ROG – Recycling Olympic Games

Recycling Olympic Games (ROG) is an alternative sports event that is focused on creative waste reusing where teams compete for the title of “International UpCycling Champion”. The project enables situation-specific, creative production and performative actions to be happening at the site of ROG and around Helsinki for the duration of the games. The 2016 ROG site/village will be located adjacent to Lapinlahti beach. Teams will be randomly assigned a challenge which they should complete using found objects and materials.

22.9: Arrival of participants, assigning of tasks & team planning
23. - 24.9: Working time
25.9.: Judging, hanging out, party/BBQ
26.9.: Cleaning up and departure

Please register to participate for the international Recycling Olympic Games 2016 at
About Justin Tyler Tate and Mikko Laajola

Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now works internationally. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University and currently is an MFA candidate at Helsinki Academy of the Arts, his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media, performance and social art. Tate’s work is concerned with ideas of space, function and interactivity; he uses traditional methods of construction/fabrication in unconventional ways, altering the purpose of a space and thereby, changing how viewers experience it.
Mikko Laajola is an artist-gardener, hacker-maker and experimenter, based in Helsinki. In the last years he has been organising workshops within the collectives such as Pixelache, Kokomys, Trashlab, Error Collective, and OSCEDays Helsinki, and is a member of Piknik Frequency ry (organisers of Pixelache Festival). He is interested in open-source practices, co-operative commons production, and exploring open-hardware technologies. Laajola’s main material is waste, discarded, found and repurposed materials, and  he is working towards social change and the development of self-organised education.  Since 2016, he is the chairperson of Pixelache.