Spring 2019

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SPRING 2019 UWAS Course Offerings

In academic year 2018-19, UWAS courses are organized under seven thematic categories that link the course contents to larger, transdisciplinary questions. These categories are: Global and Local IssuesSites and EnvironmentsCrises and Turning PointsSensesMaterialsNarratives; and Technologies. In addition, UWAS Varied Contents courses are project-based courses on topical, changing issues. UWAS is also participating in piloting MathArts minor together with the Department of Mathematics and Systems Analysis


UWAS-C0013 Introduction to Sound Culture. Audio Across Disciplines, 3 ECTS (Period III)
Antti Ikonen, Derek Holzer - Technologies
This course aims to cover sound from a number of perspectives, and introduce ideas from the worlds of Sound Design, Acoustic Ecology, and Sound Art to help students get a better of understanding of what sound is and how it functions. We will read, hear, view, and discuss materials from a number of sources such as academic texts, sound art documentation, music, environmental recordings, and film sound.

UWAS-C0015 Visualized Me: Creative Ways of Thinking and Using Visual Tools, 5 ECTS (Period III)
Laura Isoniemi - Narratives
This course offers students creative and experiential ways to find their inner invisible potential and make it visible through different practices of art and design. During the course, students are given art and design based tasks and exercises that benefit various artistic, creative ways of working and thinking.

UWAS-C0004 Miten idea materialisoituu? 5 ECTS (Periodit III-IV)
Inka Nieminen - Materiaalit
Kurssilla perehdytään oppilaan omien ideoiden prosessoimiseen ja esittämiseen kuvanveiston menetelmillä. Kurssi tarjoaa opiskelijalle mahdollisuuden kehittää omaa luovaa ajattelua ja oppia toteuttamaan ideansa konkreettisena teoksena. Päätavoitteena on taiteen monialaisuuden löytäminen ja ympäristön havainnoinnin kehittäminen.

UWAS-C0011 UWAS Currents: UWAS Discussion Series, 1-3 ECTS (Periods III-V)
Harri Laakso, Juuso Tervo - UWAS Varied Contents
The aim of the course is to introduce various concepts and contexts of transdisciplinary artistic and academic practices in Aalto University and beyond. The students will meet faculty from multiple disciplines, representing different schools in Aalto, and have the opportunity to build connections between fields.

UWAS-C0024 Freedom – An Artistic and Experimental Approach, 5 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Johan Eichhorn - Crises and Turning Points
The course introduces a broad range of approaches to the concept of freedom by offering students ways to critically examine what kind of narratives, structures, concepts, power relations, and individual constructions influence them. The students also learn how to explore these questions by the means of art - to criticize them, to play with them, to create own artistic concepts.

UWAS-C0025 Art and Artificial Intelligence, 5 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka - Crises and Turning Points
The course discusses the ethical, aesthetic and societal dimensions of artificial intelligence and machine learning. Through shared discussion, reading, technological practices and artistic work we propose possible futures for AI. During the course students will create artistic proposals of possible futures of AI.

UWAS-C0027 Film, Work, and Labour, 6 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Inês Peixoto, Tiina Taipale, Eeva Houtbeckers - Global and Local Issues
In the course, we watch and make films in order to observe, evaluate, and discuss different ways of organizing work, working life, and labour markets. The course raises awareness of different ways of portraying work and labour in films. Students learn to identify ideologies and stereotypes in the representations of work and everyday work practices. In addition, students learn to argue their own perspectives through class discussions, reflections, and film making.

UWAS-C0028 Fashion in Culture, 3-5 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Annamari Vänskä - Global and Local Issues
After having completed the course the student understands fashion as a diverse cultural phenomenon and is capable of explaining and reflecting on how practices and theories of fashion have been shaped and changed since the emergence of the modern fashion system in the 19th century. The aim of the course is to advance the students’ understanding of fashion as a global, cultural and personal phenomenon as well as to explore in what ways can it inform other disciplines.

UWAS-C0044 Multisensorial Art and Design Practices, 5 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Riikka Latva-Somppi - Senses
The course offers understanding of multisensoriality and its potential in communicating ideas. We will explore multisensoriality through personal experiences, learning about sensory impairment and hands on studio-assignments. Art and design practices are approached as means of personal exploration as well as aiming for societal impact.

UWAS-C0045 AV Club: Thinking and Doing Moving Images, 5 ECTS (Periods III-IV)
Lauri Linna - Technologies
Students will learn how moving image is used in the contemporary world in different contexts, including YouTube videos, Snapchat, Skype-calls, commercials, TV, films, video art, installations, and scientific visualizations, as well as gain basic knowledge about working with moving image or can develop their prior skills further.

MS-E1000 Crystal Flowers in Halls of Mirrors: Mathematics meets Art and Architecture, 10 ECTS (Periods III-V)
Kirsi Peltonen - MathArts
During the course student groups will build a prominent, mathematically themed art exhibition targeted to a wide audience in collaboration with EMMA – Espoo Museum of Modern Art. Through the art projects students deepen their understanding of various geometric and topological phenomena, and find new interpretations of them.

UWAS-C0030 Human-Material Interaction, 2 ECTS (Period IV)
Camilla Groth - Materials
The course will familiarise students with the general discussion and notion of human-material interaction both theoretically and concretely through material manipulation. Materiality will be approached from a theoretical, embodied, shared and societal point of view. Lectures and reading material will introduce the current discussions on the topic of materiality and covers tactile experiences, embodied cognition, human-material interaction, theory on New Materiality, material agency and non-representational theories.

UWAS-C0040 Design for Transhuman Systems, 3 ECTS (Period IV)
Jana Pejoska-Laajola, Eva Durall - Technologies
The course intends to create a space for debate and creative exploration of transhuman systems through design methods. Through this course, students will become familiar with the concept of transhumanism and the ethical debates that appear in the design of transhuman systems. They will also develop understanding on theoretical frameworks focused on the relation between technological devices and human senses, and their implications for technology design.

UWAS-C0041 Continuous Prototype, 5 ECTS (Period IV)
Denise Ziegler - Technologies
In this course students will become acquainted with artworks, art making and artistic research from the point of view of a continuous prototype. Students will then be able to develop the idea of what a ‘prototype’ means in their own fields and how to use it as a thinking tool in new ways.

UWAS-C0009 Artist in Residence Workshop, 3-5 ECTS (Periods IV-V)
TBA - UWAS Varied Contents
This course is organized and taught by a visiting artist in Aalto’s Artist in Residence program.

UWAS-C0014 Spatial Structures, 5 ECTS (Periods IV-V)
Taneli Luotoniemi - MathArts
During this intuitive introduction to various geometric and topological phenomena, we set up a systematic approach to relevant spatial practices in visual arts and take on even some provocative and surprising concepts. The lectures, workshops and exercises involve fundamental structures in spaces of varying dimensionality, and how they appear through visual work.

UWAS-C0029 Design and Culture, 5 ECTS (Periods IV-V)
Paola Cabrera - Global and Local Issues
The course offers students diverse insights into the interrelationships between design practices, design artifacts, design policies, consumption, culture and cultural action. Regardless of the particular discipline of the students, and also because of the variety of disciplines, the course components provide a particular platform for exchanging views and learning from each other.

UWAS-C0026 Innovative Approach to Circular Economy, 5 ECTS (Period V)
Riikka Mäki-Koskela, Taneli Tuovinen - Global and Local Issues
The course provides practical and theoretical knowledge and operating models in which aesthetic, ethical, and ecological phenomena intertwine in circular economy. The student becomes familiar with the objectives, theoretical background, practices, outcomes, and social impact that contemporary art has in the context of circular economy. The student learns to produce culture phenomena in making circular economy visible, to perceive the cultural complexity, and to work as a part of multidisciplinary co-operation aimed at changing the consumer culture.