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Artist-in-Residence Programme

The Aalto Artist-in-Residence programme follows the practices of the best international universities and is, notably, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.
Ariel Bustamante conversation room

Aalto University’s commitment to enhancing cross-disciplinary dialogue is also visible in the artist-in-residence programme. Its purpose is to create a new kind of cooperation model within the university and to increase collaboration between art, science, technology and business.

The residencies aim at producing compelling and inspiring artworks stemming from a dialogue between art and science. At the same time, the residence creates possibilities in assessing different modes of knowledge production from new angles.

Aalto University artist-in-residence programme has functioned as a platform for transdisciplinary collaboration since 2011.

The Aalto Artist in Residence program is on a pause from 2020 onwards. Please follow Aalto University channels for updates.

Aalto University's Artist-in-Residence programme has welcomed five artists

  1. Matthew C. Wilson (School of Science & School of Chemical Engineering, 2019)

  2. Pilvi Takala (School of Business, 2018)

  3. Kabir Carter (School of Electrical Engineering, 2017)

  4. Ariel Bustamante (School of Arts, Design and Architecture 2014-2015)

  5. Marita Liulia (School of Arts, Design and Architecture, 2011-2012)

Aalto artist-in-residence Matthew Wilson

A visual artist wielding more than a hammer

Aalto University’s fifth Artist in Residence Matthew C. Wilson explores the entangled nature of ideas.

Takala made a bold artwork at accountancy firm Deloitte. The artwork shakes up everyday life in the office by essentially doing nothing. Hidden cameras were recording the other employees’ reactions to Takala’s unconventional working methods, as after two weeks of working, she simply sat down at an empty desk in silence. If anybody asked, she said she was doing ‘brainwork’.

Artist-in-Residence Pilvi Takala (2018): Art with your own body by misbehavin

In the Artist-in-Residence position at Aalto University, the purpose of art is to arouse questions in a cross-disciplinary manner.

Kabir Carter Photo: Cameron Kelly courtesy ISSUE Project Room

Sound artist Kabir Carter (2017)

The American audio artist Kabir Carter observes the subtle dynamism between the sound and the space under the most diverse conditions, e.g. from underwater landscapes to built environment.

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Aalto University, Otaniemi stories: Ariel Bustamante, Aalto University’s Artist-in-Residence at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Photographer: Sinikoski

Ariel Bustamante, artist-in-residence (2014 - 2015)

Aalto Artist-in-Residence Ariel Bustamante is known for breaking the boundaries of traditional sound art.

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The first Artist-in-Residence, artist-director Marita Liulia (2012)

The first Artist-in-Residence was artist-director Marita Liulia in 2012. Liulia has been successful in many fields of art and has combined them in her productions.

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