Squirrel's Nest - Oravan Pesä - Podcast Episode 2

What are the concerns involved and the complex challenges of designing technology for a better, safer life? What is the flip side of the quantified self? How to ensure the agency, autonomy and control users have over their data? How does it support skills like reflection and self-regulation? What can prototypes built in Media Design labs teach us about human learning processes?


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Squirrel's Nest - Oravan Pesä - Podcast Episode 1

With the occasion of the screening of “The Optics of Space” at Heureka this fall, we start off with a conversation on the crosspollination between art and science. The film projection was developed for a planetarium by curator Aily Nash with works by artists Lucy Raven, and James N. Kienitz Wilkins, and commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York’s and PUBLICS, Helsinki. Gathering perspectives from the art field and Aalto’s space science, we to tap into the cinematic experience, the educational and research potential of visual information, and the ways in which art appropriates technological tools to convey different meanings.

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Squirrel's Nest - Oravan Pesä - Podcast Episode 0


Our launching episode features a conversation of host María Villa with Bassam el Baroni, new Assistant Professor of Curating of the ViCCA Masters, and Ksenia Kaverina, the curator in the Aalto Arts & Creative Practices Initiative that supports this podcast.  We venture to discuss the original idea of Chilean artist Ariel Bustamante—bringing people inside the Conversation Room to have meaningful dialogues— and how it might be shaped ahead by Aalto University’s context. How might this idea develop further into larger discussions of academic practice while, at the same time, keeping it rooted in personal experience?

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Fragile Systems: a Dialogue around an Exhibition

This conversation was supposed to happen as a talk in the Night of the Arts in October at Otaniemi. The artist expected a guided audience group to be brought to the exhibition space, but the gallery walk didn’t happen. We decided to nevertheless publish a virtual dialogue between the artist and the curator, raising important questions – How to live with uncertainty over one’s body and life? How to address one’s own limitations? How do we affect each other by being fragile? – in the hope that this conversation will spark further discussion. 

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