Tutkimus ja taide

Tutkimustoiminta taiteen laitoksella

(Im)possible Labor #3 – WWW³ (WORLD WIDE WEB - WILD WO.MEN WITCHES : WORLD WITHOUT WORK), 2019. Installation. Galleria Augusta, Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Sheung Yiu
Marie-Andrée Godin: (Im)possible Labor #3 – WWW³ (WORLD WIDE WEB - WILD WO.MEN WITCHES : WORLD WITHOUT WORK), 2019. Installation. Galleria Augusta, Helsinki, Finland. Photo: Sheung Yiu

Laitoksella on käynnissä tutkimusryhmiä, tutkimustapahtumia ja julkaisuja, joissa käsitellään taiteen ja visuaalisen kulttuurin suhdetta poliittisen talouteen, kasvatukseen ja sosiaalisiin muutoksiin. Taiteen ja talouden, taiteen ja kasvatuksen sekä taiteen ja tieteen tutkiminen edellyttää uutta perustaa, jonka artikuloiminen on tutkimuksen keskeinen tavoite. Tähän päästään sitouttamalla eri alojen tutkijoita taiteen ja taiteellisen toiminnan tutkimukseen ja osallistumalla aktiivisesti valikoitujen alojen teorianmuodostuksen suuntaamiseen kohti kompleksista kysymyksenasettelua. Alla on esimerkkejä Taiteen laitoksen nykyisestä tutkimustoiminnasta.


Our research focus areas

Critical social research and activism in art - Department of Art

Critical social research and activism in art

This research focuses on activism, ethical perspectives and aspects of social justice, bringing forth societal questions on cultural diversity and environmental issues, such as immigration, whiteness, gender-aware research, and disability studies. Research takes place through artistic practices and research, arts-based research, curating and mediating art. Research themes share a critical aspect on power structures and questions about privileged positions in society. Solidarity, emancipation, criticality and embodied knowledge play a crucial role in this discourse.

Art education and future learning - Department of Arts

Art education and future learning

Research on art education has over 100 years of history in the department and has a vivid connection to art teaching practices within and outside of schools. It includes historical, artistic, arts-based, philosophical, epistemological and sociopolitical research in the areas of art, pedagogy, schooling, education, philosophy, psychology, and sociology. Emerging practices within art education includes varied notions of future arts learning, from programming to artificial intelligent.

Art, science & technology - Department of Art

Art, science & technology

The focus is on the intersection of art, science and technology as well as on research of multi/inter/transdisciplinary education. Research is done in collaboration with researchers and teachers from other schools of Aalto University as well as individual artistic research projects, for example in Aalto Biofilia laboratory, and in the context of environmental art. The study includes the latest developments in technology taking into consideration (post)human, post-digital, post-internet, and other contemporary artistic aspects.

Culture, material and history - Department of Art

Culture, material and history

Research in culture, material and history at the department of art focuses on social and cultural practice, and investigates how culture and cultural meanings are produced in society, both in the past and the present, with a special focus on materials (pigments, dyes, textiles etc.). The specific themes range from colour in arts to the use of material-based methods in cultural studies of dress. Most of the work is related in the fields of art and cultural history or artistic research, but our work also draws on other methodological traditions, such as social history, natural sciences and anthropology.

Visual and popular culture & aesthetics -Department of Art

Visual and popular culture & aesthetics

This research focus targets visual and aesthetic cultures from sport and food and from media to politics. Diverse methodological traditions are embodied (cultural studies, anthropology, philosophy), and issues like gender, racialization, environment and the institutional problems of cultural production are central.

Tutkimusryhmät & ulkoisen rahoituksen projektit

Green project photo. Mainly blue colored picture of a bottle arranged on its side.

Art and Biopolitics

DoA Project: GREEN revisited – encountering emerging naturecultures

Department of Art
Installation view from Teemu Lehmusruusu: Maatuu uinuu henkii (Respiration Field), Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Helsinki, 2019. Photo credit: Telling Tree art+rsrch (2, close)
Taiteen laitos
Testing 16th century dye recipes. Photo: Refashioning the Renaissance project, 2019

Re-fashioning the Renaissance

ERC-funded project

Department of Art

Research in Arts and Education

Research in Arts and Education on kansainvälinen vertaisarvioitu aikakausjulkaisu. Julkaisu keskittyy temaattisissa kysymyksissään esimerkiksi taiteeseen, suunnitteluun, kriittisiin kysymyksiin ja pedagogiikkaan, mutta ei rajoitu niihin, vaan kannattaa toiminnassaan taiteiden välisyyttä.

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Research in Arts and Education logo. Green spiral.

Latest publications and artistic activities

Phantomology, or the Other Side of Horror

Bassam El Baroni 2021 HASSAN KHAN - HOST

Climate Change and the Philosophy of the City

Sanna Lehtinen 2021 Handbook of the Philosophy of Climate Change

Intergenerational Aesthetics

Sanna Lehtinen, Remei Capdevila-Werning 2021 Philosophical Inquiries

Augmented reality sandboxes

Teemu Leinonen, Jaana Brinck, Henriikka Vartiainen, Nitin Sawhney 2021 Digital Creativity

Just Come Over

Abdullah Qureshi 2021

Appearances of the Political

Max Ryynänen, Elisabetta Di Stefano, Carsten Friberg 2021

Disgusting, Enigmatic and Inorganic

Max Ryynänen 2021 Ágalma: Rivista di studi culturali e di estetica

Learning from Dr. Dre

Max Ryynänen 2021 Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics
More information on our research in the Research database.
Research database


InSEA 2018

June 18.-21. 2018. The Congress will concentrate on European and global issues around art education and its connections to societal and scientific topics. The goal for this InSEA Congress is to offer possibilities for intercultural and interdisciplinary conversations on most current and burning issues in contemporary art education. Different submission formats will offer room for new ideas to appear among researchers, teachers, artists and project workers.

InSEA 2018

Radical Relevances 2018

25.–27.4.2018. We invite researchers and artists of all disciplines to join us in conference that goes beyond the rational and explores what is relevant to lived experience. Radical Relevances is a multidisciplinary conference addressing complex global phenomena of our time, such as climate change, biodiversity, income inequality, and mass migration and how these relate to the everyday lives of different people.

Radical Relevances 2018

The 1st International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts, and Education

September 28th and 29th, 2017: Exploring the intersections between disability, arts and pedagogy.

The 1st International Conference on Disability Studies, Arts, and Education

Dank Contemporaneities

Tuesday March 21st 2017: One-Day Symposium on the Post-Internet

Dank Contemporaneities

4th Conference on Arts-based Research and Artistic Research

June 28-30, 2016: Rethinking arts-based research, artistic research - and global/local communities.

Arts-based Research and Artistic Research


Show me the money III -webinaari

Show me the Money III -seminaari

Millainen on työn ja ansainnan tulevaisuus visuaalisella alalla? Kaikille avoin verkkotapahtuma 28.1.2021.
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