Prosite up and running

I recently upgraded my Behance profile to Prosite (since this is free for Adobe Creative Cloud members). So this is what my site looks like there. It’s still quite simple, and I haven’t published that many projects on Behance yet. But hopefully I can start filling it up with more projects soon. I’ll soon work on an illustration for a science fiction short story, and I’ll upload it to Behance when it’s finished in June. But since thesis writing is my main focus this year, new illustrations are born very sporadically. I’d really like to post more drawings and works in progress on Behance, but that will have to wait till 2014, when I’m a freelancer again.

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Conference presentation on new materialism

Yesterday I presented my initial thoughts and experiments with illustrating and drawing dance at the conference New Materialisms IV: Movement, Aesthetics, Ontology held here in Turku (always very convenient when interesting conferences are held in your own home town). I got some very helpful and inspiring comments from the session (Material processes, artistic practices) participants. A big thanks for this, if any of you happen to come by this post. I have a lot of food for thought now. The organizers had also done a very good job with the conference. It’ll be interesting to see how the conference series develops.

I think one of the bigger themes of the conference was to discuss what makes new materialism new, and I heard many interesting comments on this. It was also valuable for me to get more experience and information about artistic research practices: an area of practice that I find both fascinating and provoking. But anything that is provoking is also alive and developing and interesting.

I’m not sure what direction my drawing dance-project will take after this, but it will probably keep ricocheting between art and research. Hopefully I will find a target somewhere in between that is fruitful.

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