Author: NoVA

Seminar: Nordic Art Education in Motion

The seminar discusses international perspectives in art education and highlights Nordplus theme: Digital competences and computational thinking: preparing children, young people and adults for a digitalized society. You are welcome to join Nordic Art Education in Motion seminar in Espoo, Finland! Seminar is organized by Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Finland, Nordic Visual Studies and […]

Art Education and Culture in Youth centers in Helsinki and Montreal – Advocating for Informal learning accessibility

As a researcher, who worked with Youth in the community, I’m interested in the Art and Cultural purposes of Youth centers. In these social-engaged spaces based in communities, the purpose of my thesis is to evaluate how Art and Culture might take place in these Informal learning contexts. The locations studied are Montreal, my hometown, and Helsinki.

7 things Dash design hackathon taught me

I participated in Dash design hackathon on October 18-20 2019 in Helsinki, Finland. Dash is a hackathon where over 200 participants solve complex problems from different organizations for 48 hours. My team and I were solving the challenge offered by the organization Startup Refugees. The aim of the challenge was to create more efficient ways to integrate immigrants to Finnish working culture with Startup Refugees. My team was chosen as winner of our challenge out of five teams. Our concept revolved around the idea of supporting immigrants to recognise their entrepreneurial mindset and potential.

Mysterious Light Workshop and other experiments – Reflection on study project at EMMA Museum

We started by searching lines in artworks and ourselves. We continued with exploring light and shadow around us, and we proceed with visually expressing our interpretations of idols. We ended with examining movement in contemporary art and turning on disco lights.

The 3rd NoVA Symposium in Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design

I was very excited to see all my peer-students, teachers and professors from different universities. NoVA symposiums are always great opportunities to exchange ideas with everyone. During the 3rd symposium we visited Fotografiska (Museum of Photography) and Snösätra Wall of Fame (a famous graffiti area outside the suburb Rågsved). We also discussed about our thesis plans and learnt more about research methodologies.

Incoming Application Period at Aalto University

Photo: Enlighten Image: Jaeseong Park Are you interested in Nordic education in theory and practice?Do you want to study in Finland and do exchange or intern in the Nordic country?Are you looking for new international networks?Will you be a game changer of future visual studies and art education? We congratulate you, if you answered YES […]

The birth of apARTment

Department of Art’s Master students had a housewarming party of their new common study area called apARTment in 20th September Friday evening in Aalto University – School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Joanna, second year NoVA Master student, saved her memories from the party in the form of written and visual diary.

What happened during Art, Education and Entrepreneurship course? An overview by a visiting student from the Estonian Academy of Arts

I am Hanna – doing my final year of Bachelor studies in Product Design in Estonian Academy of Arts. Despite the fact that I am studying product design, my main focus is not on physical objects. I am rather deeply interested in mixing up different subjects and fields and I see myself as the person who starts discussions and in a long run makes the change in society through design methods.

NoVA Master Program Open Doors at Aalto University

2nd NoVA Symposium at Aalto University, March 2019, photo: Eija Mäkivuoti NoVA Master Program Open Doors is organized for the first time in October 2nd 2019. You are welcome to join us in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education’s (NoVA) open campus day and seminar at Aalto University. The two-day multidimensional event welcomes people toparticipate […]

Critical self-exploration through mapping exercises as a tool of creating collective understanding

Mapping is an easy and quick exercise where participants can visualize their skills, identities, or goals with cartographic ideas. Mapping also enables us to visualize difficult and complex content in an informative and compact way. We all can create maps and there are wide possibilities of choosing materials for creation of maps from drawing to sculpturing and motion expression to sound journey. Maps show networks of pathways and zones together with intuitive self-exploratory findings.

Learning through uncertainty

The process by which action and language becomes written words is heavy for me. Included within this is the process of reading and interpreting. Through experiencing this unfamiliarity I realized that there was great joy and discovery in theory and practice, and the journey between them.

Exploring the possible

Writing about students who took his courses, Deleuze (1990/1995) explains, ‘nobody took in everything, but everyone took what they needed or wanted, what they could use’ (p. 139).

As our two years MA programme in Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education is coming to its end, all of us students are faced with the question, what’s next? Often, one becomes blind to their own learnings and only afterwards do they come to realize what progress has occurred. In this article I wish to reflect on NoVA, with retrospect (and a bit of nostalgia) and ask what in this context, might be meant by end, future or the possible?

Fragments from an exchange semester: Project work at CAMP and meeting Mirzoeff

As a part of my NoVA studies I spent the spring semester 2017 in exchange at Aalborg University – Copenhagen in Denmark. In a course project we studied CAMP – Center for Art on Migration Politics. I am sharing some insights from my experiences during the exchange.

Visual conversations with Cosmic Silence

Visual Conversations with Cosmic Silence is an ongoing exhibition by MA NoVA students at NODE Gallery. The show runs till the 27th of October, 2017. All the works presented in the exhibition have varied media and techniques. What they have in common is an investigative approach to visual conversations. Some are breaking away from traditions of visual representations and others try to visualize the invisible. Having contributors from different professional, educational and cultural backgrounds; Interculturalism is a recurring theme.

12th NoVA Suggests by Alexandra Stroganova

I have spent the last semester on exchange at Oslo and Akershus University College Of Applied Sciences (Norway). Oslo city is full of diverse public art pieces and events and also has a very lively contemporary art scene. Almost every week there is an opening of a new exhibition at different venues. By luck, I happened to get my summer internship at the Oslo based public art production company Kulturbyrået Mesén. Thanks to that, I prolonged my stay in Norway and got the opportunity to get more closely acquainted with the Nordic art market, as well as delve into the details of public art production processes. Thus, my suggestions will be concentrated on the events and happenings in Norway (primarily in Oslo).

I OfficeAlley Have Been To Hong Kong (The Accidental Tourist Guide Experience)

  The journey started from Cyprus… I was in my hometown when students from Aalto had the first meeting for the “Accidental Tourist Guide’’. The reality reconstruction project is a collaboration among three universities (Zurich University of the Arts, AALTO University in Helsinki and Hong Kong Baptist University). Through Skype I ‘travelled’ back to a […]

MAKE A POINT – Interpretations of Checkpoint Helsinki

One group dressed up as a construction crew and installed a discussion platform in Kiasma and at the railway station to engage passers-by to give their views about the subject. Photo: Alexandra Stroganova A project by students of Nordic Visual Studies and Art Education MA programme at Aalto University with the help and collaboration of […]

11th NoVA Suggests by Stine Ejsing-Duun

1. Play: Perfect woman by Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder – it was released for Kinect on September 14: See this video about the game and read more about it here: http://kotaku.com/1786853840   Picture credits: Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder Peter Lu and Lea Schönfelder created Perfect Woman while working together at the UCLA Game […]

10th NoVA Suggests by Karina Angelika Kosasih

Me (guess which one) and Moomin in  the Arabia ceramic exhibition, September 2014. I binge watched the Moomins cartoon in an attempt to know more about Finnish culture. 1. Museum of broken relationship Museum of broken relationships is a travelling exhibition revolving around the concept of failed relationships and their ruin. Conceptualized in Croatia by […]

9th NoVA Suggests by Grace Hewitt

Me (in the Boomtown Rats Christmas shirt) and my sister, enjoying Sunday afternoon barefoot lawn bowls. Australia, Dec 2015. 1.HAM – Helsinki Art Museum This is my favourite art museum in Helsinki because I enjoy its wide variety of modern and contemporary exhibitions. When I first moved to Helsinki I discovered many contemporary Finnish artists […]

7th NoVA Suggests by Siw Aldershvile Nielsen

1. Fotografisk Center Fotografisk Center (Center of Photography) is Copenhagen based exhibition space dedicated to camera-based art. Its main purpose is to raise awareness of video and photography – from art to photojournalism. The exhibition space presents around 6 exhibitions a year and further host events such as artist/curator talks, and they have a great […]

Aalto ARTS Lunch Debates

Debates about New Materiality, Posthumanism, Digital space, Ubiquitous computing, History and Societal impact, and their meaning and relevance in the present and future Aalto University Convenor: Prof. Paula Hohti (Department of Art) Location: Arabia Campus, Department of Art, Room 5022 SAVE THESE DATES ↓ Debate 1: 26.1. 2016 at 12:00, room 5022: Ubiquitous computing and […]

Konstfack Research Week

1 februari 2016 kl 09:00 – 5 februari 2016 kl 15:00 Svarta havet, Konstfack, LM Ericssons väg 14, Stockholm Konstfack Research Week is an annual event highlighting and discussing research practices at Konstfack and research perspectives related to Art, Craft, Design, Interior Architecture, Visual Communication and Visual Studies and Art Education, in Sweden and internationally. The programme includes presentations of on-going research at […]

SLEET, SALT, SAND: An experimental exploration of home

Text: Grace Hewitt I am a native of Australia but I have lived in Finland since January 2011. Currently I am engaged with the thesis phase of the NoVA Master’s programme. The Master’s thesis, which I am currently working on, is an arts-based and autoethnographical investigation into the on-going experience of homing myself within a […]

The Fourth NoVA Suggests by Siv Werner

  1. Dome of Visions Dome of Visions is a sustainable experiment – a culture house/art space/community space and green house in one. The construction is build from reusable and recycled materials without toxic chemicals, and the curatorial profile stresses the importance of democratising the aesthetic – making the aesthetic practises and knowledge productions accessible […]

Third NoVA Suggests by Gerd Elise Mørland

Heidi Bale Amundsen and Gerd Elise Mørland  just received the book Curating and Politics Beyond the Curator from the printer. 1. #ArtOffline #ArtOffline, a documentary directed by Manuel Correa showed at the Sculpture Biennial at Vigelands Museum in Oslo in an exhibition called The art belongs to those who see it, curated by Anne Szefer […]

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