Visualizing Knowledge 10 Sep 2015

University of Helsinki (Centre for Research Methods & Department of Social Research), Aalto University Media Factory and present

Visualizing Knowledge: Visualization, Data & Research Meetup
Minerva-tori (K226), Siltavuorenpenger 9, Helsinki (
September 10, 13:00 to 17:00

Registration required! See below.

Are you a researcher interested in a data-driven approach to social science or the humanities? Are you a design or engineering student or graduate interested in collaborating with researchers in these fields? Are you interested in using visualizations to present your research results? Or do you simply want to learn more about the possibilities visualization and data-driven methods might offer for you?

Join us for an opportunity to meet with others interested in similar topics and to hear about some of the ways in which such methods and tools are applied to research conducted in Aalto University and University of Helsinki!

The event features an international keynote speaker and four researchers from the two universities presenting their work. Participants may also present their own projects in “open mic” style lightning talks (see below).

The meetup is open for all faculty, researchers and post-graduate students at University of Helsinki and Aalto University. A registration is required.

If you need study credits (ECTS), you may create a short report of your experiences of the event – please discuss the details with your own university.

Register at:


The keynote presentation is delivered by Sandra Rendgen, an art historian specializing in the history of interactive media and information visualization. She has worked with Taschen Publishing and edited two well-received popular books on the topic, Information Graphics (2012) and Understanding the World (2014). She teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam.

Other talks will be given by:

Dr. Lily Díaz-Kommonen, professor at the Media Lab, Department of Media, Aalto University. Her research interests include visualization methods and tools, as well as systems of representation for the digital media. She is the leader of the Systems of Representation research group in the Aalto University Media Lab and heads the Dynamic Visualization in New Media minor at the Master of Arts program there.

Dr. Matti Kortteinen, professor of Urban Sociology at the Department of Social Research, University of Helsinki. His research interests include mixed methods type urban analysis combining sociological and geographical perspectives, GIS, statistical analysis and qualitative in-depth interviews. He has received two state prices (“valtion tiedonjulkistamispalkinto”) based on his books.

Dr. Tomi Kauppinen, docent and postdoc researcher at the Department of Computer Science, Aalto University, and Privatdozent (PD) at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster. His research agenda is to advance spatial information usability, for instance to study and evaluate the role of the web and linkages to support the creation and use of spatial information. A central theme in his work and teaching is handling of time, for example in a form of modeling of changes.

MA Wesa Perttola, University Instructor in Archaeology at the Department of Philosophy, History, Culture and Art Studies, University of Helsinki. His main interests include archaeological fieldwork methodology and the use of GIS, LIDAR and geophysics in archaeology. Topic for his talk will be Under the Ground, Beneath the Sea, From the Air: How to See Archaeological Sites.

All presentations will be in English.

Participants may also give a 5 min lightning talk on their own research interests or projects they’re working on. (The 5 min time limit is strictly enforced!) If you are interested in giving a lightning talk and want to be sure of getting the time slot for doing so, please email to pre-register your talk. The time reserved for the talks will be allotted on a first come, first serve basis. If there is time left over from pre-registered talks, anyone can give a lightning talk on an “open mic” basis.

For any questions about the event please email info_at_tietonakyvaksi_dot_fi

Introduction to Wearable Technology

Location: Aalto Media Factory Auditorium & FabLab
Lectures: Sept 22nd & 23rd, 10am-3pm
Workshop: Sept 24th, 10am-3pm

The lectures and workshop introduce participants to the world of wearable technology applied to fabric or any other medium. After an introduction, in which we will see various projects from artists and designers who are working with these techniques, participants will learn to design and develop an interactive fabric piece. We will experiment with flexible conductive materials, basic electronics and some smart materials. We will learn about different types of sensors and actuators. We will study some flexible circuit design techniques and develop a LED controlling device together.


1. Introduction to wearable technology. Project presentation.

2. Basic concepts of electronics: components, circuits, sensors and actuators.

3. Interactivity concepts and techniques in a wearable project. Presentation of various techniques.

4. Develop a prototype.

The teacher Maria Cuevas teaches at the UCM’s Fine Arts School in Madrid (Spain). She is interested in projects relating to art, design, science and technology and is currently developing a creative conceptual proposal around Wearable Computing Art(ifacts). The research focuses on the language of the new models for man-machine interaction and also the analysis and creation of devices related to these mobile technologies.

For more information contact:
Juhani Tenhunen
Factory Manager

Forced Landing: Into the Unknown

Exhibition 7.9.2015 – 11.9.2015
Keynote & Workshop 7.9.2015 & 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?

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.


Aalto Univ. – Hunan Joint Design Product Launch Event, Aug 20th


Aalto Univ. – Hunan Univ. Partnership MOU signing ceremony & Aalto Univ. – Hunan Univ. Joint Design Product Launch Event.

Time: 20 August (Thursday), 2015, 10:00-12:00
Location: Media Factory Auditorium, Aalto Arabia Campus, Hämeentie 135 C, Helsinki
Dress Code: Casual

A mysterious new smart product designed and developed jointly by students in Aalto Univ. and Hunan Univ. would be announced in this event and Indiegogo (please see the attachment).

Hunan Univ. Design school is one of the top design schools in China. Aalto Univ. – Hunan Univ. partnership would open the door to a new tomorrow of smart product innovation.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Qifeng Yan
Media Lab (Shenzhen), Hunan University


Welcome to celebrate the latest work of UnKolorDistanto street art crew, 29th May at 14-16!

The venue is Myyrmäki Railway Station in Vantaa

(M-train direct from Helsinki center takes about 20 min.)

The Myyrmäki suburb in West Vantaa has become a vital centre of street art in the metropolitan area. With the support of Myyrmäki-liike, City of Vantaa and Vantaa Art Museum a street art project was kicked off a few years ago. As a part of the project several workshops have been arranged and the most noticeable outcome are the large murals that now decorate the interior walls of Myyrmäki’s commuter railway station.

Aalto University Media Factory and Myyrmäki-liike invited two top street artists from Valparaiso, Chile to come to Vantaa and give a finishing touch to Myyrmäki station. Cynthia “Cines” Aguilera and Sammy “Jekse” Espinoza that form the group UnKolorDistanto have been active street artists for over fifteen years in Chile and are now visiting Europe for the first time. Recently in Valparaiso they have been commissioned to make some of the largest murals in the continent, as well as to playfully decorate the municipal rubbish trucks there. During their stay in Vantaa they will cover three exterior walls of Myyrmäki station with a large mural that will bring a breath of Latin America to Vantaa and change the appearance of the station completely.

This is something that is worth celebrating and therefore we will throw party with live music and drinks at the station on Friday 29th May between 14:00-16:00.

We would like You to join us!

For more info on the artists and street art in Myyrmäki:

Please confirm your attendance by May 25th to (

Artist’s Talk: Finnexia® as an Arts-based intervention into public pedagogy

Monday, 18.5 @ 13–14:30 
AMF Gallery – Aalto Media Factory

Artist/researcher Lisa Erdman discusses theoretical foundations of Finnexia®, her current media art exhibition in the AMF Gallery. The talk will include excerpts from an article by Kevin Tavin (Aalto Art Department Chair) and Lisa Erdman, entitled, “Arts-based interventions into normative practices”. The article touches on the relationships between public pedagogy (media, advertising, public institutions) and arts-based research. 

The duration of the event is approximately 90 minutes, including time for questions and viewing of the of the art exhibition. The lecture will be of interest to artistic researchers, activists, art educators, and media artists working to create public dialogue about contemporary social issues.

Everything is Going to Be Fine? – perspectives on data politics and visualisation

Talk by Marek Tuszynski, Tactical Technology Collective
Friday, May 8 15-17, Aalto Media Factory

How to turn information into action and create visualisations for advocacy purposes? What can you do to protect yourself from your digital shadow? What are the opportunities and hindrances of doing activism in a time of a shrinking universe, data politics and the banalisation of self?

These are some of the questions discussed by Marek Tuszynski in an interactive talk presenting the outstanding work of Tactical Technology Collective, including current projects such as Exposing the Invisible and Me and my Shadow.

The lecture will be inspirational to graphic designers, open data advocates, investigative journalists as well as communities and NGOs and grassroots groups working to get their message through.


Tactical Tech is a non-profit organisation, working since 2003 to advance the use of information and digital technologies by advocates and activists worldwide. Based in Berlin, we work with an international network of partners and collaborators to help rights, accountability and transparency advocates and the communities they work with to use information and digital technologies effectively in their work.

Co-founder of Tactical Tech, Marek Tuszynski is a restless producer of various creative and social interventions that span across various media: radio, television and internet; as well as those that utilise non-technical formats, such as workshops, book sprints and endless conversations. Activism, innovation and creativity are the major driving forces in his work, as much as the importance of marginalised voices, opinions and world views.


Want to learn how to make mobile apps for iPhone and iPad?

Come to AMF Summer School and learn the basics of making apps by using the Xcode development environment and the new Swift programming language.

Date: 1.-3.6.2015 at 10:00-17:00
Place: Aalto Media Factory auditorium
Teacher: Janne Käki (M.Sc., Aalto 2010)
Number of participants: 22
Registration to the course:

After the course you should be familiar with:

– Basic structure, grammar, and vocabulary of Swift.
– Structure of a simple iOS app: view controllers and different navigation paradigms.
– How to use the elementary iOS user interface components, such as buttons, labels, and image views.
– Table views and the idea of delegation.
– How to flexibly define your app’s user interface using Auto Layout.
– Using location and map services.
– Networking, sending and receiving data.
– How to distribute your app to users.
– What is easy and what is difficult, what is possible and what is off limits, in the world of iOS.

Requirements: You should know the basics of object-oriented programming, such as the concepts of objects, classes, methods, arrays, and dictionaries. (A Mac is necessary for making iOS apps. An iOS device is not an absolute necessity, since most functionality can be tested on a simulator.)

Teacher Janne Käki (M.Sc., Aalto 2010) has been making iOS apps for a living for the past five years and he’s now convinced it’s something he wants to do for the next fifteen, too. His Java lectures in Aalto used to be somewhat legendary, and he’s very excited to finally get back into teaching.


For more information:
Leena Närekangas
Aalto Media Factory
Tel. 050 3427114