Taidepiste: New utopias

In the April edition of Taidepiste, four artists of the future will discuss what direction they want to steer art and the world.

In April, the panel at Taidepiste will talk about the future. The platform is given to the people who the topic concerns: young adults. What things does the generation of students currently studying at higher education institutions see differently than their predecessors? What kind of a future do they dream about? What are the superpowers of the future? How can artists’ knowledge and skills contribute to the solving of some of the major problems of the future? What do artists expect to get from institutions and the society so that they can fulfil their mission?

These are some of the questions that Master of Arts and theatre director student Minna Lund, folk musician, clarinettist and economics student Annika Lyytikäinen, architecture and visual art student Mimma Tuomisalo, and clarinettist Klaara Vasara will address during the evening. The discussion will be led by work advisor and entrepreneur Laura Köönikkä.

The event will take place at the Theatre Academy Tori court on Uniarts Helsinki’s Sörnäinen campus, and it will be live streamed on Uniarts Helsinki’s YouTube channel.

The panel has been gathered by Johannes Pessi and Viivi Tigerstedt, members of the Student Union Board of Uniarts Helsinki. The discussion is connected to an event titled Kollaasi, which will be organised by Helsinki Think Company at the Helsinki Music Centre on 22–24 April. During the event, multidisciplinary teams aim to find solutions to the structural problems of the arts and culture sector.

Taidepiste is Uniarts Helsinki’s event series, which explores social phenomena through multidisciplinary discussions and art experiences that are free and open to the public. The events are organised on weekday evenings about once a month in varying locations and live streamed on Uniarts Helsinki’s YouTube channel. High-quality recordings of the Taidepiste events are also available for later viewing on YouTube. The event series is sponsored by the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation. Read more about the Taidepiste event series.

More information about the guests

Minna Lund is a Master of Arts (Art and Design), performance creator and a theatre director who will graduate as a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre and Drama) this spring. Her artistic work is linked to the stage, writing, dramaturgy and performance events. Currently, Lund is interested in drool, speculative fiction, utopias, dystopias, theories, emotions, vulgarity, romance, poetry and a stage under tension and in liquid form. Her work is guided by feminist practice and dreaming as a form of activism. 

Annika Lyytikäinen is a Finland-Swedish clarinettist and folk musician, whose artistic work derives from Nordic and Jewish music tradition. Besides being skilled in European clarinet traditions, Annika is also a versatile ensemble musician, composer and teacher. Lyytikäinen is also a familiar face in the field of youth policymaking and currently serves as the vice president in the Nordic Youth Council, for example. Annika is also completing master’s studies in economics at Hanken School of Economics.

Mimma Tuomisalo is a Helsinki-based artist who approaches themes of positioning oneself in the world and living from the perspective of her two degrees. Tuomisalo has studied architecture at Aalto University and fine arts in the subject area of time and space arts at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. Built environments and their effects, gender-based facilities and actions, nostalgia and the meaningfulness and meanings of work are some of the main themes in her most recent works.

Klaara Vasara is a 24-year-old clarinettist from Helsinki. She is currently completing a master’s degree at the Sibelius Academy and works actively as a freelance musician alongside her studies. Klaara has played for several Finnish orchestras, such as the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Joensuu City Orchestra. Chamber music is especially close to Klaara’s heart, and she is a member e.g. of the Hai Quartet that plays contemporary music. Klaara has also recently started in the position of artistic director for the Chamber Summer Festival taking place at the Finnish House of Nobility in Helsinki together with violinist Abel Puustinen and pianist Ossi Tanner.

Laura Köönikkä (MA) is a work advisor, coach and entrepreneur. She has led an extensive career as an art curator and achieved everything she personally felt was meaningful in that field. Art is still important to Köönikkä, even though she herself does not contribute to the field through art content anymore. As a coach and work advisor, Köönikkä gets to fulfil her deepest calling of helping others see themselves in a positive light and as capable and amazing people. Laura Köönikkä believes that art has the power to help those who create and experience it to live a better life.


27.4.2022 at 17:30 – 19:00



Haapaniemenkatu 6

00530 Helsinki


The Taidepiste events are free to attend and open to everyone.

Further information

You are welcome to listen to the discussion either in the main hall Tori of the Theatre Academy, or online on the Youtube channel of the University of the Arts. We recommend using a face mask during the event.

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