Handling Mind public event at the Design Forum showroom

Posted on May 2014

Opening of The Exhibition at March 6th. Photo by Krista Kosonen.

The Handling Mind research tracks, together with the Academy of Finland, arranged a public event on March 27th where the research Tracks A, B and D presented the progress of their projects. The program of the event included talks by Professor Maarit Mäkelä, who together with the doctoral students, Krista Kosonen and Tarja-KaarinaLaamanen, presented some of the data and preliminary analysis of Track A.

Tarja-Kaarina Laamanen and Krista Kosonen presenting at the Design Forum Showroom Gallery. Photo by Camilla Groth.

PiritaSeitamaa-Hakkarainenpresenting at the Design Forum Showroom Gallery. Photo by Camilla Groth.

Professor Pirita Seitamaa-Hakkarainen presented some of the work done in Track B by herself, doctoral students Tellervo Härkki and Henna Lahti, where the main theme is Co-Design.

Professor Minna Huotilainen presented the neurological data from research done in Track D, and Professor Erja Syrjäläinen further described the research process of the same track.

Graphic from Minna’s presentation showing the difference in EEG measures taken of students before and after learning a skill. Graphic by Minna Huotilainen.

Track C has not yet been initiated.

The event was held at the Design Forum Showroom Gallery, which displayed the exhibition “We Are Wayfarers” by students from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Design. The exhibition was showing work produced during an 8-week course for Master students during the spring 2014. The course Design Exploration and Experimentation works as an educational platform focusing on design students’ personal creative process and their individual way of managing its phases. Track A of the Handling Mind project carry out their research in conjunction with this course, exploring amongst other issues how students manage open-ended design challenges under a given theme by documenting their process and sharing its phases in the course context. This year the theme of the course was “Journey” and the students travelled to Lapland for inspiration.

Exhibited sculpture by one of the students.Photo by Krista Kosonen.