Press releases

Aalto University welcomes 80 Chinese students who will travel to Helsinki by train

Aalto University welcomes 80 Chinese students who will travel to Helsinki by train


The Chinese Tongji University is arranging an excursion to Finland in May. The visitors will be hosted by Aalto University. The group will consist of 80 students and some professors and representatives of the management of the university. The group will travel by train from Shanghai to Helsinki via Russia. The train has left Shanghai on May 4th and it will arrive at Helsinki railway station on Tuesday, May 10th at 18.01. Additional members of the group will arrive by plane, including professors and representatives of the management of Tongji University as well as heads of major companies.

 

The train journey of the Chinese students, Tongji on Tracks, is a return visit that was inspired by the Aalto on Tracks project initiated by Aalto University students about a year ago. At that time, 80 students, researchers and partners travelled by train from Helsinki to Shanghai in order to participate in the Shanghai World Expo.

 

– The fact that these Tongji University students and members of staff are travelling here to visit Aalto University is a great example of how bold initiatives can result in new and literally boundary-breaking activities. We expect this meeting to result in research cooperation and increased student exchange in both China and Finland,” says Hannu Seristö, Aalto University Vice President of Knowledge Networks.

 

In addition to deepening the cooperation between the universities, the Chinese group has also defined educational goals for the journey. Students will have the opportunity to attend seminars and lectures, study and perform project work during the train journey. They will also receive credits for their journey.

 

A variety of events will be arranged for the guests during their stay in Finland. Both the student union and Aalto University staff have participated in the arrangements. The Chinese professors will meet their colleagues working at Aalto University and visit the university’s schools. Finnish pedagogics will also be introduced to them. The students will have the opportunity to take part in events, meet students from Aalto University at venues such as the Design Factory and visit cultural sights, Finnish companies and the schools of Aalto University.

 

Part of the Aalto University Masters of Arts 2011 exhibition, which opens during the visit of the Chinese students, has been reserved for projects presenting Tongji University and the Tongji on Tracks project. The entire group of students will participate in the opening festivities of the exhibition on May 11th. On May 14th, the Chinese students and a group of Aalto University students will design a Chinese Pavilion for Helsinki to celebrate the World Design Capital 2012 theme year.

Tongji University is one of Aalto University’s strategic partners. It is one of the best universities in China and situated in Shanghai. Among the university’s main areas of expertise are architecture, urban and community planning, traffic and design. The number of students is approximately 50,000. About a year ago, Aalto University and Tongji University founded their Sino-Finnish Centre and the Aalto-Tongji Design Factory, the first phase of the Sino-Finnish Centre project. It is an international centre of innovative education and research based on cooperation between universities and businesses. It brings together students, researchers, non-governmental organizations and cities.

More information:
- If you wish to interview the Chinese students, please contact Aalto University Communications: eeva.lehtinen@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 321 7034.

- Professor Yrjö Sotamaa, Executive Vice Director, Sino-Finnish Centre; Advisory Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University, tel. +358 500 503 868, +86 159 2175 6311, yrjo.sotamaa@aalto.fi
- Project Manager Viljami Lyytikäinen, Aalto-Tongji Design Factory, tel. +358 44 572 4467, viljami.lyytikainen@tkk.fi

- Masters of Arts 2011 exhibition: www.moa.fi
 
 

Festival programme released

Aalto University
Press Release
May 5, 2011

Aalto University’s Masters of Arts 2011 festival programme released

The festival boasts bold performers and interesting speakers

Aalto University's Masters of Arts (MoA) festival offers a fascinating exhibition consisting of the thesis projects of young, graduating masters of art at the Salmisaarentalo building in Ruoholahti (Porkkalankatu 13) between the 12th and the 29th of May 2011. The festival programme includes the exhibition, seminars, discussions, films and workshops, not to mention the spectacular opening festivities.
The MoA exhibition, “Redesigning human”, consists of the thesis projects of 80 Aalto University students. The curator of the exhibition is media artist Marita Liulia. The public can visit the exhibition independently or take part in guided tours. There are no admission fees to the MoA events.

Chinese students in Helsinki and discussions on the Guggenheim Museum

MoA will have the honour of hosting a group of 80 Chinese students from Tongji University. The Chinese students will travel from Shanghai to Helsinki by train. In collaboration with a group of students from Aalto University, they will design a Chinese Pavilion for Helsinki in order to celebrate the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 theme year. The design process will take place on May 14th between noon and 6 p.m. The public is welcome to observe the students at work.

On May 23rd the public will have the opportunity to discuss the cultural strategy of the City of Helsinki and the Guggenheim Museum project with Tuula Haatainen, the Deputy Mayor of the City of Helsinki, and Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén, the Director of the Helsinki Art Museum, between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Seminar theme: courage

The theme of the Masters of Arts 2011 seminars is courage: the courage to ask and answer, learn through trial and error, change the world and see the future. Eight seminars will be held during the festival. Here are some of the boldest:

The seminar that will be held on Friday, May 13th, is dedicated to stories about failing
13/05/2011 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Failing is an essential part of creativity and discovering something new. Behind every success story is a bunch of coincidents, accidents and true failures. Mika Pantzar and Saku Tuominen, the moderators of the seminar, will interview individuals from different fields who have indisputably succeeded in their careers. Now the interviewees will reveal their worst failures. The interviewees are Jari Sarasvuo, business coach; Petri Parviainen, professor and enfant terrible; Jani Leinonen, the artist who stole Ronald McDonald; Mikko Ranin, the managing director of Igglo; Minttu Vesala, the magic-maker of styling and Ami Hasan, the Finnish marketing and advertising expert.

Friday, May 20th Lecture on the philosophy of love May 20th 2 p.m.−4 p.m.

There are two things in life: fear and love. The question is how you choose to live and die. Do you unleash your creative passion or is fear, and thus death, present in you as a suffocating force? Do you want to cling on to your wound of love or do you have the courage to love? Aalto University’s professor Pekka Himanen, who is known for his inspiring performances, continues to ponder the fundamental questions of life during his philosophical lecture.

Tuesday, May 24th: Global Impact Seminar
24/05/2011 4 p.m.−7 p.m.

Societal and global challenges must be tackled if we want to make the world a better place to live. Reducing poverty is one of the most important ways of making a difference. The speakers of the Global Impact Seminar are people who work in different areas of the world and create solutions that could have revolutionary effects. Ignacio González Nappa, the 26-year-old director of development of Un Techo Para Mi Pais, the largest non-governmental organization in Latin America, will tell us about incredible projects in slum areas and about the organization’s cooperation with universities. Professor Minna Halme will speak about innovation activities in BOP (base of the pyramid) markets. Professor Liisa Välikangas will present the activities of Innovation Democracy, an organization that supports the entrepreneurial education and employment of recently graduated students. The moderator of the seminar will be Annukka Klinge, World Vision Finland’s head of corporate affairs. The seminar will be held in English.

Wednesday, May 25th: Dialogues on Courage Seminar
25/05/2011 3 p.m.−5 p.m.

Plato’s dialogues are among the best works written in the classical period. The dialogues discuss the essential ethical problems of life, and Socrates has the role of asking questions and questioning opinions. Laches, one of Plato’s most well-known dialogues, discusses courage. In this seminar, pastor, author and wine-lover Jaakko Heinimäki will assume the role of Socrates and be the person who asks the questions. Heinimäki will discuss issues with Taru From, an entrepreneur and experienced retail market expert, and Ilpo Martikainen, the founder and Chairman of the Board of Genelec, as well as an enthusiast in old machines. The theme of the seminar is courage.

Masters of Arts 2011 Festival warmly welcomes representatives of the international media to share the views and manifests of the new graduates.

Opening hours
Masters of Arts 2011 Festival is open to the public May 12-29, 2011 from 12 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Venues
MoA2011’s main exhibition and events take place at Salmisaarentalo building, Porkkalankatu 13, Ruoholahti, 00180 Helsinki.
Cinema Screenings take place in the heart of the city at Kino Engel, Sofiankatu 4, 00170 Helsinki.

Additional information and the image bank www.moa.fi
For further information please contact:
Tuuli Sotamaa, tuuli.sotamaa(at)aalto.fi, puh. +358 50 33 16 727
Anna Varakas, anna.varakas(at)aalto.fi, puh. +358 50 512 46 57

****************

Aalto University is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The new University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world's top universities.  Aalto University's cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 4,500 of which 300 are professors. The number of alumni totals 75,000.

Communications
Terhi Arvela, tel. +358 50 569 9410
viestintä@aalto.fi
 
 

Platform for Creativity

Aalto University
Press Release
2.5.2011


Masters of Arts 2011
Aalto University presents a platform for creativity by the Helsinki seaside May 12−29

Aalto University’s “Redesigning Human” Masters of Arts 2011 Festival takes place May 12−29. It is the creative climax of the academic year. The new graduates will meet a wide spectrum of business people, the general public and other interested collaborators. For the first time in its 10-year history, in addition to art and design graduates, MoA also presents thesis projects from the fields of business, science and technology. The exhibition mirrors the development of society, looks to the future and sets the works and ideas of the young graduates to a greater context.

This exhibition of thesis projects, seminars, events and guided tours make MoA2011 a unique meeting place at Salmisaari House near the sea in Ruoholahti, Helsinki. In addition to the 70 thesis projects by the graduates from the School of Art and Design, graduates from the School of Economics and the Schools of science and technology are also represented in the “MoA Extended” part of the exhibition. All theses are based on the common themes of Human, User & Design, Research, Environment and Art. This is the second time Marita Liulia, the renowned Finnish pioneer of interactive media art curates MoA . Included in the focus of redesigning human in theseprojects are the very topical issues of consumption and behavior.

“The thesis of art and design emphasize the diversity of human existence. Every one of us represents simultaneously several identities. We become all the more aware that services and commodities have to be developed for all the more specific target groups instead of stereotyped or ‘averaged’ people”, Marita Liulia concludes.

“Redesigning Human” is a fitting description of MoA2011, so many and unprejudiced are the ways to process the thesis, so versatile are the collaborators, viewpoints and topics. The homepage for Masters of Art 2011, www.moa.fi offer an easy way to look at each project.

The extension of MoA is also reaching beyond Finland’s borders. The internationality of Aalto University is enhanced by both interactions created abroad by the students from Finland, the great variety of nationalities of the Aalto graduates, and the renewed format of MoA itself. MoA 2011 reaches its peak when 80 students and 10 professors from Tongji University in Shanghai travel by train from China via Russia to Helsinki and set up a visiting exhibiton side by side with MoA. A Chinese-Finnish workshop to design a Chinese Pavilion for the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 will also be organized.

A lot will happen around the MoA exhibition during its three weeks. There will be seminars, workshops, discussions and films. MoA 2011 is a lively and inspiring meeting place for students, the university, press, the business community and the general public not forgetting children.

Future Masters of Arts Festivals will grow to include all the schools of Aalto University. This year’s MoA Extended with theses in technology and business will be the first teaser in that direction.

Masters of Arts 2011 Festival warmly welcomes representatives of the international media to share the views and manifests of the new graduates.

Opening hours
Masters of Arts 2011 Festival is open to the public May 12-29, 2011 from 12 pm to 8 pm on weekdays and from 12 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Venues
MoA2011’s main exhibition and events take place at Salmisaarentalo building, Porkkalankatu 13, Ruoholahti, 00180 Helsinki.
Cinema Screenings take place in the heart of the city at Kino Engel, Sofiankatu 4, 00170 Helsinki.

Additional information and the image bank www.moa.fi
For further information please contact:
Head of Communications Anne Tapanainen, anne.tapanainen(at)aalto.fi, tel +358 50 434 9711
Producer Tarja Peltoniemi, tarja.peltoniemi(at)aalto.fi, tel +358 50 532 381


****************

Aalto University is a new multidisciplinary science and art community in the fields of science, economics, and art and design. The new University is founded on Finnish strengths, and its goal is to develop as a unique entity to become one of the world's top universities.  Aalto University's cornerstones are its strengths in education and research. At the new University, there are 20,000 basic degree and graduate students as well as a staff of 4,500 of which 300 are professors. The number of alumni totals 75,000.

Communications
Terhi Arvela, tel. +358 50 569 9410
viestintä@aalto.fi
 
   

Masters of Arts 2011 – a platform for creativity and interesting events at the Salmisaarentalo building in Ruoholahti

The Masters of Arts festival (MoA) organised by the Aalto University School of Art and Design will be held at the Salmisaarentalo building in Ruoholahti between the 12th and the 29th of May.

MoA is a meeting place presenting the thesis projects of new graduates and offering interesting events and seminars, as well as a showcase for Aalto University. In addition to the thesis projects of the new Masters of Arts, the exhibition now, for the first time, also includes theses by students of business and technology. The new, larger exhibition, MoA Extended, offers a fascinating glimpse of the future when the festival will cover all the disciplines of the University.

The main scene of action of the Masters of Arts events is the Salmisaarentalo building in Ruoholahti. Kaapelitehdas, the former cable factory now known as a meeting place of art and culture, is within walking distance. The works of art of graduating Motion Picture, Television and Production Design students can be viewed at movie theater Kino Engel.

Human life one of the main themes

The main themes of the Masters of Arts exhibition include the following: Human, Environment, Art and Research. The multidimensional research of consumption and user behaviour that has impacted the design of new user interfaces, services and environments has an important role in the thesis projects. What will our future offices, libraries, hospitals and sheltered homes be like? How can we design more ecological environments and take the needs of different user groups into consideration more effectively?

A number of events has been formed around the extensive exhibition. The program will offer content for professionals and students of different fields, as well as for the general public. Some of the themes of the MoA seminars include failure as a part of succeeding, the mission and significance of Aalto University, the changes experienced in the media field, sustainable development, and the challenges of reducing poverty. MoA will also welcome 100 students from Tongji University in Shanghai: the students will arrive by train and a Finnish-Chinese workshop to design a Chinese Pavilion for Helsinki will be organised. In addition to all this, MoA offers films, guided tours, celebrations, demos, and discussions that break the mold.

Curator Marita Liulia

The curator of the Masters of Arts exhibition is media artist Marita Liulia. She is an internationally renowned pioneer of interactive media art. Her Choosing My Religion exhibition is on display in Arendal, Norway in spring 2011. Liulia’s most recent project, the interactive photograph installation Flow will be revealed in Oulu at the end of March.

 

Masters of Arts 2011 is open to the public 12.-29.5.2011 from 12 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Address: Porkkalankatu 13, 00180 Helsinki / Kino Engel, Sofiankatu 4.

www.moa.fi

 

Further information:

Producer and Exhibition Coordinator Tarja Peltoniemi, tarja.peltoniemi@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 532 3817

Head of Communications Anne Tapanainen, anne.tapanainen@aalto.fi, tel. +358 50 434 9711