Aalto ARTS summer school 2024 symposium

How art and design can address and raise awareness on water-related societal challenges? Welcome to listen featured talks from the summer school international academics and external experts in the field.

The theme, Embodied water, addresses societal challenges related to water, approached from interdisciplinary perspectives of art, film, and digitalization. The goal is to raise awareness of both global and local water issues. We also aim to redefine our understanding of water, viewing it not just as a natural resource but also as a catalyst for social change.


3:00pm Welcome words by Iina Ekholm, Director of the Aato ARTS Summer School 2022–2025, Rupesh Vyas, Professor of Information Design & Rauno Ronkainen, Professor of Cinematography. 

3:10pm Opportunities towards sustainable water future, Matti Kummu, Professor, Water and Environmental Engineering, Aalto University

3:30pm Oceans need urgent attention – The Baltic Sea could be used as a Testbed, Elina Lehtinen, Director of Communications, John Nurminen Foundation

3:50pm From Band-aids to Systems Change: art, design, and social impact, Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Professor of Integrated Design, The New School Parsons. 

4:15pm The story as a journey, Raija Talvio, Professor of Screenwriting, Aalto University

4:35pm Playing with Systems: Designing for Critical Play, Eric Zimmerman, Game Designer & Arts Professor, New York University Game Center

4:55pm Panel Discussion: Chair: Tomi Lauri with Elina Lehtinen, Cynthia Lawson-Jaramillo, Raija Talvio, Eric Zimmerman, Rupesh Vyas and Rauno Ronkainen. 

Further information

Please contact Summer School Coordinator Venla Luukkonen, [email protected] or Director of the Aato ARTS Summer School Iina Ekholm, [email protected]

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