Mia Makela works in the fields of art & artist research, cultural history, documentary, development projects and AV-performance.


Makela’s work explores intersections between art and other disciplines: art and technology, art and magic, art and science. She investigates themes in the ecological, social and political spheres. Her latest projects include “Green Matters – Handbook for algae gatherers” a two-year exploration in different fields of knowledge, including marine biology, phycology, traditional weaving, sustainability, Baltic sea regional politics and nature preservation. The result was an exhibition and video handbook for making rugs with green macro algae. Healing heritages - a documentation project of traditional healing practices of adivasi - indigenous tribes of India, and Zootopia; an alternative audio guide to Helsinki zoo based on research and field work.


Makela, internationally known for her long trajectory in the field of live cinema, has shown her work and lectured all over the globe, including The Natural History Museum of New York, The Tate Britain. London, Ars Electronica. Linz, Kiasma. Helsinki, Transmediale. Berlin, Konzerthaus. Vienna, USC. Los Angeles, USP. Sao Paolo, National Museum of Women in the Arts. Washington, Festival do Rio de Janeiro, Sophiensaale. Berlin, ExTeresaArteActual. Mexico City, BANFF. Canada, Theatre de la Scene Nationale. Narbonne, CaixaForum. Barcelona…