Public defence in Art Education, MA Marika Tervahartiala

The title of the thesis is Tietämisen viivoilla. Piirros tietäjänä ja piirtäminen
tutkimusmetodologiana (translation: Lines of knowledge. Drawing as a knower and as research methodology)
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MA Marika Tervahartiala will defend the thesis "Tietämisen viivoilla. Piirros tietäjänä ja piirtäminen tutkimusmetodologiana" (translation:Lines of knowledge. Drawing as a knower and as research methodology) on 16 December at 12:00 in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media, in lecture hall AS1, Maarintie 8, Espoo, and online in Zoom.

Opponent: Prof. Mirka Koro, Arizona State University, USA
Custos: Prof. Anniina Suominen, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media

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Drawing is knowing, drawing as knowing - What does it mean to know by drawing, what kind of knowledge can be reached by drawing, and what is the positionality of the knower in drawing?

Marika Tervahartiala's doctoral thesis from the research field of art education is composed of four research articles. These articles question researcher subjectivities and knowing through/with/by/in drawing. The main argument positions drawing as knowing and Drawing as a knower. Expanding on previous research, drawing is not only researched as a method, but as a methodology.

Through the research, an abstract entity, Drawing (Piirros), emerges. This Drawing entity draws and researches alongside the human researcher-drawer. Its cartoonish visual character appears in more than four hundred line-drawings throughout the research. The entity of Drawing requires re-examination of the ethicality of research questions, the normative research publication practices, as well as prior knowledge practices. To engage with Drawing, requires nonjudgemental presence and approach to this study from the researcher-drawer and the viewer-reader as well as detachment from presumptions and willingness to encounter discomfort and uncertainty concerning this process.

Tervahartiala's long-term research with extensive drawing material, consisting of more than 1500 drawings, examines the relations of image and word. As an outcome of the research, bringing together images, words and text, produces new understandings and extends the publication format and possibilities for artistic research. The unique format of the doctoral thesis presents, in a tangible format, the results of the research.

The publishing format, which respects Drawing’s artistic way of knowing, emphasizes the reader-viewers' participation and agency. And as a result, invite the reader-viewer to join the meaning-making.

The thesis aims at contributing to the development of methods and methodological knowledge of D/ drawing. Also, the research has wider social significance and implication in promoting more accessible and approachable research. The significance of applied, usable, and comprehensible drawing lies within its knowledge that stretches, expands, and challenges existing ways of knowing.

Drawing’s knowing and knowing through/with/by/in drawing, dismantle human-centered knowledges showing that knowing differently in artistic research is possible with the help of Drawing.

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