TRACES OF CARE – Exhibition by the students of Personal Exploration Course

TRACES OF CARE – Exhibition by the students of Personal Exploration Course

TRACES OF CARE EXHIBITION 2020 “Traces of Care” – Exhibition of the Personal Exploration course Traces of Care is a virtual exhibition of 15 Master’s students of the Aalto ARTS Contemporary Design program under the course Personal Exploration. The presented works were made using different techniques from various viewpoints under the subject of care. We started off with an inspirational trip to Koli in March 2020. During these five...

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“Nature of Process” – Exhibition of the Personal Exploration course

“Nature of Process” – Exhibition of the Personal Exploration course

Nature of Process is a multi-material exhibition of 14 Master´s students of Aalto ARTS. Presented works are made using different techniques from various viewpoints under the subject of nature. The works present the ways in which we understand and interact with nature. Our interpretations are affected by our own experiences and cultural backgrounds. In March the students made a study excursion to Posio, Lapland. In Posio they spent time in...

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Utilizing local reindeer bone waste from Lapland in ceramics

Utilizing local reindeer bone waste from Lapland in ceramics

The number of reindeers in northern Finland reaches over 200,000 each year, which is even greater than the population of people in the region. While the meat, leather, fur and antlers of these animals are consumed, most of the reindeer bone remain as waste material and a by-product of the industry. Taking the concerns about sustainability into account, recycling of such waste material can create new possibilities and collaborations in the...

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First Expedition to Venice for Traces from the Anthropocene Project

First Expedition to Venice for Traces from the Anthropocene Project

First Expedition to Venice was conducted in February 6th-13th 2019 for Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil (2018–2019) project Finally, after three months of preparations we, Maarit Mäkelä and Riikka Latva-Somppi, start our first trip to Venice to meet with the people that our web of contacts has found us. We also pack our gear; rubber boots and containers for sediment sampling. Ironically, we are on an expedition to a...

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Inspired by nature, temporal and structural patterns in textiles

Inspired by nature, temporal and structural patterns in textiles

The two-year postdoc project in the field of practice-based textile research at the Department of Design provided an extended understanding of design research. I had the pleasure to join Empirica and Fashion and Textile Futures research groups. The participation widened my horizons on the ideas of design research. Professor Mäkelä was generously sharing her expertise in practice led-research and I was able to engage in special events like the...

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Ceramics 3D printing skills developed through an international workshop

Ceramics 3D printing skills developed through an international workshop

The international two-day workshop organised at Aalto ARTS on 4-5 February 2019 created a great space for learning and sharing information on the ceramics 3D printing technique. The workshop gathered together different stakeholders interested in the subject from inside Aalto, as well as from international universities and interest groups. The idea of the workshop arose from the recent collaboration between two departments of Aalto: the...

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Shaping the Future Exhibition – Touring Around Europe for Two Years

Shaping the Future Exhibition – Touring Around Europe for Two Years

During the two years, the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition has toured around Europe, it has offered a great opportunity for visitors to vision the future of ceramics together with the works of the exhibition artists. The exhibition is currently on view in Prague, which is the last stop of the eventful journey of the exhibition. This is a great chance to look back and reflect on the experiences of the tour. The...

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From Down Under to Suomenmaa: Empirica’s visiting researcher Danica Karaičić shares her experiences

From Down Under to Suomenmaa: Empirica’s visiting researcher Danica Karaičić shares her experiences

It has been more than five years since I decided to pursue PhD studies. I have spent almost two years searching for the school that had practice-led or practice-based PhD program. Before applying to Victorian College of the Arts and getting a PhD offer, I was more focused on Europe, specifically North Europe. That was the first time I learned more about Aalto University and got in touch with a few academics working in the School of Arts, Design...

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Shaping the Future Exhibition Opened in its Seventh and last Venue: The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

Shaping the Future Exhibition Opened in its Seventh and last Venue: The Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague

The seventh and last venue of the Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition is at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague (Uměleckoprůmyslové museum v Praze / UPM).
 The exhibition is open in Prague between September 4th and November 11th 2018. The exhibition curator Riikka Latva-Somppi (on right) giving her opening speech. (c) Minerva Juolahti The Exhibition Opening and Local Additions The exhibition opening on Monday...

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Empirica member Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen selected to this year’s Talentshop2018 at Habitare Design Fair

Empirica member Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen selected to this year’s Talentshop2018 at Habitare Design Fair

Designer and artist Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen presents her exhibition The House of Love (12.9.–16.9.2018) in Talentshop2018, which is organized as part of Habitare design fair. Korolainen’s works are situated on the edge of design and fine arts. Currently she is preparing her doctoral studies in Aalto University’s Department of Design as part of the Empirica research group. Her works can be found in the collections of Taidehalli or at...

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“Work and Contribution” – Exhibition of the Design Exploration and Experimentation course

“Work and Contribution” – Exhibition of the Design Exploration and Experimentation course

Exhibition “Work and Contribution” shares series of personal explorations and expressions of students about “labour”. During the past seven weeks they have observed and reflected on what supported their individual and collective labour, asked and been asked difficult questions, disrupted their patterns and redefined them. They have come together in classrooms, living rooms, dining rooms and saunas to have conversations about what they...

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Touring Shaping the Future Exhibition opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Touring Shaping the Future Exhibition opens in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The around Europe touring Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition opened on Tuesday May 15th for the sixth time, this time at the Narodni Muzej Slovenije – National Museum of Slovenia in Ljubljana. Opening guests at the exhibition. (c) Priska Falin Opening at the National Museum of Slovenia The opening started with a speech from Barbara Ravnik, the director of the National Museum of Slovenia and her speech was...

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“Helsinki Dress Me Up” workshop is looking for participants

“Helsinki Dress Me Up” workshop is looking for participants

In these workshops, participants use the elements of architectural and urban space they encounter in the city in designing clothes and accessories. In “Helsinki, Dress Me Up!” participants will convert their sensorial experience of the chosen part of Helsinki to a design process. The entire project is orientated towards research based on practice and design. “Helsinki, Dress Me Up!” is the third workshop in the series.

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The Matter Seminar

The Matter Seminar

  The Matter Seminar, 4. June. 2018, Suomenlinna, Helsinki Call for Participation Recent endeavours have brought researchers and thinkers into questioning the propagated human-centredness in design in order to articulate new perspectives, knowledges and questions. Decentralizing the attention from the human actions, these approaches distribute the agency among other participating entities in order to better understand the field and its...

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Interactive Clay Pit Workshop Organised at Aalto ARTS

Interactive Clay Pit Workshop Organised at Aalto ARTS

On Tuesday February 13th 2018 the interactive Clay Pit workshop was organised for the first time at Aalto University. Empirica member Priska Falin has been developing the workshop together with community and engagement programme manager Dena Bagi from British Ceramics Biennial (BCB). Dena Bagi (third from the right) and Priska Falin (third from the left) discussing the workshop experience with the participants. (c) Minerva Juolahti Creating a...

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