NoVA 2018-2020

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.

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

Illustration: Solip Park, NoVA alumni See the visual story of the seminar day in Edda Norden website. 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 […]

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.

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.

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