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Since 1998 I've been a teacher at Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki. I also lecture and run workshops in other art schools as a guest teacher (check CV for a full list).


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The workshop I held at the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, in 2005 was inspired by Andrei Tarkovski's film Stalker. The themes of the workshop were oblivion and disappearance, but also transformation and renewal as well as the importance of oblivion. The initial assumption was that the world outside the normative and rational order may prove to be poetic, sensitive and vulnerable, an open-ended dreamlike reality. During one week, we rented a minibus, by which we visited various locations corresponding to that description. These locations were chosen together with the students. Each person acted as a guide in his/her turn. These locations were situated mainly in Helsinki, yet in between 'normal' routes and neighborhoods so that one could not have found them without the advance information on their existence.

The workshop made its way to certain marginal zones of disorder, which, although located in the middle of or near to the bustling urban milieu, were like hiding places from the ordered and controlled reality surrounding them. These locations we looked for were characterized by their aura of mystery and feelings of devastation, danger, decay, disarray, deterioration, decomposition and destruction. We visited abandoned buildings, a discarded railway tunnel, wastelands and bridge beddings.

The workshop aimed at giving the students a view of the reality outside the Academy of Fine Arts, the context of art and even the rational society, and establishing an unprejudiced relation with this supposed otherness. The ultimate goal was to grasp the rational reality and its 'otherness' as the inseparable whole.

A series of photos of the locations visited during the workshop was taken by Anton Wiraeus, the student of the Department of Time and Space at the Academy of Fine Arts.

(c)Timo Heino