The next Researchers’ Breakfast is served on April 23rd

At the last breakfast in spring term we have invited two researchers to present their work. Hafdis Sunna Hermannsdóttir, a visiting researcher from Aalborg University Denmark, will talk about her study on DESIGNING FOR FOOD-RELATED CHANGE IN KINDERGARTENS. The second speaker of the day, Kai Kuokkaniemi from Helsinki Institute for Information Technology HIIT will tell us HOW TO PRODUCE PARTICIPATORY EXPERIENCES WITH BIG SCREENS.

The montly Breakfast will take place in the cosy auditorium of Aalto Media Factory at the Arabia campus. The programme starts at 9:00 and breakfast is served (bread, coffee and tea) between 8:30-10:30. You are warmly welcome!

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The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Research Institute , Research support services and International Relations .


At 9:00-9:30
Hafdis Sunna Hermannsdóttir

Designing for changing food-related behavior involves complex issues, as food and eating do not only involve nutritional aspects (Daniel, 2006), but are interconnected to various physical, social, emotional and cultural factors (Rasmussen & Smidt, 2001; Meiselman, 2008 and Gustafsson, 2004), as entailed in the term Foodscapes, that seeks to cover the broadness of food and eating as being embedded in complex physical, social and cultural aspects, where people, spaces and food interact (Mikkelsen, 2011). When dealing with food and eating in the western world, much effort has been invested in emphasizing rationalization of nutrition and diet on the cost of cultural, gastronomic and culinary heritage of the past (Haden, 2006). The industrialization of food with its standardization has reduced the playful engagement the individual can have with food, and mass production has increased the distance between the consumer and the consumed, where the origins, ingredients, and production processes of most items are unknown to the consumer (Finkelstein, 2003). This view on food and eating can also be seen in the way the spatial environment is designed, with emphasize on supporting the mere food consumption and an effective “manufacturing-line-process” of bringing the food to and from the table in an efficient way (Jacobsen, 2008 and Tvedebrink, Fisker, Kirkegaard, 2012). As a response to this, the talk explores how design can contribute to the broad Foodscapes perspective through focusing on bringing back amusement and engagement from culinary history. This is approached through using service- and co-design tools in open-ended collaboration. The context is Danish kindergartens.

At 9:40-10:10
Kai Kuikkaniemi

Big interactive screens are becoming more popular. Big screens are cheaper and better. New interaction means are developed constantly and the quality of the technology is improving significantly while designs are getting better and users are getting more comfortable with new ways of interacting. Big public interactive screen can be a window between physical and digital – significant or critical component in bringing the scenarios of pervasive computing and internet of things in reality. But even further, the large interactive screens can become nodes between physical, digital and social, and enable new kinds of co-experiences and social practices in smart spaces. In his talk Kuikkaniemi will share some insights on what he has learned during the development of Kupla – a collaborative and playful large multitouch interface system – and – a live participation platform for events, classes and collaboration. The talk will also present a preview on a production model for participatory big screen projects Kuikkaniemi has been developing for his thesis at the Aalto Arts.


For more information:
Leena Närekangas
Tel: 050 342 7114