about

…me

I am a doctor of arts, presently working as senior researcher in Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland, where I also did both my master’s degree (1989) and my doctoral degree (2005) in the area of (visual) art education.

I was born in Joensuu, Finland 1960, but my family moved from there to Helsinki in 1964, and from there to its border neighbour town Vantaa in 1973, where I have lived ever since with only two short exceptions. As can hopefully be deduced from these pages, despite being a seemingly steady urban person by work and living arrangements, I am strongly drawn to the rural, the nature, and the wilderness, and also very happy to (ad)venture outside the borders of my home town and my country.

…these pages

I founded these pages mainly to support and share my research work in the areas of art education, gender, visual culture, and ethnographic methodology, but also to share my hobbies and artwork. Because web pages can easily be updated and their contents changed, they offer a great way of working with and developing ideas, texts, and projects as you go, keeping them alive so to say, and this is what I want to exploit.

Below are links to these gradually but constantly evolving contents, but they can also be entered through the menus at the top of all pages and on the left column in most page views.

blog
art education, gender
graffiti chile & finland
ethnography
my art
poetry & prose
hobbies

(En Español)

4 thoughts on “about”

  1. Hi Tarja,

    I’m a colombian design student from the Universidad de Los Andes.

    I just heard you feel really interested on street art, here are some of the best street artists (at my point of view) in Bogotá with beautiful graphics, shapes, colours and obviously, content:

    1. Toxicomano: http://www.toxicomano.org

    (They recently traveled to Germany on a cultural program exchange with the government. https://twitter.com/Toxicomano/status/257257300476166144/photo/1)

    2. Mefisto: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/3948136684/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/3942667415/

    (It’s a shame there are not so much pictures online, but their expressions are based on rescuing ethnicity and origin, it’s colourfully beautiful!)

    4. Koch1no: http://www.flickr.com/photos/koch1no/
    (+Illustrator and street art)

    3. Popular de lujo: http://www.populardelujo.com/intro.php
    (A blog about general, but delightful colombian pop-culture graphics, etc.)

    *Some others – BogotáStreetArt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/loisstavsky/sets/72157603385807778/

    * Elliot Tupac: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elliotupac/
    (Peruvian street artist, really nice calligraphies!)

    Thanks for visiting our country with such great purpose of bringing new ideas and exchanging knowledge with our education system.

    Really love your country, very excited on applying to an Aalto’s program, not so far!

    Feel always welcome at South America :),

    EnJoy, kiitos and gracias very much!

    .KatCaro.

  2. Hello KatCaro!

    Huge thank you for those links! I did have a chance to walk around the centre of Bogotá and see some really great works, and I was told that they were just a tiny fraction of what there is in Bogotá and in Colombia. I’m in Chile now, but I am certain I will be coming back to Colombia one day.

    Don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about Aalto. I really enjoyed my visit to Universidad de los Andes, and I’m looking forward to having interesting and meaningful exhange going on between our universities.

    Muchos cracias a ti tambien, and I wish success with your studies as well as the application process!

    Tarja

  3. Tory said:

    Hi Tarja,

    I came across your post about SOTA by chance and am really delighted by it. I am a student there, about to graduate and I was wondering if Finnish Universities require international students to speak a bit of Finnish? Thank you for sharing, I did gain much meaningful insights about Finland!

    Tory

    • Hi Tory!
      Thank you for your interest in my post. As to your question, as far as I know, Finnish universities offer some amount of MA and PhD studies in English, and they expect their international students to have certified skills in English. Of couse, Finnish language skills are needed If you should wish to attend courses that are given in Finnish, but in such cases there are usually alternative ways to complete the course (e.g. an essay, a written exam), also in English.

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