The Art of Teaching

collaborations, events, exhibitions, NEWS, Uncategorized

14.3. – 4.4.2016

A series of teaching events in Node Gallery

NODE gallery hosts and supports three weeks of workshops by Aalto students and friends. Come share your passion, hobbies and expertise! Everyone has something to learn and something they can share and teach others.

The Art of Teaching adopts various methods, from classical lectures to participatory co-authored collaborations. The participating teachers will have the possibility, and freedom, to employ whatever teaching style they choose and will determine any topic they wish. Everyone should teach!

NODE galleria tarjoaa alustan kolmeviikkoiselle sarjalle työpajoja, joita järjestetään Aalto yliopiston opiskelijoiden ja ystävien toimesta. Jaa intohimosi, harrastuksesi ja osaamisesi! Kaikilla on jotain opittavaa sekä opetettavaa.

Opettamisen taide rakentuu erilaisille menetelmille perinteisistä luennoista osallistavaan yhteisöllisesti muodostuvaan ryhmätyöskentelyyn. Osallistuvilla opettajilla on mahdollisuus ja vapaus käyttää mitä tahansa haluamaansa opetustapaa ja opettaa mistä tahansa aiheesta he haluavat. Kaikkien pitäisi opettaa!




31.30 Dumpling demo with Katie Lenanton. Link to event


30.3  Calligraphy class with Jovana Kacavenda. Link to event



29.3    Repairing textiles with conservation stitches with Leena Niiranen. Link to event



18.3    Life drawing portrait class, using pastels with Dahlia El Broul. Link to event details


17.3    Character design, using Photoshop, with Concept Artist Jarrod Gecek. Link to event details



The Present We Want the Futures We Are Building





Produced by: Emilio Zamudio


The discussion series brought together students and guests to discuss and share ideas about how to create desirable futures in the midst of a crisis, starting by analysing and questioning our relationships with natural resources and economic and cultural practices. Short presentations about current or completed projects and ideas by a gruop of speakers served as fuel for the collective thinking.


11:00 – 12:30
Opening of discussion series
Discussion topic: Natural Resources
12:30 – 13:30
13:30 – 15:00
Discussion topic: Economic Practices.
15:00 – 15:30
Coffee and snacks
16:00 – 17:30
Discussion topic: Cultural Practices.


Confirmed guest speakers:

Paavo Järvensivu (researcher of economic culture at Aalto University and Mustarinda).

Galina Kallio (doctoral student in Aalto University School of Business, and a co-founder of two cooperatives).

Ruby van der Wekken (Member of the global justice movement, works at the Siemenpuu Foundation, is active around the development of Stadin Aikapankki [Helsinki Timebank], and is part of a Commons and Solidarity economy collective and process [see]).

Saara Hannulla (performance maker and researcher based in Helsinki, Finland).

Mari Keski-Korsu (transdisciplinary artist. She explores how ecological and socio-economical changes manifest in everyday life. She is interested in relations in between art, activism, politics and science).

Pia Lindman (Finnish artist, Professor of Beings and Things and Head of Biofilia at ViCCA, Aalto University).

More information:


Collaboration #21 | william ”bilwa” costa + jasmin schaitl

events, exhibitions, performance

5.12.2015, 15:00 

The performance is part of the exhibition Notes From Elsewhere curated by: Dahlia El Broul, Farbod Fakharzadeh and Heidy Tiits

Collaboration #21

durational performance
May 12 2015 at 15:00

Collaboration is an ongoing series of performances, that address the physical relationship between two artists, while exploring the correlation between, and potentials of: proximity – distance, transformation – alteration,tempo – stillness, duration – ephemerality,and duality – unison.
Using limited materials, each performance focuses on simultaneous actions, and the point where these actions phase, oscillate, and/or conjoin. These actions are repetitive, consistent, clear, precise, thorough and definite. Without narrative, they leave the audience time to assess the actions and interpret or propose her/his own meaning, content and thoughts.

The remnants of these performances are intentional, and remain as visual art installations.

Collaboration #21 is made possible with the kind support of The Austrian Embassy Helsinki.

jasmin schaitl

william | bilwa | costa



with the kind support of the Austrian Embassy Finnland


Notes From Elsewhere


15.4. – 13.5.2015

Curated by: Dahlia El Broul, Farbod Fakharzadeh and Heidy Tiits


Invited Artists:

Clemence Barret (FR) – V1422025

William Bilwa Costa (US) & Jasmin Schaitl (AT) – Collaboration #21

Daniel Djamo (RO) – Territorial Marking

Doppelganger (RS) – Youtopia

Lisa Erdman (US) – Finnexia®

Amber Eve Anderson (US) – Transliteration

Hesam Fetrati (IR) – False Hope, Hopelessness, Untitled No.1

Sana Gh (IR) – I Left My Shoes Behind

Naomi Middelmann (CH) – Untitled

Gerardo Montes de Oca (MX) – Anulado

Agnieszka Pokrywka (PL/FI) – When a Self-Exile Meets an Acrobat 

Lavinia Raccanello (IT) – Not a Position, But a Proposition



The exhibition addresses the ideas of artist’s diaspora as a socio-political experience in contemporary, so-called “vastly globalized” society. The aim is to focus on the complexities that migratory experiences bring to artistic practices by giving a voice to social realities and knowledge of the contributors to convey their own stories.

What happens when an individual settles away from where s/he initially calls home? Challenges of migration address diverse topics, from collective memory and space to nationalism and racism. The experience is not limited by the distance one has traveled or weather the migration developed by crossing political borders. Our history is formed by the absence, presence, interaction and meaning of stories. The works invite you to share
yours with us.

”At the Party, I Write Words on Balloons”


27.2. – 31.3.2015

Curated by: Dahlia El Broul, Farbod Fakharzadeh and Heidy Tiits


The video screening is a collaboration between the two artist collectives. The entire duration of all the works is approximately 40 minutes. AREOLE Art Collective was founded in 2012 and currently has five members. Our collective examines gender boundaries and identities through media art. Bunny Collective has 16 members who based in the UK and Ireland. The collective examines the experience of being a woman in the era of advanced technology: how to be online and offline? Both collectives have now combined their powers, and the first collaboration has been debuted in Tactic Cork Gallery, Cork, Ireland. The screening consists of works where different representations of womanhood can be seen. The most important recurring theme are social and gender-related norms that restrain – they need to be taken down, or at least we need to find a way to live with them. In Hinni Huttunen’s work Fitting guide we see the classical portrayal of woman fragmenting and culminating to images in H&M catalog. In Auri Mäkelä’s work Genderless the everyday street life is seen through an agender person’s experience. The video includes many classical symbols and figures of dualism, gender, balance, and the lack of them. Samantha Conlon’s work The Young-Girl Blames Herself is a digital collage where imagery of tabloid journalism gets mixed to that of social media and scenes of scripted reality, addressing a young woman’s ubiquitous existence in mass media.



A series of 7 video works
Produced by:
Artist collectives AREOLE, based in Tampere, Finland
& BUNNY COLLECTIVE based in Ireland / UK

Works by:




EI VAAN NYT is a project space and an exhibition consisting of ideas, tryouts and artworks which originate from  a new approach and course in MA Program in Art education, Contemporary lens based practices. During the EI VAAN NYT -process Node-gallery is filled with student’s videos, sound– and spatial intallations. It also offers a platform for various performances and happenings to take place. The aim is to experiment what an exhibition could be, become and do.

See the whole process here:

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WHAT WE – looking for the common ground 5.5.-20.6.2014

Archive, collaborations, exhibitions


It is challenging, almost impossible, to define oneself as a being.
However, defining one’s job used to be a lot easier in the past.

The contemporary industries of art, culture and knowledge remind me of the deep blue sea: Something undefinable, largely yet unknown, gigantic, and full of creatures that have no names. As we try to designate new names, we look for resemblances in species already existing: artist, curator, educator, organiser, producer, culture worker… Yet the characteristics and habitual activities of these new species overlap, entwine, move and change relentlessly, leaving the old names inadequate. And as we work on these titles looking for strict definitions, we create borders between them, leaving out the one thing that makes sense in the deep blue sea: co-existence.

What can we learn about this here, in a university that prepares us for the voyage that is work in the culture field?

Perhaps that we all swim in the same water. That there are plenty of fish, and space, in the sea. That if not cared for, our sea will dry out.

It is, however, important to remember, that without a name, it is hard, almost impossible, to exist in relation to others. When it comes to working titles, our own definitions of what we do are important to voice. To quote Pierre Klossowski: When we fall silent, how are we ever to know what we are?

Names are needed, but we should be aware of how we use them. University can offer a moment to define our working selves, but, just as all names, working titles should come to being in relation to others. It is, indeed, a deep blue sea, and there is no living in it as an island.

Exhibition opening on Monday May 5th at 5pm-7pm.

Graphic design made by Taru Happonen.

Opening hours:
in May Mon-Thu 8am-6pm / Fri 8am-4pm
in June Mon-Fri 8am-4pm

Node Gallery is a study project of CuMMA (Curating, Managing and Mediating Art) and Art Education programmes in Aalto University’s Art Department. For two years it has been cared for by 3 students, Iida Jääskeläinen, Hanna Ohtonen and Selina Väliheikki. As the project is finishing, we, the Node team, reflected on what we set out to do with it–to create a space for encounters and collaborations–and how we succeeded in it. This exhibition and the accompanying publication are the results of this reflection.



Uteliaisuus / Curiosity 7.-25.4.

Archive, collaborations, exhibitions, FRIEND SCHOOL, Uteliaisuus 7.4.-25.4.2014

uteliaisuus juliste

Miltä tuntuu tehdä taidetta ilman suunnitelmallisuutta? Voisi vasta jälkeenpäin katsoa tuliko taidetta vai ei. Mitä ysiluokkalaiset haluaisivat näyttelyllä sanoa? Entä jos opettajia olisi enemmän kuin yksi?

Näitä kysymyksiä on selvitetty kuluvan lukuvuoden aikana Arabian peruskoulun ysiluokan, taideopettajaopiskelijoiden ja Node Gallerian yhteisessä Kaverikoulu-projektissa. Työskentelyn teemaksi valikoitui uteliaisuus, jota on pohdittu pienryhmissä. Kukin ryhmä on työskennellyt itsenäisesti oppituntien puitteissa ja valinnut haluamansa lähestymistavan. Opettajaopiskelijoiden tavoitteena on ollut kuunnella ryhmän ideoita ja luoda mahdollisimman tasa-arvoinen työskentely-ympäristö. Näyttely on samanaikaisesti esillä sekä Arabian peruskoulun että Node Gallerian tiloissa ja teokset asettuvat vuorovaikutukseen myös sijoituspaikkansa myötä.

Karhu on erilainen-teoksessa pohditaan ulkopuolisuutta ja mielenkiinnon herättämistä. Karhupukuinen hahmo vaeltaa erilaisissa paikoissa ja synnyttää reaktioita ympäristössään. Teos toteutettiin improvisoimalla ja performanssi tallennettiin valokuvaamalla.

Wc-paperi puolestaan on innoittanut kahteen tilalliseen installaatioon, joiden pohjana toimii koulun oppilaiden ja henkilökunnan ajatukset, joita on kartoitettu kyselyllä, jonka tulokset tallennettiin wc-paperin palasille kirjoittamalla. Vastauksista poimitut teosnimet Hippojen planeetta ja Etäsaisin plata johdattelevat katsojat toiveiden ja pelkojen äärelle.

 Jaettu urheiluinnostus on toiminut lähtökohtana Arabian mestaruus-teoksen rakentaneelle ryhmälle. Kuka pelaa ja ketä vastaan? Onko peli aina reilua? Ketä vastaan pelaamme ja mikä on pelin nimi, kun vastakkain on kaksi eri lajin edustajaa? Jääkiekkoilijat jalkapalloilijoita vastaan pelaavat palloilijoiden kotikentällä teoksessa, joka yhdistää 3d-printtaamista ja -mallintamista perinteiseen puumateriaaliin.

Näyttelyn avajaisia vietetään 7.4. Nodessa klo 19. Tervetuloa!

Interview #12 with Jani Nummela & Mimmu Rankanen

Archive, exhibitions, interviews


The current exhibition in Node,  Rikottu hiljaisuus ( Broken Silence), is a course exhibition dealing with the thematic of trauma. To elaborate on the exhibition concept and content Node had a chat with one of the artists, Jani Nummela and one of the course tutors, Mimmu Rankanen.

Could you firstly say, in a few words, who you are, what you do and what is your role in the exhibition Broken Silence?

Mimmu: I am visual artist, art educator, art therapist and registered psychotherapist. I have been planning and teaching the course: ”Images of contemporary culture – trauma in art and therapy” for art education students together with art historian Tiina Purhonen. We have decided the structure and contents of the course, which includes students’ own art-making and exhibiting their works in the Broken silence. Additionally I used artistic processing myself by making an installation to the exhibition.

Jani: I am a third year art education student and I took part in the “Images of contemporary culture” course. I did a piece about shame for the exhibition with three other students. We collected 60 different texts from anonymous people about things they are ashamed of. The texts vary from single words to slightly longer stories.

Exhibition opening

Exhibition opening

Broken Silence is an exhibition for the course ”Images of contemporary culture – trauma in art and therapy”. What is the relation between the course content and the exhibition?

Mimmu: From teachers point of view, I hope artistic processing of the contents and concepts of trauma – which we have been lecturing and discussing during the course from different disciplinary viewpoints – have enabled each student more personal and deep approach to the subject. During the art-making process students had many discussions in their small groups and shared knowledge between them, so it has worked as a collaborative learning context. On the other hand, I believe in the importance of art-making as personally integrative experience, during which it is possible to integrate cognitive and conceptual thinking with embodied, emotional and sensory understanding.

Jani: We had to start planning the works quite early because the exhibition was situated in the middle of the course. If I understood correctly, there will be another exhibition at Node when our course ends and that is why the exhibition couldn’t be arranged at the end as usual. I think in the exhibition I can see some approaches to trauma introduced to us at our course meetings, but we students also had to draw ideas from elsewhere, because planning started so early.

It is also interesting that so many groups wanted to work with sound. Perhaps students wanted a break from everyday visual art studies.

The students of the course listening a sound piece by Katri Takkinen, Oona Heinänen & Suvi Ermilä

The students of the course listening a sound piece by Katri Takkinen, Oona Heinänen & Suvi Ermilä

Mimmu, the course emphasizes process based learning and the students were encouraged to approach the exhibition as a process. Could you elaborate a little about the significance of process in terms of learning and exhibiting?

Mimmu: Process based learning and exhibiting are of course risky in regards to controlling the outcomes. However, in my view art-making is always process based – even if it does not show in the outcome or exhibition – and so is best education. The question is more about, if the artist chooses to show and exhibit also the process or just the finished piece. In learning it is more complicated, for the process is in great parts unconscious and needs a lot of reflection to uncover even some small parts of it. Making sketches and notes during the learning process enable returning to it later and aid more conscious reflective learning from distance. This is why our students have also been asked to make process diary troughout the whole course.

Jani, how would you describe the experience of creating an artwork in the framework of this course? How did you and your group address the topic of trauma?

Jani: At first my group tried to come up with a theme or a concept we would all be interested in. All of us are from different backgrounds and had quite different ideas, so coming up with theme that interested us all took some time. We finally came up with the concept of shame and decided to arrange an anonymous poll at the internet. We got honest and heartfelt answers – or confessions – from people and were really happy about that.

Exhibition opening

Exhibition opening

You have been working in the gallery space during the exhibition. What kind of teaching and learning has taken place in the exhibition?

Mimmu: We have had small group tutoring, discussions and sharing of the artworks, art-making processes and ideas behind them with the whole group. The exhibition space has enabled different kinds of encounterings between students, teachers and audience than ”normal” classroom situation. Additionally, it has enabled reflecting our subject matter trauma and our thinking around it in a wider context of art education and visual arts.

Jani: In addition to what Mimmu said, I think we students learned a lot from Mimmu and Tiina about how to approach an exhibition. We have arranged exhibitions before on different courses, but this time it was much more involved and planned – part of it is thanks to Node, I’m sure. It was interesting to try to keep the exhibition space alive during the exhibition, instead of just dumping your work there.

Salla Suonikko, Leena Marianne Pullinen & Juliana Hyrri

Salla Suonikko, Leena Marianne Pullinen & Juliana Hyrri

Jani, your group organised performances in the exhibition dealing with the topic of shame. Could you say a few words about this experience?

Jani:  So, we had all these confessions from people. At first we planned to make sound art from the material but at the last moment we decided our piece was going to be a performance after all. This was because so many other groups worked with sound and there was also a need for an event in the gallery space during the exhibition. So we held our performance on two separate days.

Shame performance in the exhibition opening by Minna Lampioja , Jani Nummela, Iida Nissinen & Paavo Makkonen

Shame performance in the exhibition opening by Minna Lampioja , Jani Nummela, Iida Nissinen & Paavo Makkonen

What would you like to experience in Node in the future?

Mimmu:  I appreciate exhibitions, which have participatory or discussive aspects like discussions with artists or artists’ presentations or lectures. Personally I find it interesting to know something of the work process or processing of ideas behind the artworks. Some prefer their art experiences ”raw” but I like to have the choice between ”not knowing” and striving to understand also other persons views.

My favorite art form both as a viewer and maker are installations.

Jani: I really got into the participatory stuff and the idea of arranging happenings or performances in the exhibition. I would also like to see huge installations or something that would change the whole space into something strange and different. Like a dark forest you could walk into.

Oleg Donner performing his art work in the opening.

Oleg Donner performing his art work in the opening.