Credits: 90 ECTS cr
Teacher in charge: Lecturer Pia Euro
ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) is a two-year major, which widens the bridge between art and non-art. Focus is on emerging professional practices born and developed in new spaces of cultural production. The major explores new forms of artistic production and professional agencies within the broader field of visual culture. For this kind of cross-generative research and art making, Aalto University offers the optimal multi-scholarly context.
Art is made increasingly in interaction with research, planning, activism and public debate. ViCCA major explores and systematically develops these new territories and modes of artistic work. ViCCA holds a faculty whose expertise ranges from art to philosophy, social sciences, and urban research. In its curriculum, ViCCA puts an emphasis on sense-perception, experientiality, and experimentality as methods of gaining knowledge and creating art.
ViCCA offers expertise in a wide range of creative work and artistic practice. Studies at ViCCA give students both a strong theoretical base and concrete tools for working in many new professions in contemporary society - in addition to professions within the fields of art, art production, and cultural production. Students also learn literacy and skills in other arts than the ones in which they were originally experts. The major promotes a holistic view on how to extract knowledge from professional experience.
The ViCCA major is tailored for artists, professionals of arts, and scholars, who want to develop their own professional agency and broaden their ways of looking at the world and its phenomena by the use of artistic tools and sensibilities. It offers a study path for students to reflect on their professional role in new ways through arts and visual culture.
The major offers great opportunities to develop research abilities and to hone a sense and taste for artistic and critical thinking. For artists, the major offers an opportunity to broaden their professional identity and to create new ways of working, and new forms of professionalism.
ViCCA Major Learning Outcomes:
- Students learn to rethink and reshape their relation to the world and lived environment through artistic means
- Students have a wide understanding of contemporary and emerging artistic practices
- Students comprehend visual culture beyond the visible and theory beyond the academic
- Students have a creative understanding of the possibilities of art as a tool in social contexts and environments
- Students learn to enrich their competence in their own practice, media or field
- Students learn to reflect on their own practice in relation to those of other fields
- Students acquire an experimental attitude and tools for utilizing it
- Students have concrete experience of making projects in which theoretical thinking and artistic practice merge
- Students have comprehensive research skills, which prepare them also for doctoral studies
ViCCA major includes compulsory joint studies (60 ECTS including MA thesis), advanced special studies (30 ECTS) and elective studies (30 ECTS). ViCCA offers four different modules for advanced special studies: Sites, Senses and Situations, Words and Spaces, Beings and Things, and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The student can build her/his own curriculum freely, choosing from one or all of the four modules. ViCCA studies are organized as courses, theory workshops, experimental laboratories, concrete projects and a thesis.
Advanced Special Studies Modules
Sites, Senses and Situations offers a framework for exploring and discussing our lived environment, focusing on issues related to space, site and social context. Spaces and environments are studied through artistic practices from both experiential and contextual points of view. We observe our environment on multiple levels and seek to actively engage with it. Installations and interventions in public space, participatory projects and spatial experiments are among the methods used. Through our multidisciplinary approach we encourage students to explore new forms of artistic practice and collaboration.
Words and Spaces views theory beyond the academic and as something embedded within artworks, investigating how philosophy, adventures in artistic research, and working hands on with words and images can be newly relevant in the changing world we live in. We experiment with the materiality, transparency and metaphorics of language and explore especially its role and potentials in contemporary art and artistic research. Criticism, fiction, experimental writing and textual performance are among the methods we use in exploring the margins, boundaries and contexts of artistic work.
Beings and Things provides a platform for discussion and investigations into how we might rethink and reshape our connections to the living and non-living world. We probe the inter-relations and economy of objects, microbes, resonance, and human and non-human life forms. We focus on the interconnected meshes of sensorial life, the environment, and on phenomena that are not necessarily consciously observed - establishing a language for questioning and forms of practice for topics as varied as the sense-sphere, the commons, environmentalism, and nature. Beings and Things trains the students to become facilitators of new modes of creative/artistic practice ranging from building to breathing, from politics to citizen’s science.
Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, CuMMA, provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges.
Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art
Exploring historical and Theoretical Roots
Artist in Society
ViCCA advanced special studies
ViCCA offers four different modules for advanced special studies: Sites, Senses and Situations, Words and Spaces, Beings and Things, and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The student can build her/his own curriculum freely, choosing from one or all of the four modules.
SITES, SENSES AND SITUATIONS
Immersion. Experiments in spatiality and multisensority
Context, site and situation
In-between. Extensions in artistic practice
Mediums and dimensions
Histories of Contemporary Art
Sites, Senses and Situations Studio
BEINGS AND THINGS
Research as artistic practice
Living and non-living, a sliding matter
Space, Vibes and Microbes
Grounds of Theory
Beings and Things Studio
WORDS AND SPACES
Authorship and agency
Images, tropes, and narratives
Experimental theory workshop
Literary spaces in art
Film as culture, film as contemporary art
Artistic research practices
Philosophy of Art for Post-Contemporary Artists
Words and Spaces Studio
CURATING, MANAGING AND MEDIATING ART
Theoretical frameworks of curating and mediating art
Practices of producing and exhibiting art
Tools of curating, managing and mediating art
Contemporary Art and Art Exhibition as Learning Environment
Exhibition and text workshop
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Critical management in curating
Artistic and Curatorial Research Methodology
* ) Not offered in 2017-2018.