These Animals

These Animals is an artist group comprised of Pii Anttila, Anastasia Artemeva, Alan Bulfin, And Steve Maher, brought together through shared interest in creating an art happening in an urban place. The artist collective invited practitioners from Finland and abroad for the debut event in september 2015..


Gaming the System examines an understanding of what might be axiomatic to games and art. Games are understood as structured play with formalist and systematic rules governing players. Play not as a definition of this axiom but understood as what is embodied through the identification of play may give us a way to game the system.

In cultural terms play is understood to pre-date culture itself, as “animals have not waited for humans to teach them their playing”, which has been stated by cultural theorist John Huizinga. With this in mind play is not exclusively human, but gaming and game design are both human activities. You need to play with ideas to reach something new since play pre-dates any new culture. Play is innate to many species, species whose ancestors existed before humanity ever systematized play as games.

We know play as we know ourselves. This understanding of play mirrors the way we recognize ourselves within larger systems. This self-recognition is an embodied way of pervading the systems and structures, which are seen through our behaviour and social norms. This is to say that inherent in the recognition of play is a gaming of the system, which functions as a reflexivity of complex systems.

Understanding the art works in Gaming the System as reflexivity, with regard to our lived environments and play is a cue to explore art as a gaming of the system. Through this project These Animals have invited artists who use the materials and contexts of daily life to perpetuate art works. Art that games the system might make us know ourselves anew in the culture we live beyond our current recognition.


Pixelache_plainPixelache is an association of artists, cultural producers, thinkers and activists involved in the creation of cutting-edge cultural activities. This year’s Pixelache festival, entitled Living Spaces, concentrates on the urban environment of Helsinki and tries to use any potential city space, whether public, private or in-between, as a playground for the festival’s manifestations of creative and participatory culture

mWaPjX-spA6cqdxtBqNC7RlRIFGca5JD7SqZYaYIzP8For its 70th anniversary, HKL – Helsinki Transport System – produces Taidelinja – a culture festival open to all. You can find Taidelinja’s events in stations, at bus and tram stops, on metro carriages and tramcars all over Helsinki. Both professional artists and ordinary residents have participated in the creation of this anniversary year. The themes of Taidelinja are locality, diversity and connection.


Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The School is part of Aalto University, which is a multidisciplinary university operating in the fields of technology, business and commerce, and the arts.

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