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CULTURE IS A VERB! Kulttuurivoimala – Culture Power Station

Posted 12/2/2018

Kulttuurivoimala – Culture Power Station is a community, environmental and media art center in Oulu. During the Baltic Snow Call you can't avoid their media team and cameras: They will document the whole event from every angle of view in cooperation with OSAO – Oulu Vacational College's media students – even from the bird perspective!

Kulttuurivoimala operates widely in the cultural field, shown throughout the years through e.g. workshops, events, exhibitions, seminars, books and videos. The organization was founded in Kemi nearly 20 years ago and its operations were transferred to Oulu in 2009. Central to Kulttuurivoimala's activities and values is working and creating together. Kulttuurivoimala as a community has its tendrils reaching far beyond the Finnish borders, e.g. to Estonia, Russia, England and the United States.

Even snow sculpting is not an entirely odd concept to Kulttuurivoimala! While operating in Kemi, Kulttuurivoimala gave its own work input to the city of Kemi and its airport in the form of snow & ice sculptures. Also last winter's #Lumikaaos (snow chaos) project entwined workshops with snow sculpture, video, visual art and comics in a unique way. Project culminated in Nallikari Winter Village and was actually the start for more snow cooperation between Ikitalvi, Nallikari & us!

#LumiKAAOS snow sculpting workshop at Nallikari Winter Village. Photo by Sami Hänninen 2017.#LumiKAAOS snow sculpting workshop at Nallikari Winter Village. Photo by Sami Hänninen 2017.

Kulttuurivoimala's operations include the media workshop Mediapaja, currently involving nearly 10 people in its productions. Mediapaja functions widely on the media sector, but the strongest focus is on video and photography. Kulttuurivoimala's Mediapaja assembled the BSC media team in charge of the documentation of the Baltic Snow Call event. The media team cooperates with OSAO (Oulu Vocational College) and of course the BSC organisation.

Professor Lonnie Graham and Sami Hänninen at Lonnie's Our future past -exhibition in Muhu, Estonia. Photo by Kari Lunnas.Professor Lonnie Graham and Sami Hänninen at Lonnie's Our future past -exhibition in Muhu, Estonia. Photo by Kari Lunnas.The BSC media team is led by Sami Hänninen, who doubles as the boss of Mediapaja and is one kind of MacGyver on the media fields. Sami has worked together with Ikitalvi also before e.g. last winter when he worked as one of the cameramen and the editor for the Ikitalvi SnowSymposium event's video. Sami's right hand in the BSC media team is Petteri Heikkinen. This efficient pair has worked together throughout the years in multiple productions ranging from documentaries to promotional videos. Also Anna (known as an Art Director of Baltic Snow Call) is involved in Kulttuurivoimala and has been working with these great guys in many projects!

Petteri & Sami filming Klovni Sebastian for Toisin silmin -document. Photo by Sanna-Maija Karjalainen.Petteri & Sami filming Klovni Sebastian for Toisin silmin -document. Photo by Sanna-Maija Karjalainen.
See you very soon – through and without the lens!

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