Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

One of my longer trips to Finland was for 14 days in favourable fall weather.  I was scheduled to teach a class in the Creativity Sustainability program.  Immediately before and after that teaching, there was an opportunity to pick up some credits for my graduate studies.  While this visit was busy with work, I also made some time for sightseeing, with the guidance of friends (and friends of friends).

My usual Aalto University campus (i.e. for engineering) is at Otaniemi in Espoo, on the west side of Helsinki.  The class that I was teaching was at the school of arts and design (i.e. Taik), at Arabia Centre within Helsinki city limits on the east side.

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The redeveloped factory facilities fit the feel for a design school.  While about half of the Creative Sustainability students had undergraduate training in design, the other half were drawn from other studies from across the university.

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As usual, the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art was nearby my apartment, so I went over to catch a showing.  With warm fall temperatures, there were skaters on the plaza.

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The Kiasma is one of favourite art museums in the world.  One installation that caught my eye was the 2009 work of Jacob Dahlgren, titled The Wonderful World of Abstraction.

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On the Saturday afternoon, Heimo suggested we might meet up at Korjammo Culture Factory, a short walk north from the city centre.

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On this weekend, the major event was an arts and craft market.

August 10th, 2012

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