Study projects

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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 […]

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