Tutkimus ja taide

Tutkimustoiminta taiteen laitoksella

Taiteen laitos harjoittaa tutkimusta kaikilla ohjelmien, opetuksen, oppimisen ja tiedotuksen tasoilla.
(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

    Feminism and Queer in Art Education (FAQ)

    The FAQ (Feminism and Queer in Art Education) is an evolving group that engages faculty, students, alumni and partners (institutions and individuals) in exploring the roles, functions, guiding ideologies, aims and practices of arts and education programmes and institutions, curricula, policy making from a caring, holistic, sensuous, antinormative, queer, and intersectional feminist perspective.

    a colorful drawing depicting a fruit, a Black mermaid, a hairy person in underwear and boots, an orchid, a rainbow-colored blob, high heels, a person with a flower growing from their armpit, a unicorn, a person with long hair squatting in boots and text "power" reading in between their legs, a quote saying "let's meet. here's a pic"

    Art and Biopolitics

    EU Creative:n rahoittama tutkimusprojekti

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    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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    Latest publications and artistic activities

    Colour in Renaissance Dress

    Paula Hohti Erichsen 2022 Routledge Resources Online – The Renaissance World

    5G Aesthetics

    Sanna Lehtinen, Delfina Fantini van Ditmar 2022 Places: forum of design for the public realm

    Aesthetic Choice in the Age of Climate Awareness

    Sanna Lehtinen 2022 Oxford Handbook of Mental Health and Contemporary Western Aesthetics

    Aesthetic Values in the Maintenance of Urban Technologies

    Sanna Lehtinen 2022 Keeping Things Going: Maintenance and the Philosophy of Technology

    Rethinking the Urban Sublime

    Sanna Lehtinen, Brit Strandhagen, Matti Tainio 2022 Applying Aesthetics to Everyday Life: Methodologies, History, and New Directions

    The use of light installations in architectural reconstruction: Preserving the pluralistic ethos of public space with technological solutions

    Sanna Lehtinen, Ryan Wittingslow 2022 Routledge Companion to the Philosophy of Architectural Reconstruction

    The New Aesthetics of Circular Architecture

    Antti Lehto, Sanna Lehtinen 2022 Architectural Thinking in a Climate Emergency

    Taideteoksen Eteneminen : 3D-animaatio

    Marika Ahlavuo, Matilda Heilala, Sebastian Aho, Hannu Hyyppä, Jaana Tamminen, Kaarina Kaikkonen 2021
    More information on our research in the Research database.
    Research database


    Art of Research Conference VII: Authorship and Responsibility

    Art of Research Conference: Authorship and Responsibility, Aalto University, Dec. 3-4 2020

    7th Art of Research Conference

    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


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