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Public doctoral defence at Aalto University

  • aalto University 8 Maarintie Espoo, 02150 Finland (map)

On April 26th, 2019, Lisa Erdman will defend her doctoral thesis entitled, Performing false hope: Ethical outcomes of fictitious pharmaceutical advertising as a public art intervention. The dissertation explores the unexpected ethical and emotional outcomes that emerged from the presentation of Finnexia®, a performance intervention that served as the art production component of the doctoral research. Finnexia consisted of an advertisement campaign for a (fictitious) medication that helps people learn the Finnish language. In 2012, the project was presented as a live performance in the Helsinki Railway Station. Finnexia aimed to create a space for public dialogue about the experience of the foreigner in Finland. On a secondary level, the project presented a satirical commentary on the proliferation of pill-based medical treatments.

The time and location detials of the public defence will be announced by mid-March.

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Earlier Event: February 17
Helsinki Science Slam
Later Event: June 13
Artist Talk with Lisa Erdman