Wanha Satama, Helsinki
1 November 2018
In November, Google’s annual design conference Span brings together 250 artists from the fields of technology, art, architecture, and design in Helsinki to examine the current influences of these fields on everyday life and its interfaces.
According to the organisers, a new generation of Finnish designers is combining ideas with action. They are creative mediators of political dimensions, linking the analogue with the digital and are allowing the past, present, and future to merge. At the conference, together with architects, technologists, and artists, the discussion will include the influence that design and technology have on our everyday lives, and the relationship between artificial intelligence, art, and design. Both Finnish and international speakers will give insights into their work and current topics of the industry in talks in different subject areas. A do-it-yourself guide to designing artificial intelligence, and tips for learning storytelling can be found in the numerous workshops. The latest developments in augmented and virtual reality will also be presented and delegates will then have the opportunity to ask the inventors questions.
To mark the event, Finnish designers will create installations and interactive spaces within the Wanha Satama building, the exhibition centre in the Katajanokka district of the city. For the first time, there will be a pop-up store in 2018 where delegates and those who cannot attend the conference are invited to purchase a selection of local products and books. The Span conference is a by-invitation-only event. Until 18 October 2018, interested parties can register on the event’s website for a limited number of tickets.