Research & Art

Fall 2019 UWAS Courses

In academic year 2019-20, UWAS courses are organized under seven thematic categories that link the course contents to larger, transdisciplinary questions. These categories are: Global and Local Issues; Sites and Environments; Crises and Turning Points; Senses; Materials; Narratives; and Technologies. In addition, UWAS Varied Contents courses are project-based courses on topical, changing issues. UWAS is also participating in piloting MathArts minor together with the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis.
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UWAS-C0002 On Site - Island Workshop, 3 ECTS

Period I
Juuso Tervo
Sites and Environments

This course takes place on Örö Island in the Turku archipelago, which provides a fruitful atmosphere for transdisciplinary work through artistic methods, such as perception, multisensorial practices, metaphorical thinking and questions of representation. The idea of the course is to encourage the students to pay attention to things that are easily left unnoticed in daily life and studies.

 

UWAS-C0035 Electric Energy in the Arts, 3 ECTS

Period I
Gregoire Rousseau
Technologies

This course introduces electricity as medium in the arts by offering examples of artworks and art practices, discussions on significant texts and screenings combined with lectures on electricity as material for artistic work.

 

UWAS-C0051 Designing Services with Emerging Technologies, 3 ECTS

Period I
Nuria Solsona
Design Inside

Students will be given a transdisciplinary challenge to solve by using the service design approach and methods. The challenge will focus on finding new applications of technologies through the design of services for different life stages and life events.

 

UWAS-C0048 How did we get into this mess? Exploring the Past in History, Science and Art, 3 ECTS

Period I
Alejandro Pedregal
Global and Local Issues

This lecture course focuses on how the study of the past has evolved through the links between historiography and natural sciences, and how this has been explored and represented in the arts. The aim of the course is to offer a broad exploration of the different approaches to the intertwined realms of history and climate, being particularly sensible to the meaning of the ecological catastrophe of the Earth system under the Anthropocene era.

 

UWAS-C0032 Under Pressure, 5 ECTS

Period I
Denise Ziegler, Petri Kaverma
Sites and Environments

During the course the student will be made acquainted with systems of pressure from physical (mechanical), social, experimental, and artistic points of view. Students will examine with artistic means one concrete pressure system and the distribution of water in an urban surrounding, leading to philosophical, experimental, artistic, social, political and juridical questions in connection to water, ownership, pressure, aesthetics and justice.

 

UWAS-C0003 Creating Stories and Narratives, 5 ECTS

Periods I-II
Johan Eichhorn
Narratives

The aim of this course is to offer a broad introduction to stories in different fields as well as to help students create their own stories in different forms, including short movies, video art, prose, comics, and photography. At the end of the course, students’ stories will be displayed in an exhibition.

 

UWAS-C0036 Game Design and Production, 6 ECTS

Periods I-II
Arash Sammander
Technologies

Students gain a basic understanding of the principles and processes of game design and production. The course consists of lectures and project work. Lectures focus more on principles of game design, while a small game project guides the students through the development process of a game.

 

UWAS-C0008 Design Learning, 3 ECTS

Period II
Jaana Brinck, Saga Santala, Mari Savio
Global and Local Issues

This course introduces students to Design Learning by familiarizing them with design processes, concepts and learning objectives as well as understanding design as a learning and teaching tool. Students learn how to analyze their skills and learning in a constructive way and develop methods of sharing the learned skills.

 

UWAS-C0013 Introduction to Sound Culture. Audio Across Disciplines, 3 ECTS

Period II
Derek Holzer
Technologies

This course aims to cover sound from a number of perspectives, and introduce ideas from the worlds of Sound Design, Acoustic Ecology, and Sound Art to help students get a better of understanding of what sound is and how it functions. We will read, hear, view, and discuss materials from a number of sources such as academic texts, sound art documentation, music, environmental recordings, and film sound.

 

UWAS-C0049 Creating Futures in Art, Science, Technology and Business, 3 ECTS

Period II
Juuso Tervo
Narratives

This lecture course focuses on various ways how the future is produced in the present, either through predictions, speculations, or narratives. The aim to offer a wide array of approaches to future-orientated thought, particularly focusing on how different disciplines use (and possibly abuse) the future in their attempts to understand the world.

 

UWAS-C0011 UWAS Project: Film as an emotional artifact, 3 ECTS

Period II
Jose Juan Cañas Bajo
Senses

The course focus on users’ experience of technological, cultural and art products from a cognitive and cultural perspective. The combination of cognitive science, cultural studies and design will give a new perspective on the creative processes leading to technological and art design by placing users (spectators, audiences and users in general) at the center of study when creating new contents.

UWAS-C0053 From Idea to Shelf: Design for the Aalto University Shop, 3 cr

Period II
Andrea Bandoni 
Design Inside

Students will design and develop products for the shop inspired by some of the most amazing work done all around Aalto University. They get hands-on experience, learn by doing, enrich their portfolio and develop their creative skills.

 

Spring 2020 UWAS Courses
University-Wide Art Studies
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