Call for Papers - DATA as Art – ART as Data (20.-21.9.2011)

Call for Papers – DATA as Art – ART as Data
September 20th and 21st, 2011
Aalto University School of Art and Design, Helsinki, FINLAND

Data is one of the most essential, complex and fascinating aspects of research. Research and data are inseparable and bounded together in multiple ways. However, what is data? Is there a common understanding to what could be perceived as data? What is the relationship between art, design and data? Can art and design be turned into as data? Additionally, how should we treat data so that it would be seen as art? Is it even necessary? What kind of modalities these kinds of approaches might reveal?

The seminar invites researchers to discuss data – a topic that is common to all researchers regardless their backgrounds or scientific families. The seminar takes place at the Aalto University School of Art and Design. During the seminar, the theme will be addressed by invited keynote lectures from different perspectives. The questions will be further discussed in parallel paper sessions.

We invite doctoral students, researchers and scholars to submit extended abstracts (max 3 A4 pages, font 12) by 15th August 2011. The papers should discuss the following questions as they appear in author’s own research project. The paper can answer the following questions, but might also stimulate other relevant questions:

How to use and interpret data in a creative way?
What is the relationship between a research object and data?
How to document art and design processes for research purposes?
What is the role of data – how is it used in different phases of study?
How does the research question guide the acquisition of data?

Proposals are to be sent to ELOMEDIA Coordinator Michaela Bränn Please, include your name, contact information and affiliated organisation in the paper.

More information – see seminar page:

More information:
Maarit Mäkelä (
Coordinator of Design Connections Doctoral Program, Aalto University School of Art and Design Helsinki

Eija Timonen (
Head of the board of ELOMEDIA Doctoral Program, University of Lapland

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