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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.
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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

Unfolded

Aalto University UNFOLDED magazine is an engaging look at art, design and creativity across Aalto University and our wider community.

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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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UWAS 2019 course catalogue illustration: Heini Hälinen

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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‘Helsinki School – The Nature of Being’ group shows in Berlin and Fotografisk Copenhagen

This Summer Persons Projects / Helsinki School presents the group exhibition 'The Helsinki School – The Nature of Being' at their gallery space in Berlin and at Fotografisk Copenhagen as a part of CHART Art Fair.
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Designing the world belongs to everyone

The museum of Finnish architecture and design to be built in Helsinki invites us to change the world in the same way as designers do, says Tuomas Auvinen, Dean of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture.
Lähikuvasssa kädet rakentamassa puusta kaiutinta akustiikan laboratoriossa. Kuva: Jussi Rämö
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What is the sound of wood? Visitors can now conduct the Wood orchestra in the Science Centre Heureka's new exhibition

Researchers at Aalto University and the University of the Arts Helsinki have created an interactive installation that demonstrates the acoustic properties of different wood specimens.
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Metal Export exhibition to open at Music Museum FAME in July

The script of the exhibition has been written by Academy Research Fellow Toni-Matti Karjalainen.

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Wood-based structural shimmering wood colour has no colour pigments. Photo: Valeria Azovskaya
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Shimmering Wood by Structural Colour Studio

Nature’s brightest colours – like those found in peacock feathers or butterfly wings – are created through microscopically small nanostructures.
Bioslime by Chiao-wen Hsu & Yu Chen. Photo: Eeva Suorlahti
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What’s cooking? Bio-based material experiments by CHEMARTS

From a bio-adhesive to reed panels and cellulose foam, a unique work created in collaboration with designers and biomaterial researchers shows what natural materials can do.
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Consume consciously

Household consumption accounts for more than 60 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions and 50–80 per cent of total land, material and water use.
Oodi library in Helsinki. Photo by Aleksi Poutanen
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Hack our habitat

Aggressive urbanisation is straining our ecosystem. Rising construction volume causes massive demand for energy-intensive construction materials, and construction already accounts for 39 per cent of the global CO2 emissions.

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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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