Reija Meriläisen teos Survivor (2017) on esillä Kiasman ARS17-näyttelyssä.

Digital escapees seminar

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 12:00 to 15:00
Kiasma seminar room
Open discussion forum on science, art and research organised by Uniarts Helsinki, the University of Helsinki and Kiasma museum

Art and humanities are in a transition in the digital world. The effects of the digital are visible in the way art is envisioned, but also where and how it is performed. Artists have learned to exploit the new possibilities afforded by the digital, unbridedly applying digital mediation but also critiquing its effects.  

In humanities, original sources, research data and even the conception of knowledge are changing because of the digitization process. Research and teaching methods are also developing at a rapid pace. This is an opportunity to renew the research culture in the humanities, but at the same time it’s also a challenge with respect to the preservation and accessibility of knowledge and materials. Unescapedly, the digital has become a subject of humanities research.

Digital Escapees is the first seminar of its kind where humanities scholars from the University of Helsinki and artists from the University of the Arts Helsinki can meet in order to find some common ground. The seminar offers a chance to identify shared areas of interest, explore new questions and methodologies, and open a dialogue between art and research.
The seminar is arranged in collaboration with Kiasma and the ARS17 exhibition.


Opening greetings: Museum Director Leevi Haapala (Kiasma)

Organiser's words: Professor Hanna Johansson (Uniarts Helsinki)


  • Jussi Parikka (Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton): Digital, Post-Digital and Not Merely Digital: On Technological Practices In and out of the Arts
  • Päivi Takala (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy): Sound and imaginary

Presentations by doctoral students:

  • Dominik Schlienger (Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy), Pilvari Pirtola (Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts) and Otso Huopaniemi (Uniarts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy), Mikko Ojanen (University of Helsinki)
  • Moderator: Mika Elo (Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts)

Coffee is served at 3 pm.

After the seminar, curator Arja Miller presents Kiasma’s Ars17 online exhibition, and curator Marja Sakari gives a guided tour of the Ars17 Hello World exhibition.


Sign up for the seminar by 4 April no later than 4 pm using this link. Discussions will be in English.