Mechanit Project: Koneistos

Image: Teo Lanerva

Event Introduction

Koneistos is a synthetic nature experience in the middle of Helsinki performed by climbing lamps and mechanical sounding machines. The installation consisting of mechanical machinery and metal pipes takes over the 100-square-meter studio at the Helsinki Student Theatre.

Facilitator and media artist Atte Olsonen’s art explores the interaction between mechanical and organic organisms. “As it plays, this orchestra of inanimate machines springs to life.”

Light artist Teo Lanerva is fascinated by subtle manipulation of the viewer’s perception. “I’m inspired by the interplay between light and shadow often seen in digital art. In Koneistos, the pipe climbing lamps create an enchanting parallel world where the shadows dance among the real-life audience.”

The audience is invited to join the immersive and meditative journey that will blur their sense of time and place. Join us to witness the vivid dialogue of the machines and the spellbinding movements of the living shadows.

The installation accommodates only 50 people at a time, so we recommend buying your tickets at in advance.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please note that this show contains theatre smoke, strobe lights and loud sound effects.

The Mechanit Project is a Helsinki-based art collective. The members work in the fields of installation and performing arts.


Working group:

Atte Olsonen – facilitation, sound design, production
Teo Lanerva – visual design
Jani Hietanen – sound design
Ville Metsätalo – technical realisation of scenography
Soili Huhtakallio – artistic dialogue
Tero Hytönen – outside eye
Anita Parri – production


Ukko-Pekka Itäpelto, Teo Lanerva, Atte Olsonen


Wednesday 4 January, 18:00 and 20:00
Thursday 5 January, 18:00 and 20:00
Friday 6 January, 18:00 and 20:00
Saturday 7 January, 18:00 and 20:00
Sunday 8 January 15:00, 18:00 and 20:00

Duration: 60 minutes

The installation accommodates only 50 people at a time, so we recommend buying your tickets at in advance.


Ylioppilasteatteri’s studio (Helsinki Student Theatre’s studio), Aleksanterinkatu 23, (access via Kolmen sepän aukio)


We regret to inform visitors that the Studio venue at the Helsinki Student Theatre is not an accessible space, and there are no disabled toilet facilities available. Access may be possible via the venue’s backdoor with the support of an assistant. Please contact us in advance to arrange your visit. To find out more, visit

The performance is supported by:

Kone Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Center Finland and Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland


Additional Programme


Event Information

  • Time:

    • 4.–8.1.2023

  • Address:

    Ylioppilasteatteri's studio (Helsinki Student Theatre's studio), Aleksanterinkatu 23, (access via Kolmen sepän aukio)

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