Timo Viialainen

Timo Viialainen works in the fields of visual art, performance art and sound art. Though most part of his work has been live performances, his contemporary work usually takes its shape in conceptual sculptures that often feature an activating element which engages the viewer. His interest lies in intuitive prelinguistic experience and contradictory concepts that can be found in the various capitalised environments in which we exist.

Timo is a graduate from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki.


Currently I’m working on large-scale ceramic sculptures that resemble giant clay bird whistles (kukkopilli in Finnish). The sculptures will carry an air compressor hose. I aim to develop an electric system to control the pneumatic sound of the pieces. These works will be exhibited in my solo exhibition which will open in January 2022 at the gallery Oksasenkatu 11 in Helsinki. Besides the exhibition project, I’m working on three different performances that will be presented in Riga Performance Festival Starptelpa, in Performance Protocols Helsinki 2021, and in Labo Novo- International Performance Art Station in Reillanne, France. These concrete outcomes form roughly the set of works that I plan to realise during my residency. Further, I really look forward to deepening my artistic practice and to giving space for new ideas to form.

The residency and studio space for Timo Viialainen was granted by The Academy of Fine Arts Foundation in collaboration with HIAP.