Aro Mielonen is an activist come art student, a fashion and secondhand shopping enthusiast, job refuser, anarchist and wonderer. Mielonen’s photo series Born into this body is now on display at the Young Artists exhibition in Kunsthalle Helsinki. The main idea behind the artwork is to criticize the trans narrative in mainstream media and the often used phrase “born in the wrong body”. Ultimately what motivates Mielonen’s creative work, is the need and search for freedom. (Continues…)

The works of the Helsinki-based artist Kristina Sedlerova are staged set pieces, slowly revealed with time. They speak of absence, presence and existence. As the artist herself says, “Time as a concept is intriguing to me. The approaches to measuring time or having a shortage of time are topics I speculate about. I think that we can’t even talk about ‘not having time’ to do this or that, because we can’t deny the existence of time.” (Continues…)

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Young Artists exhibition, which had its debut at Kunsthalle Helsinki in 1939. The significance of art has by no means decreased over the years; on the contrary, different genres of art are finding new audiences through digital platforms and social media. Around Journal presents a series of interviews of some of the artists exhibited at Kunstahalle, starting with visual artist Astrid Strömberg and her work The Originals. (Continues…)

Some years ago we were told by many experts that soon we will all have 3D printers at home. Clearly, this has not been the case – and thankfully so. With the technology developing in such a fast pace, we can only imagine the amount of discarded printers that would be in the landfills by now. While we have come to realize that not every home will need a 3D printer, this technology has by no means been forgotten. (Continues…)

Fashioned from Nature is an exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum that explores the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day. It presents fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes. (Continues…)

Part 4 of The Material Age series is a guest post by Omuus.

Bio Design or Synthetic biology, also called bio-engineering, is an expanding market. It is expected to exceed $13.4 billion by 2019. This field is increasingly relevant to designers and everyone working in the field of design today should at least be aware of what it is. (Continues…)

Pantone today announced Living Coral 16-1546 as the Pantone Color of the Year 2019, an animating and life-affirming shade of orange with a golden undertone. (Continues…)

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) has taken the internet by storm. In an increasingly digital environment, it can offer us a feeling of physical contact and a way to relax. (Continues…)

Part 3 of The Material Age series is all about slime. This still growing trend is attracting both children and kidults. (Continues…)

A selection of photographs and videos from Elina Brotherus’ series Règle du jeu (Rules of the game) is currently being exhibited at Galleria Heino in Helsinki. The series based on event scores, short scripts that set out the actions of the performance, was first exhibited at the photography gallery of the Pompidou Centre in Paris after Brotherus won the French Carte Blanche PMU prize in 2017. The competition brief was to analyze the world of games and to give it expression through the medium of images. The result is a collection of images that need to be read. (Continues…)