Arctic journey – design experiments in the north

Lead Author Satu, Miettinen
Institution Contact University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, PL 122, 96101 Rovaniemi, Lapland
Co-Authors Titta Jylkäs, University of Lapland, Finland Jaana Jeminen, University of Lapland, Finland Heikki Tikkanen, University of Lapland, Finland Tytti Vuorikari, University of Lapland, Finland
Theme Theme 2: Vulnerability of Arctic Societies
Session Name 2.4 Art, Design, Media and the Arctic - Marginalization, Power and Manifestations for Change
Presentation Type Poster
Abstract text This research paper is focusing on describing research outcomes of an Arctic Journey, a moving exhibition about personal human experiences. The exhibition experiments different forms of concretizing invisible elements and pursues to create a tangible experience of our Arctic lives. The exhibition aims to evoke thoughts about how each of us experiences and copes with our living conditions and qualities, and how we relate to others in this sense. The exhibition is a platform for creating the arctic experience.

The works of the exhibition are a collection from HumanSee -project team in University of Lapland and from the participatory workshops organized as a part on HumanSee -project. The project is focusing on service design research around the human experience. Exhibitions study alternative and unconventional forms for exhibitions and co-design processes that they enable. This research paper asks what is the role of co-design process when constructing the Arctic Journey? Further it asks how the use of multi-sensory production can enhance the representation of the arctic experience?

The works incorporate both new and more traditional media in digital and printed form as well as with paper and textile. The exhibitions aims to gather information from the visitors on how the medias could be used as service design probes or other participatory means to improve businesses’ knowledge about their customers. The use of different media and service channels enable us to study the online and person to person interaction as well as audio part of the user experience.

Exhibition has toured some of the main art and design universities Parsons the New School for Design, New York, Finlandia University, Hancock, MI, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver BC V6H 3R9, Stanford University Campus, Palo Alto and University of California, Berkeley Campus, CA and Arctic Design Week in Rovaniemi, Finland