Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes art and creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our 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.
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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.

Photo from: Unexpected Encounters exhibition (2016) Curated by Ksenia Kaverina, image: Mikko Raskinen

Development actions

  1. Build excellence to position Aalto University as a global leader in high-quality artistic activities.

  2. Increase the visibility, impact and value of creative practices in society.

  3. Develop a broader, art-based offering for all students to expand their perspectives and skillsets.

  4. Build mechanisms to integrate creative practices and design thinking with technology and business throughout Aalto University and its partner networks.

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Rankings and reputation

As one of the leading international universities in our fields, Aalto's teaching, research and impact are well respected and we are often ranked among the best in the world.

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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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University-Wide Art Studies

Aalto University offers all its students an opportunity to orient in art-based thinking, creativity and culture.

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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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News

Aalto University / Salu Ylirisku / photo: Linda Koskinen
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What does a Doctor of Arts do at the School of Electrical Engineering?

Salu Ylirisku, Doctor of Arts, teaches design process and related skills to aspiring engineers at the School of Electrical Engineering.
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Gerfried Stocker: Creativity requires nurture

The Director of Ars Electronica brings up how artists are the experts we have in the human-technology encounter – but creativity can’t be used as a never-ending raw material.
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Spring Demo Day in photos

Collection of photos from the Spring Demo Day held on May 28th in Väre Kukkapuro Lounge.
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Aalto Media Lab Demo Day

The Demo Day is an open gathering of Media Department’s students, alumni, staff and friends. You are all welcome!

Events

Iines Jakovlev: Hidden Lake Photo: Anne Kinnunen
Exhibitions and fairs

Fragile Water design exhibition at Helsinki Airport

The exhibition Fragile Water brings attention to our use of water.
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Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil in Research Pavilion #3 in Venice

Artist-researchers from Aalto ARTS conduct a multidisciplinary research project addressing ecological consequences of human imprint through ceramic art.
Image: Taneli Luotoniemi.
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IN TRANSITION - Mathematics and Art student exhibition at the Espoo Cultural Centre

The exhibition showcases student work from the Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors course
Yesul Woo's biobased prototypes from last year's Summer School 2018. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
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Chemartsing with Bio-based Materials

CHEMARTS Summer School 2019 explored novel material solutions and their innovative applications

Read more about art, design and creativity

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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 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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