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08 Mar 2012

Open call for artists of all fields to join international innovation platform

Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI
Aalto University, Finland


Deadline for applications 23rd of March

Krista Petäjäjärvi

aalto university / aalto camp for societal innovation acsi
PB 11000
00076 AALTO

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Aalto University's innovation platform:
Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI 2012

How art accelerates societal innovation

Open Call for
a) Artist in residency (August 1st – 31st)
b) Artists to participate in ACSI (August 7th-14th)

Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation ACSI launches an open call for one residence artist and artists of all fields to participate in ACSI process.

ACSI is a new, global innovation agenda, which brings together field experts, researchers, artists and students from all over the world to co-create innovative solutions to real-life challenges. ACSI 2012 is organized 7.8.-14.8. in Helsinki, Finland. Approximately 70 participants will join the camp and tackle 5 societal cases. Each participant will, by his/her own interest, join a case group and focus on the challenges of one particular case. ACSI aims at finding new pathways and developing rapid prototypes that benefit the cases and the society at large. The camp consists of seven active working days and ACSIbition day, where the camp's results will be presented to the general public.

ACSI offers an opportunity to be at the forefront of global innovation, to participate in a unique innovation process and share visions and ideas with leading experts and promising newcomers. ACSI is a non-profit initiative, and all substance created at the camp is shared in the spirit of creative commons.

ACSI and HIAP residency program for a resident artist:

in collaboration with Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 and HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Residency Program), we invite one artist to work intensively with ACSI and societal innovation. How can your tools of the trade support the creation of societal innovations, and how can art express the innovative outcomes? The artist will get a unique opportunity to influence the open innovation process at large, to implement his/her skills in the context of innovative working groups, and create supportive forms to present the results at the ACSIbition.

The residency artist has accommodation and studio close to Helsinki city centre, on the island of Suomenlinna from 1st to 31st of August, a stipendium of 1800 euros in total, and travel fees covered. The process and possible artwork will be displayed later as part of the Helsinki Design Week program.

We invite artists to join ACSI:

ACSI also welcomes Finnish and international artists to join as ACSI case group members. We welcome applications from all artists, who wish to join a multi-disciplinary, self-organizing working group, and challenge their artistic profession in a new context. We wish the applicant has motivation to explore and develop artistic impact in the society, and feel inspiration to the question: 'How can art practice influence societal innovation?'

The international artists joining ACSI will have basic accommodation and (international) travel expenses covered by ACSI. Lunch is served daily during ACSI camp for all participants.

How to apply:

Send us your application by the 23rd of March. Please specify why ACSI would be an important project to you. Name also one project, which you think strongly represents art connected to societal innovation and inspires you in this context. Application should include cv and a link to your portfolio (or pdf).

If you apply for the residency please add following: Share your rough idea about how your art could be part of ACSI, what kind of an input you could offer to the working groups, and how this would be beneficial to their innovation process. Also share your thoughts about how this could translate into the context of the ACSIbition.

How art accelerates societal innovation is created and produced by ACSI in collaboration with performance artist, art producer Krista Petäjäjärvi.

For further information, please contact:

Krista Petäjäjärvi
Essi Aittamaa (project manager, ACSI)