Defence in the field of art education: MA Tomi Dufva
Art education in the post-digital era: Experiential construction of knowledge through creative coding
MA Tomi Dufva will defence his dissertation Art education in the post-digital era: Experiential construction of knowledge through creative coding. on Friday 18 May 2018.
Opponent: PhD Aaron Knochel, Pennsylvania State University
Custos: prof. Helena Sederholm, Aalto University Department of Art
The discussion will be in English.
Dufva’s dissertation examines the questions and problematics of code and digitality brought forward by the post-digital era. In particular, it focuses on the role and the means art education has in awakening a critical understanding of the digital constructs in our society. Moreover, this dissertation proposes creative coding as an art educational method to gain a first-hand comprehension of digitality.
Dufva’s research methods are primarily based on phenomenology, ethnography, and theoretical research. The research material includes theoretical literature from the fields of art, art education, philosophy, and craft education, and from a varied field of studies on technology.
Dufva’s dissertation offers three key findings that have both theoretical and practical implications. The first is the observation that understanding digital technologies in general, and teaching programming in particular, needs to be understood from a broader perspective. The second is the notion of digi-grasping, which refers to the growing need to comprehend the complex and intertwined digital processes inherent in everyday life. The third is the implication that creative coding can be a beneficial tool in art education in acquiring knowledge and critical understanding of the digital systems.
The dissertation notice and the published dissertation are placed for public display at the Learning Hub Arabia (Hämeentie 135 C, 5th floor, room 570), at latest 10 days before the defence date.