EEE Overview

Engagements | Environments | Ecologies

Aalto University (Medialab TaiK)

Prosponed until Spring semester 2011

This course focuses on environments, ecologies and systems in project/ process design and management.

We take an expanded understanding of the term 'environmental awareness', to include social, cultural, urban, natural and media/technological and informatic influences; and understand 'platform ecosystems' as projects imagined by initiators to be sustainable, outgoing and ongoing developments, or to have a specific lifespan, inter- and co-dependent with other developments. It could be called an 'environmental matrix' analysis.

Within this interpretative framework, case-study projects are introduced to a trans-disciplinary group of students, to conceptually expand, develop, unpack and adjust the influences, relationships and development of each given project. Invited producers will speak of their experience organising art, technology, community and urban planning projects with an environmental theme.

This course relates to creative fieldwork, complex production in public space, socially-engaged & participatory arts and design, ecosystem theory, boundary object theory, sustainable economics, urban sustainability and project management discourses, storymaking/telling.

The Helsinki programme is hosted and supported by Media Lab, TaiK. Hence, the invited producers are accordingly selected with complement the field of interests in the MA New Media & Sound in New Media courses.

A pilot version of the EEE course was hosted and conducted at School of Art and Media Pori, as part of the concept design module in September 2009: Pori Programme. The experimental programme is supported in teaching hours by Aalto University's Idea Competition awarded 05.2009.


Teachers: Andrew Paterson & other invited presenters.

Target: MA/MSc students of Aalto University

Location: Medialab TaiK, 4th Floor Seminar Room

Example schedule: Helsinki Schedule

Expressions of interest to participate or questions via email:
Andrew Paterson: agryfp at gmail .com


Learning outcomes

The pedagogical approach is orientated towards dialogue, exchange, learning from practical experience, fieldwork practices, and the role of artist, producer, designer, researcher, planner, etc. as a storymaker/teller within the context of social and environmental commitment.

Teaching and materials will be in English.

  • Students will learn about and use the concept of the 'boundary object' as a tool for multidisciplinary discussion; sharing subjective and practical experience,
  • They will critically analyse the expanded network relations in different projects; gaining an understanding of the various social, cultural, economical and participatory influences on community organisation and development in environmentally-conscious projects
  • The pedagogical structure is designed to encourage a reflective practice, engaging with another producer/initiator's context to develop one's own.
  • Students will learn how they (and other professionals) can use storymaking/telling as a means to present their engagements with their environment.
  • They can according to background/interest, develop their analysis method, creative fieldwork practices, and oral storymaking/ telling presentation skills.


Assessment Materials

Credits: 3 ECTs.

Assessment and Pass in this course is based on:

  • 80% attendance
  • Participation in the dialogical exercises
  • Fieldwork/presentation/development diary (does not apply to Pori sessions)
  • 15 min spoken presentation to group


Aims and ambitions of proposal to Aalto University

The educational project promotes transdisciplinary dialogue and production/practice exchange, and aims towards exploring new pedagogical models based on practical experience, critical engagement and exchange.

The proposed educational framework would investigate projects past and futureplanned
which cross many fields, including environmental arts, cultural event production, new media and technology installation, sustainable design, urban and spatial planning.

The proposal aims to engage with institutional and grassroots project initiatives which aim at improving the environment and promoting ecological awareness across many sectors of society.

The project proposed by someone who is an immigrant to Finnish society, well versed in complex multicultural relationships and collaboration.


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