at Lo Spiraglio Film Fest, Rome, in 2012 .

 AVEK Media Art Award
With Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen she received the biggest Media Art Award of Finland in 2012.

FACES OF WISDOM – 2nd prize
In 2014 Tellervo and Niina Lehtonen Braun won the 2nd prize of Faces of Wisdom -film festival with their work Play This At My Funeral

ARS FENNICA
In 2014 Tellervo and Oliver received the most prestigious art award of Finland, Ars Fennica.

WILLIAM THURING PRIZE
In 2015 Finnish Art Society awarded her with their annual prize.

Publications
The First Summit of Micronations (Published by Artist Association MUU)
In The Middle Of A Movie (Published by Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art)
Lost And Found (Published by S.M.A.K.)
Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (Published by Mori Art Museum)

CV

Tellervo Kalleinen
*1975, Lohja, Finland. Lives and works in Helsinki.

education

1994 graduated from music high school, Sibelius lukio, Helsinki

1996-01
Professional acupuncture education, Helsinki, Finland

2000-01
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg, Germany
Hochschule für bildende Künste Braunschweig, Germany

1997-03
MFA, Time and Space Department, Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland

solo- and duo exhibitions

2015
101 FOR ALL
Kunsthalle Helsinki (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2012
FORMS OF PARTICIPATION
Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (with Kochta-Kalleinen and YKON)

2011
DREAMLAND – 21 dreams about a president
Mikkeli Art Museum, Mikkeli, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2010
KALLEINEN & KOCHTA-KALLEINEN
Artra Gallery, Milan, Italy (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

DREAMLAND – 21 dreams about a president
Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

COMPLAINTS CHOIR
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis, US (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2009
MAM10
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

DREAMLAND
The Studio of Art Hall / Taidehalli, Helsinki, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2008
FUTURE GAME
Taidehalli / Art Hall, Helsinki, Finland (YKON)

2007
COMPLAINTS CHOIR
Sparwasser, Berlin, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

IN THE MIDDLE OF A MOVIE
Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

COMPLAINTS CHOIR
Signal, Malmö, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2006
LOST AND FOUND
Stedelijk Museum voor actuele kunst, SMAK Ghent, Belgium
(Duo show of Kalleinen & Kochta-Kalleinen + Mika Taanila)

MICRONATIONS TRAVELLING AGENCY
Sparwasser, Berlin, Germany (YKON)

2004
IN THE MIDDLE OF A MOVIE
Studio K, KIASMA – Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

IN THE MIDDLE OF A MOVIE
Kunsthalle Lophem, Belgium

INTER I
Embassy of Finland, London, UK (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

group exhibitions (selection)

2017

JUXTABOXING NARRATIVES, ZK/U, Berlin, Germany

2016

KUMU HITS, Kumu, Tallinn, Estonia

IDENTITY, National Art Museum, Kiev, Ukraine

UTOPIAN ART FROM FINLAND, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca, US

I ALMOST SAID, Hilbertraum, Berlin and Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany (JOKAklubi)

SAMA ASIA NYKYAIKAISESTI KÄSITETTYNÄ Visavuori Museum,
Valkeakoski, Finland

2015
WHAT IS TO COME HAS ALREADY ARRIVED Musac, León, Spain

MÄNTTÄ ART FESTIVAL Mänttä, Helsinki, Finland

CANNIBAL MANIFESTO Karst, Plymouth, UK

DOINGS & KNOTS Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia

2014
ARS FENNICA 2014
KIASMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

COSMOS
Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Art Museum (with Kochta-kalleinen)

WHAT IS TO COME HAS ALREADY ARRIVED
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (with Kochta-kalleinen)

DREAMS
Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Vaasa, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

SJÄLÖ 9
Tikanojan taidekoti, Vaasa, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

TYÖN JUHLAA
Työväenmuseo Werstas, Tampere, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

SHENZEN SCULPTURE BIENNALE, China (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

PARALLAX
Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

FOAM
Project / Number, London

2013
EDINBURGH ART FESTIVAL
Edinburgh, Ireland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

SJÄHLÖ 9
Hyvinkää art museum, Hyvinkää, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

I WISH THIS WAS A SONG
Telemark Kunstnersenter, Skien, Norway (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

NEW SONGS FROM FINLAND
Suomesta -Gallery, Berlin, Germany (with Niina Lehtonen Braun)

2012
I WISH THIS WAS A SONG
Nasjonalmuseet Oslo, Norway (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

TELL IT LIKE IT IS: CANDOR IN CONTEMPORARY VIDEO ART
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, US (with Kochta- Kalleinen)

ARCTIC HYSTERIA
Centre for Photography ROPSHOTO, St Petersburg, Russia (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

PALIKKAOOPPERA
Kerava Art Museum, Kerava, Finland (with Maija Hirvanen and Kochta-Kalleinen)

CAVE ANALOGUES
Retretti, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

ALL WORDS HAVE RUN OUT
KunstRaum Goethestrasse xtd, Linz, Austria (The Speechkaraoke Action Group)

2011
MERCOSUL BIENNALE
Porto Alegre, Brazil (with Kochta-kalleinen and YKON)

MINE, YOURS, OURS
Drugo More, Rijeka, Croatia (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

CONTEMPORARY ART ARCHIPELAGO
Turku Archipelago, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2010
VOCAL THOUGHTS
Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia CASCA (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

RAISE YOUR VOICE
Ars Electronica Center, Linz, Austria (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

MADNESS AND ARTS -FESTIVAL
Haarlem, Netherlands (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED
TENT, Rotterdam, Netherlands (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2009
TIME OUT OF JOINT: RECALL AND EVOCATION IN RECENT ART
The Kitchen, NY, US (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

BLUE-COLLAR BLUES
Konstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

RICHTUNG NORDEN
Künstlervereinigung MAERZ, Linz, Austria (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

IM/POSSIBLE COMMUNITY
Shedhalle Zürich, Switzerland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

LET US BE US
Emil Filla Gallery, Ústí nad Labem, Czech Republic (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

ARCTIC HYSTERIA
Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art – Budapest, Hungary (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

HAPPY TOGETHER
Konstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia (YKON)

2008
POSSIBILITY OF CHANGE
Ålands Konstmuseum and NIPA, Mariehamn, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

HISTORY ACTS
Gothenburg Art Hall / Göteborgs Konsthall, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

COMPLAINTS CHOIRS @ MARABOUPARKEN
Marabouparken, Stockholm, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

BUSAN BIENNALE
Busan, South-Korea (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

U-TURN
Quadrennial for Contemporary Art, Copenhagen, Denmark (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

ARCTIC HYSTERIA, NEW ART FROM FINLAND
P.S.1, NY, US (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

ARS BALTICA TRIENNAL: DON´T WORRY BE CURIOUS
NGBK, Berlin, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

CONSPIRE
Transmediale, Berlin, Germany (YKON)

2007
ARS BALTICA TRIENNAL: DON´T WORRY BE CURIOUS
– Stadtgalerie Kiel, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)
– KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia (with Kochta-Kalleinen)
– Pori Art Museum, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

BIENNALE OF YOUNG ARTISTS
Tallinn, Estonia (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2006
FREMD BIN ICH EINGEZOGEN
Kunst Halle Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

ART LINK
Gothenburg Art Hall / Göteborg Kunsthall, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

SWEET PUNCH
Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zeland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

MOMENTUM
Moss, Norway (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

SINGAPORE BIENNALE
Singapore (YKON)

ARS06
Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA, Helsinki, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

NAKED LIFE
Moca Taipei, Taiwan (YKON)

SNAFU
Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany

LIAF 06
Lofoten International Art Festival, Norway (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

METAPHYSICS OF YOUTH
Pescara, Italy (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

UTOPIAS
Éigse Carlow Arts Festival 06, Ireland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

COURTISANE FESTIVAL
Arts Centre Vooruit, Belgium

BEHIND THE MASCARA
Cable Factory, Helsinki, Finland (with Annette Kelm and Ulu Braun)

FANTASTISKT FINSKT
Skulpturens Hus, Stockholm, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

EV+A
Limerick, Ireland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2005
Artspace, Sydney, Australia
(with Kochta-Kalleinen)

PIENI TAIVAS
Kunsthalle, Helsinki, Finland (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

HEAVY SNOWFLAKES-TOUR 05
– Museo de Arte De Lima, Peru
– The Lönnström Art Museum, Rauma, Finland

SILMÄN KÄÄNTÄJÄT
Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland

2004
FINLAND STATION
White Box Gallery, NY, US

Gallery Salvador Diaz, Madrid, Spain

SHAKE THE LIMITS
National Art Museum, Bucharest, Romania

BIENNALE SYD – TYRANNY OF INTIMACY
Sørlandets Art Museum, Kristiansand, Norway

HEAVY SNOWFLAKES-TOUR 04
– Museo de Arte Buenoa Aires (MAMbA), Argentina
– Capasete, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
– Ex Teresa Arte Actuel, Mexico City, Mexico

THE FIRST UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION OF MICRONATIONS
Sonarmatica, Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain

BOYS AND GIRLS
Zacheta, National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Poland (with Voukkoset)

2003
LAST HEROES
Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia

RE:PUBLIC
Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia

ANTI-FESTIVAL
Kuopio, Finland

performances & events (selection)

2016

TIME MACHINE
Westwerk, Hamburg, Germany (JOKAklubi)

BINARY NIGHTS
Mad House, Helsinki, Finland

2015

SPEECH KARAOKE
Karst, UK / Lavaklubi, Helsinki

FAMILY GOES HOMES
Private homes in Helsinki, Finland

 

2014

MANIFESTA 10 ON BOARD
St Peters -Boart / Manifesta 10 (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

HACKATHON
Nordisk Panorama, Malmö, Sweden (with Kochta-Kalleinen)
ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL
Rotterdam, Netherlands (With The Speech Karaoke Action Group)

INVESTMENT ZONE / ARCHIPEL INVEST
Urbane Kunst Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen, Germany and Jaga, Bangalore, India

COMPLAINTS CHOIRS
Khurvaleti and Shavsvebi, Georgia – Art As Foundation

BRIONI RE-MIX
Gallery  MUU galleria, Helsinki (YKON)

2013
THE SUMMIT OF PRACTICAL UTOPIAS
Brioni, Croatia (YKON in collaboration with Electra (UK) and Drugo More (CRO)

NORDWIND FESTIVAL

HAU2, Berlin and Hellerau, Dresden

FAMILY GOES HOME

Helsinki Festival, Helsinki, Finland

THE INFLUENCERS FESTIVAL

Center for Contemporary Culture of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

RECYCLING YOU
A solo performance within Walkapolis -project by Maija Hirvanen, Helsinki Festival, Finland

2012
PANik5
Kunstraum Niederoesterreich, Vienna, Austria

SPEECH KARAOKE (The Speech Karaoke Action Group)
– Kanuti Gildi Saal, Tallinn, Estonia
– Juhlaviikot, Lavaklubi, Helsinki, Finland
– KIASMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

OFF ART TALENT SHOW ZURICH
Forms of Participation -exhibition, Shedhalle, Zurich, Switzerland (JOKAklubi)

OFF ART TALENT SHOW AMSTERDAM
W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands (JOKAklubi)

TREASURE HUNT
Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland (JOKAklubi)

TREASURE HUNT
Human Nature -exhibition by Rauma Art Museum, Rauma, Finland (JOKAklubi)

IN PEACE AND ACTION
Baltic Circle – theatre festival, Helsinki, Finland (JOKAklubi)

2011
X-APARTMENTS
International Schillertage, Mannheim, Germany

THE ENDS
W139, Amsterdam, Netherlands (JOKAklubi)

OFF ART TALENT SHOW VIENNA
Fluc, Vienna, Austria (JOKAklubi)

THE ENDS
Baltic Circle, Helsinki, Finland (JOKAklubi)

OFF ART TALENT SHOW BERLIN
Westgermany, Berlin, Germany (JOKAklubi)

ISN´T EVERYTHING PART OF OUR INNER LIFE
Aterlierfrankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany (JOKAklubi)

OFF ART TALENT SHOW HELSINKI
URB -festivaali, Dubrovnik, Helsinki, Finland (JOKAklubi)

VIII ETYD FOR EVERLASTING LIFE
Reality Research Center, Helsinki, Finland (with Tuomas Laitinen)

2009
OFF ART TALENT SHOW BERLIN
General Public, Berlin, Germany (JOKAklubi)

TEATTERI.NYT-FESTIVAALI
KIASMA, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland

SUBVISION FESTIVAL
Hamburg, Germany (JOKAklubi)

2008
MES NUITS SONT PLUS BELLES QUE VOS JOURS
5th Berlin Biennale night program, Berlin, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

FRESSEN ODER FLIEGEN – ART INTO THEATRE – THEATRE INTO ART
HAU2, Berlin, Germany (with Kochta-Kalleinen)

2005
NU-Performance festival
Kanuti Gildi Saal, Tallinn, Estonia

2004
MEM-FESTIVAL FOR EXPERIMENTAL ART AND MUSIC
Bullet-club, Bilbao, Spain (Työmaa)

2002
INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL ODENSE
Odense, Denmark

TOO QUICK FOR PINOCULARS
Exhibition opening of Cosima von Bonin, Gallerie Gabriele Senn, Vienna, Austria

ARTGENDA -02
Hamburg, Germany (with Felix Kubin)

2001
MARKING THE TERRITORY
IMMA, Dublin, Ireland

GET THAT BALANCE
Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany

1998-2001
Voukkoset group (Many performances)

screenings (selection)

2014
Japan Media Arts Festival, Tokyo, Japan
EMAF, 27th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (with Niina Lehtonen Braun)
Faces of Wisdom film festival, Helsinki, Finland (with Niina Lehtonen Braun)

2013
Nitehawk Cinema, NY, US
Die Kritische Masse, 17. Internationale Schillertage Mannheim, Germany
Hailuoto Teatterifest, Hailuoto, Finland
Supermarket 2013, Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden
Kino Der Kunst, international competition, München, Germany
2. Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine
Moving Images -Art Fair, NY, US
Helsinki Shortfilm festival, Helsinki, Finland
Lens Politica, Helsinki, Finland

2012
Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Kyiv, Ukraine
EMAF, 25th European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany
2Annas – Riga International Short Film Festival – international competition, Riga, Latvia

2011
MOMA, New York, US
Doc Point -festival, Helsinki, Finland
Hot Docs -festival, Toronto, Canada
Tampere Film Festival, Finland
Rome film festival, Italy
Rendezvous with Madness -festival, Toronto, Canada
Fokus Video Art Festival, Kunsthallen Nikolaj, Copenhagen, Denmark

2010
IMPAKT -festival, Utrecht, Netherlands
4th CAIRO VIDEO FESTIVAL, Egypt
KETTUPÄIVÄT, Helsinki, Finland

2008
Unmasked, New Museum, NY

2006
Verbo 06, Sao Paolo, Brazil
October Salon, Belgrade, Serbia

2005
Gallerie Lisi Hämmerle, Bregenz, Austria
Cork Film Centre, Cork European Capital of Culture 2005, Ireland
Los Angeles Filmforum, Los Angeles, US
Urban Espresso Bar, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
rum 46, Århus, Denmark

curating

2010-11
»I am a socialist-anarchist-individual-collectivist-individualist-communist-cooperative-aristocrat-democrat.« -exhibition at Hämeenlinna Art Museum and Jyväskylä Art Museum, Finland. Concept and curating by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen.

2003
THE FIRST SUMMIT OF MICRONATIONS
Amorph!03 – performance festival, Helsinki. Concept and curating by Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen. Produced by Artist´s association MUU, Helsinki.

2000
YLIKIERROKSILLA
(Eight European artists planned and guided city tours in Helsinki). Concept and curating by Tellervo Kalleinen & Niina Lehtonen Braun. Produced by Artist´s association MUU, Helsinki.

 

teaching

In 2017 Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen share professorship at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki.