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. The theme of the exhibition will loosely relate to an attempt to reach out to things that have happened in another time and place, and the impossibility of it.

Besides the solo exhibition, I’m working on a series of performances that relate to the theme of electricity cut which has been present in my earlier work. The first performance will take place on 4 September in the Old Booze Factory Manilla in Turku as part of the festival New Performance Turku. The second one will be presented later in September during the Performance Protocols event and exhibition that will be held in Akusmata and Third Space galleries in Helsinki between 18 and 28 September.

Further, I will also present a new performance piece in Helsinki Performance Art Symposium which will take place in Mad House in the end of October, and, later in the year, I will participate with a performance in the exhibition ‘The Posture of Impermanence’ (Huokoinen ele in Finnish) that will be presented in Vantaa Art Museum Artsi.

I’m also working on a sound project titled “Hevonen” (Horse) in collaboration with the artist Jean-Michel Kampara. In the frame of this project I will do some live performances and recordings during my residency time.

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