Huomattavaa häiriötä ilmastonmuutoksesta – CONSIDERABLE DISTURBANCE ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Text and photos by Yongmei Gong

10 June 2018

Our action will not only stay on Vallisaari. The Vallisaari group has decided to join force with actor and performer Laura Marleena Halonen et al. in their performative pilot project Ilmastokirkko (‘The Climate Church’). The project takes the church’s ritual of continuous Sunday gatherings and invites artists, researchers and people with different background to personally contribute to tackling climate change challenge.

The connection between science, art and climate activism continues and starts again in the center of Helsinki during the considerable Disturbance About Climate Change event n June 10th, 2018.

By taking over the public space the event try to engage the citizens to create political social choreographies dealing with the subject of climate change and try to answer these questions:

How to interfere the street view that truncates the people as consumers? What would be enough considerable disruption for climate change? What are the means of cultural disturbance to deal with climate change? How can cultural disturbance be genuinely influential, modern-day activity? How to find the courage to break the social norms of public space?

Further reading:

We are here with seeds of diversity and ready to spread the greenness








Act like we are having a crisis









Climate change songs with lyrics about how people feel about the ‘crisis’.
The Vallisaari group manifesto as lyrics
The animals suffer from the anthropogenic cause of the abnormal climate change.






Writing slogan in front of the parliament with coal

SITSPOT – Hidden Sounds: Eco acoustics of the anthropocene at Vallisaari, Helsinki, Finland

Text, pictures and audio by Joost Van Duppen

Vallisaari May, 26 2018 – #Resist Like A Forest

We chose a place where we observed the environment daily at the same time for half an hour by researching macro & microscopic relations between natural & human elements.

Vallisaari, despite being a nature reserve, is disturbed by many human activity that are not immediately audible and visible to our senses.

In the graphic representation you can see the contrast between human and natural activity.

There is a clear low frequency around 100Hz, this is probaly due to the heavy engines of boats. Here after you can listen to 10 minutes binaural sound recording.

View from sitspot – Buildings reflect sound, trees create depth


Sound Spectrum 1 – The nightingale and seagull dominate the other bird sounds.


Sound Spectrum 2 – The neighboring island is an military area and does almost daily shooting exercises. Ferries and pleasure boats covers the background sound.
View from sitspot – Sailing boats are quiet and peaceful


Sound Spectrum 3 – Flying Swan on their way, pleasure boats and planes covers the landscape


Sound Spectrum 4 – Every half hour a ferry arrives with a dozen tourists who visit the natural wonders on the island


View from sitspot – Ferns regain their growth after a cloudy day
Sound Spectrum 5 – Insects and birds are more active, the last geese left to the north, the summer has begun, more tourists will visit Vallisaari


The Sit Spot

Text by Olga Vähä-Piikkiö

On the second day of the camp we chose our sit spots. We returned to these spots daily at approximately the same time to observe the surroundings and to be in the moment, connected to the beings and things around. We saw the places change with weather and time and formed contact with the native flora and fauna.

“The sea is different every day (color, texture etc)”

“I have met a snake on my sit spot two times now. I hope we’ll get used to each other.”

“I’ve seen a hopping spider first time in my life at my sit spot. It made me laugh.”

“Seagull doesn’t need its wings at all while gliding past my sit spot.”

“My sit spot was occupied by a burdock plant 21st. The burs tried to hock on my clothes and spread the seeds.”

“The dry grass forms geometric shapes, like little gates on the ground. I wonder what they are for.”

Buttercups, photo by Olga Vähä-Piikkiö

The last time we returned to our spots was a little bittersweet. We said goodbye to all the beings we had started to get to know. We were primed to acknowledge that this would be the last time we would ever be with these beings before their death or our own. Some of them would be dead next year and some might remain long after we are gone. (Unless there will be a big construction on the island during my lifetime, in which case I might outlive them all! I felt a little victorious at this thought and then a little pissed at myself for making something this profound and beautiful a stupid competition in my head.)

However, I felt the strongest connection to my surroundings during the last sit spot. I thought of all the plants being born from the ground, and all the animals born from the ground in a more poetic sense. This led me to think that in a sense all of us humans are born from the ground as well. It’s a little hard to notice, since most of us in the “civilized world” are born and will die in hospitals, and the parts between most of us spend indoors seemingly disconnected from the natural world.

For me the sit spot epitomized a central part of the course. A feeling of connection necessary to care about the world and its beings, the lack of which leads to the kind of neglect we see and partake in so often. I think this feeling of connection must be there and must be strong enough for everyone to act on if we want to see positive change in this world.

The changing sea, photo series by Havu Pellikka