Recent Submissions

  • Ndale, Megan (Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia, 2018)
    Finding the balance between working collaboratively as part of a community, and exploring one’s own, individual creative instincts and abilities can be difficult in artistic and educational settings. Could the arts be a key to unlock the flow of individual creativities and expression, specifically amidst the conditioning of the Tanzanian Secondary School system? In this paper the author explores the concepts of creativities and the community arts through a reflection of the pedagogical project “Camp for Creativity” conducted with seven Tanzanian youth. Aiming to develop creative skills, the camp consisted of day workshops exploring various creative skills, such as rhythmic compositional creativity, dance, drama, and making instruments out of everyday items. The camp ended in a video-recorded performance open to the public. After five days of workshops, this project confirmed the author’s speculations on how these activities affect the participant’s personal creativities in various situations, during interviews the participants mentioned that confidence and self worth were the main things they took away, as well as a newfound sense of discovery in themselves and the world around them. This project establishes the importance of similar projects in the future as a way to kick-start individual creativity and confidence in participants.
  • Psimikakis-Chalkokondylis, Laonikos (Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia, 2016)
    This research investigates how being in the wilderness affects group improvisation and in which ways the wilderness can be a potential learning environment in the education of global musicians. It starts by constructing a theoretical framework around improvisation, the wilderness as a place, mindfulness, and what a global musician is, and uses a case study to connect artists' experiences to the theoretical framework. Looking at place and at artists as emplaced beings is a starting point for a discussion of the wilderness environment and how it is qualitatively different to an urban environment. A short interlude on mindfulness, in relation to improvisation and to the wilderness, is followed by an overview and analysis of Immersive Listening, an artistic research project with six improvising artists (three musicians, three dancers). The participants spent three days near a wilderness location in late summer 2015 and returned to Helsinki for a performance and open discussion. An analysis of the participants' discussions, reflective diaries, and performance documentation connects insights from the project to the previously constructed theoretical framework. Main insights concern participants' listening, presence, and acceptance of difference, as they relate to cosmopolitan listening. A discussion of the case study shows that experiences in a natural environment can have a positive impact on the interaction of urban performers from different artistic and cultural backgrounds. In fostering key qualities fundamental in cosmopolitan listening in qualitatively different ways than in urban contexts, the wilderness can potentially be a valuable resource in global musicians' education.
  • Asare, Amos Darkwa (Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemia, 2015)
    The study describes and analyzes the use of indigenous music in the healing rituals of the syncretic Twelve Apostles Church in Ghana and shamanism in Finland. In dealing with the main question of how indigenous music should be seen as an integral part of the healing processes of two geographically distant cultures, the thesis focuses on the cultural values, meanings and understandings of the participants. The basis of analysis lies beyond Western medical interpretations and extends to music- singing, drumming and dancing in indigenous or local healing rituals agreed upon by a definable set of people. This includes the people's beliefs, art, customs and norms. Thus, the thesis presents an ethnographic study of indigenous music in healing by comparing how the syncretic Twelve Apostles Church in Ghana and shamanism in Finland approach their healing rituals with music. The main methods employed are participant observations and interviews. The major finding is that indigenous healings are effective with musical phenomena making the ritual music, and music the ritual.