December 8–18, 2022

Mobile Sweat

Art Spin

Canada, Åland Islands, Finland, Norway

Mobile Sweat

This event is a Nordic Spotlight, part of Nordic Bridges.


Winter like the Nordics! Art Spin is proud to present Mobile Sweat, a nomadic wood-fired mobile sauna and unique platform for contemporary art, featuring a program of contemporary sound and video art, as well as live performance to be experienced while you sweat.

Also on site: Sauna Obscura, the tent edition, a newly commissioned project by Finnish artist Heidi Lunabba. Experience the combination of camera obscura and wood-fired sauna, where you sweat inside a camera with the surrounding environment projected onto the walls and the bodies of the sauna goers. 

At its heart, Mobile Sweat will serve as a celebration of community building, public health, and social interaction, values that are at the very core of sweat bathing traditions around the world and which Art Spin team members had the pleasure of experiencing in a truly embodied manner during their recent travels to Norway and Finland to research more about Nordic sauna cultures. 

This is Art Spin’s latest foray into exhibiting art in unique and alternative spaces; follow Mobile Sweat as it travels across the GTA and Southern Ontario as a part of Art Spin’s larger project Public Sweat coming in spring 2023. 

Artist Credits

Sauna and bathing inspired photographs by Kenneth Bamberg (Åland Islands), Ruth Kaplan (Canada), Sami Kero (Finland) and Jussi Puikkonen (Finland). 

A series of video works screened inside the mobile sauna by Stein Henningsen (Norway), Mari Keski-Korsu (Finland) and the North American premier of video artist Tone Bjordam’s (Norway) Seasonal Transitions. 

Join the interactive sessions that draw upon the deep roots of Finnish sauna culture, and the playful yet profound connections between human and natural elements, with Finnish sauna guides-in-residence Sauna Konkeli. 

Experience Sound Bath, a unique musical program curated by Akash Bansal (Canada) that reinterpret the idea of ‘spa music’ featuring a series of ambient live performances in our lounge by IRL, Short Bloom, Moon King, and Eejungmi. 

About Art Spin

Art Spin is an organization that presents exceptional contemporary art in unexpected spaces to create unique public experiences.  

We’re a gallery without walls, a cultural centre that lives and travels across the city, a nomadic arts programmer and a cultural mediator – mentoring, collaborating, supporting and sharing contemporary art – making it public in the process. 

Dates & Times

December 8
5pm – 10pm

December 9
5pm – 10pm

December 10
12pm – 10pm

December 11
12pm – 10pm

December 13
5pm – 10pm

December 14
5pm – 10pm

December 15
5pm – 10pm

December 16
5pm – 10pm

December 17
12pm – 10pm

December 18
12pm – 10pm

Closed – Monday, December 12 for sauna maintenance and cleaning


North East Pavilion

225 Queens Quay W.

M5J 2Y6

A standalone building on the North East corner of the campus.

Formerly Lavazza Cafe