WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF ART? / MIKÄ ON TAITEEN TULEVAISUUS?
The course is compulsory for the Fine Arts MA (http://art.aalto.fi/en/programmes/kuvataiteiden_maisteriohjelma/) and Environmental Art MA students ((http://art.aalto.fi/en/programmes/environmental_art/ ), but open to the whole of Aalto, organized by the Centre for General Studies as a part of their Art and Theory Studies: https://into.aalto.fi/display/enart/Art+and+Theory+Studies
(Course number: 01095)
To learn and understand various convictions about contemporary art’s definition, function and role in society. To learn and understand art’s connections with philosophy, politics and economy. To become aware what kind of scenarios various convictions have about the future of art.
Defining one’s own artistic conviction and learning to explain and justify that to others. Developing new and efficient artistic practices, for example methods that fluently appropriate scientific knowledge or journalistic tactics into artist’s toolbox and methods that make working in groups or collectives a viable option for those artists that traditionally have normally worked almost always alone.
Series of lectures (or film screenings or equivalent) about art’s function in society now and in the future. 18 lectures/presentations a year with discussions about the future of art, about the relationship of art and society, about political art, about art and economy, not tied to any single medium or genre.
If the course is mandatory for the student, s/he takes it during his/her first (MA) study year. If the course is optional for him/her, s/he can take it at any point of his/her studies. The course takes one year, with lectures every second Monday afternoon.
After one year one can enroll on an extension, on a continuation course, which is another year of lectures every second Monday. However, the continuation course is lighter than the basic course, because the continuation course consists of just lectures (+ lecture diary), with no more books to read. The continuation course is mandatory only for MA students of Fine Arts and voluntary for everybody else.
Artist / Professor of Fine Arts (Doctor of Fine Arts, Vice Director of the Department of Art) Teemu Mäki, www.teemumaki.com) & visitors. The visitors are artists or theorists from various fields of art: fine arts, film, theatre, dance, literature, music, etc.
TEACHING AND WORKING PRACTICES:
The lectures are 3 hours long, so as to give ample room for not only solitary monologue of the lecturer, but also for work samples and discussions. Students are required to be present on at least 12 of the 15 lectures of the study year and to keep a lecture diary. After the course students are required to send their lecture diary to prof. Mäki by e-mail.
The names of the books that students have to read as a part of the course are announced in the beginning of the course. Reading of the books is checked by written or oral exams by the end of the study year.