The CreaTures (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) research project investigates the role of existing – yet often hidden – creative practices in moving the world towards eco-social sustainability. The EU H2020 project responds to the current environmental and social challenges and the urgent need to find new ways of living together on the planet to restore and preserve our ecosystems.
CreaTures is a collaboration between Aalto University as a coordinator with 3 other universities (Utrecht University, the University of Sussex, RMIT University) and 7 cultural institutions and art-design collectives (Zemos98, Superflux, Kersnikova, Hellon, Furtherfield, Sniffer, OKFI).
The Cooler Planet exhibition features 7 experimental productions from the CreaTures Laboratory – a collection of art and design projects following the common goal of supporting positive eco-social change.
Image: Maker Contribution to Dodo ry's Megapolis 2026: Energetic Cities', as part of Pixelache's outreach & education programme 'Pixelversity, Helsinki, 15.10.2011 (image credit: Antti Ahonen).
Pixelache: How Do We Keep Going? Transformations In Practice
Pixelache Helsinki is a Finland-based creative association on emerging creative practices with almost 20 years of activity in 2022. Starting as a Festival of Electronic Arts & Subcultures, throughout the past decade the association has been running a trans-disciplinary platform for emerging art, design, research, technology and activism that involved a dynamic local community, and an annual festival experimenting with a rotating directorial model. The rich association's history and activities in the field of transformational creative practice are the core focus of the association's process, by engaging with organisational meta-data, and Pixelache's production office in Suvilahti as a tangible memory device. We set out the hope of answering: How do we keep going? The Cooler Planet exhibition presents two audiozines resulting from an experimental archival and ethnographic work that sought to gather perspectives from active Pixelache members reflecting upon how the organisation has transformed between 2013-2019 via objects and narratives. Within the space are several of the objects referenced in the audiozines.
You can find out more about the project and the created audiozines through the links below.
Production Team: Andrew Gryf Paterson, Irina Mutt, Simugan Sivanesan,
Workshop planning & facilitation: Irina Mutt, Sumugan Sivanesan, Andrew
Audio recording: Sumugan Sivanesan.
Audio edit and post-production: Sumugan Sivanesan, Irina Mutt, Andrew
Background organisational research & metadata: Andrew Gryf Paterson,
Photographs: Antti Ahonen, Andrew Gryf Paterson
Project lead/initiator and report: Andrew Gryf Paterson
Support team/financial admin: Mathilde Palenius
Technical support/web admin: John Fail
Communications: Saša Nemec
Voices of the Audiozines: Antti Ahonen, Anastasia Artemeva, Agnieszka Pokrywka, Steve Maher, Irina Mutt, Saša Nemec, Andrew Gryf Paterson, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan.
Pixelache Helsinki and its overarching association Piknik Frequency ry is supported by Arts Promotion Centre Finland and Helsinki City - Culture and Leisure Division.
The CreaTures project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870759.
CREATIVE. FUTURES. CREATURES.
Creative practices have already shown transformational potential in the area of social cohesion and environmental citizenship, but they are often fragmented, poorly resourced, and badly understood. The CreaTures project (Creative Practices for Transformational Futures) demonstrates the power of existing – yet often hidden – creative practices to move the world towards eco-social sustainability. The key rationale for the project is that transformations towards more sustainable ways of life are urgently required.
Through experimental co-creation, observation, and evaluation of diverse transformational creative practices, followed by a direct engagement of various stakeholders (including policymakers, researchers, artists, designers, and members of the public), the CreaTures project aims to generate insights that would allow creative practitioners to focus their efforts more effectively and policy-makers to see the merit of employing these techniques.