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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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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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Artist talk: Kimchi and Chips

We are pleased to welcome you to an artist talk by Kimchi and Chips!
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Data Vitality: Open Call

Exhibition Open Call and Reading Group
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Mind Meets Machine: Immersive Data Interaction

The exhibited projects showcase novel computational design methods to creatively interact with global and local data. Whereas the on-going general discussions in relation to data-handling stresses efficiency, productivity and often de-humanization, the exhibited projects set their focus on the exploration of immersive data-interaction design tools to enhance climate-smart solutions in the urban context. The projects aim for showcasing possibilities to make abstract data visible and tangible, to enter a new level of data-informed responsive design, that has public benefit.
Augmented data-interaction is merged with the tangible sandbox environment, in order to formulate sustainable design speculations for Ainonauki, an urban plaza located between Väre and Aalto Studios. The understanding of available technology to be composed and rearranged in order to support the field specific discourse led to innovative design speculations, based upon human-robotic interaction. The developed design methodology emphasizes the importance of design iterations through computationally informed feedback loops.
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ELO short films succeed – main prize at Haugesund Film Festival and several student films at Helsinki International Film Festival

Auringonpistos by Anna Äärelä wins the main prize in Norway and ELO students compete in Helsinki International Film Festival national competition.

Events

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Exhibitions and fairs

Entangle, fall 2021 (Väre, Otaniemi)

Welcome to the exhibition opening on Friday 22nd at 11 am in R028/005 F Lobby at Väre.
IF Quantum Game Jam 2021
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IF Quantum Game Jam 2021

This jam is a non-competitive team hackathon. Our goal is to create games that touch the quantum world in some way, whether by implementing quantum concepts during gameplay, using tools such as Qiskit to build the game or run it on a real quantum computer, or even illustrating quantum phenomena in a creative manner. Most importantly, we want to have fun, meet new people and learn exciting things!
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Conferences and workshops

YHYS colloquium: Sustainable Welfare

The annual YHYS colloquium invites contributions to the topic of Sustainable welfare: States and capabilities of transformation.

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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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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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