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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

Saas­ta­moinen Foun­da­tion Keynote 2023: Emanuele Coccia

Portreit of Emanuele Coccia
Emanuele Coccia, photo Frank Perrin

Italian philosopher Emanuele Coccia, known for his knowledge of nature and particularly the lives of plants, will hold a public lecture on Wednesday, 20 September 2023, at the invitation of Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts and the Saastamoinen Foundation.

Coccia’s visit is part of the fine arts internationalisation programme started by the Academy of Fine Arts and the Saastamoinen Foundation in 2014, which, in addition to lectures and visiting professors, includes international mentoring and residency activities for master’s students and alumni of the academy.  

Abstract of the lecture 

Don’t Call Me Gaia . Notes For a Planetary Art.

The contemporary climate crisis is also and above all the evidence that what we call Earth, is not an object, but it is a subject, it is something that stands before us like any other self: the planet acts freely, it literally does what it wants and we are no longer masters of its behavior, neither from a cognitive nor from a pragmatic point of view. This is why the terms and names of ecological science (the very name of ecology, the concept of ecosystem, that of planet) seem to have become completely useless.

This is why we need art (theater, music, performance, video games, painting, sculpture, installations,  fashion, literature, and all other disciplines) to talk about the planet: we can no longer afford to talk about it without making it talk, we can no longer afford to talk about it without staging it as a free subject, as a character of a novel or of a play. That is why ecology must become an art, and art must become the supreme form of ecology.


20.9.2023 at 17:00 – 19:00


Tanssin talo

Kaapeliaukio 3

00180 Helsinki


Free admission

Further information

The language of the lecture is English.


Arrival & accessibility



The main entrance is located in the covered Glass Courtyard of Cable Factory, Kaapeliaukio 3, which is also accessible from the other end of the building at Tallberginkatu 1. The courtyard also has two accessible parking spaces. All routes are accessible. Please note that Dance House Helsinki doesn’t otherwise offer parking for visitors.



The venue offers free attended cloakrooms. Only small bags are allowed in the audience. Dance House Helsinki is not responsible for any lost items left in the cloakroom.

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