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Sleep Paralysis & PhD-studies

Next week I’ll have a new joint-exhibition called Sleep Paralysis with Tuukka Haapakorpi & Jukka Hautamäki at Myymälä2-gallery. We describe the theme as follows:

“Sleep​ ​paralysis​ ​is​ ​a​ ​condition​ ​where​ ​the​ ​mind​ ​is​ ​awake​ ​but​ ​the​ ​body​ ​is​ ​not.​ ​The​ ​experience​ ​is described​ ​as​ ​an​ ​oppressive​ ​feeling​ ​and​ ​a​ ​distortion​ ​of​ ​space.​ ​Often​ ​a​ ​strange​ ​entity​ ​is​ ​perceived occupying​ ​the​ ​space.​ ​Thinking​ ​is​ ​possible​ ​but​ ​action​ ​is​ ​not.​ ​The​ ​exhibition​ ​is​ ​based​ ​on​ ​sleep paralysis​ ​as​ ​an​ ​allegory​ ​to​ ​a​ ​dysfunctional​ ​political​ ​subjectivity,​ ​fueled​ ​by​ ​a​ ​paralysis​ ​of​ ​discourse.

Consisting​ ​of​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​spatial​ ​experimentations​ ​and​ ​abstraction​ ​as​ ​an​ ​instrument​ ​of​ ​substance, the​ ​artist​ ​group​ ​aims​ ​to​ ​produce​ ​a​ ​landscape​ ​governed​ ​by​ ​an​ ​immobility​ ​of​ ​language.”

The opening of the joint-exhibition is on Wednesday 18th of October, from 6 pm – 8 pm! The exhibition is ongoing from 19th of October until 12th of November. Opening hours of Myymälä 2 are Wed-Sat 12.00 p.m.-6.00 p.m., Sun 12.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m. Welcome!

In other news, this Fall I have started studying in a PhD-program (actually a D.A program) at Aalto ARTS University’s, Fine Art department’s Contemporary Art -study program. The title of my dissertation is: “Poetics of Sound. How can sound forms meanings in a contemporary art context?”. I will focus mainly on newer sound works from the past 10 years that somehow bypass the ephemeral nature of sound to form different kinds of meanings, discourses and contexts, perhaps not at first hearable in the aural material of the work itself. I am not interested researching old pioneers of which there is plenty of texts. Rather I’m interested researching new developments and continuing forming a critical theory of sound art. I’m mostly following the research lines opened up by Seth Kim-Cohen’s “In the Blink of an Ear” -book that was instrumental for me for acknowledging more critical attitude towards sound based art works.

I will start to post more regularly about the progress of my studies.

Norberg & Neo-Walden

In a couple of days (27th of July) I’m playing my first Forces live gig outside of Finland. I’m very happy that it is in Norberg Festival (, which I regard one of the most interesting festivals in the Nordic countries. I’m part of THRDEYEVISION collective and we are taking over of the 303 tent venue for the whole day of Thursday.

Other news; my recent installation Neo-Walden at the LAPSody Festival 2017 is included now on my Works page.


+ still some other news: I’m having some difficulty with the Tumblr platform, so couple of my old online projects (herr doktor buckwaldt’s island experiment & land art in minecraft) are not functioning properly at the moment. I try to fix this later on.

Liquid Syntax EP just released!

Hello, during Summer I have been mostly concentrating on my musical output. Forces is now my main musical alias and I haven’t done really anything else over a year.

Liquid Syntax‘ EP was done over last two months. It consists of tracks that are almost solely made from computer aided manipulation of Ibiza Trance compilation albums. Nowadays I am heavily using Ableton and Max For Live as I make my own granular synthesis Max/MSP patches.

I find the EP title apt for my working process where electronic sound material is infinitely capable for more transformation.

I find the title also suitable for the current predicament of reality, where identity, politics, capital etc etc etc is fluid.

You can listen it below!

May 2016

My two previous works were included in two new exhibitions. I had a solo show in Turku in a new media art gallery called Harmaa, where I showed my “Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” sound installation. Newspaper story in Finnish about the new gallery.

The second exhibition was a group exhibition called Imaginarium, which included students from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and alumni’s like myself. There I showed my installation “I’m Virtual”.

March 2016

Soon I’ll have an exhibition with Hermanni Keko at Oksasenkatu11 gallery. The exhibition is called Pyhäinjäännös / Residue of Sacred and it is based on an earlier exhibition we did last year at Siipyy near Pori. Here is the exhibition text / picture / fb-event:

Joonas Siren & Hermanni Keko:

Pyhäinjäännös / Residue of Sacred


Go find a treasure at 60°10’29.7″N 25°00’56.7″E
dig a bone up
or mud inside plastic
golden organ
man is a relic
and that is
how things are
that is
things are

Oksasenkatu11 Gallery 18.3-24.3

Opening Thu 17.3. at 6 PM

Open daily 12-6PM

Last day of the exhibition Thu 24.3.

February 2016

My soundwork “Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” is included in Jussi Koitela’s Skills of Economy Session – Beginning From the End event Saturday 20th of February in Kiasma theater.

This version is using the 7.0 soundsystem of the Kiasma theater, so it will be much more high fidelity version than the previous ones.

More info about the event here:

June update 2015

Next week I’ll have my first joint-exhibition with Hermanni Keko called Pyhäinjäännös (Relic in English, or more literally Residue of Sacred) in Siipyy, Kriistinankaupunki, 340 kilometres from Helsinki. The topic of the exhibition is the concept of a relic, but from a transhumanist perspective. It consist of videos, photographs, electronics, generative sound, objects and perhaps something else.

Here is the event if you you happen to be around Pori / Kristiinankaupunki early July.


Also, I started a new project with the same Hermanni called Zealous ( It is mainly beat based electronics, quite slow and sometimes distorted, but not without melodies.

On Bassoradio

Hey all,

I visited the experimental music program Sähkötyyny on Bassoradio last Sunday. I played a short HEYYEYAAEYAAAEYAEYAA live set, played some records and talked about my music and artistic works. Sadly it is in Finnish but many of the tracks (and the live set I hope) is worth of a listen.

April update 2015

Hey all,

Not much news. I’m working on couple of different projects, but with no specific deadlines or exhibition schedules. One joint exhibition with a friend is coming up in July in the countryside of Finland, which we will hopefully exhibit later on in Helsinki. More info about that later.

I do have one older work (but first time in Finland) coming up at Free Art Space Sun 12th of April 12-20, which hopefully people will come to see. More info below:


Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?

I remember one childhood summer, when I first realized that my father couldn’t hear the grasshoppers singing. I felt confused; why are there sounds that can not be heard by everybody?

This memory resurfaced a few years ago, when I was thinking more about my personal relation to sound.

To my knowledge the sound of singing grasshoppers is the only specific aural phenomenon that can be lost from hearing. Grasshoppers and crickets sing in a very high pitch between 12 – 20 kHz and these frequencies can be lost because of normal aging.

I find it poetic that there are sounds that are connected to the process of aging. The disappearance is somehow a reminder of our limited, transient existence.

“Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” is a generative 16-channel sound installation, where different field recordings of grasshopper sounds are randomly triggered to different speakers. The computer program also transposes these sounds; pitchshifting it up behind the 20 kHz human hearing threshold and down to 5 kHz enabling everybody to hear them.

The project was first exhibited as an end of residency exhibition in Avatar Centre Québec City, Canada in December 2013.

Sun 12.4.2015 12-20 in Free Art Space (Vapaan Taiteen Tila)

Free Art Space is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park’s shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhovuorenkuja 16.

Produced with the help of Avatar Centre.

Supported by Kone Foundation.


January update 2015


Not so many news otherwise, but next month I will have a sound installation at Free Art Space here in Helsinki. Here is more info about it:

Sustained Magic

I have vivid memories of the trip to see Jurassic Park in the Autumn 1993.

Before the movie started, after the mandatory commercials and trailers, there was a sound.

I can’t remember if it was the first time I heard it, but I know I heard it then and many times afterwards.

The sound was magical.

A loud, glorious synthesizer drone, gliding from a low note to a high one, approaching almost physical.

It was accompanied by the bright, metallic and futuristic letters T H X.

I fell in love with that sound.

THX was a quality assurance system built by Lucas Arts corporation. During the 90s many film theaters in Helsinki adopted the standard, but during the 00s it lost its relevance and the sound was not heard anymore.

Sustained Magic is a sound installation based on a time stretched THX sound. The sound is stretched to two hours, an average length of a movie.

Sometimes going into movies was less about the movie itself than to be able to hear that sound again.

Sustained Magic is my own personal aural remembrance of that period of life.

-Joonas Siren

Sun 15.2.2015 12-20 Vapaan taiteen tila (Free Art Space)

Vapaan Taiteen Tila is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park’s shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhovuorenkuja 16.

October update 2014

Braunschweig PROJECTS 2013-2014

My scholarship/residency is coming to an end here in Braunschweig. Only the last two days left. Last week was the opening of our BS Projects 2013-2014 exhibition, where my Time Fractures (pictured above) piece was exhibited. I will do later on a better documentation to my works-page.

Other news, I got a studio grant from the Friends of the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, which will cover a free studio in Suomenlinna for a year hosted by the Helsinki International Artist Programme ( I am very grateful for this, because I haven’t had a proper studio since I graduated as a MFA from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. I am really looking forward to returning back to Helsinki and start working at Suomenlinna. Let’s see what comes out of that!

May update 2014

An another month, an another residency.

This time it’s actually called a scholarship. I have been selected among two other sound artist (and five visual artists) to work here in Braunschweig six months by the Hochschüle fur Bildende Künste of Braunschweig. Luckily, the scholarships entails that I have to work minimium three months here, but I can also be half the time at home. So, I am traveling back and forth between Helsinki and Braunschweig the upcoming months.

I have been slowly regrouping my thoughts about what I am actually going to do here. I briefly googled Braunschweig before I came here and noticed that there is scientific facility called PTB here, which distributes time throughout Europe. This was fascinating news for me. I had never thought about the fact that the concepts of seconds, minutes and hours are in a sense completely artificial. There is no natural law that would dictate that the day should be divided to exactly 24 hours, 60 minutes and 60 seconds. In the PTB facility there is an atomic clock that gives us an scientific concept of a second. The PTB website explains:

“In the atomic clock the unit of time is realized in accordance with its definition. Caesium atoms are evaporated in a furnace. Each atom can be in one of the two states of lowest energy that caesium atoms can assume. After evaporation the atoms are magnetically sorted so that only atoms in one particular state reach the cavity resonator. There the atoms are irradiated by a magnetic microwave field and stimulated to change their state. After they have left the cavity resonator, the apparatus again sorts the atoms, this time collecting those that have changed their state in a special chamber. At a particular frequency of the microwave field, the maximum number is caught; this frequency is kept fixed and counted. After 9 192 631 770 periods one second has elapsed.”

At the moment, I am pretty sure my project will deal with this artificial concept of time in some way. Besides the atomic clock, I am also interested in metronomes. How music needs to fit inside a strict counter, a clock in a sense. The final work might be a project dealing with both concepts.

December update 2013



Tomorrow starts the last week of my residency here in Quebec City, Canada. I am grateful that I was able work alongiside with the great people of Avatar co-op.

I managed to pull off one installation/exhibition, which you can read about here.

Four months is relatively long period for residency, so I am also pretty happy to return to Finland couple of days before Christmas.

Don’t really know what happens next year, but still looking forward for it. I try to keep my webpage updated!

Happy holidays!

September update 2013



That is a picture of Montmorency Falls in Quebec City, Canada. As you can see, I am not currently in Helsinki. I am doing an artistic residency here in Quebec at La Center Méduse at Avatar Co-Op. Avatar is specialized for sound and electronic art and I am really happy to be here.

I have been here now two and half weeks. I have been mainly collecting field recording sounds, especially sounds of grashoppers for a installation idea that I have had a long time. The idea is to do a work about the subject of aging and the inevitalbe loss of hearing in the frequencies where the grasshoper sing. I took also my modular synthesizer with me, which I have been playing daily.

Not much to tell, otherwise. I’ll go to visit Montreal at some point, but otherwise this Fall will basically be me just quietly working here in my apartment/studio. I’ll post later some updates, when I’ll get some work finished.

Also, the works page is now updated to have all my exhibited work.


July update

Hello, unfortunately I have been rather lazy this year with updating my site. The works pages are missing works from my solo exhibition “Ether Vortex – and other fantasies about infinity” and my graduation piece “Fall/Rapture” from the spring exhibition of Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. I try to update these during summer.


Second part of my master thesis for Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Fall/Rapture is now exhibited at the school’s spring exhibition Kuvan kevät. It’s open until 2.6.

Some information about my work from the catalog text I wrote:


How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
Isaiah 14:12

Fall/Rapture is a 16-channel sound instal- lation which is located in a six-storey stairwell next to the lobby of the Acade- my of Fine Arts. Speakers are attached to a wire and lowered down from the ceiling to the floor. Sounds are continuously rising and descending, creating a spatial experience.

The theme of my work is to contemplate the idea of transcendence with sound. I have included pieces from two very different musical genres in my work – black metal and gospel – which can be thought of as representing the same kind of longing for transcendence, although from widely differ- ing perspectives. The name of the work is a direct reference to the Biblical story of Lucifer being cast down from heaven, and also to the notion of rapture used by fundamentalist Christians.

There was already some press coverage about the exhibition in Finnish: