Friday 9 September
At 1 PM, in Finnish/ Zoom
A Zoom link will be sent to all who register for the event. You will also be able to follow a live stream of the event from the Design Museum’s Facebook page.
The Design Museum’s Lunch Talk introduces the themes of the exhibition What if? Alternative Futures on the opening day. The winning exhibition of the Design Club Open Call will open at the Design Museum’s Gallery at Helsinki Design Week on 9 September 2022.
In the discussion, we will hear about the co-design process that preceded the exhibition, the concretization of different futures, and discuss why thinking about the future is important in the first place. The participants to the discussion are Mikko Dufva, Sitra’s leading expert on the future, Sara Martinsen, the project manager and one of the curators of the exhibition, and video artist Irene Suosalo.
The discussion will take place on the Zoom platform and can also be followed live on the Design Museum’s Facebook event.
“What if?” is one of the basic questions when exploring future scenarios and it can steer thoughts towards more unexpected outcomes. This helps us to understand that multiple futures exist and they can differ substantially from our initial expectations. This autumn, the Design Museum’s Gallery exhibition will encourage us to think of the future. The exhibition is based on the Weak Signals report by Sitra that identifies and interprets the unexpected phenomena of the future, as well as their potential impacts on our lives.
Mikko Dufva is Sitra’s leading foresight specialist. In his work, he examines future trends, the tensions between these trends and mental images connected with the future. In addition, he seeks to identify signals that may be weak now but are nevertheless significant from the point of view of the future. Mikko has extensive experience in foresight studies and a doctorate in Science (Technology) on creation of futures knowledge and systemic foresight. Photo: Miikka Pirinen
Irene Suosalo (b.1995) is a video artist mainly focusing on experimental animation. She studied photography at Lahti University of Applied Sciences – Institute of Design, but her focus started to shift into moving image already while pursuing her studies. In her working process, she explores new and old methods of animation and mixes them together. The process combines drawing and manual work and computer programs and video synthesisers. She focuses on playfulness and being timeless and experimental. The process often starts with simple elements that take on a new form through trial and error. Photo: Tuukka Tammisaari
For the What if? Alternative Futures exhibition, Sara Martinsen has been working as the project manager and as one of the curators. At the Design Museum, Sara has worked as an Exhibition Producer since 2021. Sara is a Designer (BA) and a Scenographer (MA) by training. Before working at the Design Museum, Sara has done projects ranging from design, coordination and communications tasks, her main focus been on art and design projects. Sara is particularly fascinated by the interdisciplinarity of art and design, spatial experiences, as well as collaborative working methods.
Background: Design Club Open Call #4
The Design Club Open Call project has been seeking and acquiring new and impressive exhibition content for Design Museum’s Gallery. The winner of this year’s Design Club Open Call is the Future Objects by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The present call was for exhibition concepts concerning new information.
The first Design Club Open Call exhibition was Milla Vaahtera’s Dialogue in 2018, displaying the skilled work of glassblowers of Nuutajärvi in the form of mobiles. In the second round of the series, in 2019, the winner was the Critical Tide exhibition that studied the Ocean and the potential for positive impact through design. The third winner was the exhibition Soil Matters in 2020. The exhibition explored the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity.