Sakari Leinonen works as the town planning manager at the City of Tampere. He has graduated from Tampere University of Technology and worked at the town planning department for over 25 years.

On May 3, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York took part in organizing two projects for New Museum’s biennial IDEAS CITY Festival in New York. The Festival celebrates art and culture and emphasizes their essential role to urban centers. Both projects aimed to re-think and open up the scope of design, and both contributed to the festival’s agenda of exploring “untapped capital” of urban culture.

Asmo Jaaksi is a partner at JKMM Architects, a Helsinki-based architectural studio. JKMM’s recent works include the Seinäjoki and Turku City Libraries and the Alma Media Headquarters in Helsinki. JKMM has a long track record in high quality built work and architectural competitions. Over the past years, JKMM has received over 77 prizes, including 34 first prizes in architectural competitions. In 2012, JKMM participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2010 the studio designed The Giants Kettle, the Finnish Pavilion for Shanghai World Expo.

Design Manager Laura Sarvilinna works as the communications manager for Artek. She is the founder of Huippu Design Management, the first design management company in Scandinavia. Sarvilinna is a forerunner in promoting and representing expertise in design, architecture and fashion in Finland. Previously, she has studied at the Helsinki University of Technology and at the Kuopio Academy of Design and worked for Iittala more than a decade.

Antti Lehto is a partner at Serum, a Helsinki-based architectural practice that focuses on urban planning and housing design. Serum’s objective is to build housing, which will last well into the future. Special attention is paid to functionality, scale and connection to the city fabric. The office focuses on architectural competitions and its latest achievements include second prize at the Sibbersborg architecture competition in 2012 and an honorary mention at the Koutalaki invited competition in 2011.

Lauri Astala presents his latest interactive video installation On Disappearance (2012) at the Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in conjunction with the video_dumbo festival. The work places the spectator on a stage, as a central character in the movie and is on view from May 14 to June 8. The spectator is drawn into another time and space, where he/she encounters another person––the author of the work––as if they were sharing the same space.

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) hosts its Spring Open Studios on April 26-28, 2013. The 27 artists from 20 countries currently in residence present their work in the studios.

The studio is a generative space that provides an insight into the production process and archives of resident artists and curators. As a production site, office and laboratory, the studio is significant for artistic process. Open Studios invites the public to experience art in its place of origin and to share conversations with artists from all over the world.

Nearness is a networking event hosted by designers/artists Anni Puolakka and Jenna Sutela, in collaboration with fashion designer K.I. Kinnunen and by the invitation of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. The event takes place at the Old School in New York, on May 3, 2013.

Redesigning 925 is a creative project that helps people to accomplish more without the risk of burning out. The Redesigning 925 seminar held on May 3, from 9 - 11 am at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York encourages people to reform their work routines, which will result in fulfilling and more efficient workdays.

Alfred Kordelinin säätiö aloitti kuvataiteilijoiden residenssitoiminnan New Yorkissa vuoden 2012 alusta. Säätiö on solminut yhteistyösopimuksen International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) –residenssiohjelman kanssa. Säätiö kustantaa joka vuosi kahden taiteilijan puolivuotisen työskentelyn New Yorkissa. Nyt haettavana ovat apurahat kaudelle 1.1.-30.6.2014 ja 1.7.-31.12.2014.

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