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.


Strange Meetings Club

Strange Meetings Club celebrates the diversity of the urban landscape, the will of participants, and shifts in perspectives due to place and space. At each strange meeting we will have a gathering, discussion or other form of interaction led by a guest host. We will hold these meetings in times and places that are not "normal" for people to gather for group interaction. We might meet on top of Linnahall at 3:31 AM on a Tuesday to improvise music together; we might assemble in the center of Viru Keskus on a Thursday morning to have a discussion about post-modern literary theory. We might gather in the parking lot of a Rimi to play board games, or we might go to a gas station in Mustamäe to share stories from our childhoods while the sun rises.

Strange Meetings Club attempts to recontextualise the urban environment explicitly around the choice to meet with (semi-) strangers for no apparent reason besides the novelty of it. Bonus points are awarded for when the location can be relevant to the topic, of course. And we'll do this only while the weather is good. If you have an idea for a strange meeting, please fill out our proposals form and choose 'Strange Meetings Club' as the project.