Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Tuesday 25.9. – Friday 28.9. 11:00 – 17:00
Saturday 29.9. 
10:00 – 16:00
Park next to the Kuopio City Hall | Tulliportinkatu Street 31

A field of semi intelligent seesaws

Rejoice in the safe absurdity of a see saw ride, while our democracy teeters towards ever more dangerous farce. As you enjoy the rare opportunity to ride, speak, and listen, remember that Pivot is programmed to consider all words it hears, and is reflecting your own views, and the views of many others.Pivot asks for patience, for itself, and with each other. An endangered piece of equipment, much like the dwindling opportunities more generally in contemporary society to resolve our differences through the peaceful means of dialogue, Pivot hopes that your conversations can be a tonic for a strengthened empathy.

Pivot’s field of boldly coloured seesaws invites you to stop and play – and then asks you to think deeply about the commitments you make every day to create this complex world of ours. What does the future hold for our public spaces when those in power seem hell bent on inflaming divisions rather than fostering confident, diverse communities? How can we make sure that the tensions emerging from cultural difference become constructive rather than remaining insecure, hateful and damaging? How do we find that balance?

Seesaw with decision makers!

We have challenged decision makers from the City of Kuopio to discuss with the town residents while having a seesaw ride.
Meet them at Pivot seesaws!

Tuesday 25.9. 11.00-12.00 Vice Mayor Jari Kyllönen
Wednesday 26.9. 12.00 – 13.00 Vice Mayor Jari Saarinen
Thursday 27.9. 13.00 – 14.00 Vice Mayor Pekka Vähäkangas
Friday 28.9. 11.30 – 12.30 Marketing Director Kirsi Soininen

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

How to get there?

Park next to the City Hall:


Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot


Created by Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey

In collaboration with Design consultant: Sue Fenton Software: Mick Byrne &
We Make Apps Audio consultant: Jim Atkins

Technical manager: Bosco

Shaw construction management: Additive

Production management: Emily O'Brien

Pivot was commissioned by Melbourne Fringe, and supported by Federation Square and the City of Melbourne. The project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.


Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU)

Madeleine Flynn and Tim Humphrey are leading Australian artists who create unexpected situations for listening. They have an award winning long term collaborative practice. Their work is driven by a curiosity and questioning about listening in human culture and seeks to evolve and engage with new processes and audiences, through public and participative interventions. Their practice intertwines local, national and international relationships. In 2017 their practice was awarded the prestigious Australia Council Award for Emerging and Experimental Artforms.

Their work has been presented and commissioned widely internationally including Theater Der Welt, Germany: Brighton Festival UK: Sonica Festival Glasgow: Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju: Incheon Art Platform, Seoul: Sydney Festival Australia: Melbourne Festival and AsiaTopa, Melbourne: Kennedy Center, Washington USA amongst many others. Their current areas of interest are existential risk, artificiall intelligence in public space, and long form socially engaged public art interventions.

Madeleine Flynn & Tim Humphrey (AU): Pivot