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Public Defence in Contemporary Art, MA Andrea Coyotzi Borja

MA Andrea Coyotzi Borja will defend the thesis: "In the middle of things: on researching the infraordinary" on February 2nd, 2024, at 12:00 in lecture hall H304, Otakaari 1, in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media and online in Zoom:

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Public defence announcement 

What is the infraordinary? This research proposes the question not as an interrogative subject, but rather to raise the possibility and purposeful search, and re-search, of the phenomenon. It delves into the processes through which the infraordinary becomes visible and inquires about the dynamics present in this process. Researching the infraordinary phenomenon brings forward the opportunity to observe and dwell on different facets of everyday life and to reconsider our relationship with our daily lives. What do we encounter, and what do the things we find say about our everyday lives, our contexts, the place we live, the supermarkets, the social dynamics, and the politics of it? To inquire about the infraordinary is not an action delimited by the pursuit of an answer but an opportunity to engage with what surrounds us. A chance to take a moment, to look around and discover all that is already there speaking to us.

Info & schedule

Doctoral candidate: Andrea Coyotzi Borja

Opponent: Professor Magnus Bärtås, konstfack, University of Art, Crafts and Design, Stockholm 

Custos: Professor Harri Laakso, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media 

Time: Friday 2.2.2024, 12:00-14:00

Location: H304, Otakaari 1, Espoo, Finland 


Event language: English 

The audience is kindly asked to enter the lecture hall no later than 12:00

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