THE COMPLAINTS CHOIR OF HELSINKI

The Helsinki Complaints Choir was organized as part of the ARS06 exhibition at KIASMA. We received 2000 complaints. More than 90 people joined the choir, much more than expected. The sex ratio was special as well: 84 woman and 7 men. In Helsinki the most favourite topics were ring tones of mobile phones, people who smell in public transport and the fact that Finland always looses to Sweden in competitions: in Icehockey and in Eurovision. Just a fews weeks after the choir went public, Lordi won the Grand Prix and healed Finland from a deep trauma – courtesy of the Complaints Choir.


CREDITS

The Complaints Choir of Helsinki was produced by KIASMA / Kirsi Väkiparta.

The song was composed, conducted and accompanied by Esko Grunström.

Members of the Complaints Choir of Helsinki are Saara Aitokari, Kimmo Ahlman, Marianne Amaechi, Anne-Marie Andersson, Jorma Arosilta, Laura Balash, Laura Bohm, Hanne-Grete Christensen, Riikka Eerola, Kristina Elo, Charlotte Elo, Vilma Eskelinen, Kaisa Falck, Katri Haapala, Anne Haggrén, Paula Haikarainen, Essi Helin, Riikka Herva, Elisa Hilli, Laura Hiltunen, Jenni Hjerppe, Matti Hjerppe, Heli Huhtilainen, Marja Hulkko, Arja Hämäläinen, Taika Ilola, Kaija Kaitavuori, Tellervo Kalleinen, Vappu Kannas, Irma Kakkuri, Gea Karja, Riikka Karvonen, Terhi Keto, Kaisa Kettunen, Helena Kilvensalmi, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Kaarina Koski, Juulia Kotkavuori, Marjukka Laine, Jaana Laitinen, Riikka Leskinen, Annika Lindroos, Tea Lindroos, Ilkka Linnakko, Aura Linnapuomi, Nuppu Linnavuori, Leena Liukko, Agata Lukasiewicz, Aleksandra Luukka, Marjut Maristo, Leena Marno, Riitta Merilä, Mervi Mähönen, Pia Männikkö, Tiina Männistö, Satu Niemi , Roosa Nenonen, Sakari Oka, Marika Pajunen, Jaana Pajuniemi, Johanna Peltonen, Tuomo Perälä, Tiiu Pohjolainen, Aino Poutiainen, Eveliina Rantanen, Laura Rantanen, Kati Riikonen, Krista Irmeli Roisko, Kikka Rytkönen, Suvi Saarinen, Marja Salmenmäki, Sara Salmenmaki, Matti Salo, Sanna Selinheimo, Sirpa Sirén, Veera Snellman, Lotta Sonninen, Ekaterina Tommonen, Leena Urrio, Aulikki Uusitalo, Tiina Vainio, Meri Vickström, Päivi Venäläinen, Päivi Voutilainen, Heli Vuoksimaa, Merituuli Vuorikoski, Henrika Vuorilehto, Monica Vähäniitty, Kirsi Väkiparta.

Sound recording by Timo Muurinen.
Filming by Aleksander Burov, Katja Lautamatti, Timi Valo, Niko Soveri, Reetta Aalto and Elli Rintala.
Lights by Liisa Kyrönseppä.
Editing by Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen.

Still photography by Heidi Piiroinen, Petri Summanen (Central Art Archives/KIASMA), Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen and Tellervo Kalleinen.

Project assistance by Anna Wartiovaara.
English translation by Timo Snellman.

The Artists want to thank Isabel González, Tuula Hämäläinen
Jukka & Tuula Kalleinen, Tuula Karjalainen, K-Rappu Team / YLE, Minna Långström, Pepe Numminen / Grape People, Henna Paunu, Harri Pesonen / VR, Jyri Pitkänen, Niko Rissanen, Minna "Danish Cook" Turtiainen, Santeri Uusitalo / Kappeli, Jari-Pekka Vanhala, Kiasma´s PR-team.

Supported by Helsingin Sanomat and VISEK.