2015 RUUKKU 6 Call: Change and Artistic Research

RUUKKU is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal for artistic research. We are editing the next issue in collaboration with Professor Eija Timonen. Our theme, change, refers to political aspects of art, to a state in which social themes are discussed with the help of artistic research, all the while searching for new, alternative interpretations for them. […]  The concept of politics doesn’t merely refer to institutional and public politics, but also politics on a micro level and in one’s own personal life. The theme also delves into the active roles of different people and communities and their ability to shape meanings and ways of seeing things. Therefore, the focus of the theme ‘change’ is also on power relations and portraying and commenting on these relations through art. […] Our special issue invites artists and researchers from different fields to take part in the search for change and the battle between  meanings, and reflect on social themes, conflicts, and plurality of voices with the help of artistic research. Our special issue inspires to new kinds of endeavours and fresh perspectives in terms of content and form, where different ways of expression are borrowed and spread out to new realms. Our special issue also welcomes experimental presentations and cross-border research.

We ask you to send the abstract in advance by email to mari.makiranta@ulapland.fi and eija.timonen@ulapland.fi no later than 10 December 2015. Full text of the call, please, click:

2014 Visual essay, 2014



This visual essay is the selection of the works related on Such an Early Spring exhibition. The essay illustrates, how the young people characterise the meanings of their living environments; place seems to adhere to the people’s location and time. Place also gets the aesthetic and verbal interpretation in the essay.

2014 Such an Early Spring, Valo Gallery, Arktikum, Rovaniemi, Finland


Over a period of a spring and summer in 2013, 16 young artists photographed their living environments in Finland, Estonia, the Netherlands, Poland, Croatia, Slovenia and Russia. The Such an Early Spring exhibition demonstrates how young people interpret the social changes, cultural diversity and everyday experiences that are attached to their living surroundings. The exhibition and research has been funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.


Photographs by: Daria Akimenko, Roselinde Bon, Daria Maroń-Ptak, Mari Mäkiranta, Anka Simoncic, Alexandra Shpiro & Ana Žolnir.

IMG_5812Detail of the installation. Photographs by: Daria Akimenko, Rovaniemi, Finland and Ana Žolnir, Celje, Slovenia. Installation by: Daria Akimenko & Mari Mäkiranta

2014 Possible Worlds, Short Film

Film by Nuno Escudeiro, Mari Mäkiranta & Daria Akimenko.

The material of the film contains the still photographs and stories related on young people’s living environments. Thank you all the participants from Poland, Finland, Croatia, Russia, Slovenia, Estonia and the Netherlands.

2012 Cultural Sustainability & Photography Workshop, Iceland & Finland

The workshop was organized in collaboration between University of Lapland, Iceland Academy of the Arts and Cirrus – Nordic and Baltic Network of Art and Design Education. The workshop took place in Reykjavik, Iceland and Rovaniemi, Finland. At the heart of the workshop laid the questions of cultural, social and environmental sustainability. The participants of the workshop came from Nordic and Baltic countries.