Side Programme

BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer)

Wed 4 January, 8pm-12midnight
Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory – Tallberginkatu 1)

Lux Helsinki is the first to introduce the international Bring Your Own Beamer (BYOB) happening to Finland! BYOB is a one-night exhibition in which participants get to fill up an empty space with art using their projectors (beamers). Anything goes, as long as it is projected: from video art to VJ sets, slideshows to home videos.

We invite everyone who is interested in light-based media art to bring your own demos or completed projects to the Cable Factory on Wednesday 4 January starting from 8pm. Of course, you can also come to see the art, enjoy the atmosphere and meet new people!

The BYOB concept was created by digital artist Rafaël Rozendaal. The first event was held in Berlin in 2010. Since then BYOB happenings have been held on just about every continent, from New York and Cape Town to Moscow and Tokyo.

– Show up between 8pm and 11:30pm
– Location: Kaapelitehdas (Cable Factory – Tallberginkatu 1), Valssaamo and Puristamo halls
– Bring with your own beamer (multimedia projector, slide projector) and any other equipment and extension cords that you may need
– A few beamers will be available for use on a first come, first served basis, but you will still need your own laptop containing your material
– We provide electrical outlets, music and a bar
– Age limit: 18

This event is accessible to persons with restricted mobility.

While at the Cable Factory you can also visit the Lux In exhibition, which is open until 10pm.


Viewing platform and café at the Market Square

Lux Helsinki lights up the city’s most impressive façades throughout the festival. The overall effect can be admired and photographed from a viewing platform in the Market Square. Inside the glass-walled container is the light installation “Fotoni” by students from Aalto University and a café serving hot drinks.

Read more about Fotoni >


Eino Ruutsalo: Wall of Light (1971)

Helsinki City Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Found in the foyer of Helsinki’s City Hall, Eino Ruutsalo’s kinetic artwork Wall of Light was unveiled in 1971. This piece belongs to the the art collection of all Helsinki citizens, looked after by HAM Helsinki Art Museum.

Eino Ruutsalo (1921–2001) worked in a variety of genres, and in their boundaries. He painted, sculpted and made experimental films. In his kinetic works, he explored the influence of movement on the viewer, the reflective properties of surfaces and light.

A public competition for a work of art for the lobby of Helsinki City Hall was held in 1969, and the winners were chosen in the following year. Upon the proposal of architect Aarno Ruusuvuori, who was responsible for the renovation of the building, Eino Ruutsalo was commissioned for the work, which he developed from his competition entry, which had been purchased in the competition.

The monumental kinetic light work Wall of Light was unveiled in 1971. Operated by electric motors, it consists of eight dark casings in which rotating parts and lights create changing patterns of shadows which are reflected on the glass on the surface of the piece.


Experimental short films by Eino Ruutsalo

Thu 5 January, 5pm
Helsinki City Hall, Banquet Hall
Pohjoisesplanadi 11–13

AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, presents six experimental short films by Eino Ruutsalo (1921-2001), one of the pioneers of Finnish video art. Ruutsalo was a filmmaker, painter, sculptor and visual poet.

Total running time: 33 minutes

Free tickets to the screening can be picked up on a first come, first served basis from Virka-info inside Helsinki City Hall.


Helsinki City Museum offers fun experiences for families

Aleksanterinkatu 16

Helsinki City Museum offers light performances and other fun experiences for families and kids. At the same time you can check out the museum’s other exhibitions.

The light installation “Shadow” by Jaakko Niemelä will project the shadows of visitors to the museum onto the wall in the courtyard.


Capital Glow Party

Friday 6 January and Saturday 7 January, 10pm-4am
Club Capital, Fredrikinkatu 51

Where do you go if you want to have fun with friends after Lux Helsinki? Club Capital is holding glow parties on Friday and Saturday nights, where you can party in the fantastic lights. The decorations glowing in the UV lights have been designed by Flowers of Life, whose light installation can be seen in the courtyard of Topelia during Lux Helsinki.

Enjoy an unforgettable party experience at Club Capital in Kamppi!

Friday: tickets from the door €13, includes cloakroom fee, minimum age 18.
Saturday: tickets from the door €15, includes cloakroom fee, minimum age 20.