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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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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.

A thought to the sonic environment

Have you ever stopped to think about the sonic environment of our everyday life? Josué Moreno opens up the topic in our December event focusing on sound.

Photo: Roscoe Lee

Josué Moreno is a conservatory-trained music composer with a master’s degree in music technology. He has since moved to interdisciplinary artistic collaborations that create beautiful sonic spaces.

Want to know more? See the full talk on SOUND by Josué Moreno here.

Theme SOUND was chosen by CreativeMornings/Dublin and illustration is by Derry Dillon. December event is presented by Wix.

Risto Kuulasmaa at the intersection of fantasy and reality

Photo: Rita Miklán

The fantasies of past decades are becoming reality today. So why should we be stuck on a negative reality and fantasy of failing?

Risto Kuulasmaa takes us on a journey through our own fantasies and challenges us to enter to playful fantasy. What kind of party would we set up for ourselves with one thousand euros? And with ten million euros for refugees in Helsinki?

After working as an television and online media executive at the Finnish Broadcasting company Yle, Risto is currently leading Tubecon, the biggest Youtuber convention event in Scandinavia.

Did you miss the November morning filled with flying fantasies, confetti – and cake? Watch full talk here.

November event is presented by Shutterstock. Theme FANTASY was chosen by Lima chapter and illustration was done by Hayden Davis.

Transparency about who we are could be the key for building trust

Our October speaker, author and journalist Hippo Taatila says the biggest lesson he’s learned is getting to know himself and recognizing his own cognitive processes. Transparence about one’s own processes could help us in our own projects as well as working with others. [Photo: Andrea Balogh]

Watch Hippo Taatila’s talk on transparency. 

October theme was chosen by our friends in the Cincinnati chapter. Transparent illustration by James Billiter.

Sparkling Sanna Mander dares us to dream

The theme of September is Magic and it is chosen by our Porto chapter.

Speaking in September is Sanna Mander.

Blessed with millions of ideas, Sanna walks us through her stunning illustrations, introduces power princesses and all the things that make her creative juices flow.

Sanna leaves us with an encouraging statement “Dare to dream and dare to be yourself”. See the full talk here.