Arlene H. Tucker

Fine Art / Games / Writing / Video & Voice Portfolio

Author, Creator and Curator:

Ryijy: weaving wishes is a site-specific art installation that explores the boundaries between collectivity and individuality through traditional Finnish weaving techniques.

Dear You
 interactive art project connects schools and children aged 4-15 years old internationally by making and sharing art with each other. August 2013 – present.

Translation is Dialogue (TID) installation of mixed and multimedia artworks and workshops that raises awareness of the communication process. 2010 – present.

Exhibitions & Installations:

TID: Exploring Hypertext Pixelache Festival, Helsinki, Finland, sound mapping and mobile making in collaboration with Susanne Palzer, September 21-24, 2017.


Ryijy: creating connections. Stoa Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, Interactive installation created with Daniel Malpica. June 12-July 23, 2017.

In Transit >< Käännöksessa. Bokvillan Gallery, Helsinki, Finland, March 1-31, 2017. Collection of visual art and text based on what ‘In Transit’ ‘Käännöksessa’ means.


Salaista – piilotetun käännöstyöstä. Secrets – translating the hidden. With Emma Fält, Sotku Theatre, Kuopio, Finland. Performance on October 21-22, 2016, Workshops on October 17, 18, 19, 2016 at Sotku Theatre.


Ryijy: Weaving Wishing. Maailma kylässä/World Village Festival in Helsinki, Finland. Interactive installation created with Daniel Malpica. May 28-29, 2016.


Hear Here There - - - Tuolla Kuultua Tässä. Hirvitalo in Tampere, Finland. Part of

Performanssifiesta. August 8, 2015.


Hear Here - - - Kuule tässä. Sommelo Festival, Kuhmo, Finland and Haikola, Russia. With Emma Fält. July 1-6, 2015.

TID: Ahjo at Play at Ah!Jo! Taidekeskus Ahjo.
Part of schlupp drawing symposium group show. Interactive installation. May 28 to June16, 2015.

Mixed Media. Part of Frozen Species group show. Oranssi Space in Helsinki, Finland. February 22, 2015. Sound and video installation commentary on what is food and how do we eat it.

Let Me Feed You. Mixed Media. Part of Frozen Species group show. Helsinki Botanical Garden at Kaisaniemi in Helsinki, Finland. February 24, 2015-present. Interactive installation for all animals to congregate and dine.

Here Again. 3x4" colored pencil drawing. Postcard From the Edge A Benefit for Visual Aids group show. Luhring Augustine, 531 W. 24th Street, NYC. January 31-February 1, 2015.

TID: Transposed Translations at Third Space Gallery, Helsinki, Finland. November 24-December 2, 2014. Installation of collected spacial maps from performance at In Dialogue in the UK.


TID: Transforming through Translation 1:1 at In Dialogue International Symposium, Nottingham, UK. October 4, 2014. Digital performance of mapping space with Alejandra Pineda Silva (Colombia).

Play Parts of a Whole: an evolving space at MoKS Gallery, Mooste, Estonia. July 5-14, 2014. Collection of interactive artworks that spawn awareness of space, sound, and storytelling.

Survival, Past, Living, Closed Ears (SPLC) at H-Studios, Berlin, Germany. Sound and video piece as part of NMN 100 Installation. March 10, 2014.

Going Somewhere / Menossa Jonnekin at Kantti Gallery, Helsinki. Solo show of Tucker’s collage and paintings. November 2013.


Maalauskoulu C at Aula Galleria, Helsinki. Group show of 2D works. October 29-November 17, 2013.

Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation (ACSI), an innovation program co-organized by Aalto University and the New Club of Paris. ACSIbition on August 14, 2012, Design Factory, Otaniemi, Espoo.

TID: Tools to Translate at Esitystaiteen Keskus in Helsinki on July 8, 2012. Arlene Tucker & Sari Kivinen offered a series of dynamic exercises; movement, verbal, visual, performative, linguistic and semiotic, to help understand the process of interpretation.

TID: unKontained Translations at Kontaining, Lasipalatsinaukio, Helsinki, June 7, 2012. Created a 24hour public art installation and workshop space out of a shipping container. Kontaining is produced by Ptarmigan ry in association with the Arts Council of Uusimaa.

TID: New York City Makes it Translate at Freeform + Deform, workshop on July 29, opening on July 20, 2011. Held a one day workshop then installed show of interpretations made based on previous translations.

TID: Helsinki in Transition at SHuSH Helsinki, Tarmonkuja 2 Länsisatama, June 12, 2011. Created a space for live translations to be realized using drawing, dancers, and interactive software. The show was in collaboration with SHuSH art collective and Ptarmigan ry.

Air Play sound installation on busy street. Galleria Espoonsilta, Espoo, Finland, April 18-29, 2011.

Air Play sound installation in children’s playroom. Helsinki Public Library, Espoo, Finland, April 18-20, 2011.

Symbo Limbo collection of interactive symbiotic play things. Applied Semiotics group show, Y-Galerii, Tartu, Estonia, April 12-May 8, 2011.

Translation is Dialogue installation of mixed, multimedia artworks and live performance pieces. Culture in Mediation: Total Translation, Complementary Perspectives will be held at the University of Tartu in Estonia on November 26-27, 2010.

Tea Me, screen print, 3x5", Postcards from the Edge group show, Brent Sikkema, 530 W 22nd St, New York, NY, December 4-5, 2004.

Little Chair” and “Red Chair” acrylic paintings. Small Works Shows, Exhibit A Gallery, Savannah, Georgia, 2002.

Project / Paper Presentations:
“This is not this is a mistake” Semiosalong paper and workshop presentation at Von Krahl in Tallinn, Estonia, March 21, 2014.

"Translation is Dialogue: Making the Thought Process" Tartu Semiotics Summer School 2013 - Autocommunication in Semiotic Systems, Kääriku, Estonia, August 18-23, 2013.

“This is fun: a basis for the criteria and categorization of play” Zoosemiotics and Animal
Representations International Conference, Tartu, Estonia, April 4-8, 2011.

“Translation is Dialogue” Art in Translation, International conference on language and the arts, Reykjavik, Iceland, May 27-29, 2010.

Published Articles:

”Hypnomatic” sound piece by Arlene Tucker and Guy Dowsett. Released on Cronica Records on October 31, 2016. This is the tenth release in the series Corollaries, that compiles works resulting from Active Crossover: Mooste, a cross-cultural collaborative residency curated by Simon Whetham and hosted by MoKS, in April and May 2015.

"Benches" review of PARK: Toivo Raidmets & Jaanika Peerna : Exhibition/Live Performance. Tallinn, Estonia, 2013.

“The Main Players” Research Through Gaming Blog, 2013.

“A metaphor is a metaphor” Hortus Semioticus, 2010.

“Sunday Morning” co-wrote with Sarah Lippek, Umělec, 3/2007.

“Twin Bed for Two” Umělec, 3/2004.


“Gods are Back Again” Umělec, 2/2004.


'Active Crossover: Mooste' – A cross-cultural collaborative residency curated by Simon Whetham and hosted by MoKS, in April and May 2015.
Arlene Tucker and Fernando Godoy also gave a sound workshop titled Sonic Lines to 4th, 5th, and 7th graders at Mooste Põhikool. Simon Whetham, Fernando Godoy, John Griznich, Tuulikki Bartosik, Hannah James, and I performed Bending the Lake.

Supported by Arts Council England and British Council, Eesti Kultuurkapital and MoKS.

Residency at MoKS, Mooste, Estonia

Artist-in-Residence from June 15-July 15, 2014 working on various illustrations and Translation is Dialogue pieces, including work for Play Parts of a Whole: an evolving space to be exhibited in MoKS Gallery.

Videos & Documentaries:
“Recording Voices: Communicating with Immigrant Families,” 6 min. 2006*.

“QAPAW: Queer Asian Pacific American Workshops,” co-directed with Kevin Lee. 2006*. *Both videos were produced for Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF) with the support of Manhattan Neighborhood Network Tactical Media Grant.

“Black Helmet,” 11 min. Shown at Savannah College of Art & Design Senior Short Film Festival, 2002.


Voice Over & Acting:

Voice of Receptionist, Last Minutes of Maybe by Denis, 2007

Voice of Cat, Meow Mix Money Song of a stuffed cat toy for Del Monte, 2006

Mod girl, M&M’s Candy commercial, 2003

Asian girl, feature film Eurotrip, 2003

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