Research & Art

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 world-leading art and creative practices with research and education.
Unexepected encounters exhibition: Matilda Tuure's colourful glass work presenting Bacterial Cellulose Samples
Photo from: Unexpected Encounters exhibition (2016) Curated by Ksenia Kaverina, image: Mikko Raskinen

Culture shapes our identities, aspirations, values and relationships. It also shapes the cities and living environments, and the lifestyles we develop.

Art, design, fashion, cinema, architecture, visual communication and games are crucial elements of everyday life and society.

Unfolded

Aalto University UNFOLDED magazine focuses on contemporary issues dealing with creativity, experimentation, and transdisciplinary co-creation.

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Dipoli artworks

Prominent art at Aalto University

Aalto University promotes visibility and impact of art and creativity both in society and at our own campus. Aalto University uses one percent of building costs to fund art.

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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.

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Space 21 monthly morning coffees in Spring 2024

Start your day with the best coffee on campus in the living room of radical creativity. The entire Aalto community is invited – check the schedule for Spring 2024 below.
WiT Talks
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WiT Talks - where theory meets practice, and dialogue meets impact

In a world where crises are becoming increasingly complex and interlinked, the need for transformative conversations and actionable solutions for global sustainability and resilience is paramount. In response to this pressing demand, WiT Talks emerges as a dynamic entity that transcends the boundaries of traditional discourse.

WiT Talks is a WiTLAB-led initiative at Aalto University that stands at the forefront of a paradigm shift. We recognise the urgency of uniting passionate academics and researchers, forward-thinking practitioners, NGOs, community activists, and visionary policymakers in an environment where silos are dismantled and collaboration reigns supreme. The talks are designed to be the nexus where the realms of theory and practice converge, birthing novel insights and actionable strategies that have the power to reshape the future. These discussions are global, inclusive, and cross-cutting, fostering an innovative blend of perspectives. Through WiT Talks events and activities, we foster collaborations, enabling participants to translate discussions into tangible, real-world actions.


Welcome to a realm where conversations are catalysts for action, and every voice, every idea, and every contribution matters.
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Panel discussion 'Humanitarian approach in the changing world' by Aalto WiT Programme, RLabs Tanzania and Finn Church Aid

Join us for an engaging panel discussion where we will explore the evolving landscape of humanitarian efforts with the challenges and opportunities it presents. Our panelists will address key questions shaping the future of the field in an insightful and thought-provoking discussion, offering a glimpse into the future of humanitarian work and the collaborative strategies necessary for positive change.
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Apply to Aalto Digital Creatives pre-incubator programme 1.1.-14.2.2024

The application period for the fifth Aalto Digital Creatives pre-incubator program is open!

Events

NODUS Talks Innovation during Polycrisis
Lectures and seminars

NODUS TALKS Innovation during Polycrisis

Presentations and panel discussion with Janne I. Hukkinen and Sara Lindeman

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Graphic Design by Joosung Kang

ClimATE Events Programme 24.10. - 21.11.

ClimATE is an expanded exhibition and events programme at multiple sites and spaces across Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus, showcasing research, prototypes and works of art as well as workshops, readings and screenings that discuss climate change and food systems.

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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.

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Chiao-Wen Hsu: Eaten Water Photo Anne Kinnunen

Fragile Water exhibition highlights vulnerability of water resources

Water resources are limited and vulnerable in many places in the world. Design students and water researchers joined forces to visualise sustainable water solutions in the Fragile Water exhibition.

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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.

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Kreutzstrasse by Gloria Lauterbach. Image: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Väre’s public art collection examines equality

Collection was published with “Global Equality” as its art concept.

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Hans-Christian Berg's artwork is made specifically for the Dipoli building, says Outi Turpeinen. Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

The radical percent

Percent art will bring wellbeing, travellers and new ideas to the campus, says Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen.

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Juuso Tervo wins 2018 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for art education

Aalto alumnus and postdoctoral researcher recognized for excellence in art education research

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Art in Väre by Vice President Anna Valtonen

Art gives us an opportunity to rethink all forms of knowing and doing. To be able to experience great art in our premises – to have this opportunity to rethink on a daily basis – is a privilege.

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Aalto betaspace, an exhibition venue for students at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture / photo by Julia Weckman.

Aalto galleries and exhibition venues

How can we make space for unexpected ways of looking at the world? Galleries and exhibition venues are co-produced spaces for action, bringing together the knowledge, content, vision, and passion of different agents.

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