Installations by Aulis and Heikki: Shoe-shine event – Going together

Installation and event by Aulisandheikki at Gallery ALKOVI, February 2011, Helsinki.

Photo by Aulis Lind. Bypassers were invited to participate.

The installation will present our common path that we journey together. It also offers shoe-polishing on the street. It inquires what the minimum requirements are for doing something together.
Going together may be out of necessity and force, or independence and freedom. It may, as well, be a right or an obligation.
Do we have the ability, and the will, to work in mutual cooperation in this hedonistic world? And yet a prerequisite to seeing and working towards the common good is the sense that we are going in the same direction. In addition to the desire to help out, we need the ability to work not only according to our own needs, but to take our co-travellers into account.
Aulisjaheikki will invite passersby to join the event. After polishing their shoes, we ask people to write their thoughts about the minimum requirements for co-travelling on an apron.



Thoughts about co-travelling, from passersby of “shoeshine- performance” on the street. Printed on boots and installed in Toijala railwaystation, summer 2011.

Aulis and Heikki are partners in art and in everyday life. The alter ego ‘Aulisjaheikki’ seeks for a harmonious way to picture the world of dissonance. Their artistic cooperation started during their installation of A Sculpture on the Theme of Relationships, 2010. This cooperation resulted four joint installations during 2010 -2011. One of these installations was presented by Taidekeskus Haihara, Tampere during summer 2010.

Installation view

Aulis and Heikki discussing about their everyday life. Audio recording of the conversation, cloth fibres from the laundry drier, couple´s clothes, carpet. 2011, Art center Haihara, Tampere.



Cloth fibres from laundry drier, on the wall felted, waxed. On the floor felted fibres rolled in the box. 70 x 90 cm / 45 x 20 x 30 cm, 2010.