Research in Arts and Education <p><strong>Research in Arts and Education </strong><em>(former </em><a href=""><em>Synnyt/Origins: Finnish Studies in Art Education</em></a><em>) </em>is an international double-blind peer-reviewed journal.</p> Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art en-US Research in Arts and Education 2670-2142 <p><em>The license of the published metadata is Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).</em></p> Wandering Tree. Along the Path of Acclimation <p>Trees are “rooted”. Nevertheless, long-term scientific observations have proved that trees do migrate through landscapes and regions, very slowly and over decades to survive the impacts of climate change which advances faster than they do. The Wandering Tree project by artist Agnes Meyer-Brandis observes tree migration in different ecosystems, in Finland at Siikaneva peatland. The project creates narratives and raises questions of the effects of climate change on the ecosystems considered “naturally” unchangeable. This visual essay illustrates yet undiscovered stories of a tree. What happens in the peatland when we are not there? What stories will entangle with the new path of the pine?</p> Agnes Meyer-Brandis Ulla Taipale Copyright (c) 2022 Agnes Meyer-Brandis , Ulla Taipale 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 4 12 10.54916/rae.116994 Yearning for Kinship: An Artistic Exploration of Moss and Embroidery <p>In this visual essay, the author examines her relationship with moss through the lens of embroidery. Through practice-led research, she proposes to engage with the medium of embroidery as a tactile, reflective method of inquiry: a practice of exploration embedded in time, feeling, sensation, posture, gesture, artistic expression, and a yearning for kinship. She argues that embroidery provides the necessary care, material intimacy and a more thoughtful pace to familiarize oneself with the world and temporality of mosses. She begins by proposing that knowledge about the world of plants can be gained by initiating a subjective approach, one that is grounded in her own wonder for moss. She then goes on to establish a shared material and expressive quality between embroidery and moss, by thinking through her medium and creating a multisensory practice which allows for an embodied awareness of her chosen subject. She demonstrates how embroidery, as a mindful medium grounded in slowness, echoes the vegetal temporality and growth rate of mosses and finally, she examines the potential of embroidery as a practice of care, one that allows her to form kinships with the more-than-human world.</p> Eline Gaudé Copyright (c) 2022 Eline Gaudé 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 13 22 10.54916/rae.116992 Lichenizing Pedagogy: Art Explorations in More-than-Human Performance and Practice <div> <p class="Body"><span lang="EN-US">This project of performative writing and visual inquiry proposes the concept of </span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="DE">lichenizing” </span><span lang="EN-US">as a collaborative methodology for engaging with the lively pedagogy of the more-than-human. Looking to the multispecies mosaic of Lichen as teacher and ally, this arts-based, collectively produced foray considers transcorporeal, intermingled relationships as a pedagogical tool for fostering a radical, ecologically-centered curiosity for learning and making. To support our theorizing, we present two collaborative art projects where tenets of lichenizing were utilized to instruct process and form, and suggest further exploration and research on the practice of </span><span dir="RTL" lang="AR-SA">“</span><span lang="DE">lichenizing.”</span></p> </div> Rachel Zollinger Mariko O. Thomas Hollis Moore Kaitlin Bryson Copyright (c) 2022 Rachel Zollinger, Mariko O. Thomas, Hollis Moore, Kaitlin Bryson 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 23 33 10.54916/rae.116995 Investigating Stray-Concept and Ticks as a Co-Species <p>While humanities are today calling for re-evaluation of the anthropocentric worldview and affection towards the non-humans, there crawls a small creature in the forests among other animals that evokes feelings of hatred and disgust in humans. The recent decades have witnessed an environmental change in the increase of <strong>tick</strong> populations and the expansion of tick-infested areas that is attributed to the continuous warming of our climate. This has led to a heightened awareness of ticks and tick-borne diseases that can be contracted by humans. It has also become evident that we need to learn to live with this pervasive proximity to increasing numbers of ticks, this situation will require new attitudes and adaptations from us that&nbsp;will potentially change our behaviors and routines. The article reports on an on-going artistic research project that investigates relations between ticks and humans from a perspective where artistic research meets with scientific research. It presents a contradicting case, in which a disgust and hatred towards ticks is reflected from an evolutionary co-agency perspective that claims that without our parasites – we, humans, would not be what we are today.</p> Laura Beloff Copyright (c) 2022 Laura Beloff 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 34 43 10.54916/rae.116987 Kaniini nimeltä Arvo. Kulttuurisbiologinen eläinsuhde eettisten ristiriitojen paljastajana <p>Tämä artikkeli on osa taiteellista väitöskirjatutkimusta, joka keskittyy ekologisen jälleenrakennuksen ristiriitoihin arvojen tasolla. Artikkelin keskiössä on tutkijan elämä kaniinien kanssa permakulttuurista ammentavassa omavaraistavoitteisessa elämäntavassa. Artikkeli avaa näkymää kaniiniyksilöiden elämään, bioregionaalin alueen vuorovaikutussuhteisiin ja entropiaan. Se kertoo, kuinka paikallisiin resursseihin nojaavan praktiikan kautta on mahdollista paljastaa arvokysymyksiä. Tutkimuksen löydökseksi nousevat suhde eläimeen eettisenä affektina sekä surun ja syyllisyyden tunteet omavaraistavoitteisen elämän atmosfäärinä. Artikkelissa tutkija väittää, että kestävyyteen perustuvat eettiset valinnat saattavat olla erilaisia kuin moraalin kannalta tehtävät eettiset valinnat. Tätä hän perustelee kulttuurisbiologisen näkemyksen kautta.</p> Sara Ilveskorpi Copyright (c) 2022 Sara Ilveskorpi 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 44 65 10.54916/rae.116993 Plant Steaming Concrete Staining <p><em>Seed Scarification: Serious Taking</em> is a light, seed, and sound installation. Few hours after the activation of the installation in an art venue, an unplanned kinetic event takes place that is marked by a sonic loud <em>bang</em>. At an instance creating a division in time: one segment that spans the moment before the event; the second one being the perceived change of the aftermath. A composed photo blends both moments into a fictitious here and now. This <em>happening</em> is discussed in this essay from a primarily experiential stance, focusing on air, atmosphere and being.</p> Bart Vandeput Petri Berndtson Copyright (c) 2022 Petri Berndson, Bart Vandeput 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 66 74 10.54916/rae.116991 Looking at (Overlooked) Lichen: Visual Journaling as Part of Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees <p class="x_MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-US">The daily practice of photographing lichen on bark developed from my interest in the bark of trees during the project Performing with Plants (2017-2019) and continued during the project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees (2020-2021). In this essay I return to these visual fieldnotes, compare the visual diary on Flickr with my previous journals on social media, and consider the potential of such practices for developing awareness of and a respectful relationship to other beings that we share this planet with. </span></p> <p> </p> Annette Arlander Copyright (c) 2022 Annette Arlander 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 75 82 10.54916/rae.116978 Slow Life of Vegetal, Animal, and Some Composite Organisms <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Helena Sederholm Copyright (c) 2022 Helena Sederholm 2022-05-27 2022-05-27 2022 1 1 3 10.54916/rae.119452