Long night – short films: Short Film Day is coming again on Dec 21st

When the night is long and the day dark, our films are short. Media Factory is proud to announce two screenings of short films at our auditorium as part of the International Short Film Day on December 21st!

During the darkest day of the winter, we will host two open screenings for all film lovers and enthusiasts. Free of charge.

Schedule for Short Film Day at the Aalto Media Factory, Monday 21.12.

Animations for Children at 10:00
(59 min., without dialogue, except the film How The Mole Got His Trousers)

Polle (Horsie), 2 min
Myyrän puuhat: Kuinka myyrä sai housut? (The Mole: How The Mole Got His Trousers), 13 min
Latvialaiset animaatiot: Kauhujen kotikolo (Home Hole Horrors),  7 min
Turilas ja Jäärä: Sadonkorjuu, (from the series Tootletubs and Jyro), 7 min
Myyrän puuhat: Myyrä ja eläintarha (The Mole: The Mole in a Zoo), 5 min
Turilas ja Jäärä: Labyrintti, (from the series Tootletubs and Jyro), 7 min
Keltaisen kirahvin eläintarinoita 2:  Äiti ei siedä koiria, (from the series The sun is the yellow giraffe), 7 min
Rexi-koira 1: Rexi opettajana (Rexi the Dog), 10 min

Comedy Mix at 13:00
(75 min, subtitled in English)

Say Yes and Dance (Sano kiitos ja tanssi)
Script: Antti Pesonen
Director: Antti Heikki Pesonen

A stressed out meat-factory boss tries to find peace of mind amidst a very strange job interview.

The Escapists (Eskapistit)
Script: Niklas Lindgren
Director: Niklas Lindgren

Ville has a new hobby: Larping, which he loves, even though he knows it´s not cool. When the girl of his dreams wants to meet him, Ville decides to keep his new hobby to himself. The date is nevertheless a disaster, until Ville gets help from an unexpected ally.

The Fascist (Fasisti)
Script: John Lundsten
Director: Taneli Mustonen

A parking attendant is about to write a ticket when she gets a lesson in fascism.

Do I Have to Take Care of Everything? (Pitääkö mun kaikki hoitaa)
Script: Kirsikka Saari
Director: Selma Vilhunen

The film is a comedy about a busy morning in a family and a mother who is trying to take care of everything by herself.

Being Human
(Hyvä ihminen)
Script: Paula Korva
Director: Paula Korva

A woman needs to prove to her date that she has a great compassion for those less fortunate.

Behind Curtain (Verhon takaa)
Script: Teemu Nikki
Director: Teemu Nikki

It is a school audition in the 80’s. Mikko is a bad singer, but he has been rehearsing a lot. Especially performing in front of an audience is not easy. Could singing be easier behind a curtain?

Just a Name (Naisen nimi)
Script: Melli Maikkula
Director: Tiina Lymi

Annu, 30, is getting married and tries to decide whether to keep her own name or take that of her fiancé’s. A seemingly small choice gains enormous proportions when Annu’s best friend considers the issue an important question of gender equality, while Annu’s fiancé belittles the matter. A gathering of close friends escalates when traditional and modern worlds collide – and yet, it is just a name that is at stake. Or is it?

The Investigation (Poliisi selvittää)
Script: Pekko Pesonen
Director: Aleksi Salmenperä

A few years ago 16 year old girl claimed that two men kidnapped her and made her sit in the icecold stream for an hour. Policemen doubted the story and desided to reconstruct the situation again. This is the story of policemen in the icecold stream.


For more info:
Leena Närekangas
050 3427114

International Short Film Day is organized in 14 countries. In Finland the main organizers are YLE Teema, Finnish Film Foundation, Future Shorts Finland, Finnish Film contact, Doc Lounge, Tampere Short Film Festival and Euphoria Borealis.

The last Researchers’ Breakfast of the year welcomes you to the Design Factory on Dec 8th!

The morning talks will start at 9.00 with prof. Kevin Otto, who will talk about his work on modularity and current design science research. At 9.30 the stage is given to Miko Laakso from the Design Factory and he will continue on concept decision making in design agency.

The breakfast is served at the Design Factory (Engine Room, Otaniemi) at 8.30-10.30. You are most warmly welcome to bring a friend – the breakfast event is open for everyone. To ensure there’s enough breakfast for everyone, please sign up here: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/E432E4335E324291.par

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Aalto Factories,Design, Service and Health as well as Research Institute (Aalto ARTS), Research support services and International Relations.

At 9.00
Modularity and current design science research
Prof. Kevin Otto
Department of Applied Mechanics
School of Engineering

Prof. Otto presents an overview of his research in modularity, as well as somekey questions in current design science research. Having previously held associate professorships at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and MIT, Prof. Otto joined Aalto University this Fall. He is also the owner of Robust Systems and Strategy LLC, an innovation and quality engineering consultancy.

At 9.30
Concept decision making in design agency – client interaction
Miko Laakso
Aalto University Design Factory

There is still an aura of mysticism surrounding the nature of creativity in design work. Out of the various approaches to demystifying design creativity, design decisions present one option. The design process is widely acknowledged to involve iterating between divergence and convergence. The study discussed here investigates the divergent-convergent concept development activity in Finnish design agencies with specific attention to the decision-making in designer-client interaction that shapes the outcome of the design.

Miko is working on his PhD at the Design Factory. His research focuses on creative practices in the early phases of design.

Meet Micah Silver – FabLab’s first visiting artist, Dec 4

Aalto Media Factory would like to invite you to meet artist-curator-writer Micah Silver, the first visiting artist in a new programme launched by Aalto FabLab.

During his residency at Aalto, Silver is working on a public art installation called One of Many Possible Irreonciliations Between the Finite and the Infinite which is to be situated at Madison Square Park, New York in 2017. The work will use air as a time-based compositional material to re-shape the airflow regime of the Park.

As a graduatae of both MIT and Wesleyan University, Silver has began experimenting with air as a medium having finished a long phase working primarily with audio.

The work will take a rigorous observational/quantitative approach to visualizing the airflows in the park over the period of a year. From the evaluation of these observations, Silver will fabricate a sequence of physical additions to the park’s trees and landscaping that will replace the inherent, natural change introduced as over a million leaves fall from the many mature trees in winter.  

At the FabLab, Silver will produce prototypes for various aspects of the work, develop the basis for production and conduct acoustic and airflow testing using Schlieren photography.

We will start the event at 14:30 with a half an hour presentation, followed by Q&A with mulled wine and festive snacks.

Date: Friday, Dec 4th at 14:30-16:30, place: Aalto Media Factory Auditorium, Hämeentie 135 A (3rd floor), Arabia

Sign up here: https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/2EABA787E4E8102E.par

Warmly welcome!

Guest talk: Rachel Powers on designing multi-touchpoint experiences Nov 13th at 14:30

We have a pleasure to invite you to a guest talk by Rachel Powers from SF Bay Area, US, who has extensive track record of working with companies on UX design, e.g., she was Head of UX Design @ Apple 2001-2009.

Friday 13th November at 2:30 pm
Aalto Media Factory Auditorium, Hämeentie 135A, Helsinki

The event is free of charge, as SIGCHI Finland events always, and open to everyone! Due to the short notice, you don’t have to register either.

Designing for multi touch-point experience

Designing for every touch point is key to making a memorable experience that spans across the user’s journey. Creating an integrated holistic experiences that span physical, digital, or hybrid, whether delivered via mobile device, wearable, computer, print, physical product, service or something new. By creating integrated multi touch-point experiences; it will not only build brand trust, but ultimately delight the people who interact with it. 


“From File to Form – 3D printing for sculptors” course starts Oct 29 at FabaLab

ARTS-A0403, Ways of Making 3B, 2 op
Starting this Thursday 29.10 at 16:00 in FabLab, Media Factory, Arabia Campus!

Still some places available – sign up via WebOodi.

“Ways of Making 3B – “From File to Form – 3D printing for sculptors”

Teacher in charge: Andy Best-Dunkley (Teacher Charlie Banthorpe)
Teaching period: II
Workload: 54 hours / 2 op (evening class 10 weeks x 4 hours + independent working)

Learning outcomes: The student will learn how to create 2D & 3D graphics files suitable for output to 3D printer, laser cutter and CNC machine, as well as experience using these machines.

Content: Students will be introduced to the 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC techniques. Through hands on experience students will understand the problems and constraints of using these technologies. Students will produce sculptural objects using these technologies.

Assesment criteria: Individual and small group discussion and critique. Active participation in classwork. Successful completion of own project.

Study material: Provided in class

Prerequisities: Ways of Making 3 A OR proof of necessary skills (discuss with teacher)

Grading: pass – fail

Registration: weboodi

Language: Finnish / English

Archiving the New Media 23.-25.11.

ARCHIVING THE NEW MEDIA  –  Maximum obsolescence or digital permanence?

23-25 November 2015, Aalto Media Factory

Media Lab doctor of arts seminar

The seminar is open to Doctor of Arts and advanced Master of Arts students at Aalto University. Please sign up by 16th Nov 2015. 

Keynote speakers

Raitis Smits Artist, curator and researcher on new media culture and networked arts, founder of E-Lab – electronic arts laboratory and RIXC – artist collective and new media cultural center in Riga

Jukka Savolainen, Director of Design Museum Helsinki 

Perttu Rastas: “Archive media now, not when it’s obsolete!”

Founder of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, Senior Planning Officer in the Collections Department, Finnish National Gallery

Ora Lassila , Semantic Web expert,  technology architect at Pegasystems

Minna Tarkka,researcher, producer, critic and educator of media arts and design, director and co-founder of m-cult, centre for new media culture in Helsinki

Summary of topic 

To archive means to set aside for preservation and an archive is a storage site where materials deemed worthy of remembrance are kept. The objective of this seminar/workshop is to examine major points related to the preservation of new media art and practices. We will focus on the phenomenon of maximum obsolescence that currently permeates the new media and our digital world with the objective to investigate the possibility of digital permanence

Ours could be labelled as the era of the “new-new”. Constant and relentless change has become a way of life. A non-stop stream of new artefacts rapidly supersedes the cultural matter created within one generation. In this context, our objective during the three days of the seminar/workshop will be to ponder about this current state of existence in our Information Society.

Among the topics we would like to focus, from a new media perspective that includes both the technical and the theoretical are: What is change? How does it affect our own practices as cultural producers? Is change now a permanent condition of being in our digital culture? What drives it? Are there proactive ways – or strategies that could be devised – which could lead us to some kind of digital permanence? How does this continuous change affect both the creation of new media art and design works as well as their collection? How does this in turn affect our cultural memory? 

Methods of work

We will have keynote presentations as well as work time in groups. In order to participate, you need to bring a project or aspects of a topic that you will present and work with during the three days.

Learning outcomes

Participants will identify key landmarks and strategies that enable them to create their own Map for Change that they can continue to develop for their own practices. 


The seminar is open to Doctor of Arts and advanced Master of Arts students at Aalto University. Please send a 300 word abstract of your project or topic with your contact information and coordinates to Helinä Kuusela (helina.kuusela@aalto.fi) no later than 16th Nov 2015. 

Preliminary schedule .   

For more info, please contact:

Helinä Kuusela
Research Secretary
Department of Media
Aalto University
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Tel. +358 50 4644494

AMF Video School 4.0 in Dec 2015!

Do you need to make an interview-based video related to your research or study project? Want to get familiar with Media Factory’s AV equipment?

Note: this page covers the 2015 event. See the 2016 edition of the Video School for a more recent course.

Come to the next Media Factory video school in December and learn how to make short, interview based documentary videos, such as the Aalto Snapshots. We will also learn how to use Media Factory’s own video equipment that you can borrow for your production later on!

During the five-day course we learn the basics of shooting video and recording quality audio with hands-on exercises. We will also learn how to edit video and audio with Adobe Premiere. During the course the attendants will produce their own, short interview based video in groups. Please bring your own idea for a 3-5 minute interview based documentary film and prepare to present it to your group in the beginning of the week. One idea out of four will be actually produced in each group!

The course teachers are three master students from the Department of Film, Television and Scenography. They study the fields of cinematography, sound recording and sound design, and film editing and are now ready to give you tips on how to make your video look and sound better!

Registrate here (https://www.webropolsurveys.com/S/ACB18D74527243E8.par) before 16th of November! We will inform you on the whether you were selected for the course on 23rd of November.

The course will be held on 30.11. – 1.12. & 7.12. – 9.12 at Aalto Media Factory (Hämeentie 135 A,  Arabia Center, Arabia campus).

Course topics in brief:
– shooting video with Canon 5D mark II (focus on interview situations)
– recording speech with professional gear
– editing image and sound with Adobe Premiere

Course schedule:

MON 30.11.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Brief introduction lecture: planning your production, basic concepts of camerawork and audio recording. Going briefly through the camera- and recording equipment used during the course.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Four guided interview exercises in four groups: camera, lighting, recording audio, directing/interviewee. Getting to know the equipment better and learning the roles in a video production.

TUE 1.12.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Reviewing the material produced during previous day’s exercises. Lecture: Analysis of the structure of an interview based short documentary (one of the Aalto Snapshots). Starting the group work: presenting and choosing the ideas.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Group work: planning each groups’ own documentary. Tutoring with equipment and planning.

From 2.12. to 4.12. Shooting the group works (each group approx. 4 hours)

MON 7.12.

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Lecture: Basics of digital video formats. Editing with Adobe Premiere: importing the material, syncing image and sound, basic editing principles.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Editing workshop.

TUE 8.12

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Lecture: Where to find creative commons licensed music, images etc. that you can use on your video. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Lecture: Adding titles and basic color correction. Smoothing sound in Premiere. Group work: editing the videos, guidance provided.

WED 9.12

Morning 9:00 – 12:00: Finishing touches. Exporting the videos.

Afternoon 13:00 – 17:00: Premiere of the exercise documentaries. Feedback.

No previous knowledge on video productions is required for attending the course. The teaching language is English.

More information from Leena Närekangas – leena.narekangas@aalto.fi


Robotic Process Automation at the next Researchers’ Breakfast 10.11.

Warm welcome to ASF researchers’ breakfast on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) on Tuesday 10.11.2015 at 8.30-10.00. The seminar will be held in Aalto University School of Business main building (Runeberginkatu 14-16). The breakfast is served in the Proffa Restaurant at 8.15 and the seminar starts at 8.30.

Rapid developments in software, hardware and networking, is revolutionizing the way we live and work. We are witnessing a great societal change, where digitalization is entering all areas of work, previously reserved exclusively to humans. RPA is the manifestation of this change, enabling us to automate labor-intensive business processes with ease. RPA is defined as the application of technology that allows employees in a company to configure computer software or a “robot” to capture and interpret existing applications for processing a transaction, manipulating data, triggering responses and communicating with other digital systems (Institute for Robotic Process Automation).  

The objective of the seminar is – by form of discussion – to develop a research agenda for RPA. The seminar is organized in collaboration with Aalto Service Factory and OpusCapita. Petri Karjalainen from OpusCapita will give an introduction to RPA, which will be followed by a review of RPA research by Aleksandre Asatiani and Esko Penttinen from Aalto University. 

Please sign up here for the event or via the banner below. The seminar is free of charge.

Aalto Service Factory
Esko Penttinen
Aleksandre Asatiani

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Aalto Factories (Media, Design, Service and Health) as well as Project Services, Research support services and International Relations.

Welcome to the opening of Man & Machine exhibition

Tuesday 6 October 17:00 – 19:00 at AMF Gallery!
(Hämeentie 135 A, 3rd floor, Arabia)

Exhibition of student works from the course Man & Machine jointly organized by Aalto ARTS General Studies department (YoYo) sculpture studios, and the FabLab at Aalto Media Factory. The course examines the possibilities for working with new technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting and CNC machines, and how these can be utilised with traditional sculpture techniques in the production of contemporary art works.

The focus is the human body. This is perhaps the most archetypal motif for sculpture from prehistoric times through Ancient Times, to the Renaissance and naturally is still widely used today. The works presented illustrate how new technology, when used by thoughtful, critical artists, can be used to create works that are both conceptually interesting and aesthetically pleasing. The students have employed a wide range of materials and techniques, including traditional handicraft, making the results very interesting and stimulating indeed.

Andy Best – sculpture lecturer (YoYo)
Albert Laine – 3D graphics & modelling
Charlie Banthorpe – 3D printing, laser cutting
Solomon Embafrash – electronics

Students participating in exhibition:
Tomas De Rita
Venla Heiskanen
Liisi Huotari
Pietari Kellokumpu
Päivi Lehtinen
Hanneriina Moisseinen
Anna Neva
Niko Nurmi
Ali Zamiri

After the opening day the exhibition runs between 7. – 30.10.2015. The gallery is open from Mon till Fri 9-17.

Forced Landing: Into the Unkown

Keynote & Workshop 8.9.2015, Media Factory Auditorium, 10 am – 1 pm

‘Forced Landing: Into the Unknown’ are snapshots of possible futures shaped by technology, narrated through speculative design. We present scenarios that aim to ask seemingly-odd, yet increasingly plausible questions we may need to address in response to rapidly advancing fields of space travel, sperm/egg donations, and DIY biology: What would it be like to start farming in Mars? Could increasing accessibility of fertility technologies spawn unexpected, incestuous relationships? And how could amateur biologists find cure for cancer?Raph Kim

Ralph Kim is a Lab manager in Imperial College London and a researcher and visiting tutor for IMI (Design for Interaction and Moving Image), and running Biohack & Design workshops.

Accompanying the first two days of the show will be keynote presentations by Raph Kim, who will talk about backgrounds and motivations behind the projects. This will be followed by a hands-on workshop, exploring the notion of ‘farming’ in relation to advances in biotechnology: How is the definition of farming changing, and how could the tools of biotech be utilized as medium for art practice and design?


The team behind the exhibition and workshop: Jae Yeop Kim and Raph Kim, Studio Genotype

Forced Landing: Into the Unkown is part of the Helsinki Design Week programme.