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    Sculpture Now – Kestävä | Vapaus

    This year’s themes are parallel and even intersecting formed by two Finnish language words vapaus and kestävä. English counterparts for the kestävä are words like enduringsustainabledurable, resistant, strong, lasting etc. which individually are not able to cover the variety of contexts it can be used in nor cover the interpretations made of it. English counterparts for the vapaus are freedom and liberty


    Sculpture and
    Transitive approach = other techniques and ways of producing art falling into category of 3-dimensional art, or allowing us to interpret the output in respect of 3-dimensional art.

    The themes are loose and allow different interpretations. You can for instance approach the themes from the political end considering environment or democracy, or more from personal perspectives such as human relations or mental health. Vapaus can be associated to words like to veilto blurto disguise and to protect and to treasure. Theme Kestävä can also be a feature in your project.

    From the media perspective your approach can vary from sculptural object to installation. Your piece can also have performative depth. There are no limits to materials that can be used, apart from those practical ones such as cost and time. Students wishing to participate should have a good prior knowledge and experience of making contemporary art, and be prepared to work at least one other day on their course project.

    Workshops (multi material, wood workshop and metal workshop) will most likely be open on Tue, Wed, Thu evenings in the first period. This may help you continuing the daytime tasks. It however is good to check with studio masters for special requirements.

    Roel Meijs, Sculpture workshop master, available Mon – Thurs 9:00 – 16:00, good to make appointment!

    Course Timetable

    Contact teaching – Ari present, Mondays & Tuesdays 11.1. – 15.2. Students are expected to develop their individual projects through these days. Mondays January 11. and 18. however, are remote teaching days via Zoom. Monday January 18th we will have Guest lectures.

    Projects are expected to be finalized by Sunday February 14.

    Possibility for the course-ending exhibition will be investigated. We however will have a final critic on Monday February 15. with the group split in two for the necessary corona restrictions. Group A will be in the morning from 9:15 – 12:00 and group B in the afternoon from 13:00 – 17:00.  

    Guest lectures
    One hour for the talk, followed by discussion and questions.

    Petri Sirviö, Monday January 18th, 09:30

    Vesa-Pekka Rannikko, Monday January 18th, 13:00