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The Helsinki Effect - Launch at IPK

Deen Sharp

The uniqueness of this edited book lies in its focus on the commodification of artistic achievement and the ensuing failure to foster local creativity. In investigating the impact of brand-name institutions on construction labor, art markets, and city life, it is an important addition to the critical urban studies literature."

—Susan S. Fainstein, Senior Research Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

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Next Helsinki Winning Entries Announced

Elisabeth Weiman

The international jury of the Next Helsinki competition announced the results on April 20, 2015 in Helsinki. The chair of the jury, Michael Sorkin notes, “We initiated this project out of a sense of both outrage and love. Outrage at the march of the homogenizing multi-national brand culture emblematized by the imperial Guggenheim franchise–the cultural equivalent of Starbucks–was what launched us."

“We Mean to Be Provocateurs"

Elisabeth Weiman

The Next Helsinki project grew out of concerns and critiques raised by the Guggenheim's design competition. This opened the doorway for an alternative, something completely different.

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Next Helsinki Seeks Alternative to Controversial Guggenheim Helsinki

Elisabeth Weiman

Next Helsinki, backed by Terreform, Finnish nonprofit arts organization Checkpoint Helsinki, the Gulf Labor an offshoot of Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (GULF) along with Occupy Museums announces a counter-competition to the official Guggenheim Helsinki competition, seeking submissions in any media across a wide range of disciplines and approaches. Jury chair Michael Sorkin states that this ethos encompasses “any representational conceit that [entrants] think is transparent to their intentions … inventive reflections on the future of Helsinki on any scale.”

The counter competition, covered in an article in Hyperallergic, represents a joining of forces between urban policy thinkers suspicious of neoliberal cultural development models, groups opposed to the Guggenheim’s Abu Dhabi outpost, and a long-standing local opposition in Helsinki seeking an institution more in line with the domestic art scene.