Photo: Uupi Tirronen

Helsinki Winter Garden turns into an instrument in September

Otso Lähdeoja’s and Josué Moreno’s audio architectural installation IN SITU will transform the Helsinki Winter Garden greenhouse (Talvipuutarha) into a gigantic musical instrument, a multi channel sonic space, for two weeks in September.


IN SITU is a unique sound art piece by its original concept, its architectural nature and its dimensions. It constitutes the Finnish premiere for a whole building being transformed into a musical instrument. Vibration speakers attached to the building’s glass walls turn the greenhouse’s glass panels into speakers. The compositional work, the architecture and acoustics of the greenhouse the presence of the plants all contribute to the creation of an extraordinary landscape.

The work will bring together an original combination of sound and architecture with the larger issues related to the ”greenhouse” concept, such as environmental issues and the poetics inherent to a glass structure. The work will also incorporate interactivity with natural elements both inside and outside the greenhouse. The soundscape is modified by an environmental data feed – both the long term statistics of local climate change and data collected real time from the surrounding environment. The project fosters social awareness on one of the key contemporary issues of the anthropocene – the redefined relationship between the dominating human and the contained nature. Through the sonic medium, the piece will lead the public into a sensorial inquiry about the present day dialogue between man and nature.


Otso Lähdeoja is an Academy of Finland postdoctoral researcher presently conducting joint artistic and scientific research on structure borne sound. Josué Moreno is a doctoral researched at the Sibelius Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki conducting research on situated and architectural composition. The IN SITU project has been supported by the Sibelius Academy music technology department, Kone Foundation and the Arts Promotion Centre of Finland and made possible with the kind collaboration of Helsinki City’s Winter Garden. IN SITU is part of the programme of Pixelache Festival 2016 – Interfaces for Empathy


Venue and Contact Information


Venue: Talvipuutarha/Winter!Garden,Hammarskjöldintie 1, Helsinki
Open to the public: September 22nd to October 6th 2016
Sat-Sun: Noon- 4 p.m.
Mon: closed
Tue: 9 a.m.- Noon
Wed-Fri: Noon – 3 p.m.


Further information:

Producer Kati Åberg, tel. +358 41 507 8408