Marco Casagrande & Sami Rintala :
art that comments on society

Casagrande & Rintala,
Land(e)scape, 1999
Three wooden houses/barns
Savonlinna, Finlande

Marco Casagrande (born in 1971) and Sami Rintala (born in 1969) are a team of architects from Helsinki, Finland, that boast prolific activity in the domain of the arts.

Marco Casagrande and Sami Rintala devise architectural and landscape installations, theatre and dance settings as well as multimedia productions that comment on society and the environment.

For their landscape installation 1000 White Flags (summer 2002), for example, the artists speckled a downhill-skiing range in Koli Nature Park, Finland, with flags made of used sheets from mental hospitals. Casagrande & Rintala here drew attention to the madness of businessmen who cut down ancient forests.

The artists team participated at the Venice Biennale 2000 and the Yokohama Triennial 2001 and Demeter 2002, the Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition.

   Project for the Biennale

Casagrande & Rintala , Chain Reactor, 2002
A steel structure, chains, granite benches, gravel
6,8 x 6 x 6 m

Casagrande & Rintala , Chain Reactor, 2002
A steel structure, chains, granite benches, gravel
6,8 x 6 x 6 m

Real Reality,
by Casagrande & Rintala

"One shall not be blindfolded by stress, the surroundings of economics, the online access to entertainment and information. What is real, is valuable. Urban planning must find a way to be connected into real things, not destructive things or design as entertainment. What is not real is not valuable.

The economical surroundings don't support kindness. Without kindness there will be no positive results. Hacking rhythm of life with no space to see the horizon, no values supporting to look for the horizon. Consuming without questioning and destroying nature which cannot be seen around and so making all this easier. Nature being a looser in economical speculations.

Globalization is concrete in the means of pollution. Economical expectations, speculations are fictive. Information is in (the) air, the means of information are secondary products. Streams of material are close to reality. Pollution is reality. The responsibility of environmental design is lost to fictive economical speculations in no connection with real reality. Surroundings shaped by no real values will destroy us. Design has replaced reality. A bear has hair because it's hairy and not because somebody has decided so.

City cannot be treated as a camp for fixed amount of legionnaires. Instead of design we need psychoanalysis. The hectic rhythm of life and dominance of economics reflects in the cityscape badly causing bad environments, ecological problems and the illusion of stress. The illusion of stress is the atmosphere in which pollution and prostitution are created. This atmosphere is closed and paranoid as in malaria.

The atmosphere of temporarity is giving the cause not to think of future. Horizon is in no social value. All human existence should be in connection to eternity, nature.

Urban design has become economical designing of dead cities with temporary masses. Thinking cities as microchips, replacing components with more effective ones. Human layers are not valued, the connection between modern man and nature does not fit into the context of urban planning."

   Work Shown at the 3rd Biennale de Montréal

Casagrande & Rintala
Chain Reactor, 2002
1. Chain Reactor, 2002
A steel structure, chains, granite benches, gravel
6,8 x 6 x 6 m

   Exhibitions (selection)
  • La 3e Biennale de Montréal - 2002, Montréal, (Québec), Canada
  • Demeter, Tokachi International Contemporary Art Exhibition, Japan
  • Land(e)scape, Urban Flashes 2, IT Park, Tapei, Taiwan


  • Subconscious Architecture, La Biennale Dell'Arte Contemporanea di Firenze, Florence, Italy
  • New trends of Architecture in Europe and Japan 2001, Berlage Institute, Rotterdam, Holland
  • Novas Tendências da Arquitectura na Europa e Japão 2001, Espaço 2001, Porto, Portugual
  • New Trends of Architecture in Europe and Japan 2001, Hillside Gallery, Tokyo, Japan


  • Free Architecture, Instituto Superior Politecnico José Antonio Echevarria, La Havane, Cuba
  • Free Architecture, Centro Wilfredo Lam, La Septima Bienal de la Habana, Cuba
  • Land(e)scape, Time of Wood, Fiskars, Finland
  • Land(e)scape, La Biennale di Venezia 7, Mostra Internazionale di Architectura, Venise, Italy
  • Land(e)scape, Emerging Architecture, Riba Architecture Gallery, Londres, United Kingdom
  •    Casagrande & Rintala on the Web
  •  Yokohama Triennale 2001 (Japan)


      David Blatherwick

      Cai Guo-Qiang

         & Rintala


      Marcel Dzama

      Graham Gillmore

      Betty Goodwin

      Angela Grauerholz

      Daniel Guzman

      Mathew Hale

      Anton Henning

      Cisco Jiménez


      Lux Lindner

      Corinne Marchetti

      Jorge Luis Marrero

      François Morelli

      Claudia & Julia Müller

      Alain Paiement

      Bruno Peinado

      Ed Pien

      Jean-François Prost

      John Scott

      Kiki Smith

      Siphay Southidara

      Barthélémy Toguo

      Torolab (Raúl &
         Marcela Cárdenas)

      Pablo Vargas-Lugo

      (S. Scala & S. Crispino)

      Jean-Luc Verna

      Fabien Verschaere


      Michel Iorio


      Cees Krijnen



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