Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen. Photo: Dora Dalila

Tellervo Kalleinen (b. 1975, Lohja, Finland) and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen (b. 1971, Dresden, Germany) are contemporary artists living in Helsinki. They began their collaboration in 2003 by organizing the world's first Summit of Micronations (Artists' Association MUU / Amorph!03 Festival). They also belong to the artist groups YKON and The Speech Karaoke Action Group. Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen work with various media, such as film, performance and games. Their works study society, utopias and humanity from the viewpoint of individuals. They have presented their works worldwide in exhibitions such as the Mori Art Museum (Tokio), Shanghai 21st Century Minsheng Museum (Shanghai), P.S.1 (New York),  Shedhalle (Zürich), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Hamburg Kunsthalle (Hampuri), KUMU (Tallinna), KIASMA (Helsinki), S.M.A.K. (Gent) and Ars Electronica Center (Linz). In 2012, they received the AVEK Award and, in 2014, the Ars Fennica Award.

Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen: The Library of Influential Books,
2015, installation (photo: Timo Nieminen).

The Library of Influential Books

During 2015, we shall visit a hundred people that represent a statistical sample of the Finnish population. We will ask them a lot of questions, one of them being: ”Which book has greatly influenced your thinking?” We will compile these books into a little library and invite the audience to spend time in it.

Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen's The Library of Influential Books
at Mänttä Art Festival (photos: Timo Nieminen).

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