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Process Room. 28.11.08- 14.12.08 


All Day Symphony

Audio 9:52mins, wood, eggs
Location: West Wing Arch 

This sound work comprises of different sequences, which follow the changing moods and activities of a group of 35 hens in a small organic farm. During the day, all the hens sing together in a constant symphony, that keeps the group together and informed about the current activities and interests. Everybody adds their own personal voice on the 24-hour jazzy jam session. The daily routines of the hens are repeated more or less in the same order: waking up, eating, laying eggs, snoozing, eating, singing the evening ceremony and sleeping.
Based on the original sounds and atmospheres of the poultry house, the soundtrack has been modestly edited to highlight the key activities, and to make the structure of the native hen music easier to understand for human ears.

Thanks to: Max Albrecht

Petteri – My Life as a Reindeer
Video on DVD, 2007, 20 mins
By Tea Mäkipää and Petteri the reindeer
Location: The Process Room

The artwork presents clear, visual information concerning the necessities, social life and personal matters of a reindeer. Through the lens of a specially mounted video camera, the viewer follows Petteri, a Finnish reindeer, in its daily activities in its own environment. The filmed material is edited to minimize the amount of technical and dramaturgical flaws in order to create a piece presentable for a human audience. Allowing nature to direct, the project aims both to enlarge and enrich the average city dweller’s understanding of the environment we share with other species.

10 Commandments for the 21st Century
Text-based art work: postcards, posters, T-shirts, TV-spot, and website, 2006

This project consists of a ten-point list of rules of behaviour, addressed to people of any age, religion or social status. If put into action, these rules and recommendations could slow down and gradually counteract some parts of the ecological disaster that has been brought about by the human population. The commandments refer to technical solutions that are currently in use — not to potentially better ideas of the future. It is unavoidable that the meaning of these Ten Commandments will change with time. In the best-case scenario, future observers will find our current problems as well as these ten rules of behaviour ridiculous, merely the sign of a primitive period of history around the year 2000. The aim of the project is to awaken discussion and to appeal to the personal feeling of responsibility of the viewers on the level of their daily lives and choices. The second aim of the 10 Commandments for the 21st Century is to relieve confusion and frustration in the face of ecological issues by making the choices very simple.

Spanish Snow for Christmas
Coming Soon (hopefully), To Be Confirmed………………

Tea Mäkipää was born 1973 in Lahti, Finland. She lives and works in Finland and Germany.
She obtained an MA (Fine Art) from the Royal College of Art in London 2003. Recent exhibitions include Artic Hysteria, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, NY 2008; Motocalypse Now, Kunstverein Langenhagen, Hannover, 2007; Still Life – Art, Ecology and the Politics of Change, Sharjah Biennial 8, Sharjah and Dubai, United Arab Emirates 2007; Catwalk, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin 2006; Art Basel, Miami, USA 2006; Sexgod, Galleri21, Malmö, Sweden 2005 and Parasites, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna 2004.  Further information on Mäkipää’s practice can be found at

For a printable version of this information please download the following document Tea Mäkipää: Seasonal Greetings from Petteri the Reindeer (Word doc 2000 – 21.6MB)

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About the Artist

Tea Mäkipää

Within the framework of her installations, films and photographs, Tea Mäkipää has critically examined the sustainability of the Western way of life: consumerism, environmental issues, the gulf between rich and poor, the downsides of globalisation. 
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We would like to advise our visitors that our Main Reception area is closed for renovation from 22 April until mid-June.  A temporary reception is open on the ground floor next to the original main entrance. While we prepare to open our next exhibition Hilary Heron: A Retrospective on 24 May, there are two exhibitions to see Derry Film & Video Workshop and Self: Determination: Artists Commissions. IMMA’s gardens and café are open to the public.