Thu 19 May: Satyajit Ray and Modern Indian Cinema

Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik (Department of HSS, IIT Kanpur, India)  will give a talk on Thursday 19th May at 17:00 about the most famous Indian film-maker, Satyajit Ray at Aalto Media Factory. The talk will focus on Satyajit Ray’s very first movie “Pather Panchali (Song of the Little Road, 1955).” The movie considered as one of best films ever, and received numerous awards and recognitions, which also include the Palme d’Or at Cannes,the Selznick Golden Laurel for Best Film (Berlin), the Kinema Jumpo Award in Japan, the Bodil Award in Denmark and many more. In 1958 it had been nominated for Best Film at the 11th British Academy Film Awards.



Satyajit Ray was one of India’s first internationally recognized film-maker and, even after his death, still remains the most well-known Indian director ever. Despite India’s early entry into the world arena with powerful directors like Chetan Anand and Bimal Roy, Satyajit Ray will be remembered as the first Bengali director to win a Palme d’Or for his very first film Pather Panchali in 1956. Satyajit Ray’s career as a filmmaker is about 37 long years, which exchanged and influenced with the distinguished transformation in the postcolonial history of India. This brief lecture will provide a glimpse on Indian post independence art cinema movement through the work of its most famous proponent. The lecture will offer details of Ray’s early career and his Bengali roots and will try to trace his cinematic genius through very first film Pather Panchali (Song of the Road, 1955) which has been widely perceived as the precursor of a new cinematic realism in India as well as one of the very first entry of Indian cinema into the world stage of modern cinema.

You can find the details of the film here:


Ritwij_bhowmikDr. Ritwij Bhowmik: Trained as a visual artist, Dr. Ritwij Bhowmik obtained his MFA degree from Visva-Bharati University (Santiniketan); later he pursued Chinese Art and calligraphy from Northeast Normal University (China), where he was awarded with a PG. Dip. He earned his Doctorate in Visual Culture and Cinema-Study from National Chiao-Tung University (Taiwan). His research interest lies in the area of Modern Bengali Cinema, Indian Partition films and the works of Satyajit Ray. He is working on his fourth coming book on Satyajit Ray’s partition films, which will be published in 2017. Dr. Bhowmik joined Department of HSS, IIT Kanpur in 2013 where he currently teaches Cinema-Study, Visual Culture, Art History, Art Appreciation and simultaneously working as a professional painter and researcher.

Random Hexagons

AMF gallery presents algorithm-based computer graphics by Severi Virolainen from 3rd to 20th May 2016.

The works are created by using GDL language of ArchiCAD and randomness and printed with an inkjet printer. All the works are based on one parametric hexagon, which has been multiplied different ways by using and limiting the randomness. The depth is created by layering hexagons so that the hexagons in the separate layers follow different rules.
Tietokonegrafiikkaa. Työt on luotu ArchiCADin GDL-ohjelmointikieltä ja satunnaisuutta hyödyntäen ja tulostettu mustesuihkutekniikalla. Ne kaikki perustuvat yhteen parametriseen kuusikulmioon, jota on monistettu eri tavoin satunnaisuutta hyödyntäen ja rajoittaen. Syvyyttä töihin on luotu kerrostamalla syntyneitä kennostoja siten, että eri kerroksissa kuusikulmiot noudattavat erilaisia sääntöjä.
Severi Virolainen
arkkitehti, Architect TKK 1992
Aalto tohtorikoulutettava, Doctoral student2015–
Severi has programmed computers since 1979, first on breaks at school and later in his own companies. 1988 Severi founded M.A.D., which is specialized in computer aided architectural design (or BIM). Severi’s diploma work ”Hypermedia House” (1992) was the first diploma work in HUT delivered only in digital form (SyQuest disc).
In his doctoral thesis Severi studies ”Algorithms, parametric design and printing buildings”, which will be focused later on. Graphics and other visual arts Severi has created in random occasions along his life time.
Severi on vuodesta 1979 alkaen ohjelmoinut tietokoneita, ensin välitunneilla, myöhemmin omissa firmoissaan. 1988 Severi perusti M.A.D. -yhtiön, joka tietokoneavusteiseen rakennussuunnitteluun erikoistunut asiantuntijaorganisaatio. Severin diplomityö ”Hypermediatalo” (1992) oli TKK:n ensimmäinen ainoastaan elektronisessa muodossa luovutettu diplomityö.
Väitöstutkimuksen aiheena Severillä on ”Algoritmit, parametriinen suunnittelu ja rakennusten tulostaminen”, josta aihe myöhemmin tarkemmin rajaantuu. Grafiikkaa ja muuta kuvataidetta Severi on luonut satunnaisina rupeamina koko elämänsä.

The Italian Connection


Haplab and ARTS have recently improved their visibility in the Italian peninsula

  • The largest Italian library magazine Biblioteche Oggi published just our article on social reading – in Italian.
  • Italian tech provider and publishing startup Pubcoder interviewed Harri Heikkilä in their blog because the coop at Publishing for Emerging Platforms -MA course at ARTS. We tested Pubcoder-application, assessed it and gave a comprehensive list of suggestions how to further improve the program and the UI.

Haplab visited Paris Book Fair 16–18.3.2016

Highlights from digital point of view:

  • The sixth ebook barometer has been published
    • 28% of Frenchmen have a dedicated e-reading device
    • 29%  read the same ebook with different devices
    • 20% of Frenchmen have read ebooks
  • All french books from last century will be published as free ePUBs, if title not commercially available
    • There is a legislation to support this. Name of the project is ReLire and publishing is managed by a company called FeniXX
  • Marlin-based new DRM-scheme for ebooks called DADC is claimed to be easier for customer then Adobe DRM

You could buy an ebook also on USB-stick.

You could buy an ebook also on USB-stick.

Touch the touchables of the past and present

Introducing new acquisitions at HapLab eReading PettingZoo: Rocket eBook of 1998 (pic) and Plastic Logic 100, a 10,7 ” e-ink textbook device from 2011.  Rocket by Nuvomedia was perhaps the first dedicated e-book reader in the world, it sported a 5.4″ monochrome display and was able to contain 40 books! Plastic Logic was considered to be a future of textbooks. High resolution and pleasant to read. Both well ahead of their times. Come & see test yourselves!

Recent acquisitions include also:

  • Kindle DX Graphite (DXG) 2010 –Kindle with 9,7″ screen and free 3G access
  • Kindle 1 (K1) 2007 The rare original Kindle with interesting navigation system
  • Leia Media 2013, Finnish prototype, 10,7 ” e-ink -device with solar panel. Three versions.
  • Kindle Voyage  Wifi (KV) 2014, premium e-reader with Carta-screen
  • iPad Pro 12,9″ with pen 2016


HapLab-app in the works!

Johannes Neumeier (left), the student of the Publishing design for the emerging platforms -course at Aalto ARTS discusses the app interface with Jun Li and Antti Sihlman from Neonto Studio (link: The native app will be published in summer 2016 and it is targeted to designers and publishers who are interested in good practices of touch screen UIs.


AMF Video School 5.0 in May 2016!

AMF Video School 5.0 in May 2016!

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?

Come to the next Media Factory video school in May 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!

Course topics in brief:

– shooting video with a DSLR: Canon 5D mark II (focus on interview situations)

– recording speech with professional gear

– editing image and sound with Adobe Premiere cc 2015

The course teachers are a cinematographer, a sound designer and a film editor who have graduated from Aalto’s Department of Film, Television and Scenography. They are now ready to give you tips on improving your story and how to make your video look and sound better!

Register here: 3rd of May the latest! We will inform you on the whether you were selected for the course before 9th of May. Your professional needs for video skills are the basis of the selection so please fill in the questions carefully.

The course will be held on 16.5. – 17.5. & 23.5. – 25.5. at Aalto Media Factory (Hämeentie 135 A,  Arabia Center, Arabia campus). Notice that the group exercises will be shot between 17.5. and 25.5. (requires about one day’s or half a day’s work or more if you’re project is ambitious).

Course schedule:

MON 16.5.

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 – 18:00: 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 17.5.

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 23.5.

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 24.5.

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 25.5.

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. We will use Media Factory’s equipment in the productions but you can also bring your own DSLR for example if you wish. The teaching language is English and the course is only for Aalto’s students and staff members.

More information from Anna Berg – anna.berg (ät)


by Anna Muchenikova


“While coaching and “success blogs”

urge everyone to leave the comfort zone,

I dream to finally get into that darn zone…”

HIDEAWAY is an attempt to create comfort zone, a quiet mental space in the hectic digital world. Anna Mu’s art is a shelter from entropy and external chaos, an escape to the internal world. The viral saying goes “Outside of your comfort zone is where the magic happens” but HIDEAWAY claims the opposite: magic happens inside the human being, within one’s comfort zone. This magic happens at the tranquil moments of meditative contemplation, solitude and introspection. Joseph Brodsky said at his Nobel Lecture: “If art teaches anything (to the artist, in the first place), it is the privateness of the human condition.” And through this privateness and self-reflection, we get our biggest insights. At this life, we come closest to eternity in hushed intimations of it: the cat sleeping on the chair, the snail climbing Fudji, the jellyfish floating in the ocean.

Anna Mu has been strongly influenced, in technique as well as subject matter, by the late 19th-century English illustrator Aubrey Beardsley. She works in a black and white graphic style, using manual conservative techniques: mostly hand drawing with ink on paper. Some of the works are printed with historical letterpress printing method on hand-made paper.

A short biography

Anna Muchenikova is a visual artist, originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, currently based in Helsinki, Finland.

Anna’s portfolio can be seen online at This online gallery exhibits her artworks in chronological order, following works she produced in childhood right through to adulthood. As the artist feels it is of utmost importance to observe a reflection of the passage of time within her work.

Anna has graduated in 2014 from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Graphic Design MA, and before that did her bachelor in graphic design at St. Petersburg State University.

Alongside with artistic practice, Anna is a co-founder and Art Director of LUK Design studio ( (2014–present).

Wanted a Speaker for Researchers’ Breakfast!

Do you have a paper that you wanted to test with a friendly audience? Or is your research just starting and you wanted to grow your networks inside Aalto? Or do you have an artistic work that you wanted the others to know?

No matter what the reason is the Researchers’ Breakfast is a nice and friendly forum to present all kinds of activities. Riku Oksman has promised to present his paper on 12th April (more information later). As we usually have two speakers, the other speaker slot is still open. Please don’t hesitate anymore, reveal yourself or your colleague and let us know what’s important in your field at the moment.