Art of Research Conference 2017: Art as Catalyst!

Art of Research Conference 2017: Art as Catalyst!

  The Empirica research group, together with the Aalto University, Department of Art and Department of Film and Scenography had the pleasure to host the 6th Art of Research Conference in November 29-30. This year the conference addressed the agency of the artist-researcher as a catalyst, that challenges established ideas and produces new thinking through artistic and practice-led research and posed the questions: – How do artistic...

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The Touring Shaping the Future Exhibition Opened in its Fifth Venue: Bröhan-Museum, Berlin

The Touring Shaping the Future Exhibition Opened in its Fifth Venue: Bröhan-Museum, Berlin

The Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition opened on Sunday January 28th for the fifth time, this time at the Bröhan-Museum in Berlin. The exhibition is curated and produced by the members of the Empirica group of the Department of Design. Opening guests at the Bröhan-Museum. (c) Minerva Juolahti Opening at Bröhan-Museum The exhibition opening attracted plenty of local people interested in ceramics and design. The...

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An exhibition in Helinä Rautavaaran Museum featured works by Empirica members

An exhibition in Helinä Rautavaaran Museum featured works by Empirica members

Bilge Aktaş and Priska Falin participated at the group exhibition “Margin to Margin” at Helinä Rautavaaran Museum which is based on the artistic outcomes of two year-long research project. As part of an artistic research project, “Margin to Margin: Women Living at the Edges of the World”, a four-day workshop was organized at the University of Lapland in December 2016. The workshop, Narrating the Marginal, included group discussions on...

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Empirica members at Ceramic Values conference in Stoke-on-Trent, England

Empirica members at Ceramic Values conference in Stoke-on-Trent, England

Empirica members contributed to the international ceramics conference in Stoke-on-Trent, England, which is a historical center of English ceramics production. The conference took place on 5th and 6th of October 2017. Ceramic Values conference aimed to open discussion about the values and roles ceramics has in the society, and it had three key themes: skills, values and place. Among the speakers was the leader of Empirica research group...

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The Touring Exhibition Opened in its Third Venue in Portadown, Northern Ireland

The Touring Exhibition Opened in its Third Venue in Portadown, Northern Ireland

The touring Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future exhibition has opened for the third time, this time at the Millennium Court Arts Centre (MCAC) in Portadown, Northern Ireland. The exhibition has been produced and curated by the members of Empirica research group of the Department of Design of Aalto University. The first venue of the exhibition was in Fiskars, Finland in autumn 2016, read more about the first opening here. The works of...

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Exhibition ‘Matter’, results of the Design Exploration and Experimentation course

Exhibition ‘Matter’, results of the Design Exploration and Experimentation course

The exhibition ‘Matter’ presents results of the Design Exploration and Experimentation course. Students were asked to approach the meaning of the concept of matter. The first part of the course was an inspirational week in the Museum Estate of Hevossilta and in Nuutajärvi glass village, where a group of 10 students collaborated with professional glassblowers. This experimental workshop challenged the students to invent and test their own...

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Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen’s exhibition is on display in Lokal gallery in Helsinki

Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen’s exhibition is on display in Lokal gallery in Helsinki

Lokal gallery presents the exhibition The House of Play and Rain(24.2.–19.3) by designer and artist Hanna-Kaisa Korolainen (1976). Her works are situated on the edge of textile design and fine arts. Currently, Korolainen is preparing her artistic research for Aalto University. Her works can be found in the collections of Taidehalli or at the Design museum of Helsinki. This exhibition is the first one in series of three. It is inspired...

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Dissertation Defence by Camilla Groth: Making Sense Through Hands

Dissertation Defence by Camilla Groth: Making Sense Through Hands

Empirica member Camilla Groth will defend her dissertation Making sense through hands: Design and craft practice analysed as embodied cognition on Thursday 16 February. Where: Aalto University School of Arts, Desing and Architecture, lecture hall 822, Hämeentie 135 C When: 16.2.2017 at 12:00 Opponent: Dr Kathrine Townsend, Nottingham Trent University Custos: professor Maarit Mäkelä, Aalto University, Department of Design The discussion...

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Empirica’s Last Research Exercise of the Year

Empirica’s Last Research Exercise of the Year

A personal reflection by Ece Canli, January 2017 Doing research sometimes feels like plunging into icy water (with shock, fluctuation and urge), sometimes walking on fire (with patience, resistance and technique). But mostly, it feels both at the same time, a continuous shift in one’s physical and mental condition, an odd mixture of pain and pleasure, going deeper and floating on the surface. Within this dense experience and commitment, it is...

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The Touring Exhibition Started its Journey in Fiskars, Finland

The Touring Exhibition Started its Journey in Fiskars, Finland

Curator Riikka Latva-Somppi telling about the different themes of the Shaping the Future exhibition. (c) Minerva Juolahti The Empirica research group leads the sub-project Shaping the Future which is a part of the European Ceramics and its Dimensions project. For the sub-project the year 2016 has been eventful. In April, the sub-project conducted a future oriented workshop at the KAHLA Porcelain factory in Germany, in the end of the summer the...

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Empirica’s Mimmu Rankanen will defend her dissertation on 30.9

Empirica’s Mimmu Rankanen will defend her dissertation on 30.9

MA Mimmu Rankanen will defend her dissertation “The Visible Spectrum: Participants’ Experiences of the Process and Impacts of Art Therapy” on Friday, 30.09.2016. The study focuses on participants’ experiences of the process and impacts of art therapy. Time: 30.09.2016 / 12:00 Place: Aalto University School of Business, Juhlasali, Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00100, Helsinki Opponent: professor Vicky Karkou, Edge Hill University, Great...

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FORMakademisk special issue features articles by Empirica members

FORMakademisk special issue features articles by Empirica members

Morning fog in Chicago by Camilla Groth The latest FORMakademisk issue, Vol. 9 No 1 (2016) presents several articles written by Empirica members. The articles are based on presentations made at the symposium Embodied making and design learning which took place during the Learn X Design conference in Chicago, IL USA on June 28-30, 2015. How can neuroscience help understand design and craft activity? The promise of cognitive neuroscience...

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Handling Mind at the Design Research Society Conference

Handling Mind at the Design Research Society Conference

Brighton Pier in June 2016. Photo by Camilla Groth Handling Mind joined forces with EMAL at the Design Research Society (DRS) 2016 Conference in Brighton June 28-30. The Handling Mind consortium created a joint event together with the Norwegian research group Embodied Making and Learning (EMAL) from The University College of Southeast Norway, during the Design Research Society (DRS) 2016 Conference in Brighton June 28-30. We arranged a joint...

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