Minna Tarkka, director of m-cult, has a long experience as critic, educator, producer and curator of media art and culture.
She was active in establishing the first Finnish university curricula relating to media art, such as the Faculty of Time and Space (Academy of Fine Arts) and the MA in New Media (University of Art and Design, Media Lab). As organiser, she was founding member and first director of MUU (1989-91), and a founding member of AV-arkki, distribution centre for media art as well as the Finnish Media Art Network.
The International Symposium on Electronic Art has been organized twice in Helsinki in Tarkka's direction: she was programme director for ISEA’94 organized by the University of Art and Design, and directed m-cult during the production of ISEA2004. At m-cult, she has conceptualised and managed several collaborative programmes involving international and local partners.
In 2017, Minna Tarkka was awarded with the State Prize for Media Art acknowledging her pioneering work and recent successful commissions in collaborative media art.