Media Factory newsletter December 2009

Dear friends of Media Factory,

The last month of this year is here and we are all in a waiting mode. We are not just waiting for all that the Christmas season could bring but also how the new Aalto university will start officially on the 1st of January. The Sylvester Night will certainly start the new wave of inspiring encounters between different actors from both academia and the media field.

The ending year can be described as a year of initializing new ways of co-operation between different media researchers and students within the three schools. Please read professor Maija Töyry’s reflections of Media Factory 2009 here:

Media Factory’s new director

On the 23rd of November Philip Dean was appointed director at Media Factory. He is currently working as Professor of Media Management at Media Lab, Taik, the department he founded in 1993. You can read more about him here:

Media Factory’s research tracks so far

The research tracks of Media Factory (Doing Cross Media and Enactive Social Media and Gaming) had a seminar where the researchers presented their research so far. Read more here:

Workshop focusing on industry collaboration

Media Factory organizes a workshop at TKK on December 17th, 9.00-12.15. The workshop concentrates on the pedagogical aspects of industry collaboration. It is intended for educators in Aalto, who teach subjects related to media and communication. The workshop will be held in Finnish. More information at

Media in transition on film

Students attending the Media in transition (Median murros) course organized by Media Factory have produced several short films as their course assignments. The theme given to the students was “Media 2020”. These films, created in multidisciplinary students groups, can be viewed on the course web site

Also several essays written by the students are available on the site, as well as video recordings of the course lectures. All course material is in Finnish.

Seminar on Digital Visuality

Welcome to the Media Factory seminar:
Digital Visuality – The multiple societal uses of images


The seminar has as its aim to discuss and develop further the new Media Factory Research Track called “Digital Visuality” that is still in the plannig phase. In other words, it is a good opportunity to get involved. More information here:

We from the office team wish you a wonderful Christmas time and all the best for the year 2010.

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