The present we want, the futures we are building

Discussion series


Node Gallery, Hämeentie 135 C, Sampo Hall


The discussion series will bring together students and guests to discuss and share ideas about how to create desirable futures in the midst of a crisis, starting by analysing and questioning our relationships with natural resources, economic and cultural practices. Short presentations about current or completed projects and ideas by a gruop of speakers will serve as fuel for the collective thinking. All who are present will be invited to speak up and share their ideas.

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11:00 – 12:30

  • Opening of discussion series
  • Discussion topic: Natural Resources

12:30 – 13:30

  • Lunch

13:30 – 15:00

  • Discussion topic: Economic Practices.

15:00 – 15:30

  • Coffee and snacks

16:00 – 17:30

  • Discussion topic: Cultural Practices.


Confirmed guest speakers:


Paavo Järvensivu: Abundant Money in a World of Scarce Resources.

Järvensivu is a researcher of economic culture at Aalto University and Mustarinda. For the last five years, he has engaged in transdisciplinary projects, combining art and science, in order to construct cultural, economic and political solutions to the ever-deepening global environmental crisis.

Galina Kallio: Food collectives – making a better food future?

What to eat is increasingly a question of both sovereignty and politics. Indeed, global food provisioning is a field rife with concerns over health, justice and sustainability of current production and consumption patterns. The willingness to know where the food comes from, how it affects the environment and human health, and how people and animals are treated has increased, has driven various food movements to promote and reconfigure alternative food practices. In Finland, food collectives and CSA initiatives are good examples of how people’s understandings of what is ‘good’ food are redefined in practice.

Galina Kallio is engaged in both researching and actively practicing alternative economic practices at grassroots. She is a doctoral student in Aalto University School of Business, and a co-founder of two cooperatives. She is passionate about engaging in exiting dialogues, meeting wonderful people, and living a good life.

Ruby van der Wekken: What kind of economies are we building?

Ruby considers herself a member of the global justice movement. She works at the Siemenpuu Foundation, is active around the development of  Stadin Aikapankki (Helsinki Timebank), and is part of a Commons and Solidarity economy collective and process (see which wants to take forward the discussions around Commons and Solidarity economy in Finland.

Saara Hannulla
In her talk, Hannula will be discussing the role of artistic practice and research in our attempt to imagine and create possible futures in the face of an ever-deepening ecological crisis. Can and should art provide us with tools, practices or prototypes in a situation, which is beyond our control and understanding? What means does it have to do this? What else can it possibly do? The talk will be based on the research Hannula is doing within The BodyBuilding Project – a perennial artistic research project involving a growing body of artists, theorists and practitioners.

Saara Hannula is a performance maker and researcher based in Helsinki, Finland. She works both as an independent artist and in collaboration with various working groups, collectives and organizations, such as the Reality Research Center, Kiasma Theatre and the SenseLab in Montreal. Hannula is currently conducting her doctoral studies at Aalto ARTS with a focus on the potentiality and futurity of temporary events and environments. During the past ten years, she has initiated a number of durational performance projects and experimental events to enable new forms of collaboration, participation and co-composition between human as well as nonhuman beings.

Mari Keski-Korsu
Mari Keski-Korsu (mkk) is an transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in everyday life. How macrocosm becomes microcosm and visa versa? Mainly, the starting point is in location, a place and relations to it and collaborations with different kinds of communities, individuals and species. Keski-Korsu’s practice can be for example interventions, documentary, performance, virtual worlds and installations. She is interested in relations in between art, activism, politics and science. The works has been exhibited in Europe and in several other countries around the world. She collaborates with artist groups, researchers as well as organises and curates different types of projects. She holds a MA from University of Arts and Design Helsinki (Medialab) and BA in visual arts from Polytechnic of Western Lapland.

Pia Lindman

Pia Lindman is a Finnish artist and Professor of Beings and Things and Head of Biofilia at ViCCA, Aalto University (Finland). She lives and works in Berlin, Germany, and builds a collective eco-village in Fagervik, Finland. Currently, Pia is developing a new performance with Wooden Cities New Music Collective in Buffalo, NY, and a research and art project at the former NATO base in Keflavik, Iceland.