Emilia Tikka

Emilia Tikka

Doctoral Candidate


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    Artistic and research interests

    Emilia Tikka`s current research focuses on re-designing human-nature-technology relations in technoscientific discourses and practices, focusing on synthetic biology and genome-editing technologies. She problematizes the current production of the ‘human condition’ by juxtaposing transhumanism and feminist posthumanism. Her research on design methods focuses on re-framing speculative design as an inclusive approach, introducing plural voices in technoscientific discourses and practises.

    Next to conducting her PhD at Aalto, she is also a Research Associate at Tampere University, Department of New Social Research on biomedical technologies. She is also an Artist in Residence in EU project Art4med at the Finnish Bioart Society (2021-2022). Her former affiliations include: Visiting Scholar at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Artist in Residence at the laboratories of Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine in Berlin.


    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    External positions

    Research Associate, Tampere University

    1 Oct 20191 Jan 2021

    Artist in Residence , Tokyo

    15 Sep 201915 Oct 2019

    Visiting Scholar, Humboldt-Universität Berlin

    1 Oct 20181 Mar 2019

    Artist in residence, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association

    1 Jul 201831 Oct 2018


    • Speculative Design
    • Critical Design
    • Design and Science
    • Synthetic Biology
    • Transhumanism
    • Posthumanism
    • Environmental Humanities
    • Genetics


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    • ÆON

      Tikka, E., 1 Mar 2022, Atlas der Datenkörper 1: Körperbilder in Kunst, Design und Wissenschaft im Zeitalter digitaler Medien. Bart, M., Breuer, J. & Freier, A. L. (eds.). p. 148-153 6 p.

      Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contributionpeer-review

      Open Access
    • Caring Futures

      Tikka, E., 17 Sep 2022

      Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review


      Tikka, E., Valkeapää, O. A. & Valkeapää, L., 18 Aug 2022

      Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

    • More-Than-Living

      Tikka, E., Valkeapää, O. A. & Valkeapää, L., 28 Sep 2022

      Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

    • Speculative approaches in social science and design research: Methodological implications of working in ‘the gap’ of uncertainty

      Meskus, M. & Tikka, E., 16 Oct 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Qualitative Research.

      Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

      Open Access