Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.

Model Court opening with music by Anthea Caddy and Felicity Mangan
exhibition : opening
08 April, 2010 00:00

klo 19-22

Featuring artist: Model Court: Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lorenzo Pezzani and Oliver Rees

Model Court

Model Court is an ongoing curatorial/research project involving the artists Sidsel Meineche Hansen, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Lorenzo Pezzani and Oliver Rees. It uses the structure and technologies of the courtroom to interrogate the signifying and controlling role architecture plays in contemporary art and society.

This opening will present the results of their research during their residency at Ptarmigan.  The exhibition (opening through 22 April) will explore the intersection of the courtroom and the cinema, the use of technology in jurisprudence and specifically the extraordinary case of the François Bazaramba trial.


Anthea Caddy and Felicity Mangan

Felicity Mangan is an Australian sound artist based in Berlin, Germany. She has developed her practice through frequent collaborations with dancers, visual artists as well as musicians, utilising digital composition techniques to explore field recordings and sampling from found sound archives. Through the deployment of custom-built amplification, Felicity presents her work in live performance and sound publications, to explore the physical sound qualities of field recording via hand-made speakers and contact speakers made from re-cycled and found objects.

Anthea Caddy (Melbourne, Australia) is a media artist and cellist. Her practice centres on the relationship between recording, spatialisation, and the instrument. Exploring the cello’s textural, spatial and dynamic capabilities, she draws reference points from electro-acoustic music and sound art. Working with digital composition, environmental field recording, and acoustic performance she consolidates the conceptual and practical aspects of these approaches by applying techniques and concepts indigenous to digital spatialisation to her performances and recordings. She has performed previously at Ptarmigan with Thembi Soddell.


Model Court promotional poster A catch-all poster covering all of the Model Court events and activities during their Ptarmigan residency.
Model Court: The Bazaramba Trial Statement on the Model Court project -- this hung on the door leading to the exhibition during it's duration.