Seminar description

Organized by Department of Art (Pori Unit), Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture

March 22nd and 23rd, 2012 @ 9:00 – 16:00
Lecture room 541 – 5th floor (graphic design), Aalto University, Arabia campus, 135 Hämeentie, Helsinki

This seminar offers a unique trans-disciplinary forum that explores medicine and notions of healing in art as a tool for social commentary and aesthetic exploration. The structure includes presentations by guest artists and scholars, audience discussion, and a workshop in which participants create new pills designed to cure sociopolitical problems.

Presenters include: Marika Orenius (DA student, Aalto University), Terike Haapoja (PhD student, Academy of Fine Arts of Finland), Ernest Truely (MFA, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston), Kaisu Koski (DA, University of Lapland), Lisa Erdman (DA student, Aalto University), Sheelagh Broderick (University College Cork, Ireland), and Juha Kostiainen (Sitra, Finnish Innovation Fund).

Thematic questions for the seminar:

– How and why does medicine inform the work of some contemporary artists?
– How might art and medical discourse work together as a catalyst for social change or political discussion?
– What is the current state of medicalization, and how might artists capitalize on this process?
– How might defining illness serve as a way of understanding culture?

The seminar is open to the university community, with preference to MA and DA students of Aalto University School of Art and Design. Seating is limited to 30. Please reserve a space by contacting Lisa Erdman at: Lisa.Erdman (at)