Media Factory newsletter September 2009

Hi all friends of Media Factory,

We hope that you have had a wonderful summertime with a possibility to relax and reload your batteries. This will certainly help you cope with anything that the autumn season will bring.

Seminar: Aalto Media Factory: Networking through Disciplinary Boundaries

We at Media Factory want to invite you to our network seminar on the 1st of October at HSE Chydenia PWC G111 and G112 starting at 1 p.m. and going on until 3.30 p.m. We have invited Martha Russell, associate director at Media-X at Stanford University to talk about their partnership and research programs. The aim is to open up the discussion between you in the audience, invited Advisory Board members and us working with Media Factory on a daily basis. Please register through the following link:

The program is as follows:

Chair: Prof. Marko Turpeinen, HIIT

13.00 Welcome
13.05 Prof. Johanna Moisander (HSE): Media Factory’s strategy and models for a partnership program
13.25 Comments from Media Factory Advisory Board
13.30 Dr. Martha Russell (Associate Director, Media X at Stanford University): Research and partnership programs in Media X
14.10 Comments and questions
14.20 Break
14.35 Prof. Maija Töyry (TaiK): Research tracks and research networking in Media Factory
15.05 Comments from Media Factory Advisory Board
15.10 – 15.30 General conversation and conclusions

Researchers’ forum workshop: ”Public Space Contested. New Media Technologies, Art and Society”

Time: 12th of November, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Place: Helsinki School of Economics

Our second seminar is Researchers’ network forum coordinated by DA Mika Elo. The number of participants is limited to 35. Further details will be provided in our next newsletter and our website on the 15th of October. Please mark this seminar in your calendar.

Median Murros course enrolment

The bachelor’s level course Median murros (Media in transition) begins on the 1st of October. Enrolment for the course ends on the 21st of September. The course is a multidisciplinary pilot course that is open to all Aalto Bachelor’s level students. It is part of the studies at the School of Visual Culture at TaiK, but organized by Media Factory. More information (in Finnish) can be found at

Workshop for Aalto media educators

A workshop will be organized in December for the Media Factory educators’ network, i.e. all those interested in educational matters relating to media and communication. More information will follow.

The Media Factory education steering group has been inaugurated and its members elected. It will hold its first meeting at the end of September. The main task of the steering group is to plan and decide on Media Factory’s educational activities.

Media Factory’s video production equipment to be loaned

Media Factory has two high-quality but lightweight video production sets for HDV video production and editing. They are available for various small-scale audiovisual productions within Aalto University, for purposes related to research, education and communications.

The equipment is lent only for work-related purposes and normally only to staff members. The loan period depends on the purpose and is no more than about two weeks.

The sets consist of:
– Sony HVR-Z7E camera with microphone
– Sachtler DV 2 II tripod
– Sachtler 300HSM lightset (three lamps with tripods and accessories)
– Apple Macbook Pro computer with Final Cut Studio and Adobe Master Collection software suites.

The equipment can be lent either as one package or in parts (eg. either the camera or the editing gear). If you belong to Aalto University’s staff, you have a chance to get access to this equipment by contacting Media Factory and presenting the purpose you need it for.

Contact person:
Laboratory Coordinator
Markku Nousiainen
email: markku.nousiainen{ät}, tel: 050-5692545

If you want to contribute or inform anything to the Media Factory network please contact maria.suokannas{ät} The deadline for the following newsletter is on the 8th of October. And don’t forget to visit our website

On behalf of the Media Factory Project Team
Maria Suokannas

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