Credits: 2

Schedule: 01.03.2019 - 29.03.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Course teacher Camilla Groth 040-7014703

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

IV 2018-2020

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will;
- Become familiar with theories of materiality.
- Will be able to reflect on general features of human-material interaction that are present regardless of disciplinary boundaries and to see its relevance on a societal level.
- Will gain embodied and experiential understandings of concrete material interactions through hands on experimentation.
- Will become familiar with the representational and non-representational dimensions of ideation and materialisation processes.
- Will gain experience of handling artistic processes.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course will familiarise students from multiple disciplines with the general discussion and notion of human-material interaction both theoretically and concretely through material manipulation. The topic of materiality will thus be approached from a theoretical, embodied, shared and societal point of view. Lectures and reading material will introduce the current discussions on the topic of materiality and covers tactile experiences, embodied cognition, human-material interaction, theory on New Materiality, material agency and non-representational theories. In class, the students will both discuss their ideas and learning outcomes as well as concretise their learning through hands on material ideation and experimentation. The student will ideate and materialize an artefact while reflecting over their own artistic process and share its stages with the group.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching:
Lectures and discussion sessions, material experimentation and the students independent artistic work based on a personal topic.
Independent work:
Reading articles and drawing/planning the concrete material artefact, plan and design a final presentation of the artistic work.

The students will be assessed based on their active participation in the course and on their completed presentation of their artistic process.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

54h (contact teaching 15h, reading 15h, Independent work 24h)

Approx division of learning activities:
- 25% lectures
- 25% discussion
- 25% material ideation and manipulation
- 25% reading

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Materials from the student’s own discipline / alternatively clay provided by the teacher.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

UWAS course selection criteria: Registration order is not the primary selection criteria for this course. In order to ensure that students from different programs and schools of Aalto University may take UWAS courses, the selection is also based on the variety of students' disciplines. Master's students are also welcome.


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