Masters of Aalto: Behind the scenes

30 Apr 2014


How do you showcase 42 multidisciplinary works of 63 students of design, business, technology and design together? How do you exhibit the important role of universities and higher education in society?

I am a third year Art Education student and I work as a trainee in Masters of Aalto 2014. My job consists mainly of assisting the producer of the show in various tasks. There is a lot of organizing, scheduling and coordinating to be done: not only in getting all the students in the right time to the right place with the right equipment, but also to keep everything from communications and marketing, architecture and construction to safety and creativity on track.

I am also looking forward to the guided tours we are doing together with my co-students for the exhibition visitors. It is rewarding to be able to present the works and their background to the audience in further detail.

It has been inspiring to follow the work of the four tireless architect students, Angela Lin, Sarah Nilles, Madeleine Walcher and Wesley Walters who made the interior design for the exhibition space. They have worked for months in close contact with the whole Masters of Aalto team and their vision will communicate with the exhibition pieces.

Also alumni are working hand in hand with the Masters of Aalto team to give their support to the students of today. We can thank their knowledge when we are browsing these web sites and when bumping into the visuals and marketing materials in the tram or at the exhibition.

During all the years I have studied at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, the Masters event in May has been a “must”. This year the head of departments have selected the best works of their students to participate in Masters of Aalto. And there are some Master pieces around! For example, ‘Ripsiraita’ by Hanna Ahonen, a former student at Applied Art and Design, just recently won Grafia’s Vuoden huiput award, the competition for the best creations within Finnish advertising and design.

As an art education student it is interesting to see works from all the different fields of Aalto University. Students such as me, who study mainly at the arty Arabia campus, are not always exposed to the hi-tech works of Otaniemi students. It has been wonderful to see that the difference between science and art is really small when it comes to creative thinking.

Masters of Aalto takes over Eteläesplanadi 16.5.–1.6. See you there!

Jani Nummela
Masters of Aalto 2014

Masters of Aalto made possible by:

Artek Bionade Design Forum Finland Elisa Svenska Teatern

Environmental awareness plays a significant role in the production of Masters of Aalto.
The event utilises the EcoCompass system of the Helsinki Environment Centre.