Guests & Hosts


Jonathan Beller is a film theorist, culture critic and mediologist, author of the Cinematic Mode of Production (2006). He currently holds the position of Professor of Humanities and Media Studies and Critical and Visual Studies, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

Timo Bredenberg is a visual artist from Tampere, Finland. His work explores internet communities and movements using methods from found footage cut-up to virtual derivé. Recently he has been interested in network economies, their material pre-conditions and underlying algorithms.

Dick Bryan is Professor of Political Economy at the University of Sydney. He has researched and taught on theories of value and distribution and the evolving global economic system. Recently his focus has shifted towards international finance, and financial derivatives and securities in particular: both how they are transforming our understanding of economic processes and changing wider social relations.

Vienne Chan is an artist and researcher interested in socio-economic issues and the different types of rationalities possible within the financial logic. Vienne holds a MFA in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies from Bauhaus- Universität Weimar. As founding member of the Forms of Ownership collective, she  currently works on a project to rethink economies of care.

Colin Drumm is a PhD candidate in the History of Consciousness at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He is currently writing a dissertation on the topic of monetary history and political philosophy, with a focus on Mediterranean antiquity and early modern England.

Primavera De Filippi is a legal scholar, Internet activist and artist, whose work focuses on the blockchain, peer production communities and copyright law. She is author of the book Blockchain and the Law published by Harvard University Press. As an activist, she is part of Creative Commons, the Open Knowledge Foundation and the P2P Foundation, among others.

Ela Kagel is an independent curator and producer with a specialism in art, culture and technology. Since the mid-1990s Ela has produced and designed media art exhibitions, networked performances, mobile and location based applications as well as temporary spaces for cultural exchange. She digital strategist & founder of SUPERMARKT Berlin, as well as a board member of Platform Cooperatives Germany eG.

Geert Lovink is a Dutch media theorist, internet critic and the author of Uncanny Networks (2002), Dark Fiber (2002), My First Recession (2003), Zero Comments (2007), Networks Without a Cause (2012), Social Media Abyss (2016) and Sad by Design (2019). Geert’s recent projects deal with digital publishing and the future of art criticism.

Nathan Schneider is an assistant professor of Media Studies in University of Colorado Boulder. He is founder of the Media Enterprise Design Lab and a journalist who writes about religion, technology and democracy. Nathan’s current project is an exploration of models for democratic ownership and governance for online platforms and protocols.

Ruby van der Wekken is a global justice activist. She works at Siemenpuu Foundation, which aims at supporting partners in the Global South around issues of ecological democracy. Ruby is a co-founder of Stadin Aikapankki and she wants to take forward the discussions around Commons and Solidarity economy in Finland.


Ana Fradique is an artist and activist undertaking the co-construction of the crypto palaces of the commons and other economic spaces of the present and future. Co-founder of Economic Space Agency and Robin Hood Cooperative, where she now is managing director. Ana has degrees in Painting at the University of Lisbon and in Environmental Art at Aalto University, Helsinki.

Harri Homi is a social and systems designer from Finland. His work is best described as design for emergent socialities, concepting disruptive service systems and weighting the immanent potentialities of decentralized technologies such as blockchain.

Pekko Koskinen is a game designer, artist and developer specialised in gamification of social conventions and in utopian and fictional ways of living. Currently he coordinates the ECSA lab at Economic Space Agency, developing a platform for programmable economy and organisation.

Kalle Kuisma is an artist and musician working widely within audiovisual culture – videography, editing, VJing and music.
Kalle works as media producer at m-cult and is also active in the Vadelma art organisation for live art and music, and the open radio collective Korppiradio.

Sophea Lerner is a new media artist, researcher, educator and a broadcaster. She has a long experience of putting technology to innovative and collaborative uses. Sophea has worked within various community media organisations and taught audio and new media internationally.

Daniel Malpica is an author, designer and a multimedia artist. Besides publishing poetry He has initiated and curated many experimental and multilingual projects such as Mutanttikieltä (Mutant Language).

Iida Nissinen has her background in arts and art education and a practice of collective (un)learning and artistic concept/content creation. Iida has worked in a variety of cultural organizations and collaborative art projects. As producer at m-cult she specialises in working with participants and audiences.

Marko Tandefelt has a background and wide spectrum experience in creating new multisensory immersive installations, interaction concepts, sensor-based interfaces and novel audiovisual instruments. He is currently working as a concept designer, creative technologist, and consultant at Parasense Helsinki.

Minna Tarkka, director of m-cult, has a long experience as critic, educator, producer and curator of media art and culture. She has been actively developing the Finnish media art scene and has a special interest in internet culture and collaborative art.

Akseli Virtanen is a radical political economist and finance theorist, with a PhD at the Helsinki School of Economics. He has published several books on the history and future of economy, politics and the affective landscape of new work. Founder of Robin Hood Minor Asset Management and Economic Space Agency to open source economy and create programmable organizations.


m-cult is a Helsinki-based new media and collaborative art agency promoting emerging forms of media art and digital culture, with emphasis on cultural and social aspects of media and technology. m-cult brings together international and local artists, communities, and partner networks.

Economic Space Agency (ECSA) is a digital economy organization and an international network of radical economists, developers, and artists. ECSA works on a post-capitalist economic expression capable of communicating intangible values such as care and the biosphere and develops a distributed post-blockchain environment to enable the creation of modular, interconnected economic spaces.


The Institute of Network Cultures (INC) analyzes and shapes the terrain of network cultures through events, publications, and online dialogue. INC projects evolve around urgent publishing, alternative revenue models, critical design and making, digital counter culture, and more. INC brings together researchers, artists, activists, programmers, designers, students and teachers.

Oodi, Helsinki Central Library is a non-commercial, urban public space that is open to all. Besides library services, Oodi offers the citizens free meeting and workspaces as well as facilities for fablab, maker, and media projects. The building also houses two cafes and the Kino Regina cinema.

Robin Hood Asset Management Cooperative started in 2012 as an ‘investment bank for the precariat’, an alternative hedge fund for supporting independent projects. In 2020, the cooperative transforms into a platform for the crypto finance of the commons by building a collective tool for horizontal projects and resources management within distributed networks.

Supermarkt was founded in 2010 as a platform for digital culture, collaborative economies and new forms of work. An independent project space in Berlin’s Kreuzberg, the Supermarkt focuses on the intersection of technology, money and society in workshops, conferences and collaborations.