Riku Paavola – Senior Researcher, Station Manager – University of Oulu, Finland
E-mail: riku.paavola(a)oulu.fi Webpage: www.oulu.fi/oulankaresearchstation
Riku Paavola works as a senior researcher at the Oulanka research station of University of Oulu, Finland. He is also the leader of the SubZero network at the University of the Arctic. Paavola studied Animal Ecology at the University of Oulu (MSc, 1995) and Limnology and Hydrobiology at the University of Jyväskylä (PhD, 2003). The last few years he has also worked on terrestrial topics related to climate change and effects of reindeer grazing. Since 2011 he has been actively developing workshop and networking activities around the broad topic of visualizing aspects of northern environmental change. Paavola has extensive experience in planning, arranging and conducting research in demanding field conditions worldwide (Finland, Russia, Canada, New Zealand). He is also an active (self-taught) photographer, a keen microscopist, and, according to some, a brutalist.
Antti Tenetz – Artist – Finland
E-mail: antti(a)tenetz.com Webpage: www.tenetz.com
Invisible Flock, UK
Email: flock(a)invisibleflock.com Webpage: https://invisibleflock.com/
Invisible Flock are an award winning interactive arts studio operating at the intersection of art and technology. We believe that art today must have a positive impact on society and the world we live in and that as artists we have a responsibility to open up collective thinking and to build space for critical inquiry.
Drawing directly from the world around us we aim to create art and foster relevant practices that have a long lasting transformative effect and that sit across multiple contexts and adjacent sectors, allowing us to bring our creative thinking and unique ways of employing technology to bear in contexts such as education, design, the developing world, urban planning and healthcare.
We create highly sensory installations and environments asking us to re-negotiate our emotional relationship to the natural world.
Over the last ten years we have created GPS powered AR art games, transformed discarded beach plastic into 3D printed artworks, created large ambisonic public sound installations as well as pioneering digital/physical installations that exist out at sea. Most recently we created Aurora, a multi sensory installation about climate change that re flooded a disused reservoir in Liverpool.
Juha Suonpää – Head of Programme, Professor – TAMK – Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland
E-mail: juha.suonpaa(a)tuni.fi Webpage: www.holymelancholy.fi
Juha Suonpää is a photographer, film maker, researcher and teacher. He graduated in education from the University of Tampere and gained a doctorate in art from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki. His doctoral thesis Petokuvan raadollisuus (The Beastly Image of the Beast, 2002) was a study of the social significance of nature photography and he is also well known for his several other prizewinning books. Juha Suonpää is currently the Head of Fine Art Programme at Tampere University of Applied Sciences and was Professor of Environmental and Nature Photography at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design between 2011 and 2015. He was awarded by the Finnish photography organizations for his diverse work in the field of photography by the Finnfoto award in 2011 as well as the award from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland for both artistic and pedagogical merits in 2013.
Lasse Lecklin – Artist – Photographer – Finland
Lasse Lecklin is a Finnish photographer from Helsinki. With photography and video he is often working on the field between documentary and conceptual art. His aim is to visualize the changes caused by human, and on the other hand the enormous, uncontrollable natural processes in the landscape – particularly in the vulnerable nature of the Arctic – where the environment altered by human and nature mix. By photographing mining industry, energy production and consumption, and signs of climate change Lecklin deals with human activities’ consequences on the environment and landscape. Since 2016 Lecklin has been working especially on the glaciers of Iceland. Master of Arts in photography in 2015 from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Lecklin has previously also studied at Tampere University, in Konstfack College of Arts and Crafts in Stockholm, in the School of Visual Arts in New York, and at the Beaux-Arts de Paris. Lecklin’s first solo shows took place in 2012. His works have been displayed in exhibitions and festivals in 15 countries on four continents.
Jari Ilmonen – Freshwater specialist, Metsähallitus Parks and Wildlife Finland
Jari Ilmonen works for the Forest Ministry (Metsähallitus) Parks and Wildlife Finland as a national freshwater specialist. Parks and Wildlife Finland manages all state-owned conservation areas in Finland and provides recreational services. Mr. Iimonen studied hydrobiology and animal ecology in the Universities of Jyväskylä and Oulu. His PhD in 2009 was on regional and local variation of flora and fauna in freshwater springs, and later on he studied the human impact on spring flora and fauna. He has also been activelly involved in photography for over two decades. Jari Iimonen has made a career in combining science with practical nature conservation issues and is a member in several national expert groups for freshwater and wetland nature. In his current position he works with conservation projects for freshwater and wetland environments. Within these projects he has widened his perspective on photography from on-the-ground imaging to aerial and underwater photography.
Helinä Kuusela – Visual Artist – Freelance photographer – Finland
Alexander Lembke – Photographer, Germany
E-mail: photo(a)alexanderlembke.de Webpage: www.alexanderlembke.de
Alexander Lembke has been a member of the Subzero network since its foundation. He studied Media Art at the Bauhaus University, Weimar and photography at K3 Högskola, Malmö, Sweden. In 2012 he became a member of the German Society of Polar Research and is actively involved in different research projects concerning environmental and climate change. Photography’s role in advocating environmental awareness is evident today and Alexander Lembke’s interest in visual narration within serial image-text combinations is highly reflected in his work as an artist and photographer. His goal is to research the question of the relation of photography in environmentally related contexts and to harness photography as a means of tracing human impact on natural landscapes.
Tomi Knuutila – Doctor of Arts – Senior Lecturer, Audiovisual Media Culture, University of Lapland Faculty of Art and Design – UArctic Communicating Arctic Research, Vice Lead, Finland
Email: tomi.knuutila(a)ulapland.fi Webpage: https://yourbartender.carbonmade.com/
Tomi Knuutila is interested in combing media arts with other disciplines, such as industrial design, architecture, engineering and sciences such as biological and geological data. He has been working in the field of new media and media arts for over 20 years including video, CD-ROM and www-based works, museum and science centre installations, new media performances, interactive installations in various places and organising media art exhibitions. Knuutila has taught e.g. history of media, animation basics, multimedia scriptwriting, interaction design, web-site design, physical computing, game design, interactive cinema, data visualisation and sonification and has organised over 10 international inter-disciplinary workshops on various topics abroad and at least the same amount in Finland. His PhD discussed simplicity in media art – how and when simplicity can be utilized when building interactive art works and on the other hand what constitutes as an experience of simplicity.
Walter Bergmoser – Rector, Professor for Photography – BTK – University of Art and Design – Berlin, Germany
E-mail: bergmoser(a)gmx.de Webpage: www.bergmoser.eu
Walter Bergmoser currently works at BTK – University of Art and Design at Berlin. He is professor of photography and leader of the photography program and since 2014 the Head of School. He studied Visual Communication at the University of applied Sciences in Augsburg and at the Art Academy in Kassel. Since 1995 Walter Bergmoser has been living and teaching in Germany, Finland, The Czech Republic, South Korea and other countries. In 2010 he was the chief curator for the biggest photography festival in Asia – the Daegue Biennale. He is continually active in the field of Art and Photography. e.g. Portfolio Reviewer for different Photography festivals, juror for the Czech Press Photography competition and curator for many exhibitions in Germany and abroad.