“‘Throwing words into the air’ — this is what O’odham says about talking, storytelling, praying, singing — all of which make up the genre of oral tradition. The words are thrown into the air in the form of spoken word, song, oration, or invocation. Words, like other things that can be carried by the air, are at the mercy of the winds. The listener who happens to be on the receiving end of these words is also at the mercy of the winds.” Ofelia Zepeda
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) is a translingual non-profit, community-driven art platform that provides rent-free space and tools where people can create and represent themselves with their own languages and cultures in order to contribute to a more diverse society without borders. Within this platform, we explore and reimagine new ways for a translingual society to challenge the hegemony of monolingualism.
“Humanity today is facing a massive extinction: languages are disappearing at an unprecedented pace. And when that happens, a unique vision of the world is lost. With every language that dies we lose an enormous cultural heritage; the understanding of how humans relate to the world around us; scientific, medical, and botanical knowledge; and most importantly, we lose the expression of communities’ humor, love, and life. In short, we lose the testimony of centuries of life.” Endangered Languages Project
The loss of languages, which is one of the cornerstones of cultures and identity, comes to mean the loss of many memories and human experiences. Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) supports and acknowledges language revitalization in the first place and works actively against the devitalization of the languages.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) intends to create an alternative space for all languages that are currently spoken in Finland or in any part of our planet. It provides the rent-free sound equipment and the facilities at its performance & recording room located at Culture Center CAISA for those who want to produce their own audio pieces.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) is open for people who want to perform Radio Art, Sound Art, Transmission Art activities, and other artistic projects which can be transmitted on the airwaves as well as for artists’ experiments with broadcast media and the airwaves.
There are a number of themes introduced each month regarding different topics. You can choose your preferred topics and send your proposals via the Open Call page on the Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) website.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) provides:
*Rent-free sound recording equipment.
*Rent-free studio facilities at its “performance & recording room” located at Kulttuurikeskus CAISA.
*The TEOSTO license for the recorded & live streamings via the HOW website only.
*Technical support for your recordings, editing, mixing, and live streamings.
*Full support for you to produce your own work with your full artistic independence, and you own all the copyrights of your works.
*Visibility for your work by promoting on the HOW social media platforms and exhibiting on the HOW website.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW) does not broadcast any content that is sexist, xenophobic, homophobic or contains any other form of othering towards oppressed communities or languages. We do not support any content that uses propaganda tools to promote a religion or a political party.
Helsinki Open Waves (HOW)’s performance & recording room is supported and located at the Cultural Center CAISA.