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.
The programme provides space and time for experimentality, criticality and new kinds of cooperation by giving artists a chance to expand their practice through all Aalto Schools.
Aalto AiR programme provides dedicated and internationally active artists with a unique opportunity to work with a truly collaborative community of researchers, students and staff and to avail themselves of Aalto University’s resources for artistic and creative productions.
In addition to benefiting from the Aalto University community as a whole, our AiR-programme builds on active partnerships with multiple actors in the Helsinki cultural scene: art museums, galleries, artists' collectives, art promotion organisations and other residence programmes, such as the Helsinki International Artist Programme (HIAP).
We want to provide dedicated and internationally active artists with a unique opportunity to work with a truly collaborative community of researchers, students and staff and to avail themselves of Aalto University’s resources for artistic and creative productions for a period of one year.
Aalto University artist-in-residence programme offers the artist:
- access to an unrivalled variety of facilities and workshops for creative endeavours
- a monthly salary equalling that of a post-doc researcher at Aalto University
- a production budget depending on the individual project
- a work space suitable for the project in question
- production assistance
- exhibition and co-operation possibilities
- support in finding accommodation
Aalto University artist-in-residence programme is intended for internationally active and experienced artists that are committed to experimentation, cross-disciplinary work and innovation.
AiR programme is a platform for creative collaborations across disciplines and schools of thought. The programme is driven by our understanding of art as a multifaceted and uncompromising field of knowledge production in which neither knowledge nor production can be reduced to its customary forms. Similarly, we value the university's active role in fostering the prerequisites of creativity.
Our aim is to encourage experimentality, originality and criticality by offering time, space and possibilities for collaboration.
During this residence, the artist will pursue her / his own creative project while at the same time engaging with the Aalto University community in various ways: collaborations between departments and schools, occasional periods of teaching, workshops and public presentations.
The outcome of the residence period — a work of art, an exhibition, a film, or a project of another kind — will be premiered in the Helsinki region.
Aalto University's Artist-in-Residence programme has welcomed five artists
Matthew C. Wilson (School of Science & School of Chemical Engineering, 2019)
Pilvi Takala (School of Business, 2018)
Kabir Carter (School of Electrical Engineering, 2017)
Ariel Bustamante (School of Arts, Design and Architecture 2014-2015)
Marita Liulia (School of Arts, Design and Architecture, 2011-2012)
In the Artist-in-Residence position at Aalto University, the purpose of art is to arouse questions in a cross-disciplinary manner.
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.
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.