NoVA 2016-2018

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 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 […]

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