Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen

Tellervo Kalleinen, born in 1975, is a Helsinki-based visual artist working with film, performance and events. She received her MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2003. In the years 2000/2001 she studied at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg and at Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig. She has also completed a professional education in Chinese Medicine (1996-2001).

Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, born in 1971, has a degree from the Hochschule für Bildende Kunst, Hamburg, 2001. He also studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (1998-99).

Their long term collaboration started in 2003  by organizing The First Summit of Micronations in Helsinki (Amorph!03 festival). They became widely known with their Complaints Choir Project, which started in 2005 and is still spreading around the globe today. Since that they have made many participatory cinematic and performative projects portraying people’s stories, fantasies and dreams.

They are member of the groups YKON (since 2005), which investigates contemporary utopias and The Speech Karaoke Action Group (since 2010), which is a project of 13 artists creating karaoke workshops and events around existing speeches.

They have exhibited widely all around the world. The venues include Mori Art Museum (Tokyo), P.S.1 (New York), The Kitchen (New York), Shedhalle (Zürich), Kunsthalle Fridericianum (Kassel), Hamburg Kunsthalle, KUMU (Tallinn), KIASMA (Helsinki), S.M.A.K. (Gent), Museo de Arte Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires) and Ars Electronica Center (Linz). She has performed in venues such as W139 (Amsterdam), Aterlierfrankfurt (Frankfurt), KIASMA (Helsinki), HAU2 (Berlin) and Mannheim Theatre festival. Her film works have been shown in venues such as Hot Docs (Toronto), Rome Film Festival (Rome) and MoMa (New York).

In 2012 they won AVEK prize, the biggest media art award in Finland.