Spraying the Main Building

The university is launching the spring term with a media art event in which the audience is welcome to participate. The event will start today in Senate Square and will then tour the Meilahti, Kumpula and Viikki campuses.

Jürgen Scheible

Media artist Jürgen Scheible’s project, Mobispray, combines mobile technology and art. You can spray anything with your mobile phone – for example fill in the façade of the University Main Building with painted balls – and it’s legal! The technology is based on motion detection software, which turns mobile phones into ‘spray cans’.

“My art temporarily changes physical reality and provides an opportunity to have fun,” Scheible says.

Scheible has ‘painted’ several public buildings in the world, including the Sydney Opera House, the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the Houses of Parliament in London.

Mobispray is an ecological way of making graffiti.

“In a way this is 100% recyclable graffiti – the painting is transient, it leaves no marks,” says Scheible.

The University of Helsinki wanted to invite Scheible to celebrate the new era for the university and its 370 years of history.

“I’m delighted that Scheible accepted our invitation – this is one of the many examples of co-operation between the new Aalto University and the University of Helsinki,” says project coordinator Annukka Salo.

Scheible works as a researcher at the Aalto University School of Art and Design.

Mon 18 January 2010 City centre campus, Senate Square (Unioninkatu 34) 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Tue 19 January 2010 Meilahti campus, Biomedicum 1 (Haartmaninkatu 8) 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wed 20 January 2010 Kumpula campus, A.I.Virtasen aukio (Gustaf Hällströminkatu 1) 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thu 21 January 2010 Viikki campus, Biocenter 1 (Kanslerinkaari) 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Video on STT Info » »
Video on YLE Areena (from 20 min 52 s) » »

Read more about the artist and his works on the Mobispray blog » »

Text: Digital Communications
Photo: Veikko Somerpuro

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