Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completion of the course the participants have gained an understanding of some of the central textual references, concepts and contexts concerning space, site and situation, and will be able to apply, analyze, and develop new perspectives in their artistic work and research-oriented activities in those areas of artistic activity, where space and spatial practices are in a central role.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 07.09.2020 - 17.05.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Maiju Loukola

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Maiju Loukola

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English

CONTENT, ASSESSMENT AND WORKLOAD

Content
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The reading circle attendants navigate through a selection of texts that approach space and place from the perspective of spatial practices, spatial arts and performative space, as well as some of the key theories and contextualizations where space, place, site and spatiality play a significant role. The connection between the texts and the participants’ own artistic thinking and ongoing projects are analyzed and discussed further from the viewpoint of space as a theatrical medium and scenographic expression, and as an agency of spatial dramaturgy.

     

  • Applies in this implementation:



    Learning Outcomes: The participants gain an understanding of a
    selection
    of central texts, references and concepts concerning space, site and
    situation,
    and a general understanding of the plurality of space. Each year there
    is a specific focus around a selected theme, as in 2020-2021 reading
    circle the texts are selected around the theme of 'equality &
    space'. Not all texts are plain-directly dealing the 'yearly theme'. In 2020-2021, the readings are connected to a larger set of
    ideas where power structures, practices of space, and debates and
    tendencies in society intertwine in multiple ways.

    The students gain understanding of conceptions
    of space and spatial practices so that the are better able to apply,
    analyse and develop new
    perspectives in their artistic practice and experimental activities in
    fields where
    space and spatial practices bear a central/specific role. We navigate
    through a selection of texts that approach space and place. The
    connections between the reading material and the participants’ ongoing
    artistic
    thinking/projects are discussed further in relation to the practices of
    spatial
    and performing arts.

    Working method:
    The students read 1-2 texts specifically selected for each session, to
    be further discussed collectively. The students take turns in preparing
    the texts for the joint debate (further instructions for this are given
    on the first session!).

    In year
    2020–2021
    we will read an
    interdisciplinary set of texts linked to the theme of 'equal space', linked to the aim of
    normalising anti-racist strategies and work
    as part of the operation of art schools, institutions, organisations,
    communities and networks in Finland. We approach the notion of anti-racism e.g.
    through the conception of intersectionality,
    “which includes not only race, but ethnicity, gender, class, age, sexual
    orientation, gender identity and disability.”
    (From the “Call for action letter aimed
    to Art Schools and Art Organisations”, written and sent to, among others, Aalto
    University and UNIARTS Helsinki in Spring 2020 in the purpose of including
    anti-racist strategies as more substantial part of the studies/study structures.) 

    The set of texts
    are chosen in such way that they are connected to the interlinked
    relations between
    space/spatial aspects and the aim of enhancing inclusive and
    emancipatory spatial practices in arts, and in the society at large.

    In the meetings/sessions and assignments
    related to the course, we will attempt to answer questions such as:

    What kinds of spatial
    practices of conceptions are needed in order to increase equality,
    inclusiveness and/or safety, and on the other hand: what kinds of spatial practices
    can decrease safety, equality and/or inclusiveness?


    Reading materials/texts to read are to be found approximately *2 weeks prior to
    each session* in the "Materials"
    section (see the left columns on the side of the MyCourses page)


    Please note:

    Due to
    the pandemic, during the autumn term 2020 the reading circle runs via online
    (virtual) sessions, such as Zoom meetings.

    The first session in on Monday 7.9.
    at 13:15–15:00, and Maiju will send a Zoom link to each participant
    .


    NÄHDÄÄN! / SEE YOU!

    Teacher: maiju.loukola@aalto.fi


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Active participation. Comprehension of texts and the ability to link the texts discussed in relation to one's own artistic thinking / projects.

     

Workload
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Meetings,critical reading and peer discussions. Familiarizing oneself to the given reading material and working through MyCourses. Independent work max 72 h, seminar meetings and discussions 36 h. Students will receive 2 credits / academic year.

DETAILS

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    1 No Poverty

    5 Gender Equality

    10 Reduced Inequality

    16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

FURTHER INFORMATION

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    Mon
    07.09.20

    13:15-15:00

    online/Zoom meeting

    Mon
    12.10.20

    13:15-15:00

    online

    Mon
    09.11.20

    13:15-15:00

    online

    Mon
    14.12.20

    15:30-17:15

    online

    Mon
    11.01.21

    13:15-15:00

    R015/113

    Mon
    22.02.21

    13:15-15:00

    R015/113

    Mon
    19.04.21

    13:15-15:00

    R015/113

    Mon
    17.05.21

    13:15-15:00

    R015/113


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