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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.