The complaints choir by Tellervo Kalleinen and Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen is one of the best art works I’ve seen over the past years. The project is unique because it manages to sort an effect on a very elementary level; it provides consolation, as well as laughter. I was delighted to see that the videos were published on youtube. The text underneath is from the website of Tellervo Kalleinen.
“A Project which is fuelled by the energy used for complaining”
Through advertising throughout the city, Kalleinen and Kochta-Kalleinen invited the people of Birmingham (2005), Helsinki (2006), Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg (2006) and St.Petersburg (2006) to complain about anything they wanted. The project was open for everybody who was ready to sing out their complains in a public performance. In each city the complaints were transformed into an impressive choir song during a workshop, which consisted of 5 meetings.
The songs were composed and conducted by local musicians Mike Hurley (Birmingham), Esko Grundström (Helsinki) and Stefanie Ressin (Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg) TPO «Composer» Peter Pospelov, Alexander Manotskov (St.Petersburg).
The Birmingham complaints choir: