The project 3DKERA, in cooperation with the Department of Design and Department of Mechanical Engineering, aims to utilize the local reindeer bone waste in Lapland as a raw material for ceramics using contemporary means of production. Project brings different stakeholders together from the northern parts of Finland and in the capital area, to create new opportunities for local businesses and tourism in the region.
In this research we understand craft making as a philosophical space that enables us to think through the ethical and ecological concerns related to the stage of our environment. We use craft making as an embodied practice that enables us to establish a dialogical relationship with the local environment. We see this as a valuable act through which to (re)consider the relationship between human and nature profoundly. In this study we ask, would working with contaminated soil be able to raise awareness of the relationship between human and material world and their entanglements? This artistic research relies on experiential knowledge that is achieved and captured in tandem with the evolving creative working process that takes place during this study.
The international project Ceramics and its Dimensions focuses on ceramics in Europe from the perspective of the past and the future with its new possibilities. Documenting the past, the project wants to discuss the revitalisation of former patterns. In the project there are partners from 11 different countries in Europe. Maarit Mäkelä and a group of Aalto ARTS people are part of the project with the sub-project Shaping the Future. This sub-project consists of a workshop, a touring exhibition and a publication.
This multidisciplinary research focuses on both the embodied learning that occurs in relation to creativity and design as well as on their neural mechanisms. The project combines approaches from neuroscience, psychology, design and educational science for research on embodied thinking and creativity. The goal of the study is to open up an entirely new neuro- scientific research tradition focusing on processes of art, crafts and design.