Visual Culture and Contemporary Art, ViCCA

Lecturer in Charge of Major

Lecturer Pia Euro

Learning Outcomes

ViCCA (Visual Culture and Contemporary Art) is a two-year major, which widens the bridge between art and non-art. Focus is on emerging professional practices born and developed in new spaces of cultural production. The major explores new forms of artistic production and professional agencies within the broader field of visual culture. For this kind of cross-generative research and art making, Aalto University offers the optimal multi-scholarly context.

Art is made increasingly in interaction with research, planning, activism and public debate. ViCCA major explores and systematically develops these new territories and modes of artistic work. ViCCA holds a faculty whose expertise ranges from art to philosophy, social sciences, and urban research. In its curriculum, ViCCA puts an emphasis on sense-perception, experientiality, and experimentality as methods of gaining knowledge and creating art.

ViCCA offers expertise in a wide range of creative work and artistic practice. Studies at ViCCA give students both a strong theoretical base and concrete tools for working in many new professions in contemporary society - in addition to professions within the fields of art, art production, and cultural production. Students also learn literacy and skills in other arts than the ones in which they were originally experts. The major promotes a holistic view on how to extract knowledge from professional experience.

The ViCCA major is tailored for artists, professionals of arts, and scholars, who want to develop their own professional agency and broaden their ways of looking at the world and its phenomena by the use of artistic tools and sensibilities. It offers a study path for students to reflect on their professional role in new ways through arts and visual culture.

The major offers great opportunities to develop research abilities and to hone a sense and taste for artistic and critical thinking. For artists, the major offers an opportunity to broaden their professional identity and to create new ways of working, and new forms of professionalism.

ViCCA Major Learning Outcomes:

Content Outcomes:
  • Students learn to rethink and reshape their relation to the world and lived environment through artistic means
  • Students have a wide understanding of contemporary and emerging artistic practices
  • Students comprehend visual culture beyond the visible and theory beyond the academic
  • Students have a creative understanding of the possibilities of art as a tool in social contexts and environments
Skill Outcomes:
  • Students learn to enrich their competence in their own practice, media or field
  • Students learn to reflect on their own practice in relation to those of other fields
  • Students acquire an experimental attitude and tools for utilizing it
  • Students have concrete experience of making projects in which theoretical thinking and artistic practice merge
Academic Skills:
  • Students have comprehensive research skills, which prepare them also for doctoral studies

Education Content

ViCCA major includes compulsory joint studies (60 ECTS including MA thesis), advanced special studies (30 ECTS) and elective studies (30 ECTS). ViCCA offers four different modules for advanced special studies: Sites, Senses and Situations, Words and Spaces, Beings and Things, and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The student can build her/his own curriculum freely, choosing from one or all of the four modules. ViCCA studies are organized as courses, theory workshops, experimental laboratories, concrete projects and a thesis.

Advanced Special Studies Modules

Sites, Senses and Situations offers a framework for exploring and discussing our lived environment, focusing on issues related to space, site and social context. Spaces and environments are studied through artistic practices from both experiential and contextual points of view. We observe our environment on multiple levels and seek to actively engage with it. Installations and interventions in public space, participatory projects and spatial experiments are among the methods used. Through our multidisciplinary approach we encourage students to explore new forms of artistic practice and collaboration.

Words and Spaces views theory beyond the academic and as something embedded within artworks, investigating how philosophy, adventures in artistic research, and working hands on with words and images can be newly relevant in the changing world we live in. We experiment with the materiality, transparency and metaphorics of language and explore especially its role and potentials in contemporary art and artistic research. Criticism, fiction, experimental writing and textual performance are among the methods we use in exploring the margins, boundaries and contexts of artistic work.

Beings and Things provides a platform for discussion and investigations into how we might rethink and reshape our connections to the living and non-living world. We probe the inter-relations and economy of objects, microbes, resonance, and human and non-human life forms. We focus on the interconnected meshes of sensorial life, the environment, and on phenomena that are not necessarily consciously observed - establishing a language for questioning and forms of practice for topics as varied as the sense-sphere, the commons, environmentalism, and nature.  Beings and Things trains the students to become facilitators of new modes of creative/artistic practice ranging from building to breathing, from politics to citizen’s science.

Curating, Managing and Mediating Art, CuMMA, provides a structure for reflection and acting, learning and organizing in art institutions and the public sphere. We aim to explore possibilities to understand and shift the paradigms of contemporary art and the world around us. Thus we understand curating, educating and organizing as ways of being active, of creating relations and of being open for unexpected encounters, thoughts and knowledges.

Major Studies 90 ECTS

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

Joint studies

60

TAI-E3000

Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art

5

TAI-E3001

Exploring historical and Theoretical Roots

5

TAI-E3002

Academic Skills

5

TAI-E3005

Thesis Seminar

5

TAI-E3003

Aalto Dialogue

5

TAI-E3004

Artist in Society

5

TAI.thes

MA Thesis

30

ViCCA advanced special studies

30

ViCCA offers four different modules for advanced special studies: Sites, Senses and Situations, Words and Spaces, Beings and Things, and Curating, Managing and Mediating Art (CuMMA), of which CuMMA is also a separate major. The student can build her/his own curriculum freely, choosing from one or all of the four modules.

SITES, SENSES AND SITUATIONS

TAI-E3100

Immersion. Experiments in spatiality and multisensority

5

TAI-E3101

Context, site and situation

5

TAI-E3102

In-between. Extensions in artistic practice

5

TAI-E3103

Mediums and dimensions

5

TAI-E3104

Situated urban

5

TAI-E3105

Invisible environments

5

TAI-E3124

Histories of Contemporary Art

5

TAI-E3106

Sites, Senses and Situations Studio

5

BEINGS AND THINGS

TAI-E3122

Biofilia ABC

1–2

TAI-E3107

Research as artistic practice

5

TAI-E3108

Living and non-living, a sliding matter

5

TAI-E3109

Interspecies dialogue

5

TAI-E3125

Environment. Now?

5

TAI-E3126

Space, Vibes and Microbes

5

TAI-E3128

Grounds of Theory

5

TAI-E3112

Beings and Things Studio

5

WORDS AND SPACES

TAI-E3113

Authorship and agency

5

TAI-E3114

Images, tropes, and narratives

5

TAI-E3115

Experimental theory workshop

5

TAI-E3116

Literary spaces in art

5

TAI-E3117

Film as culture, film as contemporary art

5-15

TAI-E3118

Artistic research practices

5

TAI-E3123

Philosophy of Art for Post-Contemporary Artists

5

TAI-E3119

Words and Spaces Studio

5

CURATING, MANAGING AND MEDIATING ART

TAI-E3403

Theoretical frameworks of curating and mediating art

5

TAI-E3404

Practices of producing and exhibiting art

5

TAI-E3405

Tools of curating, managing and mediating art

5

TAI-E3406

Contemporary Art and Art Exhibition as Learning Environment

5

TAI-E3414

CuMMA Project

6

TAI-E3408

Exhibition and text workshop

5

TAI-E3410

Critical management in curating

5

TAI-E3412

Artistic and Curatorial Research Methodology

5

 

Elective Studies 30 ECTS

The students select altogether 30 ECTS of elective studies. As elective studies, students can complete minor studies and/or take individual courses from other programmes at Aalto University or other Finnish universities, participate in an international student exchange programme, do an internship in Finland or abroad, or take Elective studies offered by the ViCCA programme. Student’s elective studies can also include studies from the advanced special studies modules.

The following courses are offered as optional for ViCCA students.

Elective Studies in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art

Code

Name

ECTS Credits

The students select altogether 30 ECTS of elective studies (which can also include studies from the advanced special studies modules). The following courses are offered as optional for ViCCA students.

TAI-E3120

Study project

2–10

TAI-E3121

Textbook exam

5

TAI-E3127

ViCCA Internship

5–10

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