Piloting of a multitouch installation

The piloting of this multitouch installation brings together two different research projects within the Aalto university School of Art and Design, Department of Media: Media artist and researcher Heidi Tikka’s doctoral research and the Crucible Studio’s research about interactive storytelling. Within this project the interaction with the MultiTouch Screen is seen as an affective, sensory event in a city setting, as the facing of otherness through gestures.

More info: Heidi Tikka & Crucible Studio
Decision: 6000€ (7th May 2010)
Project results: http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/?page_id=736#hand

New Media for Crisis Management Initiative (NM4CMI)

New Media for Crisis Management Initiative (NM4CMI) is developing multi-disciplinary research framework studying and designing new media concepts for conflict resolution The Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a Finnish independent non-profit organization, works to resolve conflict and to build sustainable peace. CMI is hence now seeking to utilize new media and new media tools to support their work.

In doing so, CMI is teaming up with Aalto Media Factory through an innovative study project where, over the course of the spring term 2011, postgraduate students and researchers will seek in a study project new media solutions with, and for, CMI. In parallel with the study project the NM4CMI project will define a research framework for further research in the field.

The solutions explored can be, for instance, new media tools supporting multi-stakeholder dialogue in conflict environments, systems and processes utilizing audio-visual communications, technics of data-visualization or social media applications in conflicts. Building precisely on the existing research in the field of computer-mediated dialogue and discourse, the NM4CMI –project defines a research plan and a project proposal with national and international partners for further research collaboration.

Study project’s blog: http://mlab.taik.fi/thirdsector/

Teemu Leinonen
17000€

New Course: Research Traditions in Media and Communication Theory

Aalto University currently lacks a comprehensive course in the theory and methodology of media studies. To fill this gap, the department of Languages and Communication in Aalto School of Economics plans to launch a new master’s level course Research Traditions in Media and Communication Theory. The aim of the course is to create an overview of the central ideas and concepts of the different traditions of media studies, and to provide insights into how these may be used to analyze and conceptualize – as well as to envision and manage – contemporary developments in the field of media and communication.

More info: Heidi Hirsto, Johanna Moisander (School of Economics The Department of Languages and Communication)
Decision: 6000€ (4th June 2010)
Project results: http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/?page_id=736#mediatutkkurssi

Museum Laboratory: the Finnish Pavilion at the Paris World Fair in 1900

One of the great contributions that digital media stands to make is in the preservation and dissemination of the heritage and history of humankind. Heritage should not be seen as a thing of the past but rather as something that is constantly being built in the present, for future generations. Our project brings together education in the areas of 3D content and physical tangible user interface and interaction design and production with the aims of: Providing novel learning experiences for MA and DA students, training future researchers in practice-led methodologies, completing the virtual reconstruction of the Finnish Pavilion at the Paris World Fair in 1900. The reconstruction, that represents a key moment in the history of Finnish design, will combine the latest in technological and design expertise. It will have a showcase as part of the Design Helsinki 2012 activities as well as in future exhibitions in Finland and abroad.

More info: Lily Diaz and Tapio Takala, Aalto university, Derek Fewster Department of History, University of Helsinki and Jukka Savolainen, Design Museum Helsinki
Decision: 18000 € (14th May 2010)

Multisemiotics – Introductory Workshop

The 2,5-day Workshop would introduce a Multimodal Semiotic framework to Media Factory. The framework is based on systemic-functional approach (SFL) to the study of language as a mode for communication in contexts of situations and cultures (genre and register), but it soon expanded its interests to various modes and traditional and digital media (e.g. studies of images, paintings, sculpture, architecture, marketing, advertising, packaging …) and within the framework various tools for multimodal analysis have been developed and these would be introduced at the workshop, with a possible view of developing collaborative projects together.

More info: Prof. Eija Ventola, Department of Communication (ASE) (eija.ventola_at_aalto.fi; Ph. 040-3538208)
Decision: 6000€ (12th November 2010)

Magazines in the era of e-reading –symposium on the 1st of December 2010

This seminar is oriented towards the e-book future and new vision of magazines. As a research field it has a multidisciplinary basis that is attractive to participants of all three schools in Aalto. The aim of this small scale research and education proposal is to start a new interdisciplinary Magazine Seminar -series combining interest within education, research and industry. The ultimate aim is to generate new research interests and groups which will contribute also to teaching.

More info: Maija Töyry
Decision: 2500€ (7th May 2010)

Interdisciplinary Packaging Design Platform – PACK-AGE

Interdisciplinary Packaging Design Platform is a project about creating a new holistic packaging design course, PACK-AGE, by combining knowledge from all three Aalto disciplines: technology, business and design. The project is based on Future Packaging Design study (MF 2010), mapping the possibilities of packaging design and packaging related education in Aalto University.

The course pedagogy utilizes problem-based-learning (PBL) and industry cooperation. Students will work in multidisciplinary groups with future oriented design cases and challenges offered by the industry. Teachers from different Aalto-Schools participate in the planning phase and lecturing during the course. Also external collaboration with other institutes and organizations will be available. The best practices of different interdisciplinary Aalto -courses and programs are utilized together with packaging design and research networks in developing this course and its content. The course will be offered for students studying in packaging related areas in different Aalto schools. The course language will be English.

Media Factory will work as a platform for developing the course pilot. The course structure, content and educational responsibilities will be decided during the spring term 2011 and the course will be advertised for both students and collaborating companies during 2011. The pilot course will take place in spring 2012.

Markus Joutsela markus.joutsela (öt) aalto.fi
13500€

Info-design–näkökulmaa selkokielitutkimukseen

Selkokielitutkimus on perinteisesti lähtenyt liikkeelle hyvin kielitieteellisistä lähtökohdista ja useimmiten tekstin typografiaan, väreihin, asetteluun ja kuvitukseen viestin välittymistä palvelevina tai haittaavina seikkoina ei kiinnitetä minkäänlaista huomiota. Selkokielen käyttäjäryhmät poikkeavat toisistaan hyvin huomattavalla tavalla eri vammaisryhmistä maahanmuuttajiin, ja tämä asettaa selkokielisen aineiston laadinnalle monituisia haasteita, joista yksi keskeinen on tarjottavan tiedon visuaalinen ulkoasu. Jos ulkoasu ja mahdollinen kuvitus jätetään kokonaan huomiotta, on varmaa, ettei tieto ainakaan parhaalla mahdollisella tavalla välity.

More info: Maija Töyry, Marja Seliger, Antti Raike, Jyrki Messo (Aalto-yliopiston Median laitos)
Decision: 2000€ (4th June 2010)
Project results: http://mediafactory.aalto.fi/?page_id=736#plain

Helsinki Photomedia ONE. The First International Helsinki Photography Research Conference

The unit of Photography at Aalto University’s Department of Media intends to build up and establish an international photography research conference that will be organized every two years at Aalto. The plan is path-breaking since there is no international, regularly occurring photography research conference in spite of the worldwide contemporary interest in photography.

The conference will be arranged in co-operation with four Aalto/Media Factory -partners, each having their own interest in photography research.
In the context of the planned conference series, photography is understood in a wide sense encompassing all photographic technologies as well as the professional and cultural discourses and practices around them.

As the initiative of the Unit of Photography, the conference is part of a larger strategic endeavor that aims at internationalizing Aalto’s photography research and relates it to contemporary photography and visual communication. The model and reference point here is Helsinki School, a well-known international brand in the field of art photography.

More info: Prof. Merja Salo Department of Media (AAD)
merja.salo_at_aalto.fi

Decision: 6000€ (12th November 2010)

The Great Conspiracy Opera (GCO)

The Great Conspiracy Opera (GCO) – Vuorovaikutteisen multimedianäyttämön tutkimustuotanto on uudenlainen audiovisuaalinen kokonaisuus, jota kuvaa parhaiten termi multimediaooppera. Teoksessa yhdistyvät oopperalaulu, elektroakustinen musiikki, liikkeentunnistus- ja keinoälytutkimus, surround-äänisuunnittelu ja vuorovaikutteinen/generativiinen av-kerronta. Sen selkärankana toimii John F. Kennedyn Waldorf Astoria-salissa 27.4.1961 lehtimiehille pitämä puhe, jonka ympärille marssitetaan netissä leviäviä ”dokumentteja” salaliittoteorioista, joissa fakta ja fiktio menevät monitasoisesti sekaisin.

More info: Mika Tuomola, Crucible Studio / Media Lab / Taideteollisen korkeakoulun Median laitos
Decision: 25000€ (8th October 2010)