Research & Art

Renewing society by art, creativity and design

Aalto University promotes creativity in all disciplines and communities. One of our strategic targets is to renew society through art, creativity and design. We are a forerunner in combining world-leading art and creative practices with research and education.
Unexepected encounters exhibition: Matilda Tuure's colourful glass work presenting Bacterial Cellulose Samples
Photo from: Unexpected Encounters exhibition (2016) Curated by Ksenia Kaverina, image: Mikko Raskinen

Culture shapes our identities, aspirations, values and relationships. It also shapes the cities and living environments, and the lifestyles we develop.

Art, design, fashion, cinema, architecture, visual communication and games are crucial elements of everyday life and society.

Unfolded

Aalto University UNFOLDED magazine focuses on contemporary issues dealing with creativity, experimentation, and transdisciplinary co-creation.

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Dipoli artworks

Prominent art at Aalto University

Aalto University promotes visibility and impact of art and creativity both in society and at our own campus. Aalto University uses one percent of building costs to fund art.

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Design Inside

Renewing societies requires world-leading design-based practices. The Design Inside initiative ensures we will have the world-class ability throughout Aalto to shape and explore the world around us.

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Tiiliseinä, jonka vieressä vaaleanpunaisia kukkia, taustalle korkeita, vanhoja taloja.
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A human-friendly, giant insect hotel emerged in the middle of the city

Alusta, built from clay and populated by plants, is a sanctuary for pollinators and a meeting place for all living things
Action!-hankkeen Raija Talvio ja Kirsi Reinola vastaanottavat Soihdunkantaja-palkinnon. Kuva: Miikka Varila / APFI Kuva: Miikka Varila / APFI
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Action! project awarded at Screen Helsinki event

Aalto University's Action! project, which promotes equality and employment of female professionals in the audiovisual sector, was awarded at Screen Helsinki on 31 August 2022.
White coffee cup with Space 21 logo, space's common room on the background.
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Have a cup of coffee and spend your morning in a good company in Space 21

The Space 21 monthly morning coffees schedules for the autumn.
Two young people are looking upwards and smiling with mouths closed, behind an installation they designed. Art is made of wood and biopolymer flowers.
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Gradually decomposing bioart challenges permanent design

Campus art competition winner bio.modules.way will be installed next to Dipoli

Events

A person walks from left to right on the second floor inside Väre, passing a metallic piece of art
Other, Campus, Internal events

Väre art tour 4.10.

Register for a guided tour and get to know Väre's public art collection
A glimpse inside School of Business building. A person dressed in black walk with a backbag on the first floor towards right and another person walks to the left on the second floor.
Other, Campus, Internal events

School of Business art tour 4.10.

Register and get to know the public art collection at School of Business
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Lectures and seminars

Visiting lecture by John Gero: "Your mind and brain on design"

John Gero presents the results of studying the minds and brains of designers from architecture, engineering and industrial design while they design.
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Conferences and workshops

Interplanetary Gender and Technology Workshop - a Collective Speculative Exploration

What are the emancipatory possibilities of everyday technologies?

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Graphic Design by Joosung Kang

ClimATE Events Programme 24.10. - 21.11.

ClimATE is an expanded exhibition and events programme at multiple sites and spaces across Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus, showcasing research, prototypes and works of art as well as workshops, readings and screenings that discuss climate change and food systems.

Events
Aalto artist-in-residence Matthew Wilson

A visual artist wielding more than a hammer

Aalto University’s fifth Artist in Residence Matthew C. Wilson explores the entangled nature of ideas.

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Chiao-Wen Hsu: Eaten Water Photo Anne Kinnunen

Fragile Water exhibition highlights vulnerability of water resources

Water resources are limited and vulnerable in many places in the world. Design students and water researchers joined forces to visualise sustainable water solutions in the Fragile Water exhibition.

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Takala made a bold artwork at accountancy firm Deloitte. The artwork shakes up everyday life in the office by essentially doing nothing. Hidden cameras were recording the other employees’ reactions to Takala’s unconventional working methods, as after two weeks of working, she simply sat down at an empty desk in silence. If anybody asked, she said she was doing ‘brainwork’.

Artist-in-Residence Pilvi Takala (2018): Art with your own body by misbehavin

In the Artist-in-Residence position at Aalto University, the purpose of art is to arouse questions in a cross-disciplinary manner.

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Kreutzstrasse by Gloria Lauterbach. Image: Mikko Raskinen / Aalto University

Väre’s public art collection examines equality

Collection was published with “Global Equality” as its art concept.

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Hans-Christian Berg's artwork is made specifically for the Dipoli building, says Outi Turpeinen. Photo: Jaakko Kahilaniemi.

The radical percent

Percent art will bring wellbeing, travellers and new ideas to the campus, says Art Coordinator Outi Turpeinen.

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Juuso Tervo wins 2018 Manuel Barkan Memorial Award for art education

Aalto alumnus and postdoctoral researcher recognized for excellence in art education research

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Art in Väre by Vice President Anna Valtonen

Art gives us an opportunity to rethink all forms of knowing and doing. To be able to experience great art in our premises – to have this opportunity to rethink on a daily basis – is a privilege.

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Aalto betaspace, an exhibition venue for students at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture / photo by Julia Weckman.

Aalto galleries and exhibition venues

How can we make space for unexpected ways of looking at the world? Galleries and exhibition venues are co-produced spaces for action, bringing together the knowledge, content, vision, and passion of different agents.

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