Hype man

He ain't no sidekick. All hype, all the time.

The Hype Man

Justin Tyler Tate was born in Canada, grew up in the United States and now works is based in Helsinki. Receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University, his work combines elements of sculpture, installation, media and performance. 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. 

Justin is on the board of directors of Error Collective. Error dedicates disused spaces for cultural and social exchange through the design and construction of site specific materials. He also teaches workshops on the methodology of available materials, tools and site specificity.


Justin defined the role of SI Hype Man. This is not a mere co-host or 'sidekick' role, but rather a full-fledged commitment to maximum hype, round the clock. Justin never stops in his pursuit of excellence, and will be there to inspire and motivate your audience with his hot takes, exuberant energy, and perfect sense of timing. Advanced services include:

  • Facilitation of workshop activities for any ages (sushi, DIY tattoo, 'Fake it Til You Make It', etc.)
  • Organisation of Olympic-based recycling events
  • Production of custom GIF, PNG and video assets

Contact us for further information on pricing. We can make anything work for you!

Curriculum Vitae

Helsinki University of the Arts (Kuva), Sculpture, 2015- present
BA, Fine art, NSCAD University (Halifax), 2007

Selected exhibitions (*solo shows marked by asterisk)
2014 Anonymous Lives at Batman Art Laboratory in Batman, TR (Sept)
2014 *Artic Air at Grey Cube Galleriat, in Helsinki, FI (Jun)
2014 A-Eye at Goldsmiths, University of London, in London, UK (Apr)
2013 * Dark Matter at TotalDobze in Riga, LV (Sept)
2012 * Inventions for a Red Future at Gallery Aferro in Newark NJ, USA (Nov)
2010 * M. P. Bronstein’s Laboratory at Polymer Culture Factory in Tallinn EE. (Oct)
2010 *Lemonade Stand in Cooper Pedy, SA, AU.(Apr)

Selected Curriculum Development:
2015 Artist in Residence for Architecture Ukraine in Kyiv, UA (Jul-Aug)
2015 Artist in Residence for PAS_Progetto Atelier Sardegna in Belvi, IT (Feb-Mar) 2014 Artist in Residence for Tokachi-AIR in Nakasatsunai, JP (Aug-Oct)
2014 Invited to create installation for Ecoismi 2014 in Cassano D’adda, IT (Jun) 2014 Invited to create installations for Olohuone 306,4km2 in Turku, FI (Jun) 2013 Artist in Residence for LeVilleMatte in Villasor, IT (Oct)
2013 Artist in Residence at FKSE (Fiatal Képzőművészek Stúdiója Egyesület) in Budapest, HU (Summer)
2013 Invited to create installation for Il Muro d’Europa in San Sperate, IT (Jun)
2013 Invited to create installation for TotalDobze’s spring opening event, KOMPASS in Riga,
LV (Apr)
2013 Artist in residence at Nida Art Colony in Nida, LT (Jan)
2012 Invited to create installation for TimeLine Hotel, part of SurvivalKit 4, in Sigulda, LV

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