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Liisa Ikonen


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Artistic and research interests

Scenographer, DA, Liisa Ikonen is the head of Expanded Scenography Research Group and the Principal Investigator in the Academy of Finland funded Floating Peripheries – Mediating the Sense of Place artistic research project (2017-2021). Floating Peripheries research consortium (Aalto University and University of Lapland) aims at enlarging the understanding of spatial and conceptual peripheries.  It brings the practical and theoretical skills and epistemologies that have traditionally belonged to performing arts, visual arts and media art, to be distributed among a wide spectrum of societal forums. The main objective of the research consortium is to re-calibrate the multidimensionality and hidden potential of peripheries appearing in different contexts– in sub/urban spheres, social spaces of healthcare and wellbeing, digital networks and Arctic nature.

As a scenographer, Liisa Ikonen has worked throughout her 25–year career in both experimental and institutional fields of performing arts, and her research is closely tied with her artistic practice. Ikonen‘s expertise in renewing artistic research practices has been recognized e.g. through her systematic development work in project Hypnos (1994 – 2000) in which she developed work methods through several site specific performances in non-institutional found spaces in urban environment. Her dissertation Dialogical ScenographyPhenomenological Interpretation of an Alternative Work Process (2006,) based on artistic research in Hypnos group, won the Best Dissertation Award (2007) in University of Art and Design, Helsinki (UIAH). She has developed multidisciplinary design and application of alternative uses of scenographic means also as part of professor Tuuli Mattelmäki`s Tekes funded research project Spice – Spiritualizing Space (2009 -2011), that was focused on storytelling approaches in service design.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Arts (Art and Design)

Licentiate of Arts (Art and Design)

Master of Arts (Art and Design)

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Research Output

Artistic-Intelligent Research Alternator AIRA

Ikonen, L., 24 Oct 2019

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


Ikonen, L., 31 Dec 2019, In : Ruukku Studies in Artistic Research. 12, 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientific

Open Access
  • Domesticated in Site and Situations: Artistic-Research Exhibition

    Ikonen, L., 14 Jan 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionSolo art production

  • Fragments Exhibition at Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space

    Ikonen, L., 6 Jun 2019

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

  • Imagination, Transformation and Memory – Case of Poveglia Island in Fluid States Exhibition publication

    Ikonen, L., 6 Jun 2019, Fluid States.

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


    Floating Peripheries – Mediating the sense of place

    Loukola, M. & Ikonen, L.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding


    Art Prize of Espoo City for Hypnos-group

    Liisa Ikonen (Recipient), 1996

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Best Dissertation Award of Aalto ARTS, 2007

    Liisa Ikonen (Recipient), 2007

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

    Student Prize: Prague Quadrennial 2019: Best Student Exhibition Experience

    Liisa Ikonen (Supervising professor), Oscar Dempsey (Student prize recipient), Jenni Nylander (Student prize recipient), Bea-Stina Tornberg (Student prize recipient), Riikka Mäntymaa (Student prize recipient), Mirva Mietala (Student prize recipient), Riina Nieminen (Student prize recipient), Csilla Szlovák (Student prize recipient), Elina Ström (Student prize recipient) & Liisi Shorouh (Student prize recipient), 2019

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work


    Floating Peripheries Conference

    Maiju Loukola (Organiser), Liisa Ikonen (Organiser), Pia Euro (Organiser)
    6 Apr 202110 Apr 2021

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesMembership of a scientific or program committee of a conference or seminar

    Dorita Hannah

    Liisa Ikonen (Host)
    7 Jan 201919 Jan 2019

    Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting a visitor

    Site and Situations

    Liisa Ikonen (Speaker)
    15 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Gallery Talks

    Liisa Ikonen (Speaker)
    11 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic or invited talk

    SKENE+GRAPHEIN/writing a scene

    Maiju Loukola (Speaker), Liisa Ikonen (Speaker), Ivana Momcilovic (Speaker)
    16 Jun 201918 Jun 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation