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In cooperation with PUBLICS, Lönnström Art Museum and Studio Kalleinen will present and launch the English version of Conversation park; a book exploring the unique artistic experiment in transforming an abandoned plot of land into a public park in Rauma.

The event will be held on Tuesday 30 August, 5–7 pm at PUBLICS, Sturenkatu 37–41 4b, Helsinki.

The book is written by artist duo Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, and co-edited by artists, curators and researchers Miina Hujala and Arttu Merimaa.

In the book the artists describe their original intentions when designing the game and share their insights gained whilst working on Conversation Park for four years. The book touches on core questions with regards to engaging citizens in designing urban public spaces. It is an attempt to open-source the project so it can be analysed, modified, and replicated. It is an invitation to learn about the many factors which must be considered when designing a participatory project – whether it takes place in art, urban planning or politics.

At the book launch in PUBLICS, Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen will introduce Conversation Park project followed by response from two researchers on participation, providing additional commentary and insights with respect to their expertise on participatory art and participatory urban planning. The invited speakers are Robin Lybeck, researcher at the sociology department of Åbo Akademi  University and educator, art historian Kaija Kaitavuori.

The event is free and open to all. Welcome!