1. Speech Karaoke
You can't really tell here, but this is a black woman time-syncing one of Hitler's speeches in German:
2. Archipelago Science Fiction
Tellerko and her husband Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen were asked to do a project in the Turku Archipelago of West Finland: a group of 20,000 teensy islands, populated by Finland's Swedish-speaking minority. (Prejudices still remain between the Finnish-speaking and Swedish-speaking Finns: the latter are viewed by the former as a stuck-up upper-class.)
Tellerko: Usually we avoid working with specific communities given to us. We prefer big cities where we can do open calls. So we were really unsure about asking to go to these island communities.
This is a place where I usually don’t enjoy being an artist, because I have to convince people to take part. But in order to do participatory work, we need participants.
Tellervo: Although there are real disagreements about their opinions, science fiction is so fun that you cannot take it too seriously.
And a final project, actually about a genuine gang of crazies (I’m sorry, I’m going for poesy more than political correctness). A film created by ten mental health patients, about their surreal encounters with the mental health profession.
Strange, what ties these three projects together. Not only humour and participation and moving image/audio – but an actual fact that through them, communities are empowered to speak.