Archive for April, 2015

Digital Creativity Journal: Call for Special Issue Contributions on *Post-Anthropocentric Creativity*

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Abstract deadline 15 May 2015:

Post-Anthropocentric Creativity – Call for Submissions for the Special Issue of Digital Creativity Journal 27:1, 1/2016

Pioneer in mirror neuron research Professor Vittorio Gallese at the Architecture and Empathy seminar 21 April 2015, from 1:30 pm to 6 pm

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Venue: The Finnish Film Foundation’s Kino K-13 auditorium, Kanavakatu 12, Helsinki

To view the full programme, click here.

Free admission! The seminar will be in English.

How do architecture and design touch us? How do our behaviour and emotions influence, and how are they reflected in, architecture, design and art?


In 1991, Professor Vittorio Gallese, from the University of Parma, was one of a team of four Italian researchers who made a discovery that shook the world. The team discovered a specialised nerve cell called a mirror neuron, which provides humans with the capacity to feel empathy and interpret the intentions of other people, and the ability to express themselves through language. Mirror neurons allow humans to empathise with the situation of another person. It has been said that mirror neurons are the most important discovery since DNA.

Mirror neurons mimic the behaviour of others and even the physical phenomena around us, and their job is to communicate what other people or animals are doing and what that feels like. Take, for example, the fear that we feel when we see someone swaying dangerously on the ridge of a roof. We may even unconsciously try to seek to balance ourselves using our own bodies.

This discovery opens up exciting windows into human behaviour and the human psyche, and helps in understanding emotions and moods, for example, in architecture and art. Mirror neurons also help us to anticipate the actions of others, not just through sight but also through hearing. The mirror neuron has been an important factor in human evolution, as it has made it easier for people to interact socially and to survive through difficult circumstances together.

How can we use the emotions and information we receive through mirror neurons when, for example, designing a building or a city? Understanding how mirror neurons work can help us build a better and more comfortable environment for ourselves.

Professor Gallese arrives in Helsinki to give a speech in the third part of the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk centenary series of seminars, which focuses on our experience of architecture and the environment, and on the utilisation of mirror neuron research in design. The seminar will bring the leading researchers and theorists in the field to Finland. Gallese is the superstar of mirror neuron research and is tipped to be a future Nobel Prize winner.

The opening speech will be given and the concluding panel discussion led by Professor Juhani Pallasmaa. The invited speakers include some of the leading theorists in the field: Professor Harry Mallgrave (IIT, Chicago, USA), Dr. Sarah Robinson (Pavia, Italy), and one of the discoverers of the mirror neuron, Professor Vittorio Gallese (the University of Parma, Italy).

The seminar is co-organised by the Asko Foundation, the Alvar Aalto Academy and the Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation. The first fifty attendees to arrive will receive a copy of a book on the 2014 Architecture and Atmosphere seminar.

More information on mirror neurons

For questions about the seminar and interview requests, please contact

Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk centenary

This year marks the centenary of the birth of the designer Tapio Wirkkala, while, in 2016, one hundred years will have passed since the birth of his wife, the ceramic artist Rut Bryk. Between the respective birthdays of the artist couple, 2 June 2015 and 18 October 2016, the centenary will be celebrated through events, exhibitions, and product launches. The seminar is part of the centenary year programme.

For more information on Tapio Wirkkala and Rut Bryk, and for press images, click here. The centenary will be organised in cooperation with several businesses and organisations. The Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk Foundation will produce and coordinate the main events of the centenary, and will launch related products.

More information:

Martta Louekari

Tapio Wirkkala Rut Bryk centenary information officer

tel. +358 40 5284818


Pia’s extra comment for media and film students and researchers: check this article

Vittorio Gallese and Michele Guerra (University of Parma)

Pet/Prisoner/Pensioner at Forumbox 4-26 April 2015

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Narrative audiovisual installation Pet/Prisoner/Pensioner (Koira/Vanki/Vanhus, subtitled in English) by Crucible Studio’s associated and former visiting artists Jaakko Pesonen and actors Kristiina and Riitta Elstelä (Accidental Lovers) is being exhibited in the Mediabox of the Forumbox gallery, Ruoholahdenranta 3 A, Helsinki, 4-26 April 2015, Tuesday-Friday 11:00-17:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-16:00.