2024 Ziman Award: CreaTures (Creative Practice for Transformational Futures) project

The Award is given to the core team of the CreaTures (Creative Practice for Transformational Futures) project:

  • from Aalto University, Tuuli Mattelmäki (Principal Investigator/coordinator), Andrea Botero, Markéta Dolejšová (lead on our laboratory), Julia Lohmann, Kirsi Hakio, Gaurika Singhal, Savannah Vize, Namkyu Chun, Jarkko Mutanen (project manager);
  • from University of Sussex, Ann Light (lead on research gathering and analysis), Lara Houston, Kit Braybrooke;
  • from RMIT University, Jaz Hee-jeong Choi (lead on engagement), Cristina Ampatzidou, Ralph Horne;
  • from Utrecht University, Joost Vervoort (lead on evaluation), Lucas Rutting;
  • from Superflux (creative partner), Anab Jain, Jon Arden, Nicola Ferrao;
  • from Kersnikova (creative partner), Jana Putrle Srdić, Simon Gmajner, Sandra Sajovic, Jurij Krpan, Klemen Kristan;
  • from Hellon (creative partner), Kirsikka Vaajakallio;
  • from Zemos98 (creative partner), Felipe Gonzáles Gil, Rosalía Gutiérrez;
  • from Furtherfield (creative partner), Ruth Catlow, Charlotte Frost;
  • from OKFI (NGO partner), Tarmo Tokkanen, Teemu Ropponen, Susanna Ånäs;
  • from Sniffer (NGO partner), Ruth Wolstenholme, Iryna Zamuruieva.

CreaTures is a large-scale project with multiple public engagements spanning the EU but also reaching into the Global South (Colombia). Focused on transformational futures, a wide variety of research activities and initiatives are developed and undertaken with the aim of:

  • facilitating links across groups who would otherwise remain disconnected;
  • enabling new and creative ways of thinking about prospective futures;
  • and developing timely strategies towards emergent social and environmental crises. 

Particularly innovative is the entangling of STS and numerous artistic approaches that addressed not only a multiplicity of human actors but also the larger nonhuman eco-system. In this regard, it is very well aligned with current global challenges without reproducing human primacy. 

Beyond development and implementation, there is a careful evaluation of practical projects (and their related enactment of desired worlds), and a realistic consideration given to further extension into wider organizational settings with clear practical suggestions such as multidisciplinary residencies and artistic embedding.  

Screenshot of project website
Screenshot of project website