Emilia Tikka is a designer and artist – PhD Candidate at Aalto University, The School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. She also holds a position as a Visiting Scholar at the Hermann von Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques of the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She is also the former artist in residence at Max-Delbrück-Centre for Molecular Medicine and State Festival, the first European artistic residency on the gene-editing technology CRISPR. Recently she has been selected for the Tokyo Art and Science Residency 2019 organized by The Bioartsociety and hosted by BioClub Tokyo in partnership with the Finnish Institute in Japan.
Her interdisciplinary design and research practice explores philosophical dimensions and cultural implications of novel biotechnologies such as synthetic biology and CRISPR. Her methods of research vary from designing objects, constellations, concepts and future speculations to writing and hands-on laboratory experiments.
Her design works – ranging from objects, scenarios, sculptures – has been awarded and exhibited in several international design exhibitions and art museums including Ars Electronica in Austria, STATE Studio in Germany, New York University Arts Centre in United Arabic Emirates, Västerås Art Museum in Sweden, EMMA Contemporary Art Museum in Finland, Contemporary Art Museum COCA in Poland, Stilwerk Designer awards in Germany, MOBA13 Design Biennale in Netherlands, Italian Vogue`s Young Talents event in Milan and Helsinki Technical Museum. Her recent film project Eudaimonia has been selected in international film festivals such as Shorts on Tap in London, Imagine Science in US and as a finalist on European Cinematography awards. Her work has been featured in publications such as Nature, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and PLASMA magazine. After studying in Helsinki, she received her MA in industrial design at University of Arts Berlin.