Reference Systems opening gathered a crowd

The opening event for AMF Gallery’s new exhibition, Reference Systems, gathered a nice crowd  at the Gallery on Tuesday evening.

Hirneise had been working around the Gallery for a few days on mounting the exhibition, and on Tuesday the work payed off with a great turnout of guests at the opening event. The atmosphere was relaxed. The Gallery was filled with chatting and discussions about the artwork, as Hirneise told some of the stories behind the photographs presented at the exhibition. Some already asked about buying a piece for their own collection – all of the photographs are for sale.

The exhibition is ongoing until March 28th. Unlike at the opening, we can not promise that there will be chocolate cake, but we can promise an enjoyable art exhibition.

AMF Gallery opening: Reference Systems

Reference Systems by Rebecca Hirneise is coming to the AMF Gallery. We are inviting you to the exhibition opening on March 4th at 17:00-19:00. The exhibition will be open on weekdays at 9:00-16:00 until March 28th.

As opposed to the consumer behaviour of today’s society, in her work Hirneise looks for the simplicity in the everyday life. She shows how ordinary, “boresome” people and objects can actually be interesting.

Hirneise is a German photographer and film director. In her photography work, she focuses on the daily life, takes pictures of friends, objects and foreign people to show how beautiful an ordinary life can be. In 2013 she moved to Finland to study film directing as a one-year ERASMUS-student at the Department of Film, Television and Scenography at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki.

More info about the artist and the upcoming exhibition can be found at the exhibition page.


AMF Gallery exhibition opening 4.2. 17-19:00

AMF Gallery’s spring will be kicked off with Briana Romero’s exhibition Elämää Suomessa (Life in Finland) in which the artwork is influenced by the nature, people and culture within Finland.

You are invited to join us for the exhibition opening on Tuesday February 4th at 17:00-19:00.

Romero has a Bachelor degree on Fine Arts from the San Jose State University. During her studies San Jose State University she then traveled to Finland as an exchange student to study environmental science at Helsinki University.  Her artwork since then has become more influenced by the natural environment of Finland and nature in general. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Design in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. She has a background in digital design, information sciences, art direction and exhibition design, with seven years of experience of cross-disciplinary work.

More info on the exhibition at the AMF Gallery and the artist herself can be found HERE.

The exhibition is open on weekdays at 9:00-16:00 between 5.2.–28.2.

Directions on how to find us on this page.

AMF Gallery exhibitions on spring 2014

It’s going to be a busy spring at the Media Factory’s Gallery this spring with back-to-back exhibitions.

The spring will be kicked off on February 5th with Briana Romero’s Elämää Suomessa, Life in Finland -exhibition, in which the artwork is influenced by the nature, people and cultures within Finland.

On March 5th the Gallery space is taken over by Rebecca Hirneise and Reference Systems.

“Reference System in a physical sense, is important to measure location-dependent variables. It isolates the measured object from the outer world, to get an uninfluenced result. Therefore, these systems become little separated worlds,” Hirneise describes her upcoming exhibition.

April 2nd we’ll have work by the CS Art Group on Exhibition of Designers’ Artwork Evenings. 

The spring shows will end with John Knight’s Elämys, which comprises prints on nature, place and experience.

Don’t miss The Gallery’s spring exhibitions and stay tuned for more info on each artist and exhibition as well as the opening events.

Aalto Lab Mexico Pop Up -shop at Media Factory

Aalto Lab Mexico’s Pop Up -shop has taken over the Media Factory for this week. Come take a look at the products and order your own before Christmas! All products are handmade on order by the artisans of 20 de Noviembre in Campeche, Mexico. The shop is part of a crowdfunding for the Eco-Hostel -project.

The video below will let you see behind the process:

Artesanía para el bienestar from Antti Seppänen on Vimeo.

More on Aalto LAB Mexico and their projects, see their website.

Open call for exhibitions for term 2013-2014!

The AMF gallery is looking for new exhibitions for the term 2013-2014.

If you would like to submit your artwork and have the Media Factory consider an exhibition of your work, please send a proposal by email to Leena Närekangas (

Attach the following items to the email:


– At least 3 images of your artwork (JPG format, smaller than 3MB)
– Artwork title, medium and dimensions

Short biography

– Information on yourself

#MAT1236 exhibition and discussion on May 2nd – 31st

Photo: Nikolas Georgiou

Angela Merkel visits crisis-ravaged Athens in October 2012. Streets fill with protesters. A police officer in full riot gear grabs a young woman and uses her as a human shield as he advances through the crowd.

The officer’s ID tag identifies him only as MAT1236. We don’t know his name: the hostage incident never leads to charges.

#MAT1236 is a photography exhibition that documents Greece’s escalating police violence. The image of the nameless officer holding a young woman hostage has become a symbol of the disappearance of trust between citizens and law enforcement in Greece. This open exhibition has already been presented in 3 other countries and arrives in Aalto Media Factory in May.

The opening event of #MAT1236 on May 2nd invites guests to think about Greece, Europe, and police violence. What happens in a society where citizens are afraid of the police? What happens the next time you need to take the streets in protest?

The role of the Media is crucial but citizen journalism has the first role in reporting police brutality.

Participating: Chief inspector Thomas Elfgren, FIIA researcher Teemu Sinkkonen, author Mikael Brunila, journalist Pertti Pesonen from YLE and Jussi Förbom, chair of Amnesty International Finland. The discussion is moderated by author and journalist Hanna Nikkanen and the exhibition will be presented and the discussion opened by Greek activist Anna Gartagani.

Join us!

Opening 17:00-19:00, 2.5.2013 in Aalto Media Factory

The exhibition is open on weekdays at 9:00-16:00 until May 31st.

In Spaces 4.-26.4.2013

AMF Gallery’s exhibition in April presents images by Susana Rojas

“Places, either natural or manmade, exist in a particular space intact and concrete. The difference lies in the individual and momentaneous perception of the spectator. Even if two people find themselves on the same place, at the same moment, they will never have the same experience. These images reflect exactly this idea, showing that each individual is his own world. Experience does not rely only on what our eyes allow us to see, but on everything that surrounds us, the smell, the textures of the ground, the sound or lack of sound, the wind, the temperature and also all of our past, what brought us here and now, the mood in which we are in and above all the ability we each have to appreciate what is presented upon us. As a mere beginning to show that there’s always more.”

-Susana Rojas


Susana Rojas was born in Mexico City.  She has been an architecture student since ’09.  At the moment she is taking part of the Wood Program 2012-2013 at Aalto University. Susana is interested in nature and people separately  and their unavoidable connection to one another. She has studied analogue photography on ’08 and since then have been curious about different techniques. She took her first 360 photograph 57 weeks ago.

Aalto on the Move exhibition 5.3. – 28.3.

What happens when you cram 100 Aalto students in Trans-Siberian train to take them to China? How about if you take a cruise ship with them to Brazil? And what are the plans for Aalto in Africa?

‘Aalto on Tracks’ and ‘Aalto on Waves’ projects took Aalto to the two opposite sides of the world. They were both student initiated and coordinated projects, organized with enormous passion and effort. The goal was to to build connections to the receiving countries, create an unforgettable learning experience and last but not least – unite Aalto people.

Aalto on Tracks – In May 2010 82 Aalto students and staff members rode the tracks to China through Russia and Mongolia. The main destination was the Shanghai World Expo and Shanghai’s brand new Aalto Tongji Design Factory. During the trip the students completed courses and worked on various projects with company partners – and invented a new kind of Trans-Siberian party culture in the mean time.

Aalto on Waves – In November 2011 110 Aalto students and staff members boarded the Royal Caribbean cruise ship in Lissabon with Brazil in horizon. During the two week long boat ride, besides sitting on the sun deck jacuzzis, the students worked on real-life issues with social impact, for example trying to improve Alzheimer awareness in Sao Paulo slums.

Aalto in Africa is the next Aalto eXperience, taking Aalto to South Africa in autumn 2013 to learn from and co-create with local communities. The application period for the trip is open until 25th of February:

The exhibition presents photos by Timo Idänheimo and Tuure Laurinolli, posters by Jyri Tuulos and videos directed by Anna Berg, Dimitri Paile and Johannes Söderström, produced by Aalto Media Factory. The exhibition is shown 5.3. – 28.3 in AMF Gallery. Opening party with authentic Tracks’ and Waves’ spirit starts at 17:00 on 5th March.