Speech Karaoke Exhibition at Hämeenlinna Art Museum in Hämeenlinna, Finland, February 11 – May 9 2010

The Speech Karaoke was launched at Hämeenlinna Art Museum in the exhibition “I am a socialist-anarchist-individual-collectivist-individualist-communist-cooperative-aristocrat-democrat”. Hämeenlinna is a city and  municipality of about 67,000 inhabitants in the south of Finland, 98 km from Helsinki.

The Speech Karaoke was created collaboratively by artists Frank Maria Brümmel, Krister Gråhn, Tellervo Kalleinen, Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen, Tuomas Laitinen, Carl Sebastian Lindberg, Pilvari Pirtola, Johanna Raekallio, Pasi Rauhala, Satu Rautiainen, Jyrki Riekki and Hanna Saarikoski . These artists also had their individual works presented in the same exhibition.

The artists of the exhibition wanted to see whether they can create an art work together, an artwork which would touch upon their shared topics of interests – such as the tension between an individual and a collective. Speech Karaoke was the product of several creative brainstormings of the group.

The speeches for the first version of Speech Karaoke were collected from a selection of intellectuals, politicians, activists and artists in Finland. They were invited to write a speech to the Speech Karaoke. The given topic for the speeches was that it should be that of an individual presenting a bigger ideology.

The Speech Karaoke was shown as a part of the exhibition. The audience of the exhibition were the ones using it.

Later on the artists continued developing the Speech Karaoke together under the name The Speech Karaoke Action Group.