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Helsinki Design Residency © YILING WU

© YILING WU

The Helsinki Design Residency offers an opportunity for practitioners to explore and reflect on the evolving life and context of Helsinki as a Nordic capital. The residency focuses on stimulating new research and is open to a broad range of UK-based practitioners at the intersection of art, design and architecture, encouraging speculative and critical thinking.

The residency is an opportunity for the practitioner to create new connections with local designers, curators, researchers and design experts. The resident's research provides fresh perspectives and interpretations on Helsinki and its context, while also fostering fresh debate and dialogue more broadly.

The Helsinki Design Residency was established in 2012 as part of the World Design Capital programme and is now run in collaboration with the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP), Helsinki Design Week (HDW) and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture,

Previous Designers in Residence 

Luca Picardi (2016) developed a project called ‘Familiar'; a design research publication exploring patterns of mimicry in urban regeneration projects across Europe. 

Teresa Dillon (2015) researched future plans for the city of Helsinki and proposed a free-to-use urban hut to be used by tourists visiting the city.

Tobias Revell (2014) offered a critical view into the design community in Helsinki, based on the theme Take the Leap.

Tzortzis Rallis (2013) explored the Helsinki graphic design scene on the theme of Public Acts / Quiet Riot.  

Julia Tcharfas (2012) responded to the residency theme Embedding Design in Life with a sound composition titled 'Eco-System'. 

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017

Finland is Europe’s most heavily-forested country, a.k.a. the largest European ‘carbon derivative’ Source: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Map No. 58419 1969

Source: Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection, produced by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, Map No. 58419 1969

Finland is Europe’s most heavily-forested country, a.k.a. the largest European ‘carbon derivative’
Shrimping After Working Conditions (2016)  by FRAUD. Performance at The Empire Remains Shop, London, UK ©FRAUD̸

©FRAUD̸

Shrimping After Working Conditions (2016) by FRAUD. Performance at The Empire Remains Shop, London, UK
Let them eat cake! (2015-17) by FRAUD. An edible version of a Facebook profile. ©FRAUD̸

©FRAUD̸

Let them eat cake! (2015-17) by FRAUD. An edible version of a Facebook profile.
Goodnight Sweetheart (2014-ongoing). A ‘data embalming service’ research into rituals of data erasure.  ©Julie Hétu

©Julie Hétu

Goodnight Sweetheart (2014-ongoing). A ‘data embalming service’ research into rituals of data erasure.
Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD̸ . Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada.  ©Alexis Bellavance

©Alexis Bellavance

Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD̸ . Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada.
Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD̸ . Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada.  ©Alexis Bellavance

©Alexis Bellavance

Goodnight Sweetheart by FRAUD̸ . Installation at Eastern Bloc, Montréal, Canada.

6 April 2017
by Kate Le Versha

We are thrilled to announce that F͡RA̴UD̸ has been selected as our Helsinki Design Resident for 2017. We spoke to the duo, Francisco Gallardo and Audrey Samson, to find out about their work and the planned project in Helsinki, exploring the theme New: Material

Tell us a bit about yourself; your background and areas of interest.
We work under the name of F͡RA̴UD̸ , and we like to think of ourselves as a métis duo of artist-researchers because of our plural languages, cultures and expertise. Our backgrounds include media and space systems with studies on software culture, environmental history, postcolonial feminism, performance and disruptive design. Also, Audrey can fly Cessna planes while Francisco is improving his inshore sailing skills.


What are you working on or researching at the moment?
Our current practice investigates how erasure constitutes a fundamental force at play in the construction of current economic and political structures of power, modes of control and knowledge systems. Or, cakes with Facebook data stored in DNA, cloud-storage cocktails, and shrimping after working conditions :)


Why are you interested in Helsinki and why did you apply for the Design Residency?
We were particularly interested in the theme of the call, New: Material. As the world seemingly disappears under a cloud of data, the politics of (new) materiality become the more critical. Meanwhile the nostalgia of "material” may help to obfuscate the complex systems of trade that are emerging, where for example the financialisation of trees through carbon trading argues the efficiency of industrial forests. Historically, forest lines demarcated the limits of urban areas and the doorstep into the unchartable realm of the commons. Nowadays, the tree line ebbs northwards marking arctic climate change--one of the most acute forms. Meanwhile, key green industry speculators come from the very polluting and extractive industries that have long benefited from climate denialism and deregulation. Materiality is a key focus in FRAUD’s research, therefore the Design Residency in Helsinki presented itself as a great opportunity, especially considering the wonderful partners supporting this programme.


What are you planning to research or produce during your residency in Helsinki?
For the New: Material themed residency programme, we will investigate the emerging material realm of carbon derivatives. F͡RA̴UD̸ will explore the collision between the forest as a storage resource of carbon, the boreal forest’s disappearance and emission trading systems (ETS). Through art-led inquiry, we aim to produce a critical landscape to think about these phenomena through food-led events.


What are you hoping this residency experience will bring to your practice, or to your personal understanding and experience?
This residency will provides us with the opportunity to do on-site field work to research the obfuscation of boreal forest effacement through green bonds and emissions trading, and to work together with the range of fantastic partners that are involved in this project. This plurality of voices, perspectives and expertise brings a richness to the project and our understandings. This residency programme also allows us to further our ongoing inquiry into the ontology of erasure, which is our core research focus.

Francisco and Audrey will take up their residency in Helsinki from 16 - 30 May and 15 August - 18 September 2017. We look forward to hearing about how their project evolves!

11 May 2017

Talk: Familiar Spaces

Talk: Familiar Spaces  © LUCA PICARDI

© LUCA PICARDI

6 April 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017

FRAUD Selected as Helsinki Design Resident 2017 ©Alexis Bellavance

©Alexis Bellavance

3 March 2017

OPEN CALL: Helsinki Design Residency 2017

OPEN CALL: Helsinki Design Residency 2017 HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

HIAP Open Studios 2016 © Yiling Wu

14 December 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

Helsinki Design Residency 2016

13 March 2016

Luca Picardi: Designer in Residence Helsinki 2016

Luca Picardi: Designer in Residence Helsinki 2016 Private Public Spaces - Luca Picardi

Private Public Spaces - Luca Picardi

10 July 2015

Teresa Dillon - Designer in Residence Helsinki 2015

Teresa Dillon - Designer in Residence Helsinki 2015 Caption: Pop-Up Landscapes 2008-09 Photo Credit: Teresa Dillon

Caption: Pop-Up Landscapes 2008-09 Photo Credit: Teresa Dillon

8 May 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015

Helsinki Design Residency: Open Call Extended to 14 June 2015 My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli  by Tobias Revell

My Desk in Cable Factory - Kaapeli by Tobias Revell

10 October 2014

Unexpected Helsinki - Tobias Revell on his Residency

Unexpected Helsinki - Tobias Revell on his Residency Seen on the wall of Putte's Pizzeria - Helsinki

Seen on the wall of Putte's Pizzeria - Helsinki

12 November 2013

Tzortzis Rallis: Public Acts/ Helsinki

Tzortzis Rallis: Public Acts/ Helsinki Eike Rally

Eike Rally

27 August 2013

Helsinki Residency

Helsinki Residency Subversion Redesign Political Graphics - Tzortzis Rallis

Subversion Redesign Political Graphics - Tzortzis Rallis

21 October 2012

Echo-System: Julia Tcharfas residency at Helsinki World Design Capital

Echo-System: Julia Tcharfas residency at Helsinki World Design Capital

16 August 2012

Helsinki Urban Garden - Artist Residency

Helsinki Urban Garden - Artist Residency Studio Scenes (Part 1-4 2011) Image courtesy of Julia Tcharfars

Studio Scenes (Part 1-4 2011) Image courtesy of Julia Tcharfars

15 August 2012

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - 'Everyday Discoveries'

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - 'Everyday Discoveries' Margaret Calvert – Road Signage

Margaret Calvert – Road Signage

24 June 2012

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - Urban Garden

Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 - Urban Garden Urban Garden concept design by Wayward Plants

Urban Garden concept design by Wayward Plants