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Arja Karhumaa

Associate Professor

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20142023

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Artistic and research interests

I am a graphic designer and text artist, or text designer and graphic artist, and Associate Professor in Visual Communication Design.

My work spans across typography, design, and experimental writing and across both poetry and academia. Curious about unseen currents within contemporary visual communication, I seek new modes of diffractive and sustainable academic practice beyond commercial interest. I'm interested in language and typography, publication as art/design practice, and redefining communication design in the context of new materiality. All of these areas are visible in my doctoral research Epä/igenesis (2021) featuring the bookwork Epägenesis: Katalogi X (2020), a catalogue of material and conceptual writing.

My work has been published and exhibited in anthologies, galleries and festivals within Europe. Since 2021 I am co-founder of the independent non-profit publishing platform Multipöly.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Arts and Design, Aalto University

Award Date: 18 Jun 2021

Master's degree, Arts and Design, Helsinki University of Arts and Design

Award Date: 14 Jun 2007

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