Lunch Talk: What if? Alternative Futures

Design Museum, Helsinki

  • 9.9.2022 (13.00-14.00)

The Design Museum’s Lunch Talk introduces the themes of the exhibition What if? Alternative Futures on the opening day. Join us through Zoom or Facebook-live!


Friday 9 September
At 1 PM, in Finnish/ Zoom

A Zoom link will be sent to all who register for the event:

You will also be able to follow a live stream of the event from the Design Museum’s Facebook page.

The Design Museum’s Lunch Talk introduces the themes of the exhibition What if? Alternative Futures on the opening day. The winning exhibition of the Design Club Open Call will open at the Design Museum’s Gallery at Helsinki Design Week on 9 September 2022.

In the discussion, we will hear about the co-design process that preceded the exhibition, the concretization of different futures, and discuss why thinking about the future is important in the first place. The participants to the discussion are Mikko Dufva, Sitra’s leading expert on the future, Sara Martinsen, the producer of the exhibition, and video artist Irene Suosalo.

The discussion will take place on the Zoom platform and can also be followed live on the Design Museum’s Facebook event.

“What if?” is one of the basic questions when exploring future scenarios and it can steer thoughts towards more unexpected outcomes. This helps us to understand that multiple futures exist and they can differ substantially from our initial expectations. This autumn, the Design Museum’s Gallery exhibition will encourage us to think of the future. The exhibition is based on the Weak Signals report by Sitra that identifies and interprets the unexpected phenomena of the future, as well as their potential impacts on our lives.

The exhibition will feature interpretations of potential futures by seven creative professionals. Contributing will be graphic designer and artist Kiia Beilinson; designer Pasi Kärkkäinen-Tunkelo; video artist Irene Suosalo; sculptor, media artist Pekko Vasantola; industrial designer Dario Vidal and planning specialist Efe Ogbeide and urban planning specialist Milla Kallio, founders of Femma Planning. The works of the exhibition will approach the future with the help of six themes: at work, at home, nature, city, decision-making and the metaverse.

Background: Design Club Open Call #4

The Design Club Open Call project has been seeking and acquiring new and impressive exhibition content for Design Museum’s Gallery. The winner of this year’s Design Club Open Call is the Future Objects by the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra. The present call was for exhibition concepts concerning knowledge.

The first Design Club Open Call exhibition was Milla Vaahtera’s Dialogue in 2018, displaying the skilled work of glassblowers of Nuutajärvi in the form of mobiles. In the second round of the series, in 2019, the winner was the Critical Tide exhibition that studied the Ocean and the potential for positive impact through design. The third winner was the exhibition Soil Matters in 2020. The exhibition explored the materiality of soil and how it is interwoven with human activity.

Read more about the upcoming exhibition: https:/­/­www.designmuseum.fi/­en/­exhibitions/­what-if-alternative-futures/­

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