Our Future is (a) Present

MoA ’12 presents the skills of the new graduates of Aalto University via an exhibition and related events. The exhibition started at the School of Art and Design as Masters of Arts, and now it has become Masters of Aalto, open for all Masters of Arts, Engineers and Economists throughout Aalto University. This makes the exhibition unique, and there is room for studies, project reports and presentations or discussions.

Arcadia and Utopia

Arcadia or living in harmony with nature is a global concern. Awareness of the necessity of sustainable development is manifest in almost all the works shown in the exhibition. Arcadia’s global dimension is a macro-level aspiration of our...Read more Arcadia or living in harmony with nature is a global concern. Awareness of the necessity of sustainable development is manifest in almost all the works shown in the exhibition. Arcadia’s global dimension is a macro-level aspiration of our time. Utopia’s classical meaning is a place where a state of perfection has been reached. Thus it cannot be subjected to change and time stops still. Today’s understanding of utopia includes time and constant change to reach a better state of things. Utopia today can exists only on micro-level.

New spaces

Space has been researched intensively during the last few decades in philosophy, geography and sociology. It is understood that space is active and in process and it is seen like a verb whereas place is inactive referring to the past and seen...Read more Space has been researched intensively during the last few decades in philosophy, geography and sociology. It is understood that space is active and in process and it is seen like a verb whereas place is inactive referring to the past and seen as a noun. Space can be divided into private and public spaces or common / shared spaces. Today we speak about spaces of communication, in-between or interstice spaces, digital space or space of flows ( Manuel Castels) as well as third or hybrid spaces signifying, for instance, situations where elements of two different cultures encounter. The outcome is not the one or the other of the encounter but a hybrid or a third space.

Daily life

Daily life is usually understood as routines, boring and repetitive. To become aware of the mysteries and surprises of daily life it requires changes of perspective, new angles of observation. In the 20 th century art daily life has been...Read more Daily life is usually understood as routines, boring and repetitive. To become aware of the mysteries and surprises of daily life it requires changes of perspective, new angles of observation. In the 20 th century art daily life has been a great source of new inspiration whenever art was felt to become too formalistic. In the same way, architecture and design aspire to observe and serve the changing demands of our daily life.

Sharing beauty, memories, dreams, images

Beauty is present in the entire exhibition both as an aesthetic and ethical aspiration. Art aims at creating presences where communication between the work and the viewer can take place. In the art of the last few years more and more attention...Read more Beauty is present in the entire exhibition both as an aesthetic and ethical aspiration. Art aims at creating presences where communication between the work and the viewer can take place. In the art of the last few years more and more attention has been given to increasing the viewer’s space and freedom of interpretation.