Saana Volanen is an artist, lighting designer and scenographer. She works in the fields of performing arts and light art. Volanens light art practice originates from the moment in the early morning when the Sun's first rays shine into her home for the first time in that orbit after the winter.
Media artist merited and experienced media and visual artist.
My light art works are installations, environmental art and lighting sculptures, including permanent pieces within urban environments. My works have been exhibited in galleries, group exhibitions and light art happenings. In my installations I explore space and light through shadows, reflections and colour. I create spaces for meditative perception – often my works examine the spiritual qualities which light carries. I have planned and curated several environmental and light art projects as well as been a jury member in light art competitions. My career as a lighting designer includes close to a hundred lighting and set design works in the fields of drama, dance and opera.
Photo: Hannu Pakarinen / Finnish National gallery
Teemu Määttänen (b. 1978) is a media artist from Helsinki, Finland.
Teemu has been working on his own installations since 2006, creating works displayed in galleries and festivals. He has also been working in dance- and theatre productions in Finland since 2006.
From 2008 to 2014 Teemu worked as a researcher and media designer in the University of Tampere, Center for Practise as Research in Theatre. He has been teaching media technologies, interactivity and content creation as a visiting teacher in the University of the Arts, Theatre Academy and Aalto University since 2007. In 2015 he coordinated the Digital Visual Design - Advanced Intermediality in Performance program for the University of the Arts, Theatre Academy, which started in 2016. In 2019 Teemu started working as the Lecturer in Digital Design Methods in Film, Television and Theatre in the Department of Film, Television and Scenography in Aalto University.
In his work, Teemu is studying the relationships between space, light, colour and movement. He is also building interactivity into his current works, working mostly in the Processing environment, processing.org.
Teo Lanerva is a freelance lighting and video designer (MA, Theatrical Arts) based in Helsinki, Finland. He works with contemporary performances, concerts and events ranging from small underground clubs to festivals. He has been granted a säde-award and his designs have been performed in more than ten countries.
Terike Haapoja is a visual artist based in Berlin. Haapoja’s work investigates the existential and political boundaries of our world, with a specific focus on issues arising from the anthropocentric world view of Western traditions. Animality, multispecies politics, cohabitation, time, loss, and repairing connections are recurring themes in Haapoja’s work.
Freelance artist, interested in working with shadows and illusions.
Timo Kokko studies materiality, immateriality, space, light and observation through installations and sculptures. His works are a multi-sensorial experiences. He produces art through the observation and research of the environment, approaching the arts from scientific perspectives, often relying on experimentation, psychology, biology, chemistry and visual anthropology. Kokko’s work deals with ecological values and questions about humanity. Human, nature, time, moment and ephemerality are reoccurring themes in his work. Timo Kokko is a visual artist based in Kuopio. He has graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at University of the Arts in Helsinki.
VALOA design (est. 1997) is a design office that provides public light art installations as a seamless part of the built environment. Long experience in the field of architectural and urban lighting has created a strong understanding and faded the fine line between light art and architecture. Our aim is that our installations are both visually and technically sustainable.
Vilma Vantola is an artist and lighting designer based in Helsinki, Finland. In her work she often has an interest in the cycle of nature and the theoretical and human meanings of things in life. The insightful use of colors is one of her great strengths as a lighting designer. Vantola has graduated from the vocational school Pekka Halonen Academy (photography) and holds a degree of Master of Arts (Theater and Drama) in lighting design from the University of the Arts Helsinki (2020). She did her Erasmus exchange in the Cross-Disciplinary Strategies program at the University of Applied Arts Vienna during the winter of 2019-2020.