Ptarmigan is no longer operating in Helsinki.

Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.


Done Lab

Done Lab is a temporary space focused on making undone things "done".

A series of activities will comprise Done Lab, for anyone who struggles with unfinished letters, art, relationships, projects, writings, crafts, academic work, or other not suitably implemented ideas. Everyone (individuals and groups) is invited to come along, and in a supportive environment, find encouragement to make a new sense out of the unfinished past, in the reflective context of the present. Done Lab doesn't maintain ideas which are insensitive to current influences, not will matters be strictly implemented in already known, presumed, trite manner. Done Lab can deliver a working space (most likely in the Ptarmigan area), mental support, crew members, advice, and whatever else is needed and available to make things done. All processes will be carefully reflected upon and pushed until the very end.

The activities of Done Lab are spread among:

  • UNFINISHED SCREENINGS : screenings of film and video work which has been never finished, often in conjunction with Clip Kino. A detailed schedule is announced on a regular basis. Already screened programes are: Film Icons, Bad Movies, Documentaries and Open Screen.
  • DONE KINO : Done Kino is the first Kino Kabaret event in Tallinn, Estonia. It takes place between 10-16 August 2013 (with a warm up event on 9 August). Done Kino, unlike other Kino events, asks its participants to use existing raw film/video material as an inherent part of the projects and to mix, reshape, and reinterpret it with other participating Kinoites. The philosophy is not about finishing already existing projects, but more about treating outdated or 'excess' footage as an tool for collaborative movie-making. Done Kino also allows raw footage to be submitted without one's personal participation in the event. Read more here
  • DONE MEETINGS : Done Lab itself is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week. Since there is no schedule when the things should be done, you can pop-up anytime by sending a short email notice in advance. We can dream then about making ideas happen, share the stories about our progress towards 'done', become encouraged or discouraged, try to find solutions for fighting procrastination, or just simply work on things separately (or together) in the motivating silence of other delayed projects-in-process.
  • DONE VISITS : Done Lab invites people living both in Tallinn and remote locations for short term visits to the Ptarmigan space during which they can fully focus on doing their undone, simultaneously feeling free to be influenced by and to influence this temporary environment. These visitors will be announced on a pop-up, as-neeed basis.