Hello Forest! Hello Spirits! A seminar on Finnish mythology will be held at Oodi Helsinki Central Library in Finland on Sunday 11 December, 2023

December 5, 2023

Have you ever wondered why Finns’ relationship with the forest is so intensive?

Nature has always been present in Finnish mythology and culture, and it has shaped Finns’ story about themselves into a narrative about Finnish art, timber and the Winter War. Hello Forest! Hello Spirits! -seminar introduces Finnish mythology and examines how along, with Sámi mythology, it is interpreted especially in popular culture: comics, games, music and fashion.

At the end of the seminar, there is a presentation of the results of the DIMYMYDI Digital Mythologies-Mythological Digitalities project, and the international student mythology workshop on Finnish Mythology held at Aalto University (December 3-8, 2023).

The seminar is a part of EU-funded project DIMYMYDI Digital Mythologies - Mythological Digitalities coordinated by Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.

The seminar will be held on Sunday 10 December at in Helsinki Oodi Library in Maijansali auditorium from 10 am till 5.30 pm.

Sunday 10 December 2023




Mr. Frog, Core Fellow,

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Study: A Look at Finn-Karelian Mythology


Reetta Ranta, Storyteller and Media Executive,

Timeless Rituals and Stories Inspired by Finnish Nature And Mythology


Tuija Peltomaa, MA, Art Historian:

Human Nature and Nature, in the Kalevala Epic and Visual Arts


Lunch break


Case presentations


Ida Edgren, PhD student:

Myths and Folklore as Inspiration for Video Games


Lada Suomenrinne, visual artist:

Biegga Bieggá, and the Broken Veins on My Cheeks; Photographing at the End of the World.


Sanna Hukkanen, comics artist, illustrator:

“Covered by Forest” – a comic book on Finnish mythology


Kirsti Runavik, author & visual artist specialized in Nordic mythology:

Old Shaman Drums in Finland


Julia Toarie Strandman, visual artist:

Marras - Finnish mythology and spell tradition from the queer feminist perspective


Merle Karp, visual designer & artist:

Nature as Magic - on an audiovisual performance

15.20-15.50: Coffee break

DIMYMYDI Digital Mythologies - Mythologies
project and Aalto University (School of Arts, Design
and Architecture) student workshop
Mythology: Nature (3-8 Dec 2023) introductions

Seminar coordinator:
Tarja Nieminen, Lecturer VCD, Art & Media,
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University

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