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HLS2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium at Aalto

Hybrid Labs Symposium

The Third Renewable Futures Conference

May 30 – June 1, 2018,
Aalto University, Otaniemi Campus, Espoo City
Venues: Otakaari 1X (30–31 May), Otakaari 7 (1 June)

Rooms in Otakaari 1X: A1 (1st floor) and A2 (2nd floor)
Rooms in Otakaari 7: Studio Kipsari and Meeting Room 283 (1st floor)

Hybrid Labs is the third edition of Renewable Futures conference that aims to challenge the future of knowledge creation through art and science. The HYBRID LABS will take place from May 30 to June 1, 2018 at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, in the context of Aalto Festival. Celebrating 50 years of Leonardo journal and community, the HYBRID LABS conference will look back into the history of art and science collaboration, with an intent to reconsider and envision the future of hybrid laboratories – where scientific research and artistic practice meet and interact.

Our three-day media event medley includes:

May 30, 2018 – Exhibition Opening 

Opening Programme features Oslofjord Ecologies Extended exhibition opening. The exhibition is based on results of artistic research processes following common workshops, field trips and earlier exhibitions and performances linked to the Creative Europe project Renewable Futures and the Nordic collaboration Hybrid Labs. Curated by Kristin Bergaust on behalf of Art in Society research group at HiOA, this cross-disciplinary exhibition includes contributions from visual arts, art and science,  theatre, performance, design, visual culture, art didactics and urban research. See more.

May 31, 2018 – Renewable Futures Conference

Renewable Futures conference will begin with keynotes addressing HYBRID LABS topic from different broader perspectives. Parallel tracks of presentations will discuss the future of HYBRID LABS, art and science collaboration, focusing on five main topics: hybrid practices (in art and science), hybrid storytelling, hybrid fabrication, hybrid reality, and hybrid economies.

June 1, 2018 – Collaboratory Day, Celebrating Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary  

Collaboratory day and Leonardo birthday celebration includes guided tours of several of the Otaniemi campus laboratories and a workshop on collaboratory methods during the morning followed by afternoon keynote, sauna, and dinner. The topic of the keynote will be about Arts and Science collaboration and planetary healing. Also throughout the Lab tours, we want to stress the heritage aspects of the spaces, the campus and innovative aspects of art and science collaboration.

See programme Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018.


Keynote Speakers:

  • Roger MALINA / Physicist, Astronomer / Executive Editor, Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press / Professor, the University of Texas at Dallas, USA
  • Gediminas URBONAS / Professor, the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology (ACT-MIT) / Associate Professor in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Architecture, Cambridge, USA
  • Nina CZEGLEDY / Artist, Curator and Educator on Art, Science and Technology / Leonardo Community, Toronto, Canada
  • Judith VAN DER ELST / Anthropologist, Independent Researcher, Netherlands
  • Vladimir IVANOV / Professor, St. Petersburg Technical University, Collaboratory methods/heritage workshop
  • Toni KONITK / Professor of Design of Structures, Aalto University, Department of Architecture, Finland
  • Saara HACKLIN / Curator, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland
  • Pia FRICKER /Adjunct Professor, Department of Architecture, Aalto University, Finland

Click for more information on Keynote speakers and their presentations.


On-the-door tickets available at the registration desk (Otakaari 1X, 1st floor):

30 May: 12:00–14:00, and 16:00–18:00
31 May: 8:00–9:00

Price: 48 € / 25€ students
Payments only with card.

The fee allows for participation in the whole programme excluding Friday 1 June Dinner and coffees and snacks.

Call for Proposals: RF 2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium

Call for Proposals

RF 2018: Hybrid Labs Symposium

May 30 – June 1, 2018
Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
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Deadline – extended to 5 March, 2018
APPLY NOW: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018
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http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi
Hybrid Labs is the third edition of Renewable Futures conference that aims to challenge the future of knowledge creation through art and science. The HYBRID LABS will take place from May 30 to June 1, 2018 at Aalto University in Espoo, Finland, in the context of Aalto Festival. Celebrating 50 years of Leonardo journal and community, the HYBRID LABS conference will look back into the history of art and science collaboration, with an intent to reconsider and envision the future of hybrid laboratories – where scientific research and artistic practice meet and interact.

Our three-day media event medley includes:

May 30, 2018 – Exhibition Opening
Opening Programme features Oslofjord Ecologies Extended exhibition opening. The exhibition is based on results of artistic research processes following common workshops, field trips and earlier exhibitions and performances linked to the Creative Europe project Renewable Futures and the Nordic collaboration Hybrid Labs. Curated by Kristin Bergaust on behalf of Art in Society research group at HiOA, this cross-disciplinary exhibition includes contributions from visual arts, art and science, theatre, performance, design, visual culture, art didactics and urban research.

May 31, 2018 – Renewable Futures Conference
Renewable Futures conference will begin with keynotes addressing HYBRID LABS topic from different broader perspectives. Parallel tracks of presentations will discuss the future of HYBRID LABS, art and science collaboration, focusing on five main topics: hybrid practices (in art and science), hybrid storytelling, hybrid fabrication, hybrid reality, and hybrid economies.

June 1, 2018 – Collaboratory Day, Celebrating Leonardo’s 50th Anniversary
Collaboratory day and Leonardo birthday celebration includes guided tours of several of the Otaniemi campus laboratories and a workshop on collaboratory methods during the morning followed by afternoon keynote, sauna, and dinner. The topic of the keynote will be about Arts and Science collaboration and planetary healing. Also throughout the Lab tours, we want to stress the heritage aspects of the spaces, the campus and innovative aspects of art and science collaboration.
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Keynote Speakers:

  • Roger MALINA / Executive Editor, Leonardo Publications at M.I.T Press / Professor, the University of Texas at Dallas.
  • Nina CZEGLEDY / Artist, Curator and Educator on Art, Science and Technology / Leonardo Community, Toronto, Canada
  • + others – to be confirmed

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More info: http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi/hls-2018-cfp-hybrid-labs-symposium-2018/

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Registration:

Early Bird fee until 15 April, 2018.

Early Bird Full Price: 68 EUR (normal price 86 eur).
Early Bird Student Price: 42 EUR (normal student price 56 eur).

Included: Coffee and Snacks, Sauna and Dinner (Lunch is not included).

REGISTER AT: https://eage.aalto.fi/?f/en/HLS2018

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS

We welcome submissions by academic researchers, designers, artists, scientists, students, social entrepreneurs, visionaries and other creative thinkers and practitioners to submit their proposals related to the topics (below).

List of Topics

  • hybrid practices – combining art and science, technology and ecology, digital and biological in research and education
  • hybrid storytelling – heritage and storytelling for linking virtual with the material domain of everyday life
  • hybrid fabrication – innovative maker trends in art and design practices
  • hybrid reality – interventions into the uncritical excitement about virtual reality, artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • hybrid economies – artistic practices in-between sharing and selling, networking and fabricating

Submission Guidelines

The proposals could be submitted for the following forms of presentations:

  • academic papers (full / short)
  • artistic presentations (performative lectures / performances / participatory sessions)
  • poster sessions

The conference proposals should include:

  • Title and abstract (250 words max – text fields ‘Title’ and ‘Abstract’), mandatory;
  • five to six keywords (text field ‘Keywords’), mandatory;
  • short biography: 100 words (text field ‘Comments’), mandatory;
  • you can also upload a file containing any additional relevant information, optional;
  • please indicate in your abstract if you want to submit pictures or videos (max 100Mb) as part of your final submission.

Deadline for Conference Proposals (Abstracts) – February 19, 2018
Notifications of acceptance – March 2, 2018
APPLY NOW: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018

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Conference Submissions – for Selected Abstracts:

After receiving the notifications, the selected participants will be asked to submit their Full/Short Papers (working version – for pre-review), Posters (layout) and Artistic Presentations (Slides) by May 14, 2018.

1. Full/Short Paper Submission:
If your abstract for full/short paper will be selected, you will be asked to submit full/short paper for pre-review before the conference (working version). All papers must be original and not simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference:
– Full papers are up to 6000 words long including references and the presenter must prepare 20+10 minutes presentation.
– Short papers are up to 3000 words long including references and the presenter must prepare 10+5 minutes presentation.

2. Artistic Presentations:
Presentations should be prepared as powerpoint or keynote slides.

3. Posters:
Posters should be made in A1 format, and submitted as PDF.

Publication

Shortly after the conference, the selected participants will be asked to submit their final version of the paper for peer-review. The submitted papers will undergo the double-blind peer-review process to be published in Acoustic Space journal series (Vol. 18, 2019).

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When submitting your final papers, you should keep in mind the following:

  • Your name. Delete your name from the first page or where ever it is mentioned in the paper.
  • Acknowledgements. Please delete or mark “Acknowledgements removed”, if you have acknowledgements or thanks to those who helped you with the paper.
  • Document properties. Please don’t send word or similar documents, because it might include personal information in the document (for example in Word, go to file à properties).
  • Send your paper in pdf-format.
  • Self-citation. Please anonymize your references or citations to your previous works.
  • Images and Videos. Please hide all such information that can reveal you in videos or images you are sending along with your paper.

More info about the Acoustic Space, peer-reviewed journal series:
http://acousticspacejournal.com

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Conference website http://hybridlabs.aalto.fi
Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=hls2018
Proposal submission deadline February 19, 2018
Notifications of acceptance March 4, 2018
Deadline for selected abstracts May 14, 2018
REGISTRATION TO CONFERENCE: https://eage.aalto.fi/?f/en/HLS2018

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COMMITTEES

Conference Chair
Prof. Lily Díaz

The Local Conference Organisational Board
Prof. Lily DIAZ-KOMMONEN / Head of Research Department of Media, Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Espoo, Finland
Prof. Rasa SMITE / Liepaja University / RIXC / Riga, Latvia
Prof. Kristin BERGAUST / Oslo and Akershus University, Norway
Nina CZEGLEDY, Leonardo Community, Toronto, Canada
Juhani TENHUNEN / Aalto Studios, Espoo, Finland
Saara MÄNTYLÄ / Department of Media, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland.

The International Scientific Board of Renewable Futures Conference
Prof. Lev MANOVICH / Cultural Analytics Lab / The Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
Ph.D. Jussi PARIKKA / Winchester School of Art / University of Southampton / UK
Ph.D. Geoff COX / School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark
Assoc. Prof. Laura BELOFF / IT University, Copenhagen / Finnish Bioart Society, Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Ursula DAMM / Bauhaus University Weimar, Germany
Dr. Vytautas MICHELKEVICIUS / Nida Art Colony, Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania
Ph.D. Margrét Elísabet ÓLAFSDÓTTIR / Art Education at the University of Akureyri, Iceland
Assoc. Prof. Ilva SKULTE / Riga Stradins University, Latvia
Dr. art. Piibe PIIRMA / Tallinn University / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Ph. D. Raivo KELOMEES / Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn, Estonia
Prof. Miško ŠUVAKOVIĆ / Faculty for Media and Communication, University Singidunum, Belgrade, Serbia
Dr. Ellen PEARLMAN / Parsons / New School University, New York, USA
Ph.D. Chris HALES / Assist. Prof. and Study Director of New Media Art Doctoral Programe, Liepaja University, Liepaja, Latvia
Raphael KIM / PhD Student, Media and Arts Technology, Queen Mary University London, UK

Venue
Aalto University, Otakaari 1 x, Espoo Finland

Contact
lily.diaz@aalto.fi / saara.mantyla@aalto.fi

Sponsors
NORDPLUS
Aalto University

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Please note that this call was updated after its first publication.

Reimagining video conferencing – a design workshop with MIT MediaLab and Aalto MediaLab

Reimagining video conferencing is a co-design workshop aiming to create alternative solutions for virtual panel discussions, video conferencing and other kinds of group meetings online. In this participatory session we will think and discuss about user experiences for a tool that would extend user engagement over physical location and achieve a rich ecology for participation online. The layout and user interface of a tool for group video conferencing would be challenged and reimagined also. This event is organised and led by the Learning Environments research group in MediaLab, department of Art, design and architecture, Aalto University, FI in collaboration with MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.
It is free and open for participation for students and non-students.

Sign up by sending an email to jana.pejoska@aalto.fi including your name, department, study focus, skills (design, development, etc.) and a short description why you are applying.
Thu 14 September
13:30-16:30
Johanna, Learning Centre
Public event

Media Lab Doctoral Summer School: Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

Call for Participation
_ Deadline Extended August 4, 2017

Event-Driven Culture: “The Visit” as Case Study

DOM-L0006 Department of Media Doctoral School
Dates: 29–31 August 2017
Location: Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Department of Media – Design Factory, Engine Room, Betonimiehenkuja 5 C, 02150 Espoo, FINLAND
https://designfactory.aalto.fi

Beyond being of place, culture can also be said to be a thing of time. This is particularly the case in contemporary virtual environments where multiplicities of human culture often converge, co-exist, and co-evolve. In this three-day seminar and workshop organized by the Department of Media (Media Lab) at Aalto University we first intend to explore the notion of time and how it is represented across diverse cultures. Subsequently we will focus on the notion of ‘Event’ as a unit of analysis with the ‘Visit’ as an illustrative example.

The School includes lectures, presentations, and group exercises/workshops in which participants will engage in concept design exercises.

Faculty:

Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Prof. of New Media, host (Aalto ARTS, Media Lab) (see bio)
Zsófia Ruttkay, Associate Professor (MOME, Hungary) (see bio)
Paul Mulholland, Senior Fellow, (KMI, Open University, UK) (see bio)
Rasa Smite, Associate Professor, (Liepaja U, Latvia) (see bio)

Credits: For doctoral candidates, it is possible to receive up to 5 credits.

To participate: Send us your name, email address and a brief description of your current research indicating why participation in the course would benefit your studies and practice by Friday August 4, 2017.

For more information and registration: saara.mantyla@aalto.fi

See the Summer School website: http://mlabsummerschool.aalto.fi


Preliminary assignment

We request that you bring a 300-500 word narrative prepared about a significant visit that you realized. Your narrative should answer the 5Ws questions: Who, what, when, where and why? You will be asked to present your narrative during the first day of the School. Your presentation cannot exceed three minutes. It is possible to use images and sound.

Preliminary readings

To prepare for the discussion and work please read, annotate and extract up to five keywords from the texts included below.

  • Pratt, Mary Louise, “Arts of the Contact Zones”, Modern Language Association (MLA), 1991. https://serendip.brynmawr.edu/oneworld/system/files/PrattContactZone.pdf, (Accessed on 30/07/2017.)
  • Clifford, James, Routes, Travel and Translation in the Late Twentieth Century, Harvard University Press, 1997.
  • Kimmel, Michael, “Properties of the Body: Lessons Learned from the Anthropology of Embodiment.” In R. Frank, R. Dirven, T. Ziemke, E. Bernández Eds., Body, Language and Mind, Mouton de Gruyer: Berlin, 2007.

Tasks

  • Using a systemic approach, map out the experience of ‘the visit’.
  • Consider how the digital bears an impact on the experience of the visit. What are the pros and cons? Focus on data gathering processes, from a multimodal perspective (e.g. text, images, sound, smell? touch?).
  • Using design research methods, propose a concept for an application (or tool) that supports this significant event, from a human-oriented perspective.

This Doctoral School will take place at the Aalto Design Factory, Otaniemi.
Getting there: 
http://www.aalto.fi/en/about/contact/route_otaniemi/

New Scholars Seminar Extension

DEADLINE EXTENDED:

Opportunity for Digital Scholars: New Scholars Seminar preceding the DH2017 conference – Apply by June 4th, 2017!

CHCI, centerNet, WSU and KIAS are collaborating to organize a pre-conference seminar for new scholars interested in the digital humanities, immediately preceding the DH2017 conference in Montreal, Canada.

New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities

August 8th, 9-4:30, Montreal, Location TBA

We have arranged for financial support for up to 15 scholars to help with the costs of transportation, accommodation, mentoring, and a day-long unconference.

The Kule Institute for Advanced Study at the University of Alberta is organizing this seminar on behalf of CHCI and centerNet. Rachel Hendery (Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities, Western Sydney University) and Geoffrey Rockwell (Director, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Canada) will convene the New Scholars Seminar.

Graduate students and new scholars who want to attend DH 2107 but don’t have travel/accomodation support should apply. See if you qualify at:

https://www.ualberta.ca/kule-institute/news-events/kias-news-collection/2017/april/new-scholars-seminar-2017

New Scholars Seminar for Digital Scholars 2017 – Kule

www.ualberta.ca

SCSMI2017 CONFERENCE

The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

We are looking forward to gathering a group of enthusiastic scholars, students and professional filmmakers to foster an interdisciplinary dialogue between moving image theorists, historians, critics, and philosophers, and scientifically-oriented researchers working on moving-image media.

Exciting topics, prominent keynote speakers, three tracks of inspiring presentations ranging from philosophical inquiries to aesthetics to reports of neurocinematic experiments on film viewing, just to name few of many. Missed our paper proposal deadline? Consider participating anyway!

Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (AALTO ARTS) is one of the most prestigious international universities of art, design and architecture in the world. Key areas of research are design, digital media, audiovisual representation, art, visual culture, well-being architecture and emerging technologies, and urban planning and design. The school’s history dates back to 1871.

The Conference includes presentations by internationally known experts in the field. A host of interesting social events are also being planned.

In addition to the three and half days filled with three tracks of programmed presentations and discussions, the event includes professionally interesting site visits.

The SCSMI2017 conference is organised by the Department of Media, Crucible Studio with Dr. Pia Tikka as conference chair, and the Department of Film, Television, and Scenography – all functioning within Aalto ARTS. In association with the Department of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki.

Find more and register at: scsmi2017.aalto.fi

 

Kutsu: Juha Varton Taiteellinen tutkimus -kirjan julkistamistilaisuus 11.5. klo 14

Tervetuloa Juha Varton TAITEELLINEN TUTKIMUS. Mitä se on? Kuka sitä tekee? Miksi? -kirjan julkistamistilaisuuteen torstaina 11.5.2017 klo 14

Paikka:  Node-galleria, Hämeentie 135 C, Aalto ARTS Taiteen laitos 5.krs (Arabian kampus)

Taideyliopistoissa on tehty, ohjattu, arvioitu ja analysoitu tutkimusta, joka on perustunut taiteelliseen toimintaan.  Taiteellisen tutkimisen ensimetreillä esitettiin kysymys, voiko jokin taideteko tai -teos olla taiteellista tutkimista.

Tämä on vakava kysymys, joka koskettaa käsitystämme tutkimisesta.  Tämä on myös vähemmän vakava kysymys, joka kuvaa suhdettamme taiteeseen: vaikka taide on elämän tärkeä osa, ilahduttaja, järkyttäjä, sulostuttaja, sen asema muiden ihmistoimien joukossa ei ole koskaan samanarvoinen muiden toimien kanssa.  Taiteeseen liittyy aina yksittäisyys, minkä vuoksi emme voi olla varmoja, onko se tarpeellista tai välttämätöntä, edes sille yksilölle, jonka taidetta se on.  Sehän voi olla vain jonkun erehdys, suuren luokan vitsi tai mielen hairahdus.  Yhden ihmisen taito ei ole ennustettava, varma ja vakaa.

Tutkimuksena tämä uusi alue on yhä alussa, avoin ja etsivä.  Se perustuu taiteilijan ammattitaitoon, menetelmiin, joita on koeteltu toistaiseksi vain toiminnassa. Olemme astumassa uuden askeleen, jonka jälkeen koettelu tapahtuu myös teoriassa, mutta ei missä tahansa teoriassa…

Kirjan julkaisee Aalto ARTS Books.

Aalto ARTS Books julkaisee kirjoja muotoilusta, mediasta, taiteesta, taidekasvatuksesta ja arkkitehtuurista.
Aalto ARTS Booksin kirjamyymälä, Hämeentie 135 A, 3. krs.
Aukioloajat: ma-ti 10–12 ja 13–16, ke 13–18, to–pe 10–12 ja 13–16.
Alennus aalto-yliopistolaisille –20 %


Taiteellinen tutkimus verkkokirjakaupassa:
https://shop.aalto.fi/p/996-taiteellinen-tutkimus/

The Call for Presentations: Global Digital Humanities

CfP: Global Digital Humanities

Workshop Event at the University of Helsinki and Aalto University (Helsinki), 29-30 May 2017

Organizer: Prof. Dr. Xenia Zeiler, South Asian Studies, University of Helsinki
Collaborators: “DIG_IN: Digital Humanities Education Initiative Finland-India” (CIMO collaboration between South Asian Studies and HELDIG at HY, Aalto University and Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Bangalore/India), “Deep Learning and Semantic Fields in Akkadian Texts” (University of Helsinki)

As Digital Humanities becomes increasingly recognized as a significant discipline and embedded in university curricula internationally, it is instructive to recognize that most scholarship relevant to the discipline is still predominantly from Anglo-American countries such as the United States, United Kingdom and Australia. The event aims to demonstrate how diverse cultural, intellectual and linguistic contexts can and even necessarily must fruitfully contribute to shape the future direction of the discipline.

The 2 day seminar will be held at HY and Aalto University, and invites interested researchers from all levels (junior and advanced) to present and/or discuss their work, and students to take part. Thus, it will bring together researchers working on DH relevant themes beyond European and North American contexts, offer a platform for exchange on themes, methods and approaches, and in general, enhance the awareness for and visibility of DH research located beyond the hegemonic context. The reasoning for this is twofold: firstly, it is in the spirit of DH to encourage collaboration, remixing, and remediating, and secondly, to allow for a wider audience to access diverse culturally and locally inflected versions of DH in a quest to enlarge the scope of the discipline beyond the hegemonic.

If you are working on a DH relevant/related theme beyond European and North American contexts – be it with material and/or methodologies which originated beyond ‘Western’ contexts, or make use of broader global approaches, please contact Xenia Zeiler (xenia.zeiler@helsinki.fi) at the latest by 5 May 2017 with a title and short abstract. The workshop will be organized as a platform for discussion and getting to know each other’s work primarily, thus also work in progress is welcome. Potential themes include (but are not limited to) Global DH as related to

  • Archaeology and History
  • Design
  • Linguistics
  • Video Games

The event is free of charge, and we look forward to a fruitful discussion.

The event is intended to have a workshop atmosphere, and also work in progress and esp. doctoral students are very welcome.

The major reason is to bring together people in the larger Helsinki region working on various aspects of DH beyond Europe, and to get to know each other. We understand DH to include not only the level of developing/applying digital tools on cultural material, but also the level of researching digital media (f.e. social media) and their interaction with society.

The deadline for submitting a note of interest and title/short abstract (~150 words) is now extended to 5th of May 2017.

Nida Doctoral School 2017 – Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design & Architecture

Please read below about this year’s Nida Doctoral School (NDS) intensive course for DA and PhD students.

NDS is a wonderful opportunity for doctoral candidates to focus on their doctoral thesis development. There are 4 places for Aalto ARTS students and costs will be covered on ARTS School level.

You will find more information and the link to the Application Form by scrolling down.


Tweezers and Squeezers: Methodological Approaches and Research Methods in Art, Design and Architecture
Third Nida Doctoral School intensive course for DA and PhD students in art, design, architecture, humanities and the social sciences

21-26 August 2017
Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania

Application deadline: 31 March 2017

VAA Nida Art Colony, Neringa, Lithuania, 2016. Dronography by Robertas Narkus
 
Theme
The third Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will bring together a multidisciplinary group of practice and theory-based doctoral candidates researching different topics in the context of the visual and performing arts, design and architecture, sharing the common goal of completing a doctoral degree, to discuss and develop the methodological framework of their research projects. NDS will provide a platform for dialogue and the exchange of ideas, as well as a space for sharing feedback and peer support. The aim of NDS 2017 is to focus on research methods and on the development of methodological skills and approaches, and to provide critical feedback from distinguished international tutors.

Finding suitable methods and framing the methodological approach is one of the biggest sources of anxiety and uncertainty for doctoral researchers, especially practice-based, when developing and implementing a research plan. Could I treat my art or design practice as the main method? How should I write about my methodology? Or, as Henk Slager calls it, ‘methodicy’*? How should I safeguard myself and my audience from methodological excess? Does my methodological approach help or limit me in doing my research? When should I think about it: when starting or when concluding my research and thesis? What is the relationship between theory and practice in my research, and which philosophical/theoretical school should I refer to in order to base my argument?

Format
The third NDS will take place on 21-26 August 2017. Each day will include one-hour-long presentations by invited speakers and tutors, followed by one-hour-long discussions. The rest of the day will be dedicated to doctoral student presentations, followed by discussions and feedback (one hour per student). Invited speakers and tutors will act as respondents to the student research development work. The programme will also include slots for individual consultations.

The students are expected to participate in presentations and discussions, and to prepare for the course by studying a reading list compiled by the invited speakers and tutors and provided in early June. In addition to the discussions around the overall topic of the School, students are asked to prepare a 30-minute presentation of their own research and practice, with a special focus on their methodological approach. In these sessions, students will receive feedback from their peers on other doctoral programmes, as well as from the invited speakers and tutors of the School.

Invited Speakers and Tutors
In 2017, NDS has the pleasure to welcome three INVITED SPEAKERS:
–        Dr Joanne Morra, Reader in Art History and Theory, curator of the Doctoral Platform at Central Saintt Martins, University of the Arts London, founding principal editor of Journal of Visual Culture;
–        Dr Marquard Smith, academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture, currently Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education;
–        Prof Juha Suoranta, social scientist and public intellectual, professor at the University of Tampere, author of ‘Artistic Research Methodology. Narrative, Power and the Public’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén, 2014), ‘Rebellious Research’ (in Finnish with Sanna, Rynnänen, 2014).

Dr Joanne Morra is a Reader in Art History and Theory at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London. She runs The Doctoral Platform at CSM, and is the Founding Principal Editor of Journal of Visual Culture. She has published widely on modern and contemporary art, in, for instance, New Formations, Art History, Journal of Modern Art, What is Research in the Visual Arts (eds. Holly & Smith). Joanne has edited many collections, including ‘The Limits of Death’ (MUP 2000), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse: From a Posthuman Present to a Biocultural Future’ (MIT 2006), ‘Visual Culture: Critical Concepts in Media and Cultural Studies’ (4 volumes, Routledge 2006), ‘Acts of Translation with Bal’ (Sage 2007). Recent activities include the exhibition ‘Saying It’ (Freud Museum London 2012), ‘Intimacy Unguarded: Autobiography, Biography, Memoir’ (with Talbot, 2013), ‘50 Years of Art and Objecthood’ (with Green, Sage 2017), and ‘Inside the Freud Museums: History, Memory and Site-Responsive Art’ (I.B. Tauris 2017).

Dr Marquard Smith is Programme Leader for the MA Museums & Galleries in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He is an academic, curator, commissioner, programmer, and Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Visual Culture. Recent exhibitions curated include, ‘The Global Archive’ (London, 2012), ‘Jordan McKenzie: An Englishman Abroad’ (Istanbul, 2014), and most recently ‘How to Construct a Time Machine’ (Milton Keynes, 2015). Marq writes on artistic research, practice-based research, archives, arts education, and most recently on experimentally in ‘MaHKUscript: Journal of Fine Art Research’. He is author, editor, and co-editor of over 20 books and themed issues of journals including ‘What is Research in the Visual Arts?’ (Yale UP, 2008), ‘Visual Culture Studies’ (Sage, 2008), ‘The Erotic Doll: A Modern Fetish’ (Yale UP, 2013), ‘The Prosthetic Impulse’ (The MIT Press, 2005). Marq’s previous academic roles include: Head of the School of Art and Design History, Kingston University, London; Research Leader and Head of Doctoral Studies in the School of Humanities at Royal College of Art; and Founding Director of the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at University of Westminster, London.

Prof Juha Suoranta is a Finnish social scientist, and public intellectual. He is currently Professor at the University of Tampere. In total, he has published 38 books, such as ‘The Integrated Media Machine I: A Theoretical Framework’ (co-edited with Mauri Ylä-Kotola, Sam Inkinen and Jari Rinne), 2000; ‘Architecture: Theory, Research, and Practice’ (with Seppo Aura and Juhani Katainen), 2001; ‘Artistic Research. Theories, Methods, and Practices’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2005; ‘Artistic Research Methodology’ (with Mika Hannula and Tere Vadén), 2014.  Suoranta has published extensively in the fields of education, political sociology of education, radical adult education, critical media education, and critical pedagogy. In his writing, Suoranta is interested in bringing together ideas and material from various disciplines, including media and cultural studies, sociology, educational studies, literature studies and literature.

Three TUTORS will guide the students through the course:
–        Dr Sofia Pantouvaki, scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University;
–        Dr Mika Elo, Professor of Artistic Research, Head of Doctoral Programme, Vice-Dean for Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki, Academy of Fine Arts;
–        Konstantinas Bogdanas, artist and Associate Professor of Visual Art at Vilnius Academy of Arts.

Dr Sofia Pantouvaki is a scenographer and Professor of Costume Design at Aalto University. Her background includes over 80 designs for theatre, film, opera and dance productions in Europe, as well as numerous curatorial and exhibition design projects. She is co-author of ‘History of Dress – The Western World and Greece’ (2010), editor, ‘Yannis Metsis – Athens Experimental Ballet’ (2011), and co-editor of ‘Presence and Absence: The Performing Body’ (2014). She is editor of the academic journal ‘Studies in Costume and Performance’, project leader for ‘Visual Aspects of Performance Practice’ and the Vice-Head of Research for OISTAT Costume Design Group. Costume Curator for World Stage Design (2013), and Associate Curator for ‘Costume in Action’ (WSD2013). At Aalto University, she founded ‘Costume in Focus’ and is Principal Investigator of the research project ‘Costume Methodologies’ funded by the Academy of Finland (2014-2018). Sofia has taught and lectured internationally. Her recent research focuses on performance costume, fashion and costume curating, the potential of new materials and embodied technologies in costume practice, and clothing in the concentration camps of the Second World War.

Dr Mika Elo is Professor of Artistic Research at the University of the Arts Helsinki. His research interests include theory of photographic media, philosophical media theory, and artistic research. He participates in discussions in these areas in his capacity as curator, visual artist and researcher. In 2009-2011, he worked on the research project ‘Figures of Touch’ (figuresoftouch.com). In 2012-2013, he co-curated the Finnish exhibition ‘Falling Trees’ at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. He is also a member of the editorial board of the ‘Journal for Artistic Research’.

Konstantinas Bogdanas studied painting at the State Institute of Art (now Vilnius Academy of Arts). He currently lectures on visual art at the Academy. Since 2012, he has supervised doctoral students’ practice-based research. Bogdanas has been exhibiting since 1986. In his artistic career, he focuses on concept-based artwork, andcombines different media (objects, installations, performances, photographs), the most important of which, however, is the medium of language. Formally speaking, Bogdanas is mainly concerned with questions of identity. He questions abstract notions, such as art, nation and perception, as well as the personal understanding of the self. The key words in his work are (non)coincidence, (in)adequacy, (un)necessity, (non)fruition, (un)usefulness, (non)understanding, (in)capability. The most important, though far from obvious key words, are artificiality and vulnerability. An element of humour is present, only it is not so striking; it always succumbs to existential doubt. His ‘poste restante’ posture of silent waiting and non-involvement should also be conceived as a conceptual work of art.

NAC Academic Board members will also contribute to the course.

What is Nida Doctoral School (NDS)?
In Nida, we explore unorthodox approaches to research. Through making, performing, writing and discussing, we test the possibilities for generating knowledge outside the conventional venues and models of academic research. NDS participants are offered a possibility to position their own research and practice within a broader field of research approaches. NDS aims to open up the horizons for experimental development by intersecting with a diversity of disciplines and experiences. The goal of NDS is to provide time, space and a conceptual framework for participants to gain an insight into their field of research, as well as to broaden and diversify their outlook and methodological tools.

Nida Doctoral School is an international programme designed and organised by the Nida Art Colony of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. In 2017, the University of the Arts Helsinki is joining the organisers’ team.

NDS is tailored for doctoral students in the visual and performing arts, design and architecture. However, some limited places are intended for students within the humanities and social sciences, if their research is related to the arts, design and architecture. The programme comprises seven day-long intensive courses, organised once a year, and 1-6 month-long doctoral residencies which are part of the international Nida Artist-in-Residence Programme (the annual application deadline is 15 March).

Tuition, Funding and Costs
There is no tuition fee. Free accommodation and catering are provided for selected applicants from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, University of the Arts Helsinki, and Vilnius Academy of Arts. In addition, Aalto and UniArts students are provided with a travel grant. Other participants are expected to cover their accommodation and catering costs, which amount to 300 Eur/person in a double room, and travel costs.

Application
Please fill in the NDS application form.
Application attachments (motivation letter, CV and portfolio) should be sent to rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt
All application documents should be submitted by 31 March 2017.

Up to 16 students will be invited to take part on the NDS course.

Practical information regarding accommodation, travel arrangements, payment and all other issues will be sent to the selected participants in due course. You can check out the facilities of Nida Art Colony here and the programmes of previous NDS courses here.

For any other queries, please contact Dr Rasa Antanavičiūtė, Manager of NDS and Executive Director of Nida Art Colony, at rasa.antanaviciute@vda.lt

About Nida Art Colony (NAC)
Nida Art Colony is an art and meeting space, surrounded by sand dunes and seas. As a resourceful platform, it runs an Artist-in-Residence Programme, Nida Doctoral School, and initiates art, education and research projects. We aim at a creative confluence of academic and non-academic education, artistic and scientific practice, hard work and leisure.

NAC is a subdivision of Vilnius Academy of Arts, and opened in 2011. It operates all year round, receives about 700 people a year, and provides space for workshops, intensive courses, exhibitions, seminars, rehearsals, artists’ talks and screenings in its premises of 2,500 square metres. Its activities can result in presentations, exhibitions, broadcasts and publications.

NAC is located on the Curonian Spit, a peninsula dividing the Curonian Lagoon and the Baltic Sea. The spit is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the most beautiful and unique cultural landscapes of Europe. It also forms Neringa National Park. Nida is 50 kilometres from the Lithuanian seaport of Klaipėda, and 360 kilometres from the capital city Vilnius.

*Methodicy: ‘[…] a strong belief in a methodology founded on operational strategies which cannot be formulated and legitimized beforehand’ (Henk Slager, The Pleasure of Research, 2015, p. 30).