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Apply for NoVA Joint Online Studies 2020-2021

NoVA Joint Online Studies are open for NoVA students in Aalto University and Communications students in Aalborg University. Students in Aalto University are automatically enrolled to the courses. Aalborg University students, please ask more info and contact: Mie Buhl, mib(at)hum.aau.dk. Enrolment for the courses is open until January 2021.  Photo credit: Jaeseong Park

NoVA X Coronavirus speed research

This is a speed research about how the NoVA community members have experienced their studies and career during the Coronavirus pandemic. The study was made inside of the three days in April 2020. The findings show that the Coronavirus restrictions have made many changes to the informants lives, and mental, physical and financial support are seen the main needs of arts and cultural workers after post-Corona time.

How does mentoring affect us as arts and cultural workers?

Five NoVA students participated in the Aalto University Mentoring Programme during the academic year 2019-2020. Three of them Anni Rupponen, Vivita Kaupere and Joanna Wong discussed about how does mentoring affects us as arts and cultural workers, based on their experiences from the mentoring programme. Mentoring was seen as an opportunity to reflect your own career, widen you perspectives, and strengthen meaningful future networks.

Coronavirus pandemic and NoVA studies

How does the coronavirus pandemic affect to NoVA studies? Follow your home university’s webpage and your personal school email to get the latest information and news. Universities’ own restrictions and guidelines are based on the instructions and restrictions of the local government. Aalto UniversityCheck latest news in the Aalto University’s home page – www.aalto.fi.  Konstfack Check latest […]

Konstfack Research Week 2020

Konstfack Research Week is an annual event in the Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. NoVA students Ji Youn Lee and Tyler Liu did a short term study trip to Konstfack Research Week 2020 in January 2020. Read how they experienced the Node II More-Than-Rational Methodologies and the other program.

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 […]

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 to […]

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.

The 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).

Project in Practice

As a NoVA on exchange in Spring semester 2017 in Oslo, one of the courses offered at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences within Masters in Aesthetic Subjects curriculum was called Project in Practice (PIP). The course focused on development, planning, and production of practical artistic projects included in artistic research in diverse […]

Postcards from Suomenlinna

As an exchange NoVA from Konstfack I decided to take the course Contemporary Art and its Social Context. The course gives an introduction to and explores understandings of contemporary art and its different roles and relations in society. A big part of the course consists of a project in collaboration with an institution, this semester […]

I Office Alley 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 […]

Trees of Helsinki, description

Text: Aina Bexell, Matilda Löytty and Aliisa Talja Trees in the urban environment are isolated from their natural habitat, forest. Though they don’t seem to care much if surrounded by fences, their roots covered with tiles and cement, or their branches cut in form. They grow and photosynthesize and make the city green year in […]

The 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 […]

The 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 […]

The 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 […]

The 8th NoVA suggests by Margit Jugar

On my way from Tallinn to Helsinki – ferry is like my third home, after Tartu and Helsinki. 1. Tartmus Tartu Art Museum is my home town museum so for me it is a cherished place. Tartmus has wonderful exhibitions of Estonian, especially local (Tartu) contemporary artists’ works. Right now they are exhibiting Laura Põld’s […]

The 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 […]

The 6th NoVA suggests by Anette Göthlund

Me and my daughter Agnes took a selfie in the colorful exhibition from Olafur Eliasson at Moderna Museet in November 2015. Me to the left (-: 1. Monday afternoon in the Konstfack research week, Feb 1st The research week presents ongoing research at Konstfack, this year with a focus on the doctoral students. Presentations and […]

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 2016

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 […]

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