Terhi is a postdoctoral fellow in the eGames Lab research project (IST-ID) and a member of the Interactive Technologies Institute (ITI/LARSyS). Terhi completed her PhD in 2022 in the audiovisual content creation track at the University of Porto. Her PhD was supervised by Dr. Patrícia Gouveia (Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon) and Dr. Diamantino Freitas (Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto). Prior to her PhD in digital media, Terhi completed an MA and a BA in Art Education at the University of Lapland in Finland. Terhi's PhD dissertation explores the use of voice / interaction, that is: voice, speech recognition, synthetic voice, texts, language, combinatorial language and play in digital, browser-based art to explore various aspects of human migratory movement, where human migratory movement is understood as movement. Terhi's PhD was practice-based / artistic research, with theoretical work progressing alongside a practice of creating interactive and combinatorial/generative artworks about migration. Her artistic skills unite with ever growing programming skills to create intriguing perspectives on the topics that her inquisitive mind decides to take on. At the core of Terhi's research practice is the aim to explore how different kinds of artistic approaches to interactivity (through code) as well as recorded voice, texts, poetry (voice / interaction) can converge to further our understanding of the topics at hand. Terhi tends to create predominantly socially-engaged art, because the artistic process is for her first and foremost a way to think about the world around her and to process her observations. A recent work, Gray hairs, speculates about the gendered practice of dyeing one's hair. Another recent work, Infinite scroll, speculates on the connections between the infinite scroll -interface and money. Other works in progress include an ongoing series of crochet-based works (circles), as well as a work about the relationship between her own body and the moon (My body, the moon) which speculates about the impact that mining on the moon could have on women's bodies.

Personal identification

Full name

Citation names

  • Marttila, Terhi

Author identifiers

Ciência ID


Knowledge fields

  • Social Sciences - Educational Sciences
  • Humanities - Arts
  • Exact Sciences - Computer and Information Sciences - Computer Sciences


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
Finnish (Mother tongue)
English Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2) Proficiency (C2)
German Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Portuguese Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Swedish Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1)
French Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1) Elementary (A2) Beginner (A1)
Degree Classification
2016/01/09 - 2022/06/27
Doctoral Program in Digital Media (Doutoramento)
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
"Migration as movement - repurposing the voice/interface to explore aspects of human migratory movement through artistic research. Available at: https://repositorio-aberto.up.pt/handle/10216/141693" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2011/09/01 - 2016/06/06
Art Education (Master)
Lapin Yliopisto, Finland
"Give Me a Reas8n: Three Cycles of Dialogical Art-based Action Research to Support a Community of Volunteers Who Work With Migrants. Available at: https://lauda.ulapland.fi/handle/10024/62451" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
2011/09/01 - 2016/06/05
Art Eduction (Bachelor)
Lapin Yliopisto, Finland
2010/09/01 - 2011/08/31
Contemporary art (Bachelor)
Taidekoulu MAA, Finland
2004/09/01 - 2010/05/31
Technical Physics and Mathematics (Bachelor)
Aalto-yliopisto Teknillisen fysiikan laitos, Finland


Host institution
2023/04/03 - Current Postdoc (Research) Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento, Portugal
Laboratório de Robótica e Sistemas de Engenharia, Portugal


Designation Funders
2023/04/03 - Current eGames Lab
Post-doc Fellow
Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento, Portugal
2017/03/01 - 2021/06/30 NORTE 2020
PhD Student Fellow
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
European Social Fund


Designation Funders
2021/11/15 - Current Game Art and Gender Equity
Not funded


  1. Pedro, Celeste; Marttila, Terhi. Hacking the Good Life. João de Barros and the Game of Moral Virtues - booklet. Porto, Portugal: Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto. 2023.
    Published • https://doi.org/10.21747/978-989-9082-75-5/hac
Book chapter
  1. Marttila, Terhi; Iiris Tuisku. "Conversation Guide and Virtual Guest Book". In Learning Xperiences – Art Pedagogical Approaches in X-Border Art Biennial 2013, edited by Maria Huhmarniemi; Elina Härkönen; Timo Jokela, 34-35. Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland, 2015.
  2. Marttila, Terhi. "Smartphone filmmaking: The implementation of smartphones in film production for fostering the relationship of a community to a location". In Cool : applied visual arts in the North, edited by Timo Jokela; Glenn Coutts; Elina Härkönen; Maria Huhmarniemi, 155-157. Rovaniemi, Finland: University of Lapland, 2013.
Conference abstract
  1. Marttila, Terhi. "1st abstract: Give Me a Reason, 2nd abstract: “Tell me a story, Siri.” The voice as an emerging medium for interaction in digital art". Paper presented in ELO2019: Electronic Literature Organization Conference & Media Arts Festival, Cork, 2019.
Conference paper
  1. Lima, Luciana; Pinto, Camila; Marttila, Terhi; Gouveia, Patricia. "DIGRA 2023: Home Computing and Digital Game Piracy in the 1980s in Portugal". Paper presented in DIGRA 2023, Sevilla, 2023.
  2. Marttila, Terhi. "linguistic accents and xenophobia in we-cannot-take-them-all: preliminary findings in the design of a voice interface". Paper presented in EnIAD - Encontro de Investigação em Arte e Design, Lisbon, 2019.
    Under revision
  3. Marttila, Terhi. "Chatting as interface in gaming — case example: Bury me, my love". Paper presented in Videojogos 2018, Porto, 2018.
  4. Marttila, Terhi. "Playful readings and deeper meanings". Paper presented in ICLI 2018 - International Conference on Live Interfaces, Porto, 2018.
  5. Marttila, Terhi. "Give Me a Reason - Encouraging Dialogue Through Interactive Media". Paper presented in InSEA 2017 - International Society for Education trough Art, Daegu, 2017.
Conference poster
  1. Marttila, Terhi. "Why are you here? Four computational dialogues about migration". Paper presented in UT Austin Digital Media Symposium, 2018.
Exhibition catalog
  1. Gouveia, Patricia; Marttila, Terhi. Gouveia, P., Marttila, T., (2020), "Speak Out, a playful interactive artwork about migration with a radical openness to the World" / "Speak Out, uma obra artística lúdica sobre migração com uma abertura radical", RAUM Online Residencies, essay available online in english and portuguese.. RAUM Residencies, 2020.
Journal article
  1. Marttila, Terhi. "These gray hairs really scream out at me - the confessional I and autofiction as feminist writing in Gray hairs". Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts (2024): https://revistas.ucp.pt/index.php/jsta.
    Open access • In press
  2. Pedro, Celeste; Marttila, Terhi. "Hacking the good life - João de Barros and the game of moral virtues". The Digital Review 3 (2023):
    Open access • Published • https://doi.org/10.7273/zyyq-xs17
Online resource
  1. Marttila, Terhi. Migration as movement [PhD dissertation as website including audiobook]. 2022. https://terhimarttila.com/migration-as-movement.
  2. Marttila, Terhi. MobileMovieFinland - a blog about lessons learned with using mobile phones to teach video. 2012. http://mobilemoviefinland.blogspot.com/.
  1. Marttila, Terhi. Infinite scroll [digital artwork for browser]. 2023. https://terhimarttila.com/infinite-scroll.
  2. Marttila, Terhi. terhimarttila.com [professional portfolio]. 2023. https://terhimarttila.com/.
  3. Marttila, Terhi. Gray hairs [artwork for browser]. 2023. https://terhimarttila.com/gray-hairs.
  4. Marttila, Terhi. Transplanted [artwork for browser]. 2021. https://terhimarttila.com/transplanted.
  5. Marttila, Terhi. Speak out [artwork for browser]. 2020. https://terhimarttila.com/speak-out.
  6. Marttila, Terhi. We Cannot Take Them All [artwork for browser]. 2019. terhimarttila.com/we-cannot-take-them-all.
  7. Marttila, Terhi. Give Me a Reason [artwork for browser]. 2016. terhimarttila.com/give-me-a-reason.
  8. Marttila, Terhi. Portfolio of works completed in Montreal (2015-2016). 2015. http://cargocollective.com/terhimarttila/.
  9. Marttila, Terhi. Portfolio documenting artistic work from 2014. 2014. https://terhimarttila.tumblr.com/.

Artistic / Performance

Artistic exhibition
  1. zzz [in Revista Saca #1 - Revista literária independente]. 2024.
  2. Infinite scroll [in taper#11 - an online literary magazine for small computational pieces, published by Bad Quarto]. 2023.
  3. Gray hairs [exhibited at ELO2023 conference]. 2023.
  4. Gray hairs [published in The New River Journal - A Journal of Digital Art & Literature, since 1996]. 2023.
  5. Give Me a Reason [included in Electronic Literature Collection 4]. 2022.
  6. Speak out [exhibited at ELO 2022 conference]. 2022.
  7. Transplanted [published on nokturno.fi - platform for digital, experimental and cross-disciplinary literature]. 2022.
  8. Marttila, Terhi; Gouveia, Patricia. Speak out [artistic residency + exhibition at raum.pt curated by Patrícia Gouveia]. 2021.
  9. Transplanted [group exhibition in Rovaniemi, Finland]. 2021.
  10. We Cannot Take Them All [online exhibition at Art of Research 2020 conference]. 2020.
Artistic performance
  1. 2023. Performance of Gray hairs. Greta livraria feminista, Lisbon, Portugal.
  2. 2023. Performance of Gray hairs. Videojogos 2023, Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal.
  3. 2023. Gray hairs. ELO2023 performance, Teatro Académico Gil Vicente, Coimbra, Portugal.
  4. 2014. Manifesto for the Nationalisation of Music. Kalavale festival, Kauppayhtiö, Rovaniemi, Finland.
  5. 2014. Manifesto for the Nationalisation of Music. RAFLOST Festival, Sölvhóll, LHÍ Concert Hall, Reykjavik, Iceland.
  6. 2014. Manifesto for the Nationalisation of Music. Galleria Katve & Valo, Arktikum Rovaniemi, Finland.
  1. Outi Kallas [dance choreography by] (Composer). 2014. Ankkuri - dancer and music for choreography. Studio Solu.
  2. Outi Kallas (Composer). 2014. Arctic Design Show 2014 - Vuomas - dancer. Studio Solu.
  1. Lima, Luciana; Marttila, Terhi; Ramos, Lorena. Mulheres Invisíveis: Ex-trabalhadoras da Fábrica TIMEX- Portugal. 2023.
Theatre play
  1. 2014. LYY Speksi: Satu Yliopiston Synnystä - actress, 4/9 performances in total.

Oral presentation

Presentation title Event name
Host (Event location)
2024/02/22 Digital games and art - what are artists up to? eGames lab - Mega level up
Universidade de Madeira (Funchal, Portugal)
2024/01/18 ELO 2024 UnConference create-a-thon: Open Science and Art: Collective Play and Accountable Worlds ELO 2024 UnConference: Access works!
Electronic Literature Organization (ELO)
2023/08/05 Assembly Summer '23: Feminist poiesis - multidisciplinary creation and collaborative research in transmedia arts and gaming in Portugal. See https://assembly.org/en/events/summer23/program/scene-lounge-seminars ASSEMBLY Summer '23
Assembly Organization (Helsinki, Finland)
2023/07/17 Embodied methodologies for place-based collaborative game design Creative collaborations and innovation through Embodied Methodologies, 17. - 18. July
CERN IdeaSquare (Geneva, Switzerland)
2023/06/20 Home Computing and Digital Game Piracy in the 1980s in Portugal DIGRA 2023 - Limits and margins of games
University of Sevilla (Sevilla, Spain)
2023/05/11 Artist Talk Artist talk for students of Fundamentals of Game Design 2D (professor Dr. Anna Unterholzner)
Macromedia University (Köln, Germany)
2022/10/12 MTF 2022: Playful voice/interaction for ecosystems living [invited] Music Tech Fest (MTF) Labs Aveiro - Ecosystem Living
Music Tech Fest (Aveiro, Portugal)
2022/07/14 ITI/LARSyS Annual meeting 2022: Migration as movement [Poster pitch] LARSyS Annual meeting
LARSyS (Lisboa)
2022/03/25 ACM SIGGRAPH SPARKS 2022: Speak out - an artists' game about life in a world of shifting border rules Artists’ Games: Critical and Creative Approaches in New Media Art
SPARKS (Short Presentations of Artworks & Research for the Kindred Spirit) sponsored by the ACMSIGGRAPH Digital Arts Committee
2020/12/03 AoR 2020: Dimensions of authorship in the (co-)creation of interactive art: some examples Art of Research
Aalto University (Helsinki, Finland)
2019/10/11 REBOOT 2019: We-cannot-take-them-all: Preliminary findings in the design of a voice interface REEBOT Digital Arts and New Media Festival Doctoral Symposium
University of Porto, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/10/02 ENIAD 2019: You don't sound like you're from here? - The foreign accent in synthesised speech as a means to create thought provoking interactive art about migration ENIAD - Encontro de Investigação em Arte e Design
University of Lisbon, Faculty of Fine Arts (Lisbon, Portugal)
2019/07/15 ELO 2019: Tell me a story, Siri. The voice as an emerging medium for interaction in digital art, case studies of selected artworks ELO Cork 2019
University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
2019/07/15 ELO 2019: Give Me a Reason - Artist Talk ELO Cork 2019
University College Cork (Cork, Ireland)
2019/06/06 Consciousness Reframed 2019: From osmosis to diffusion - migration as movement, digital art for dismantling membranes Consciousness Reframed 2019 - Sentient States: Bio-mind and Techno-nature
Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Porto, Portugal)
2019/03/18 Playful interfaces workshop: On migration [invited] Playful interfaces and interaction strategies to develop media literacy about migrations
ESAIG, Ecole Estienne Paris (Paris, France)
2018/11/29 PDMD doctoral symposium 2018: Speech interaction with computers as a medium for artistic expression - Computational dialogues about migration UT Austin Digital Media Symposium in Lisbon
(Lisbon, Portugal)
2018/11/21 Videojogos 2018: Chatting as interface in mobile gaming - Case example: Bury me, my love Videojogos
University of Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2018/06/16 ICLI 2018: Playful readings and deeper meanings - using text, speech and voice in a playful manner to deliver serious messages ICLI - International Conference on Live Interfaces, Doctoral Symposium
University of Porto (Porto, Portugal)
2017/10/17 PDMD/Future places doctoral symposium 2017: Migration is my right, borders an unnecessary obstacle: developing persuasive text-based interactive art Future Places Doctoral Symposium
University of Porto (Porto, Portugal)

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2023/11/30 - 2023/11/30 Workshop "Games I have never played: digital works made by Portuguese women (1980-2000). With Dr. Luciana Lima. (2023/11/28 - 2023/11/30)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal
2023/07/13 - 2023/07/13 "Hacking João de Barros’ 16th-century Diálogo [...] em modo de jogo, a combinatorial game about moral vices and virtues" - Workshop for the Electronic Literature Organization 2023 (ELO 2023) International Conference and Media Arts Show: Overcoming divides: electronic literature and social change. (2023/07/13) with Dr. Celeste Pedro. (2023/07/12 - 2023/07/15)
Workshop (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Coimbra Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
2014/03/21 - 2014/03/23 Snow art workshops at the National astronomical society annual congress in Inari, Finland. Website: https://www.ursa.fi/harrastus/harrastustapahtumat/tahtipaivat/tahtipaivat-2014.html, my blogpost: http://lapinyliopisto.blogspot.com/2014/03/kuinka-rakastuin-inariin-osa-1.html (2014/03/21 - 2014/03/23)
Symposium (Other)
Tähtitieteelinen yhdistys Ursa ry, Finland
2013/06/19 - 2013/10/06 X-Border Biennial - art crossing borders - I translated the catalogue texts en-fi and fi-en and worked as an exhibition guide in July of 2013. Blog: https://x-border.tumblr.com/About, catalogue: https://issuu.com/x-border/docs/catalogue_pages, magazine: https://issuu.com/x-border/docs/magazine, my blog: http://lapinyliopisto.blogspot.com/2013/09/rovaniemelta-on-lyhyt-matka-pohjoiseen.html (2013/06/19 - 2013/10/06)
Exhibition (Other)
Lapin Yliopisto, Finland

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2022/05/30 - 2022/06/01 ELO 2022: exhibition of artwork [Speak out] at conference art exhibition, online attendance
ELO 2022 - Education and Electronic Literature
Jyväskylän yliopisto, Finland

Politecnico di Milano Sede di Milano Leonardo, Italy
2017/07/17 - 2017/07/21 ELO 2017, attendance
ELO 2017: Affiliations, Communities, Translations
Universidade Fernando Pessoa, Portugal
2017/07/06 - 2017/07/07 xCoAx 2017, attendance
5th Conference on Computation, Communication, Aesthetics & X
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Belas-Artes, Portugal
2017/05/22 - 2017/05/23 MoreEU 2017: The Federal Experience of the European Union, attendance
MoreEU: The Federal Experience of the European Union
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Direito, Portugal
2017/05/22 - 2017/05/22 BREXIT - Os desafios do Brexit, presentations by Dion Curry and Gabriel Siles-Brügge, attendance
BREXIT - Os desafios do Brexit
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa Escola de Sociologia e Políticas Públicas, Portugal
2016/09/22 - 2016/09/24 InSEA 2016 regional Congress, Vienna, Austria, attendance
Art and Design Education in Times of Change
Die Angewandte - University of Applied Arts, Austria
2016/06/28 - 2016/06/30 4th Conference on Arts-based Research and Artistic Research, attendance
4th Conference on Arts-based Research and Artistic Research
Aalto University - School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland
2016/05/27 - 2016/05/30 MTF 2016 - MusicTechFest #MTFBerlin, attendance
2015/09/18 - 2015/09/21 MTF 2015 - MusicTechFest #MTFCentral, hackathon
Music Tech Fest Central Europe: #MTFCentral
IRZU Institute for Sonic Arts Research, Slovenia
2014/05/19 - 2014/05/23 DAMA 15, Reykjavik - performance art workshop, final group performance
DAMA 15, Reykjavik - RAFLOSTi/DAMA Workshop
Listahaskoli Islands, Iceland
2013/04/22 - 2013/04/26 NIDA (Lithuania) International Design Management Seminar, attendance and hackathon
NIDA International Design Management Seminar
NIDA Art Colony, Lithuania

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2023/02/07 - 2023/02/22 ELO 2023: Overcoming Divides: Electronic Literature and Social Change Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), Center for Portuguese Literature (CLP)
2022/03/08 - 2022/03/15 ELO 2022 - Education and Electronic Literature Electronic Literature Organization (ELO), H-Studies Research Group (Jyväskylä, Finland)

Interview (newspaper / magazine)

Activity description Newspaper / Forum
2023/02/23 IPM Monthly [ 2/2023 ] - Digital Research Objects: An Interview with Terhi Marttila IPM Monthly - Medieval Philosophy Today
2013/02/22 Finnish national broadcasting company online article and radio interview - about my work with mobile phones as tools in art education YLE - National broadcasting company of Finand


2018 Best Poster Award
Universidade do Porto, Portugal
2014 Kuvataideopettajat ry Lopputyöstipendi [Finnish art education society MA thesis award]