CIRRUS is a Nordic-Baltic network of Art and Design higher education. There are 20 excellent art and design schools from the Nordics and the Baltics in the circle of this cooperation. The central activities of the partner institutions are art and design, including innovative activities, technical development and artistic practices.

Nordic Creactivist Mycorrhiza

Nordic Creactivist Mycorrhiza
– How to build a Nordic Creactivist Mycorrhiza inspired by the entangled life of fungi

LAB Institute of Design and Fine Arts
Lahti, Finland

The fascinated life of fungi has inspired artists, designers and scientists. Fungi including mushrooms and mycelium has been used to create furniture, biodegradable packaging and even architectural structures.

This course finds inspiration from the entangled life of fungi and the Wood Wide Web in order to draft a Nordic Creactivist dialog, service, or network, where creative and activist minds meet, feed and learn from each other and from nature, in order to build A More Sustainable Life.

Students from multiple design disciplines work together in order to come up with solutions to what is the “mycorrhiza” needed to connect creative and activist minds in the Nordic region? The course focus on the SDG goals and how creativity and co-creation can be used as tools in order to reach the SDG goals.

This intensive course emerges from the peer-learning, collaboration and contribution of students from different design disciplines and cultures. Innovative and expressive solutions are produced collectively with the use of ecocentric design practice, design thinking methods, and co-creation.

Learning outcomes
– to work as a member of multidisciplinary and multicultural team
– to awaken the mind to see solutions, shift perspective, and generate unexpected actions
– to implement an ecocentric design approach and practice

Live workshop week at Lahti Campus, Finland: 22-25 August 2023

Online (or at campus presentation Monday 28 August 2023

Course lecturers: Noora Nylander, Senior lecturer of Packaging and Branding & Sara Bengts, Senior Lecturer of Visual Communication
Study places available: Max 10 students in CIRRUS
Apply to join the course by: 7.8.2023 by sending a letter of interest to