Research & Art

Arts and design knowledge-building

We aim to find new ways of solving supposedly impossible problems, to contribute to the wellbeing of people, and to have a positive impact on wider society.
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Megan McGlynn: In Tension – material experimentation with microfibrillar cellulose (MFC) and printed biodegradable plastic, PLA. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti

Knowledge-building activities in art and design can be characterized by a quest for a human approach to any topic. In this way, Aalto University bridges different areas, such as art, technology and business.

Our cultural approach focuses on experiences and both sensory and hands-on skills and knowledge.

At Aalto, artistic and design activities are closely linked to the research carried out in the technical fields: many of our art-based researchers do not focus on new technologies or their development, but rather on the use of technologies within art and other socio-cultural contexts.

In addition, art and design knowledge-building activities include technology-based actions related to systems design and sustainable development.

The Aalto Networking Platform brings together our researchers, practitioners and external parties for multidisciplinary collaboration in the area of arts and design knowledge building.

Focus areas

  • Arts, design and architecture
  • Human experience, including customer experience
  • Industrial processes and service design
  • Data-driven experimental design
  • Cognitive systems
  • Organizations and teams
  • Creativity and creative practices

Upcoming events

Street Project
Exhibitions and fairs

Main Street Project – How to turn a car-dominated road into a user-based and liveable street

The aim of this project is to design services that can serve as platforms for co-creating value with the partners of the university, opening the Aalto campus to the city and turning a road into a lively street and community.
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Conferences and workshops

Aalto Creativity Symposium Vaasa 2021 Registration

The symposium is an interdisciplinary meeting point for scholars and practitioners. 
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Online event

Fashion Lab

Exercising Alternative Narratives of Fashion through Confession, Action and Discussion
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Lectures and seminars

Visiting lecture: Steven Holl

Steven Holl, world-famous architect will give an online visiting lecture on "Air/Light/Greenspace: Post-covid Architecture". The event is organised by the School of Arts, Design and Architecture and Oulu University.

Latest news in this area

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Architecture inspired young composers

Collaboration with music institutions combined architecture and music.
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‘It is important to understand the nature of the creative process and one’s own creative resources’

‘I claim’ series presents Laura Valojärvi, who examines the well-being of creative professionals.
Hytti nro 6_elokuva_näyttelijä Seidi Haarla. Kuva: Sami Kuokkanen / Elokuvayhtiö Aamu 2021
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Juho Kuosmanen’s film competes in the main series in Cannes

Cabin No 6 (Hytti nro 6) is the first Finnish film to compete in the main series in Cannes for decades.
Näytös21-voittaja Jenny Hytösen mallisto yhdistää kristalleilla kirjailtuja, läpinäkyviä verkkokankaita ja vahvasti niititettyä nahkaa.
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Näytös21 fashion show made an impact also online

The main prize winner is Jenny Hytönen, also Sofia Ilmonen and Juha Vehmaanperä were awarded.

Infrastructure

Arts_Infra - PrintLab workshop by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Workshops - Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture

At the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, hands-on learning is essential. Our students have access to one of the finest workshop environment in the world, with a very high workshop to student ratio.

Illustation of Otakaari 2A, the new home of Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios weaves together the players of the creative economy: designers, filmmakers, YouTubers, game developers, performing artists, educators, angel investors, public-sector operators, and more in Finland, Scandinavia, Europe, and beyond.

Research and learning infrastructures
MAGICS-infrastruktuuri mahdollistaa virtuaalitodellisuuden hyödyntämisen muun muassa taiteellisissa esityksissä. Kuva: Aalto Studios.

MAGICS – Media – Arts – Games – Interaction – Computing – Science (external link)

MAGICS is an infrastructure network to support research into motion recording, and virtual environments. It is a joint effort of Aalto University, Tampere University and the University of the Arts Helsinki.

Featured research and art bodies

Encore research

ENCORE research

Information about the current and past research projects.

Department of Design
Ariel Bustamante conversation room

Artist-in-Residence Programme

The Aalto AiR programme follows the practices of the best international universities and is, notably, the first of its kind in the Nordic countries.

Research & Art
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Designs for a Cooler Planet 2021

In a world of plenty, what is wise to design for the next generations? This year's theme is Resource wisdom, and a university-wide event will take place in September 2021.

News

Our departments in this area

Student teamwork at Aalto University. Image: Unto Raunio

Department of Architecture

We train professionals to design human-centred environments.

Eva Durall's defence on Nov 1st 2018 - Department of Media Photo: Hilla Kurki

Research at the Department of Media

Our research activities include practice-led and basic research on art and design related topics, including visual communication and photography, visual communication design, media culture and heritage, new media design and learning, sound design as well as computer games.

Department of Media
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Department of Design

The Department of Design is a diverse community of competent, creative and responsible individuals. In design, we appreciate technical skill, social significance and artistic expression.

Filming. Image by Unto Rautio.

Department of Film, Television and Scenography

The Department of Film, Television and Scenography ELO is Finland's only university-level film school.

(Im)possible Labor #3 – WWW³ (WORLD WIDE WEB - WILD WO.MEN WITCHES : WORLD WITHOUT WORK), 2019. Installation. Galleria Augusta, Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Sheung Yiu

Research and artistic activities at the Department of Art

The research and artistic activities of Department of Art takes place in the fields of contemporary art, art education, visual culture, and curating. The department has a long tradition with artistic and philosophical production and many researchers’ work emphasises contemporary, critical, political and societal entanglements of art, curating, and pedagogy.

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See also

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Design Inside

Renewing societies requires world-leading design-based practices. The Design Inside initiative ensures we will have the world-class ability throughout Aalto to shape and explore the world around us.

Research & Art
Unexepected encounters exhibition: Matilda Tuure's colourful glass work presenting Bacterial Cellulose Samples

Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our strategic targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining art and creative practices with research and education.

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Design for the Aalto University Shop

Multidisciplinary groups of students create intriguing and educative items for the shop – and for themselves.

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Key research area contact

 Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Dr. Heidi Henrickson

Manager, Arts & Design Knowledge-Building | Materials & Sustainable Use of Natural ResourcesKey research areas, Aalto Networking Platform
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