2008-2010 Eu project Creating Spaces - Art Bridge between EU and China
Creating Spaces – Art Bridge between EU and China
MA Program in Environmental Art at Aalto University,
School of Art and Design has been involved to the planning of Eco City and other
projects with Chinese partners. One of the recent collaborations has been Eu project
Creating Spaces - Art Bridge between EU and China, duration 5/2008-5/2010.
The project Creating Spaces – Art Bridge between EU and China was based on artist
exchanges between the city of Beijing and the cities of Helsinki, Tallinn and
Stockholm. The project lasting two years consisted of three 3-month periods of artist
exchanges and four management meetings. The idea of the project was to have chosen
artists work together in partner cities under the concept of environmental art. The
object of this project was to help to build a significant foundation for a long-term
cultural cooperation between EU and China. The duration of the exchanges made it
possible for visiting artists to work together with local artists for an intensive period,
Chinese visiting EU partner cities and vice versa.
The role of Aalto University, School of Art and Design was that of on an expert
partner whose main focus was the artistic content of the project. This is why one of
the main goals of this collaboration was to promote the possibilities of environmental
art and to courage discussion around the main issues of environmental art –
ecological, aesthetical and ethical questions.
The environmental art has the possibility to deal with all kinds of global and
environmental questions and problems at the field of the art. This is why
environmental art is rarely confined into art galleries and museums, but is realised in
public places where anyone can experience it.
Creating Spaces had its realisation in different cities and cultures. The main activities
and presentations took place in Beijing, China.
The project was a significant footstep for the art collaboration between EU and China.
Especially the important field of environmental art could combine different cultures
for an art dialogue. One result of this project is the continuation of the exchange
program between Tsinghua University and Aalto University. Fall 2010 there will be a
visit of three Chinese artists to work for Environmental Art Master Course, “Butterfly
The cooperating organisations: City of Helsinki Cultural Office (Finland), leader
partner Aalto University, School of Art and Design (Finland), partner City of Tallinn
Cultural Heritage Department (Estonia), partner City of Stockholm Cultural
Department (Sweden), partner Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture (China),
associated partner Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University (China)
The project was funded with support from the European Commission.
Professor of Environmental Art, Expert Adviser of the Project
Aalto University, School of Art and Design
Department of Art / Environmental Art