Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen Textile and conceptual artist. Independent film maker. Speaker. Tue, 31 Mar 2020 18:02:52 +0000 fi hourly 1 Could you watch my Mom for a moment? – Empathy object #3 Sat, 09 Nov 2019 12:10:05 +0000 Street performance, soft sculpture and film 2019
Film: Rasoul Khorram and Jaakko Pentikäinen
Edit: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Length: 05:37 min
Language: Suomi/Englanti
Subtitles: English
Soft sculpture: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen

Video clip 1, clip 2 (Instagram)

Soft sculpture and street performance where I push my mother in the streets in a hospital bed. I stop people and ask if they could watch my mom for a moment while I pick up coffee, do shopping or use a bathroom. When I return after a few minutes, we discuss about ageing and what is currently happening in home care and nursing homes.

In 2018-2019 the care crisis in Finland went viral. Authorities have inspected hundreds of nursing homes after receiving feedback from relatives. They have found serious lack of trained staff, problems with reporting the use of medicines and even food shortages. Several nursing homes have been closed due to serious neglects.  With this street performance I collect ground level, subjective information about the care services.

Coming: Lappeenrannan Taidemuseo 02/2020

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Ramp Project – Empathy Object #2 Sun, 13 Oct 2019 20:05:46 +0000 Wood sculptures 2019
Bass wood, hand carving, linseed oil, paint

Video (Instagram):

In the book by Astrid Lindgren, Emil I Lönneberga invites the poor and elderly with disabilities from the almshouse and gives them all Christmas food that is in the house. When a person took the last thing on the dish, it was called ”taken tabberas”. Tabelras is a preview of the Latin tabu­la rasa, a painting without writing.

A building without a ramp is like an empty canvas. When I was asked to design a ramp for Almskagården, a jugend house from 1910 by architect Bertel Jung, it was obvious that I would make it from wood. The bass wood figures represent the poor and disabled who are finally able to satisfy their cultural hunger in the exhibition space of the Loviisa city.

Ramps are a new layer in our building heritage that reflects the evolution of human rights. They can also be implemented in old buildings without breaking previous structures. We have already imported electricity into old buildings. We have pulled the water pipes inside and built inner toilets. We have wired our homes to connect the phones, TV and later the internet. Nowadays we understand that no-one can be excluded of common affairs and it is only positive that this thinking is also reflected as ramps on the facades.

P.S. Unfortunately, the bass wood and glue seams did not like the rainy summer, so the sculptures will move indoors in Loviisa in the end of 2019.

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Poverty Knitting – Empathy object #1.b Mon, 11 Mar 2019 23:22:55 +0000 Performance, participatory art, 2019
Knitting circle where each knitter takes the yarn from the scarf of another knitter.

Life constricts around your neck. They freeze the index. Raise a bit the minimum. Income remains the same. Falling behind the price level. You take from one end and add to the other end. You work hard. Nothing changes.

Instagram video.

Part of the first ”Empathy Object”, poverty as it’s theme.

Slide – Empathy object #1.a Thu, 28 Feb 2019 23:07:23 +0000 Short film and screening jacket, 2019
Length 3 mins.
Script, film, edit and art works: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Screening happens in the streets in an ipad attached to the back of a leather jacket.
Part of the first ”Empathy Object”, poverty as it’s theme.

Slide tells about how it feels to be sick and poor and to receive unwanted financial advice. The script was inspired by the poverty survey in Helsingin Sanomat newspaper (Jan. 2019) and by the employees of the Threshold Association. During the ”empathy-poverty pancake session” at the office we thought that it´s more important to visualize the inner speech of a poor person than try to show poverty. Assumptions about how poverty looks causes problems (poverty splaining) and doesn’t increase empathy. Can a scandinavian poor have a smartphone or fashion clothes…? To avoid judgemental views Slide concentrates on feelings in a conceptual way.

Instagram video 1, video 2, video 3

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There were more prostheses on the streets than legs Fri, 30 Nov 2018 21:59:12 +0000 Automata, (work in progress until August 2019)
Wood, chair and shoe lasts

Wooden leg prosthetics sound machine for Disability History -project (Vammaisuuden vaiettu historia).

”While walking down a busy street in mid-century Merthyr Tydfil, the Morning Chronicles correspondent observed that there were more men with wooden legs than there are to be found in any town in the Kingdom having four times it’s population – a consequence of the great number of accidents in the works below and above ground resulting in amputation.” (David M. Turner and Daniel Blackie – Disability in the industrial revolution).

Work in progress in Instagram.
Video 1, video 2, video 3.

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Sustainable Green Oxygen concentrator Mon, 01 Oct 2018 19:32:54 +0000 Assemblage and video, 2019
Length: 1:59 min. Language and subtitles: English
Script, wheelchair, video and edit: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
In Memory of Human Rights Activist Kalle Könkkölä (1950 – 2018)

A wheelchair of the future has a miniature greenhouse behind the seat. It´s user can grow vegetables and produce oxygen at the same time. Measurement tools control the microclimate parameters to extract the highest possible fraction of oxygen from the plants. The oxygen is leached trough multiple organic filters before entering the breathing tube. The greenhouse circulates all by-products such as condensation water and minerals. The green waste is recycled under the seat. This wheelchair gives emotional pleasure for people who think green, love gardening and like to eat fresh veggies. It also reduces the poverty of people with disabilities by producing nutritious food together with oxygen therapy.


Flying walker Tue, 04 Sep 2018 23:16:02 +0000 Sculpture, performance object, 2018
Walker, crutches, reflectors

Snow makes it difficult for people with disabilities to move around with assistive aids. Flying is more accessible way to move around. It lifts you up from everyday life.

Instagram video 1, video 2







Trumputin demonstration head piece Sat, 14 Jul 2018 23:40:42 +0000 Statement wear for Helsinki Summit 2018
Globe, wood, fabrics, sequins

My performative costume with ”Angry Birds” head piece for Helsinki Calling -demonstration. Trump and Putin visited Finland in Helsinki Summit 2018.

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Dynamic Duo Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:58:44 +0000 Short Film. 2018
Length: 5 mins. Language: English
Direct, script and edit: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Film: Neil Pemberton
Music: Jonah Hebron
(All musical accompaniment was created during the 55 hours and is created solely from the objects required to be present in the film – clocks, glasses, cups and keys)

RIGHT NOW this film is competing for Best Awareness Campaign in Easterseals Disability Film Challenge. If you like it, PLEASE SHARE and LIKE Dynamic Duo in YouTube or in Facebook! Until 29th April 2018! Thank you so much!

The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge was arranged during a weekend 13th – 15th April 2018. The task was to make a Buddy Comedy with at least on person with disability in 55 hours in:

  • an apartment/house
  • a recreational area such as a park
  • a backyard
  • a garage
  • a warehouse
  • a storage room

Using at least of two elements of following: a hat, coffee cup, watch or clock, glasses, a journal, keys, or a ring.

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Protector of Living Will Tue, 30 Jan 2018 13:40:19 +0000 Short film, 2018

Length: 8 mins. Language and subtitles: English
Key cast: Milla-Emilia Mutka & Marja Pelkonen
Robot: Meccanoid 2.0 XL tuned by Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Script: Marja Pelkonen & Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen
Film, edit, screenplay and costumes: Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen

Finalist at Raw Science Film Festival, Los Angeles, USA (25.1.2019)
Best Screenplay at Pisa Robot Film Festival, Italy (27.10.2018)
Festival Nuovo Cinema Europa (Robotics session 10.11.2018)
Finalist at Social Machinery Film Festival, Italy (28.7.2018)
Semi-Finalist at OtherMovie Film Festival, Lugano, Italy (15.4.2018)
Finalist at Joy House Film Festival, Sydney, Australia (9.9.2018)
Official selection, Fastminds Neurodiversity Arts Festival, London (14.9.2018)
Award of Recognition (Disability Issues), Accolade Global Film Competition (May 2018).

Reflector of Living Will tells about Maria, living with arthritis. She doesn´t like the rehabilitative attitude of her new care robot. Maria feels controlled and humiliated. One night she re-programs the robot to fulfill her true needs. The robot becomes her living will and protector against violent behaviour of personal assistants. The re-programmed robot doesn´t lighten the work of assistants but makes sure that Maria gets heard.

What if the resistance of care robots is not about peoples relationship to a machine but about the fact that many of them work with old-fashioned, rehabilitating and patronizing attitude? Between people the aim has specifically been to get rid of these approaches since 1970´s.

Epilogue discussion after making the film with Marja Pelkonen and Milla-Emilia Mutka. Language: Finnish. Subtitles: English

Video clips about training the robot.
Brushing hair.
Washing dishes.
Washing hands.

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