Critical Utopias at the Design Museum, Helsinki, 3 December
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Critical Utopias at the Design Museum, Helsinki, 3 December
Saturday 3 December, 2pm-4pm
Design Museum, Korkeavuorenkatu 23, Helsinki, Finland

Photo: Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux / Jaakko Uoti


Artificial intelligence might replace taxi-drivers in the future, but how will the future of cultural journalists look like in light of future technological revolutions?

Critical Utopias: Cultural Discourse in the Digital Age will bring professionals in new technology and cultural journalism from Finland and the Benelux countries together in Helsinki to discuss the future utopias of cultural journalism. The guest speakers are Aleksis Salusjärvi (journalist, YLE,, Klasien van de Zandschulp (user interface designer, Lava Lab [NL]) and Jonas Degrave (researcher, University of Ghent [BE]). The discussion will be moderated by Annukka Vähäsöyrinki, Head of Programme at the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.

Our culture has undergone a global wave of digitalisation. Journalism and cultural criticism too have shifted from print to the web, from text to video and one-way communication to interactive discussions. At the same time, cultural institutions and audiences have started using new technologies and media. The Critical Utopias seminar questions how new technology and media transform cultural journalism and, more broadly, the way in which we communicate about the arts.




Talks from 2 to 3 PM

Jukka Savolainen, Welcoming words by the Museum Director

Aleksis Salusjärvi (FI)

In addition to working as a cultural and literary critic for YLE, Aleksis Salusjärvi is the chief editor for, an online portal for literary criticism that focuses on less advertised and marginal publications.

Klasien van de Zandschulp (NL)

As a user interface designer and one of the founders of the design and technology innovation laboratory Lava Lab, Klasien van de Zandschulp has collaborated with technology start-ups as well as cultural institutions such as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum.

Jonas Degrave (BE)

As PhD researcher at the University of Ghent, Jonas Degrave’s research interests range from computer science, to mechanical engineering and robotics. Degrave was involved in developing the LSD Neural Network algorithm that was presented at the new media festival Speculum Artium in 2015.

Moderated discussion from 3 to 4 PM



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The event will take place on Saturday 3 December from 2pm to 4pm at the Design Museum. The discussion event is free of charge and open to the public. The event is part of the Social Technology & Art project of the Finnish Cultural Institute for the Benelux.


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