Reading Kamppi

The urban mediascape is made of words, images – and code that binds it together. Reading Kamppi is a series of experimental small pieces, where artists interpret messages from the Kamppi area, by doing word and image searches online and on the streets.

The pieces were created in Word, Image and the Cityscape, a workshop for media and visual artists, poets and writers, who collaborated to explore the interaction of words and images in the urban context. The participants were interested in a reading/writing approach towards the city, and focused on a specific area in central Helsinki – Kamppi, where a huge shopping centre, the bus terminal and the Lasipalatsi Square are located. The collaborative project, comprising of 6 experimental pieces, was baptised Reading Kamppi.


The pieces premiered at the Runokuu Club of possible literature (Lava-klubi 24.8.) and they were presented as smartphone-readable QR stickers and LED screenings at the Lasipalatsi Square in August 25-26.

The project was a collaboration between m-cult / Media Facades and the literature association Nuoren Voiman Liitto and its Runokuu literature festival, which in 2012 focused on the interplay of word and image.