Aaron McLaughlin

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Teo Ala-Ruona

Teo Ala-Ruona is a Helsinki-based performance artist whose work focuses on somatospeculative fictioning. Ala-Ruona explores themes such as techno-trans-masculinity, sexuality, ecology, and toxicity through a combination of theoretical discourse, autobiographical text material, and psychologically and physically intense performance scores. By often using…

Mattias Hellberg

Mattias Hellberg’s artistic practice deals with historical research into ‘small stories’, meaning stories that in some sense never could become mainstream history. The artist often wants to rework these stories into a form which gives them new life- as a…

Xiyao Chen

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The residency programme that started in 2021 invites artists, curators, designers, architects, researchers and other creators to become part of the SODAS 2123 community. This is a unique residency near the city centre, which provides opportunities for Lithuanian and foreign artists to live and create at the SODAS 2123 cultural complex, alongside already operating cultural organisations and local artists. With over 50 artists’ studios, rehearsing studios for bands, offices for design, film and visual arts organisations, exhibition spaces, event spaces, various workshops, a cafe, a public outdoor garden space, a public allotment, and more, SODAS 2123 provides space for a variety of cultural and art disciplines, and each resident in the complex is open to sharing, learning and craftsmanship.


The SODAS 2123 artist-in-residence spaces were arranged by the architects Ona Lozuraitytė and Petras Išora. The spaces were created with DIY aesthetics in mind, and following ecological principles. In creating a sustainable environment, the architects used left-over materials from exhibitions, and recycled various objects for a second use. There are two studio apartments: of 28 square metres, and 27 square metres.
On the residency floor there is a fully equipped kitchen, work spaces and communal spaces. Residents are welcome to use a shared studio in the Alt Lab, as well as the Atletika gallery spaces between exhibitions.


28-square-metre individual room with a kitchenette and bathroom


27-square-metre individual room with a shared kitchen and bathroom


Photo credits – Bon Alog.

Aaron McLaughlin

Aaron McLaughlin is an interdisciplinary artist working in film, sculpture, writing, performance and curation. Alongside his artistic practice, he runs Still Making Art, a community development platform that aims to support artists in the initial and usually most turbulent stages…

Teo Ala-Ruona

Teo Ala-Ruona is a Helsinki-based performance artist whose work focuses on somatospeculative fictioning. Ala-Ruona explores themes such as techno-trans-masculinity, sexuality, ecology, and toxicity through a combination of theoretical discourse, autobiographical text material, and psychologically and physically intense performance scores. By often using…

Mattias Hellberg

Mattias Hellberg’s artistic practice deals with historical research into ‘small stories’, meaning stories that in some sense never could become mainstream history. The artist often wants to rework these stories into a form which gives them new life- as a…