MoA Website is online!
March 29, 2011, 7:54 am
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Finally, the official MoA 2011 website is online! :) Exciting… The exhibition is divided in five (!) categories, human, user & design, research, environment, and art. The exhibition stands under the theme ‘Redesigning Human’, the official statement reads:

One of the main differentiations between humans and other animals is the ability to make tools. First, we made tools to ensure our survival: we needed clothes, shelter, food and medicine in order to survive in the harsh environment of the Earth. When the basic needs were met, we began to make something much more complicated. This moment could be called birth of design: and the birth of things we design: artifacts. Humans have a strong belief that the more we design, the more we are in control of our lives. We now have the world at our fingertips on any given moment. We engineer our food, our skin color and even our children. Itʼs the age of a redesigned human. Not by god or nature but by us, humans.

The visuality of MoA 2011 will challenge the viewer if the statement above is really so. As more and more we design, weʼre more and more separate from our original creator (nature) and begin to live in our environments (artifact) by ourselves. As we design these artifacts around us, yet our behaviors have to slowly adjust and comply to these artifacts. This process is continuously ongoing, so is it that the more we design, the less control we have ourselves? These are some of the issues the graduating master students of Aalto have been tackling in their work. Creating applications of design and art that make our lives better in a natural and humanistic way.’

Sounds and looks promising. It is encouraging to see what other people have been doing and thinking and that many project go in similar directions.

As mentioned earlier, the now confirmed site of the exhibition is Salmisaari, Porkkalankatu 13 G in the old Skanno building and it will be open from 12. – 29.5.2011. More info on the program will be published in Mid-April according to the website. Welcome to the exhibition!


Books ready to hand in!
March 18, 2011, 8:43 am
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After two months of cloistering within my four walls writing on this project, my MA thesis at the University of Art & Design in Helsinki, I could finally pick up the books from the bookbinder yesterday! What a feeling to hold them in my hands. The bookbinder did such a nice job that I cannot resist recommending the company. I am now about to leave home to hand them in for evaluation to later join the architectural workshop of the MoA-2011-exhibition which has eventually announced its location: it will take place in the old Skanno building facing the Cable Factory in Ruoholahti, next to the sea shore towards Lauttasaari. Nice! According to rumours, the website will also be launched soon, so stay updated for news!

PS: Wondering about those holes punched in the cover? They stand for each one of the people who were involved in this project. Thank you again!

2/5:GROW on picasa AND facebook!!!
October 8, 2010, 10:37 am
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Finally, I got those pictures uploaded. With all the different platforms where I am putting pictures I sometimes just miss one. Thanks to that person who reminded me. Enjoy on picasa (become my favourite and you will always be informed automatically- some more annoying spam), and on Facebook (become a fan of the 5-project, same thing, only more spam on Facebook!). :P

Day 5: The green explosion
September 26, 2010, 7:14 pm
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Yes! I did a beautiful autumn walk to school and what expects me there – the green explosion I was hoping for! :) Just got done with preparing the edibles for tomorrow night. Smells good here… Tomorrow will be the last day of the installation, ending in the small experimental dinner with signed-up people, and the dismantling of the exhibition afterwards/meanwhile.

Day 4: Growing green
September 26, 2010, 7:09 am
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Photo by Daniel Milligan

This really is quite an experiment. Why do those seeds closer to the edges grow like fanatics whilst those in the middle don’t? Or those closer to the elevators do not really get started whilst those next to the TV screen seem to really enjoy themselves? A biologist friend of mine said it could relate to the different treatments against fungus of the various kinds of cottons that I have used underneath the tablecloth. Or the water pooling in the middle and making it too moist. Anyway, something is growing, some slower, others quicker, and that is very satisfying.

day 3: first green/ sign-up for the ‘dinner’!
September 24, 2010, 1:41 pm
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After only 2 days, there is already some green to be seen! I am expecting a green explosion on Monday… (or at least, I am hoping for one).

Since the sign-up list for the Monday night experimental dinner is not accessible over the weekend (unless you are a workaholic Taik-student who works at school during weekends ;)), you can also sign up by sending me an email to: katharina.moebus@aalto.fi. So far, I had about 6/12 people on the list (which was around noon).  By Sunday, I will send closer information to those who wish to participate. Hope to see you!

day 2: sprouts!
September 23, 2010, 6:43 pm
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Little sprouts everywhere! After only one night, the cress seeds already started sprouting. It is amazing to see the process come along so quickly. At first sight, they just seem to be brown sprinkles on a once white tablecloth, but if you take a closer look, you can see something happening. Today, I also put up the list for the experimental dinner (which is on Monday afternoon 27.09., not tomorrow night, as I accidentally put in my last post!). So please, sign up if you want to discuss about art, design, life, and utopias with others involved with learning, teaching or working in the field…

… and stay tuned for day 3 :)

sewn and sown
September 22, 2010, 2:03 pm
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Another day of change for the installation – today, I sew the four old bedsheets together to one big huge tablecloth, and sowed cress seeds on top of it. Now, watering time has started. The seeds start to sprout already after one or two days, so if you want to see the process, come check it out regularly. The growing process will also be documented regularly.

Last week, I have given out personal invitations to professors from the school for the final ‘harvest dinner’ (date: 27.09.2010, 4 pm), but it seems like most of them are too busy to attend. I will start to put up a  list for interested people who are either studying, working, or anyhow involved with Taik nex to the exhibition. First 12 people get in!

2/5 in the installation process
September 21, 2010, 12:01 pm
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Slowly but surely, the installation is growing. Today, I added a bread sky made from reikäleipä (Finnish hole-bread) that was baked in June 2010 in the traditional Avikainen bakery in Kallio with a group of volunteer fellow students and friends. Also, there is a slow movie to be seen, showing the baking process. People still come by and continue their last night’s stitchings, and new ones are added by some of today’s passersbys.

The movie will be uploaded soon (as soon as I figure out how to do it).

Tomorrow is sewing and sowing day!