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Riikka Latva-Somppi is currently a doctoral candidate in Aalto University, Department of Design, EMPIRICA-research group 2018-. Her thesis work is supported by Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation.

ONGOING PROJECTS:

Unfolding sense of water: Care across boundaries, Natural Resources institute Finland, The Finnish Environment Institute and Aalto University (colaborative partner). Funded by The Academy of Finland https://www.luke.fi/en/projects/sow-01

Radical Ceramics: Rethinking geopolymers, Aalto University, Funded by Aalto Radical Creativity https://empirica.aalto.fi/radical-ceramics

PUBLICATIONS:

Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2022). Soil Laboratory: Crafting Experiments in an Exhibition Setting. In: Fredriksen, B.C., Groth, C. (eds) Expanding Environmental Awareness in Education Through the Arts. Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education, vol 33. Springer, Singapore.

Latva-Somppi, R. (2022). Working with Soil: Craft, Design and Coactive Power. HannahArendt.Net11(1). https://www.hannaharendt.net/index.php/han/article/view/467

Mäkelä, Maarit, Latva-Somppi Riikka (2022). Encountering Soil Matters (Maan materiaalisuuksien äärellä) in Anna Valtonen & Petra Nikkinen (eds.) Designing Change New Opportunities for Organisations (Muotoilulla muutokseen Kehitystyön uudet mahdollisuudet). Aalto University, 96-103. (use this link to load: https://shop.aalto.fi/p/1699-designing-change/)

Latva-Somppi, Riikka & Mäkelä, Maarit, Lindström, Kristina, & Ståhl, Åsa. (2021). Entangled Materialities: Caring for soil communities at glass industry sites. FormAkademisk - forskningstidsskrift for design og designdidaktikk14(2). https://doi.org/10.7577/formakademisk.4180

Vega, Luis & Aktas, Bilge M & Falin, Priska & Latva-Somppi, Riikka & Valle-Noronha, Julia (2021) Shared Authorship in Research through Art, Design, and Craft. Research in Arts and Education. 2021(1).https://researtsedu.com/2021-february-1

Latva-Somppi, Riikka & Mäkelä, Maarit (2020) Exploring Ecological and Material Sensitivity through Craft Practice in the Context of the Venice Lagoon. Aisthesis 13(1), 31-46. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-10916

Latva-Somppi, Riikka & Mäkelä, Maarit. & Gündeşlioğlu, Özgu (2020). Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil. RUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research, 14https://doi.org/10.22501/ruu.697190

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS:

Riikka Latva-Somppi (2021). Soil as a material mediator: Combining environmental research with ceramic practice. Keynote lecture for the topic Locality and materiality​​​​​, 49th International Academy of Ceramics Congress, Rovaniemi, online 22.-23.9.2021. 

Latva-Somppi, Riikka, Mäkelä, Maarit, Lindström, Kristina, & Ståhl, Åsa. (2021). Entangled Materialities: Caring for soil communities at glass industry sitesBiennal International Conference for the Craft Sciences, online, University of Gothenburg, Sweden 

Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2020). Using craft as a field of inquiry in contemporary environmental discourse. Exploratory paper. Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, online, Aalto University, Otaniemi 

Vega, Luis, Aktas, Bilge M, Falin, Priska, Latva-Somppi, Riikka & Valle-Noronha, Julia (2020). Shared Authorship in Research through Art, Design, and CraftArt of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, online, Aalto University, Otaniemi 

Latva-Somppi, Riikka (2019). Traces from the Anthropocene. Sensing the Environment through Craft Practice. The Nordic Society of Aesthetics, Annual Conference 2019 27.-29.5.2019, Espoo, Finland (non-refereed)

CURATORIAL WORK:

Exhibition Soil Matters in The Designmuseum, Helsinki, FI 4.9.2020-10.1.2021 (co-curator, with Maarit Mäkelä)

read more about the exhibition and the Soil Laboratory-project.

Exhibition In Good Hands (co-curator, with Kieran Long)

in The Designmuseum, Helsinki, FI 24.1. 22.3.2020  

in The Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä, FI 12.9.-5.12.2020

in The Ostrobothnian Museum, Vaasa, FI 19.2.-18.4.2021

Exhibition Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil (curator) in Beta-Gallery, Espoo, 10.-26.10.2019 Designs for a Cooler Planet, Helsinki Design week

Exhibitions PYHÄNIEMI 2010-2018 fine art exhibitions in Pyhäniemi Manor, Hollola, FI (curator) 

Exhibition​​​​​​ Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future (curator),

Valkoinen sali, Kuparipaja, Fiskars, FI 9.11.-7.12.2016

Porzellanikon – Staatliches Museum für Porzellain
, Selb, GE 21.1.-1.5.2017

Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown, Northern Ireland 24.6.-22.7.2017

British Ceramics Biennial
, Stoke-on-Trent, UK 23.9.-5.11.2018

Bröhan-Museum, Landesmuseum für Jugendstil, Art Deco und Funktionalismus
, Berlin, GE 20.1. – 18.4.2018


National Museum of Slovenia – Presernova, Ljubljana, SL 15.5. – 31.7.2018 


Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague 
Prague, CZ 4.9.-11.11.2018

EXHIBITIONS:

Arts, Crafts & Rabbit Holes, Fiskars 21.5.-10.9.2023

Signals at Habitare, Helsinki, Finland 7.-11.9.2022

Hand Formed Matter, Bröhan Museum, Berlin / The Glass Factory, Boda, Sweden / The Finnish Glass Museum 2022-2023

Kantava maa / Solid Ground at Väre, Aalto University, FI 

Ceramics Facing the New in EMMA, Espoo Museum of Modern Art, FI 14.4.2021-7.8.2022 

Soil Matters in The Designmuseum, Helsinki, FI 4.9.2020-10.1.2021

Art of Research, Aalto University, Espoo, FI3.-4.12.2020 (online)

Resarch Pavilion #3 Infolab at Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki 25.10.-17.11.2019

Research Pavilion #3, Venice, IT 9.5.-28.8.2019

read more about the Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil -project

Photo: Maarit Mäkelä

Photo: Tzuyu Chen

 

Workshop and exhibition Radical Relevances conference, Aalto University, Espoo, FI 25.-27.4. 2018

 

Read more in English:

EMPIRICA web-pages

Helsinki Design Weekly: Design Museum’s exhibition explores the materials used in design processes and their impact on soil

FORM magazine: Soil Matters at Designmuseum in Helsinki 1.10.2020

ICON magazine-ICON 202: Winter 2020, Designing with Soil

UNIARTS: 6.2.2019 Artists digging up contaminated soil

 

  Lue lisää suomeksi:

Luonnonkirjo, 17.5.2021 : Working with Soil -työryhmä on mukana EMMAssa Särkyvää näyttelyssä

Helsinki Design Weekly: Designmuseon gallerianäyttely tarkastelee muotoilun ja teollisuuden vaikutuksia maaperään

Radio Helsinki-Helsinki Design Weekly: Maa-asiaa 1.10.2020

Aalto: 22.10.2018 Ympäristökysymykset esille keramiikkataiteen keinoin

SYKE: 25.10.2018 Suomalaiset keramiikkataiteilijat tekevät pilaantuneen maan näkyväksi Venetsian Tutkimuspaviljongissa

Aalto: 11.2. 2019 Taiteilijat saastuneen maan äärellä

SYKE: 15.9.2019 Keramiikkataide tuo näkyväksi ihmisen maaperään jättämät jäljet