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January 25, 8:30am • Design Museum • part of a series on Surreal

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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
Design Museum
8.30 am

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
Design Museum
8.30 am

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.

Photo by Babak Arzani
Find out more about Atelieri O. Haapla at

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
Design Museum
Tickets available on Mon 27th March.

Learn more about Saskia Vogel on

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
Find out more about Tero Ahonen:

Interview with Katri Saarikivi

Katri Saarikivi leads the NEMO project at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. The project studies how to enrich the emotional side of the digital word to allow more empathy and natural interaction. In January’s CreativeMornings/Helsinki Katri gave an inspiring talk on the importance of scientific thinking.

What was your first paying job?
I suppose it was an “ärrän myyjä”, a kiosk lady :)

Songs for good or bad days?
I don’t use music in this way. Something like Bach or heavy metal works well when I need to get things done. If I need to focus or psych myself up for something, I use other types of music like minimal electro or real trashy or pathetic pop music. I’ve found that sometimes, out of the blue, music just sounds amazing. So perhaps it goes the other way around – music alters my day in many ways, I don’t try to match the music to my mood.

If you had a billboard somewhere, what would you write on it?
You have one life, and an amazing brain. Be awake, curious, and learn as much about the world, yourself and others as you can.

A good read – a book, article or a quote that had a deep impact on you?
“The most efficient search of an unmapped territory takes the form of a random walk.” Dyson, G., Turing’s CathedralOne thing you want to make sure to teach your child?
Scientific thinking

What’s the best thing about your job?
That it’s difficult.

13. Hour in January’s 60-Second Pitch

No stage

No auditorium

No ready-made path

This fairytale is not for children. 555 square meters of space – You are free to immerse yourself into the performance as an invisible spectator, like you were in the middle of a film.

Theatre Vapaa Vyöhyke brings immersive theatre to Finland for the first time in this form. 13. HOUR is the moment that questions everything you’ve experienced before.

Curious? Watch the trailer and read more. 13. Hour performances run in Helsinki through February.

How to study the unknown?

Researcher Katri Saarikivi takes us on a MYSTERY tour from scientific perspective. How to study the unknown? Is there room for miracles in science?

Photo by Markku Verkasalo

Katri Saarikivi leads the NEMO project at the Cognitive Brain Research Unit at the University of Helsinki. The project studies how to enrich the emotional side of the digital word to allow more empathy and natural interaction. NEMO stands for Natural emotionality in digital interaction. The project brings together specialists from neuroscience, gaming, psychology, virtual & augmented reality and media.

Interview with Josué Moreno

At CreativeMornings/Helsinki we want to know more about our speakers. In December Josué Moreno paid us a visit. We talked about life, work and books with him.

Your first paying job?
My parent’s health was not rock-solid, so I started very young earning my money by going to sell clothes at itinerant flea markets. I hated it back then but now I am realizing that I learnt a lot of important things back in those days, especially from the places and people I got to know.

Songs for good or bad days?
It really depends on what kind of good or bad day it is. Sometimes I listen to Bowie, sometimes to Bach, sometimes to Morton Feldman or I just listen to daily life sounds. I try to keep my ears as open as possible and it is just the mood of the day what decides.

If you had a billboard somewhere, what would you write on it?
“Walk slowly, drift, listen.”

A good read?
I propose three books: Silence by John Cage;  Spaces speak, are you listening? by Barry Blesser and Linda-Ruth Salter; and Rayuela by Julio Cortázar.

One thing you want to make sure to teach your child?
The world is a great place to enjoy playfully with curiosity without big long-term plans.

The best thing about your job?
It might sound cliché but I don’t feel like working. Everyday is different and every project is a new opportunity to learn something or meet cool people or places. Even when I teach, is an adventure every time.