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Discovering Helsinki: Mothership of Work

In the first post of my new series, Discovering Helsinki, I’m introducing you to Mothership of Work, also known as MoW, which is a red brick building from the 50s in Punavuori, pretty much in the center of Helsinki, that rents out office space for businesses. MoW describes itself as a “coworking hub for creative pros”. They provide work spaces but also arrange events, which is how I found out about it in the first place. In my previous job, we had a special day arranged at MoW, and below is a little taste of what we got to enjoy during the course of the day.

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They organized presentations by experts in robotics, artificial intelligence, and more (how COOL is that!) for us, but we also got a tour of the building and did group work (which reminded me of school… in a good way).

I was most drawn to the casual, creative vibe of the place: graffiti on the walls, couches everywhere – yes, please! Sound-proof booths for making phone calls – HECK YEAH! I even spotted a popcorn machine in the kitchen area. I would assume that the sharing the building with lots of different professionals is also a great way to network if you’re into that sort of thing. MoW has six floors including restaurant and bar Publik, a sauna and an inner courtyard, so there is plenty of space for everyone.

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During the breaks between presentations and other program, we tried on virtual reality goggles (while the roller coaster was kind of cool, I’d still rather pay for an amusement park ticket) and watched a mini version of the statue of David being 3D printed.

Mothership of Work seems like a great way to have a work space in the center of town without having to shell out money for a big office. The Mothership opened in 2016 but now they have also a new space, MOW Stargate, which opened in Ruoholahti last year.

Have you discovered any new, exciting places in your home town?

Kiasma: Contemporary Art Fall -16

Kiasma, a contemporary art museum in the center of Helsinki, had one of its open days a few weeks ago. I decided to pop by to see the current exhibitions after work.

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Above you can see one of my favorite pieces from the various exhibitions at Kiasma. Petri Ala-Maunus‘s piece Hinterland is just so vibrant and intricate. Just looking at it makes me feel like I’m being swallowed up by a wave of taken to the skies by the blowing wind. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Above on the right there are two very fascinating installations from a British artist Mona Hatoum. She was born in Beirut to Palestinian parents and her work deals with the conflict and contradictions in the world that surrounds us. Apparently this is her first solo exhibition in Finland and so it presented a huge range of works all the way from the late 70s. Hatoum’s pieces include videos, photography, installations, sculptures, and more. I loved the installations, which somehow felt very threatening even thought most of the items were perfectly ordinary. Definitely worth visiting if you have the chance!

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On the top left, you can see a piece from Meeri Koutaniemi‘s installation for After the Turmoil exhibition (by Meeri Koutaniemi and Arman Alizad). The exhibition as a whole is about survival and particularly. The exhibition featured photos of girls who had gone through female circumcision. Though disturbing, the topic is an important one and I’m so glad I saw the collection.

On the bottom right, there is a nice counter-balance to the dark and oppressive pieces I saw. Kaarina Haka‘s installation is  all about colorful fabrics and stuffed animals. I also loved how the piece was in front of a window where light could hit it. I made me think of Japan and candy and all things happy and colorful.

All in all, I’d say that the exhibitions currently in Kiasma are of great variety. There’s a bit of everything but nothing feels out of place. Big installations are everywhere, which I love. I like being able to walk around the pieces, maybe even through them, and seeing them from every angle.

When is the last time you went to see art?