21 - 24 April 2021 | Leuven, Belgium Menu
Marko Ahtisaari
curator, entrepreneur, designer, bassist
Marko Ahtisaari
Schedule info coming soon

Marko Ahtisaari

Central to the question of Artificial Intelligence is the nature of intelligence itself. What would it mean for us to live alongside intelligences other than our own? How can we do so in a way that is just, equitable, kind, and even joyous?

Marko Ahtisaari, Artistic Director of the Helsinki Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in the Nordics, is keen to answer such questions in a variety of ways. Through artistic collaborative and participatory performance work, for example. Or in visceral and embodied experiences and performances. Or in the accompanying realization that intelligence is not something unique to us, or to machines, but to a wider, more-than-human world. At and&, Ahtisaari will be sharing some of his latest work in the interaction of art and other intelligences.

A Finnish technology entrepreneur, designer and musician, Ahtisaari has been CEO and co-founder of two technology companies: Dopplr (acquired by Nokia) and Sync Project (acquired by Bose). After Dopplr, he was executive vice president of design at Nokia and later a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

Ahtisaari studied economics, philosophy, and music at Columbia University, and was a lecturer and fellow of the faculty of philosophy. He has co-authored two books: Out of the Blue: The Essence and Ambition of Finnish Design, and 10x Finland on the societal impact of digitalization. At and& he’ll also be appearing on stage alongside Nadya Peek with their band Construction.