Welcome to Helsinki! During Helsinki Festival, the busiest entrances into the city will transform into shared art experiences.

ENTER HELSINKI brings new ambient art works utilising light and sound to the Central Railway Station, Helsinki Airport and the West Terminal. At the same time, these funnels of human flows turn into experiential spaces that beckon you to stop and take a break from your everyday life.

The first featured artists in this multiannual programme are three duos combining different art genres. Utilising sound and image in several ways, these works challenge you to ponder the themes of arriving, leaving, waiting and free mobility from a new perspective.

Jon Hopkins & Ville Hyvönen

Helsinki Central Railway Station

Jon Hopkins and Ville Hyvönen have created a work combining electronic ambient music and luminary elements, which react to the trains arriving at the Helsinki Central Railway Station. The lights bright the quay and adjust according to the amount of sunlight.

One of the most acclaimed electronic music artists and producers of his generation, Jon Hopkins has worked with Imogen Heap, Brian Eno, Coldplay and London Grammar, among others. Hopkins’ latest projects include, for example, the music for the stage version of Hamlet, starring Benedict Cumberbatch. A two-time Mercury Prize nominee, Hopkins also received a Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronic Album in 2018 for the album Singularity.

Ville Hyvönen is an audiovisual designer, producer and cinematographer working in film, theatre, media and installations. Hyvönen has worked extensively in film and as designer for the works of the Kristian Smeds Ensemble.

Meeri Koutaniemi & Sami Yaffa: Enter Me

Helsinki Airport (tunnel to railway station)

Meeri Koutaniemi and Sami Yaffa present their work uniting photography, instrumental rhythm music and dance captured in a video. The multidimensional artwork studies interaction, presence and the dynamics of coincidental encounters. The work invites to surrender to the indefinite experience of dance and welcomes passengers to Helsinki in a free and curious mind set.

Meeri Koutaniemi is a photographer, journalist and documentarist who was born in Kuusamo. Koutaniemi’s work has focused on human rights and identity issues. She has worked as a photographer and journalist in over 50 countries and filmed documentaries in several countries. Koutaniemi was selected as the Photographer of the Year in Finland in 2012 and 2013.

Sami Yaffa gained fame as a member of Pelle Miljoona Oy, Hanoi Rocks in the 1980s, Jetboy, Demolition 23 and New York Dolls in the 2000s. Yaffa’s world music travel series Sound Tracker received two Golden Venla awards.

Timo Kaukolampi, Jenni Pystynen

West Terminal T2

Timo Kaukolampi and Jenni Pystynen bring a new artwork respecting the vast space of the departure hall and its view to the horizon, reflecting the ocean’s immensity and age-old silence. Silent Sea consists of rhythm music soundscape as well as an installation with mobile and light reflecting parts, which move lightly with the flow of air like a wave in the sea.

Timo Kaukolampi is a musician, producer and experimenter from Helsinki, whose music consists of electronic elements with organic instruments and human voices. Kaukolampi’s music aims to be timeless, but is still firmly rooted in the past, the present and the future. His debut solo album 1, released in 2017, took a turn towards film music, ambient and minimalism. The inspiration for the album came from the emptiness found between notes and sounds.

Jenni Pystynen is a lighting designer working with light in different contexts from architecture to performing arts and installations. Pystynen is interested in the metaphysical dimension of light and considers the northern daylight and its ever-changing nature her greatest source of inspiration. She wants to create strong images and influence the viewer’s emotional and spatial experience with light.


Jon Hopkins’ image (c) Eoin Varey

Thu 15.8. – Sun 1.9.