The possibilities of Environmental Art
Symposium Berlin, 2014
Environment means responsibility
Art stands for freedom
The environment is the framework for all of our actions. It is the space
that we actively operate in, changing the environment as we go. Today, the
word 'environment' is used in many different contexts, from art to politics. The
word has become a synonym for a growing worry about the future.
Art is a way of understanding the world, a language, a form of
communication. Above all, art is knowledge of the world received through
experience - experiencing the world – past, present, and future.
The concept of Environmental Art is very extensive. Several different
fields of art can be seen as environmental art. Examples include city art, land
art, public art, site-specific art and community art. The definition of
Environmental Art could perhaps be summarised as follows: "Environmental
art is public act based on aesthetical, ethical and ecological questions."
My presentation will introduce the MA program of Environmental Art at
Aalto University and case studies and environmental art pieces made by the
international students of the program.
The MA Program of Environmental Art in Aalto University challenges
students to develop advanced artistic and conceptual skills for a wide range of
spatial practices. The Program prepares students to pursue their work in a
variety of professional fields, whether as independent artists or as
collaborators in projects involving installations, landscape design, urban
planning or community development. Today specially urban interventions are
part of study program and students own artistic activity. “Art is a gift not a