Next Helsinki speaker
Astrid Swan on Anxiety
Astrid Swan is a songwriter and a performer, who is currently writing a PhD on mommyblogs and a memoir.
She is passionate about writing, creativity, feminist theories and expression as a means of investigating issues such as death, motherhood, fragility, affects, digital futures and style as a tool of survival and pleasure. Swan has spoken publicly about her life as a metastatic breast cancer thriver both on her blog and in interviews.
Photo: Mikko Rasila
Astrid Swan on Anxiety
Friday 22nd of January
Death with Maija Butters
Maija Butters is a cultural anthropologist working in the doctoral program of History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Helsinki. She teaches on death cultures and rituals in various religious and cultural traditions, and her dissertation is on contemporary death and dying in Finland. Currently, she is looking into rituals and ritualisations around dying patients. Maija is also involved with hospice education, and she lectures on culturally and religiously sensitive patient care.
Maija Butters on Death
Friday 24th of November
Koko Hubara on Pioneer
Koko Hubara is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the first and only media for people of color by people of color in Finland, Ruskeat Tytöt (“Brown Girls”). Hubara, born in Vantaa, is from Viipuri, Kemijärvi, Israel and Yemen. Her literary debut Ruskeat Tytöt was published in March 2017.
She will be talking about entering the white industry of literature and publishing in Finland and social media as a literary space for Finnish people of color.
Photo: Toni Härkönen
Compassion with Kaari Mattila
In September, we’ll talk about Compassion with Kaari Mattila, Secretary-General of the Finnish League for Human Rights.
Mattila believes that compassionate listening and curiosity change the world. Minorities and others who are discriminated against benefit from compassion, not from pity. Creating a fairer country and world by dissolving the power structures in societies and between people fascinates Mattila endlessly.
Kaari’s sources of inspiration include
- Major innovations that further equality such as free school meals in Finland
- Brainstorming and developing new ideas collectively
- Thought-provoking books
Photo by Susanna Kosonen
Compassion with Kaari Mattila
Friday 29th of September
Jeremiah Tesolin on Genius
How to transform past genius into present one?
In our August event, Jeremiah Tesolin, Creative Director of Fiskars Scandinavian Living, will talk about GENIUS - both in the past and present. Jeremiah Tesolin leads an internal design team working on Iittala, Royal Copenhagen, Arabia and Rörstrand. He specializes in designing brands. His wide experience in design, retail, and branding enables him to make unique links between the disciplines.
CreativeMornigs/Hel August event takes place at Miltton (Kaisaniemenkatu 6 A)
GENIUS with Jeremiah Tesolin
Friday 25th August
Miltton (Kaisaniemenkatu 6 A)
Survival with Pirjo Kääriäinen
For CreativeMornings June, designer Pirjo Kääriäinen will talk about SURVIVAL in the context of creating new concepts for more sustainable material world. Pirjo Kääriäinen (1963) is a Finnish textile specialist, working now as a Designer in Residence at the Aalto University, Finland.
Since 2011 she has been facilitating multidisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between arts, design and science, including both education and research. CHEMARTS is aiming to inspire students and researchers to explore biomaterials together, and to create new concepts for more sustainable material world.Before her career in academia, Pirjo Kääriäinen worked eighteen years for Scandinavian textile commerce and printing industry and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for creative industries.
SURVIVAL with Pirjo Kääriäinen
Friday 16th of June
Idil Gaziulusoy on Serendipity
In May, Dr. Idil Gaziulusoy will introduce the “Serendipitous Futures” that await us. She will explain how design researchers approach the problem of making futures which are inherently unknowable; which as she puts it is “a process full of serendipity”.
Idil, is Assistant Professor of Sustainable Design in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University. She is a sustainability scientist and a design researcher. Her research aims to develop non-business-as-usual visions for sustainable and desirable urban futures using participatory methods. In the times remaining from opening up the minds of students to planting seeds of change and chasing exciting new knowledge through research, İdil provides strategic consultancy to organisations and cities on proactively taking part and innovating in the current context of large, systemic changes for sustainability.
Photo by Iiris Heikka
SERENDIPITY with Idil Gaziulusoy
Friday 26th of May
Beyond with Saara Salmi and Marco Melander
In April, as a part of BEYOND, photographers Saara Salmi and Marco Melander recounted their Atelieri O. Haapala project. The project grew from one-off event photobooth to eight years of neo-Victorian portraits, adventures, exhibitions and more.
The duo took us BEYOND time discussing why nostalgia fascinates so many and how the past is always perceived through the lense of current views.
Saskia Vogel on Taboo
On the last Friday of March Saskia Vogel will be talking about the invisible TABOOs that we carry with us: ideas and knowledge that we don’t know are there or have never thought to question.
“I am going to look at how allowing ourselves to explore our fantasies can help unlock insight into ourselves and our relationship to the world, the connection between creativity and the erotic, and the power of permission.” Saskia says.
Saskia Vogel is a Berlin based writer who has written on the themes of gender, power, and sexuality for publications such as Granta, The White Review, The Offing, and The Quietus. Her translations include work by leading female authors.
Get ready to challenge your own taboos at
Friday 31st March at 8.30 am
Tickets available on Mon 27th March.
Learn more about Saskia Vogel on saskiavogel.com
Moments with Tero Ahonen
In February, as a part of MOMENTS, self-taught photographer and graphic designer Tero Ahonen shared three amazing stories behind beautiful photos. We found out that perfect moments can be spontaneous, arranged or somewhere in between.
“Even if you’re not feeling the moment, the moment can change – or you can change.” – Tero Ahonen
Photo: Babak Arzani
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