Intersecting Art and Science in Basic Education

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Biofilia - a laboratory for biological arts is located just next to Aalto University STEM lab, and as an art educator I am interested in making STEM into STEAM. My intention is to find possibilities to make art & science education more common in Finnish schools. This aim seems to be feasible now when the new guidelines for basic education in Finland became valid. There will be more research-based learning, as well as theme- and phenomenon-based courses in curricula. In art classes at schools we are not only educating would-be-artists but future art audiences as well. The problem is that art education is concentrating primarily on visuality. Visual cultures of science and art differ, though. To understand differences the key concept can be ‘multiliteracy’. In this text I connect practices done at Biofilia and Aalto STEM labs to scientific and artistic methods, and give some thoughts on their differences in approaching visuality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Futures
Subtitle of host publicationArt, Science and Society in the Post-Media Age
EditorsRasa Smite, Raitis Smits, Armin Medosch
Place of PublicationRiga, Latvia
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2017
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameAcoustic Space
PublisherRIXC Center for New Media Culture
ISSN (Print)1407-2858


  • multiliteracy
  • art&sci education
  • visuality
  • bioart
  • art pedagogy


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