International Journal of Art & Design Education

The Body Frontier

Volume 17.2   1998



The paper discusses ‘The Body Frontier’, a course involving 25 upper secondary school pupils from four Helsinki schools. One of the aims of the course show the many possibilities art education offers, another was to expand the exhibition outside the museum walls, reaching non-museum goers. The course first examined different views of the body and studied historical and philosophical aspects as well as contemporary media images, and secondly the study of one’s own body; e.g. its form and the space it holds. The sculptures and a short video about their making were exhibited in the central shopping arcade Forum, adjacent to the museum with the main exhibition where people's reactions to the work were discussed. The process itself and the pupils’ ideas were documented in the museum with the main exhibition.