Ryoko Akama (UK/JP)
Ryoko Akama is a UK-based composer, a performer and a sound artist. She develops her own methods for compositions and makes DIY electronics for sound objects to achieve installations and performance. Apprenticeship to Mrs. Yatotaka Kineie on Nagauta (shamisen/voice/percussion) since 2005 has taken her artistic insight to ideology of Japanese tradition, especially in the field of music, theatre and teams. She investigates sound and silence in temporal-spatial matter that leads development of composition series – tones of orient. The recent extension of interest in Japanese philosophy has expanded her attitude towards aesthetics in more subtle and delicate soundscape and pursuits in the reinvention of instruments as new forms. http://ryokoakama.com
Erich Berger (AT/FI)
Austrian-born Erich Berger is an artist and cultural worker based in Helsinki, Finland. His interests lie in information processes and feedback structures, which he investigates through installations, situations, performances and interfaces. Berger’s work has been shown and produced internationally, and received a number of awards. Currently Berger is lecturing at the Fine Art Academy in Vienna/ Austria and working as coordinator for the Finnish Society of Bioart. http://randomseed.org
Brett Bloom (US/DK)
Brett Bloom is an artist, activist, writer and publisher. His main work is collaborative with the group Temporary Services (Copenhagen/Chicago/Philadelphia). The group makes work together, writes about art, and publishes obsessively. They run Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint. Bloom works with Bonnie Fortune on the Mythological Quarter using art as a tool to investigate place, ecology, city planning and more. Bloom’s most recent essay “Superkilen: Participatory Park Extreme!” (Kriitk, April 2013, Copenhagen) is an investigation of a new park in Copenhagen designed by starchitects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and the art group Superflex. It looks at how narratives of democracy and participation are used to gloss over extreme influence peddling and the spatialization of neoliberal values and corrupt city planning. http://temporaryservices.org
Bonnie Fortune (US/DK)
Bonnie Fortune is an artist and writer whose work looks at ecology-social and environmental– and the communication of affect. Her work has been shown at the Smart Museum (Chicago), the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Charlottenborg (Copenhagen, Roskilde Museum for Contemporary Art, and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts( Nashville), among other locations. Additionally, she makes public projects for municipalities, such as Bat House, an ecological habitat project for the city of Urbana, IL created in collaboration with Brett Bloom. Fortune often works collaboratively with artists and professionals from other disciplines to realize her interdisciplinary projects. http://mythologicalquarter.net
Carmen Fetz (AT)
Carmen Fetz is a student of University of Applied Art in Vienna. She is following two programs: ‘Art and Communication Practices’ and ‘Design, Architecture and Environment’. She is focussed n the public space and art. Her work is on the cross point of media art and social activism. Preferred media are sound, video , installations and photography.
Antye Greie-Ripatti (DE/FI)
AGF is the artist name of Antye Greie-Ripatti. Born and raised in East Germany. AGF is a vocalist, digital songwriter, producer, performer, e-poet, calligrapher, digital media artist and curator. She is known for artistic exploration of digital technology through the deconstruction of language and communication. Her poetry, which she converts into electronic music, calligraphy and digital media, has been presented on records, live performances and sound installations in museums, auditoria, theaters, concert halls and clubs in Europe, America and Asia. She runs Hai Art organisation. http://poemproducer.com
Martin Howse (UK/DE)
Martin Howse has worked for the last twelve years at the intersection of art and technology/science with a critical approach to the project of science and its relation with the environment/what could be called “damaged nature.” Much of his work is in the form of (collaborative) workshops or site interventions (ap0201, earthcode, The Crystal World to name a few projects), exploring the interface between materials and symbolic orders (code, software, language). He has been interested in exploring the complex interactions and impact of increasingly prevalent electromagnetic phenomena (from communication technologies for example) on both the environment and the human psyche (psychogeophysics). http://1010.co.uk/org/
Maarit Laihonen (FI)
Maarit Laihonen, M. Sc (Econ.), is a PhD candidate at the Department of Management and International Business at Aalto University School of Economics and Master’s student in social and moral philosophy at University of Helsinki. Her doctoral thesis concentrates on corporate responsibility aspects in nuclear energy politics. In general her research interests are business ethics, environmental ethics, corporate responsibility and politics. In addition Maarit lectures on issues related to corporate responsibility and global economy in Creative Sustainability Master’s Programme at the School of Business.
Pik Ki Leung (HK)
Pik Ki is a graduate of the University of Hong Kong in Sociology, Philosophy, and Political Theory. She worked as a self‐styled cultural worker for some years before pursuing her MA in Women’s Studies on a British Chevening Scholarship at the University of London. After a brief sojourn in Bloomsbury, Central London (where Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group of writers and artists were based), she returned to Hong Kong and took up part‐time lecturing at the University of Hong Kong and Baptist University teaching courses on gender and sexuality. She later embarked on doctoral studies at the University of Cambridge on a Li Po Chun Overseas Postgraduate Scholarship. She spent a year in Shanghai conducting ethnographic fieldwork for her project and is currently writing up her thesis on “Heterotopias and Excessive Practices in the Site of Girls’ Schooling in Postsocialist China.” In Case Pyhäjoki, Pik Ki will present her paper ‘Feminist Thought and Nuclear Criticism’. http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/gender/Leung_Pik_Ki.pdf
Mikko Lipiäinen (FI)
Mikko Lipiäinen is a visual artist from Tampere. He is focussed on dynamics of space construction, communities and possibilities of cricical art to make a change in the society. He is a member of Pispala Culture Association that runs Hirvitalo – Center of Contemporary Art Pispala. hirvikatu10.net
Liisa Louhela (FI)
Liisa Louhela is a student of History of Science and Ideas. She is studying her Master of Arts -degree (MA) at Oulu University. She has also studied art history, creative writing, film studies, philosophy and photographing. Louhela has been in Paska Kaupunni Ry – D.I.Y.-based cultural organization – for years and has organized many cultural-events. She lives in Hailuoto and works for Hai Art and Hailuoto municipality and as a freelance journalist. Louhela is the on-site local producer of Case Pyhäjoki.
Satu Lähteenoja (FI)
Satu Lähteenoja is a researcher of sustainable lifestyles and a project coordinator. She is specialised in furthering sustainable lifestyles in cities, in research and in politics. Her interest is in indicators for sustainable consumption and citizens participation in research. She works on these themes as a researcher in think tank Demos Helsinki, as a consult in D-Mat Ltd and as a volunteer in The Finnish Association for Nature Conservation (FANC) where she studies for example households’ consumption of natural resources. Before, she has worked for example in UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production in Germany and The Finnish Nature League. She has graduated from Helsinki University as a geographer. http://www.demoshelsinki.fi
Shin Mizukoshi (JP)
Shin Mizukoshi has been a professor of the Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies (iii, or Joho-Gakkan in Japanese) at the University of Tokyo (UTokyo, or Todai in Japanese) since September of 2009. From 2000 to 2009, he had been an associate professor. Mizukoshi advocates socio-media studies based on historical and social perspectives, rather than focused on information technology. One of his primary research activities, undertaken with his colleagues, was the MELL Project (Media Expression, Learning and Literacy Project), a practical studies on citizen’s media expression and media literacy. http://shinmizukoshi.net
Helene von Oldenburg (DE)
Helene von Oldenburg lives in Rastede and Hamburg, Germany. She holds a doctor’s degree of Agricultural Science and a Diploma in Visual Arts. Her work – presented in lectures, performances and installations – centers on research of appearances and effects digital media forces on perception, society and future. She is member of the Old Boys Network, curator of “UFO-Strategies”, 2000, and with Claudia Reiche founder of the first interplanetarien exhibition site on Mars THE MARS PATENT. http://www.obn.org
Opposite Solutions (RO)
The #OPPOSITE_SOLUTIONS group has collided in 2012 when Daniela Palimariu and Claudiu Cobilanschi have decided that some of their thematic can benefit from each other’s input and opposite. They are searching for a solely common argument or method, but agreeably fail to enrich each other’s activity through the sometimes differing languages and behaviour. A common interest is found, however, for applied sciences and the way in which these can be linked; for communication neologicals; for anthropology, predetermined structures and more to be discovered. This common ground is what makes things run. Overviews are constructed including individual pointofview and natural patterns that shifts the scale between.
Andrew Gryf Paterson (SCO/FI)
Andrew Paterson works across the fields of media/ network/ environmental arts and activism, specialising in workshop design, participatory platforms for engagement, and facilitation. He is often involved in variable roles of initiator, participant, author and curator, according to different collaborative and cross-disciplinary processes. His artistic-research interests lay in open culture/organisations, auto- ethnographic and archaeological methodologies and theory, and as well as sustainability issues from the social, ecological and economic perspective. http://agryfp.info
Leena Pukki (FI)
Leena Pukki is visual artist. She uses medias such as sculpture, performance, video, photography, music and painting. She is involved in a political performance group called Scandinavian Punks, that has been among other things recently active in nuclear- and mining resistance. Her other projects include for example Route Couture-project, in which group of artists produce fashion garments from roadkill animals and a band called Muuttohaukat, which plays experimental garage schlager. At the moment she studies MA in Fine Arts in Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. http://leenapukki.com
Heidi Räsänen (FI)
Heidi Räsänen is a theatre director and member of board of Theatre Jurkka. She holds MA in theatre from Theatre Academy. Her work combines different ways of expression to the tradition of theatre. She is inspired by contemporary dance, movies and the whole pop-culture in its various forms. The themes are humanity, personal survival stories and the so called dark side of us without defining it monsterous. The latest works include for example ‘Crime’ (Rosa Liksom) Theatre Jurkka 2012, ‘Brother Rage’ (Heidi Räsänen) Finnish National Theatre 2011, ‘Eila, Rampe and cured happiness’ (Sinikka Nopola) Helsinki City Theatre 2010, ‘Blue coloured’ (Okko Leo, Kati Kaartinen, Outi Nyytäjä) Suomenlinna Theatre/Q-theatre 2009, ‘Purge’ (Sofi Oksanen) Seinäjoki City Theatre 2009, ‘Food-queue-ballad’ (Emilia Pöyhönen) Theatre Takomo 2008. The newest work ‘Third’ (Kati Kaartinen) will premiere in Lahti City Theatre in autumn 2013.