Life is Boring

Searching boredom
Exhibition tour: 

Kannelmäki (Helsinki), Oulu, Kauhava, Berlin 


Life is Boring _
Exhibition Tour 2020


Tour T-shirt: 

Minni Havas has designed the Life is Boring t-shirt.
Minni Havas

Finnish illustrator Minni Havas creates stunning, photo-realistic artwork, working with a variety of materials to create dream-like portraiture and illustration reminiscent of glossy fashion illustration.


About the exhibition tour


Noora Lehtovuori

Life is Boring is an exhibition tour initiated by artist Noora Lehtovuori. In the exhibitions Lehtovuori is looking for and reflecting on boredom in contemporary society  in collaboration with various artists and creators: in Kannelmäki with Anne Törnroos, in Oulu with Lin Chih Tung, in Kauhava with Oula Rytkönen and in Berlin with Hannah Bohnen. The artists share a mutual interest in boredom and want to challenge the common perception of the word.

The exhibition tour 2020 is a continuation of the Life is Dangerous exhibition tour in 2019, which challenged the society where people evade boredom.

Working together is at the core of these exhibitions and they are based on dialogue. Boredom is a personal and at the same time a communal matter, and it is important to test it from different angles in an exhibition space which is dedicated to art.

As a method, dialogue requires compromises, sharing space, learning, surrendering, clarifying concepts, confronting, listening, and considering another and oneself. It is a process that we, as agents, have wanted to embark on, which we feel will give something new and shared to us, but also to others, and to multiply through it. Boredom is often seen as a useless and eliminable issue in a fast-paced consumer society, even though it provides an important breeding ground, for example. for introspection, being, values and creativity. It is important to approach this ground now; alone and together
Noora Lehtovuori is a multilayered artist who finds inspiration in the mundane of the everyday. Her ideas take shape by questioning the norms and habits that we seem to naturally adapt. The projects leave room for her own failures and use humour when observing a societal annoyance. Her media varies from still photography to installation, film, sound and text.

She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree from Valand Academy, Gothenburg University in 2018 and is expanding her artistic field with the curatorial master studies in University of the Arts Helsinki.

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Kannelmäki 10.1.-31.1.2020

In Kanneltalo’s gallery together with Anne Törnroos

ANNE TÖRNROOS is a creative and designer specialised in storytelling through styling, set design and installation. Törnroos is interested in creating contemporary spaces, objects and atmospheres by mixing elements from fashion, graphic design and popular culture to fine arts. She finds inspiration in short stories, natural science, traditional techniques, rich colours and black humour.

Törnroos graduated in 2008 from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2009 she was named Young Designer of the Year and also been recognised by the Designers’ Nest Awards 2009. From love to well-written text, she studied graphic design in School of Visual Arts in New York, 2017.

Törnroos has worked for Iittala, Marimekko, The National Museum of Finland and Helsinki Design Week among others.

Oulu 5.2.-23.2.2020

In Gallery 5 together with Chih Tung Lin.

CHIH TUNG LIN sees art from the perspective of the inside, the mentality and the relationship between layers of humanity. With her previous training in the field of Psychology, she has been a huge believer of Free Association. Shaping her practice in a virgin phase, Lin is willing to encounter anonymous but inspiring subjects and objects and the countless conversations lying within.

Chih Tung Lin is currently studying in Praxis Exhibition Studies program at University of the Arts Helsinki. She hopes to broaden her artistic vision and explore various roles as an artist, a curator, a meditator, or something in the middle of the spectrum.

* Free Association is a practice in psychoanalytic therapy. In this practice, a therapist asks a person in therapy to freely share thoughts, words, and anything else that comes to mind.


Kauhava 2.4.-29.4.2020

In Art gallery Kaari together with Oula Rytkönen

OULA RYTKÖNEN is a performance artist, sound designer and spectator living in Helsinki. They are fascinated by arts' and performativity's potential to form unlikely communalities, question institutional structures of everyday life and cherish and live through the worlds and perspectives overshadowed by them.

Their current doings are lot about trying to listen the sounds/voices that are there, but not heard or that are being interpreted in heavily exclusive and/or normative ways. Experimenting with different tools for listening, noticing, giving space, making space and sharing them as possible everyday life tools is an important motivator for their work and life.

They also find the borderline of authorship and spectatorship more and more vague in the society that is facing increasing disbelief in human operated, subject orientated control systems and more and more fluid understanding of authorship in the ever mediating interpretations of self-expression.

At the moment they are concerned about their relationship with kinetics of gathering, cooking and eating, excited about parasitic economies and working with urban drifting exercises. They are thinking and doing aforementioned things with, through, among and by friends, horrors, strangers and others. They do not exist alone.