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Gallery director, the future cultural director Mari Männistö’s picks for HDW

The future cultural director of the City of Helsinki is interested in all-encompassing experiences. Mari, who is working as the director of Helsinki Contemporary until the end of September, is especially intrigued by interrelations and porosity. “These aspects provide fascinating new subjects for makers and explorers.”

“I was happy to discover there are themes that do not feel all too familiar to start with. Another fascinating fact is that Helsinki Design Week will open up premises never before seen by the public.” 

The Herbarium Project x Studio Roscoe

“The theme of Maiju Eliisa Koskela’s master’s thesis is important and appealing and the kind that gets buried too easily under tech talk and other loud noises. Evoking curiosity and respect towards other species – in this case flora – sensitizes us to see the potential of things we take for granted. This sounds nice and intimate!”

5–6 September at 12–20, 7–8 September at 11.00–18.00
Väinölänkatu 2

Design Diplomacy

“I’ve heard many good words about this concept regarding both locations (embassies) and the panellists (designers from the represented country and Finland). This year I’m going to remember to register on time!”

5–15 September at various embassies

Future Lab

“Change requires us to be able to imagine dreams and utopias that feel impossible. The best company to dream with are those with free minds – that is, kids. I want to visit this one with my godchild. If my work wasn’t as interesting as it is, I’d probably study futurology!”

9–13 September at 8–20, 14–15 September at 10–16
Annantalo, Annankatu 30

 Art, Education and Entrepreneurship

“Experiencing art and culture are key for developing our skills for the future, such as interaction, empathy and critical thinking – developing our ability to adjust, thrive and succeed with what is to come. Combining art, learning and entrepreneurship interests me personally.”

6 September at 13.00–15.00
Harald Herlin Learning Center, Makerspace, Aalto University, Otaniementie 9, Espoo 

See the full programme.

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