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Archiving the new media 23-25 Nov 2015

Maximum obsolescence or digital permanence?


Media Lab doctor of arts seminar

23-25 November 2015, Aalto Media Factory, Hämeentie 135, 00560 Helsinki

The seminar is open to Doctor of Arts and advanced Master of Arts students at Aalto University. Please sign up by 16th Nov 2015.
Prof. Lily Diaz


Keynote speakers

Raitis Smits Artist, curator and researcher on new media culture and networked arts, founder of E-Lab – electronic arts laboratory and RIXC – artist collective and new media cultural center in Riga

Jukka Savolainen, Director of Design Museum Helsinki

Perttu Rastas: “Archive media now, not when it’s obsolete!”

Founder of AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, Senior Planning Officer in the Collections Department, Finnish National Gallery

Ora Lassila , Semantic Web expert, technology architect at Pegasystems

Minna Tarkka, researcher, producer, critic and educator of media arts and design, director and co-founder of m-cult co-founded m-cult, centre for new media culture in Helsinki

Raimo Lång, Yleisradio

Head of Content Developement and Skills Training


Raimo is in charge of program/concept developement in TV, radio, web and transmedia. Additionally he leads the developement of professional training in feature journalism, docs, reality, drama and transmedia creation.

Summary of topic

To archive means to set aside for preservation and an archive is a storage site where materials deemed worthy of remembrance are kept. The objective of this seminar/workshop is to examine major points related to the preservation of new media art and practices. We will focus on the phenomenon of maximum obsolescence that currently permeates the new media and our digital world with the objective to investigate the possibility of digital permanence.

Ours could be labelled as the era of the “new-new”. Constant and relentless change has become a way of life. A non-stop stream of new artefacts rapidly supersedes the cultural matter created within one generation. In this context, our objective during the three days of the seminar/workshop will be to ponder about this current state of existence in our Information Society.

Among the topics we would like to focus, from a new media perspective that includes both the technical and the theoretical are: What is change? How does it affect our own practices as cultural producers? Is change now a permanent condition of being in our digital culture? What drives it? Are there proactive ways – or strategies that could be devised – which could lead us to some kind of digital permanence? How does this continuous change affect both the creation of new media art and design works as well as their collection? How does this in turn affect our cultural memory?


Methods of work

We will have keynote presentations as well as work time in groups. In order to participate, you need to bring a project or aspects of a topic that you will present and work with during the three days.

Learning outcomes

Participants will identify key landmarks and strategies that enable them to create their own Map for Change that they can continue to develop for their own practices.


The seminar is open to Doctor of Arts and advanced Master of Arts students at Aalto University. Please send a 300 word abstract of your project or topic with your contact information and coordinates to Helinä Kuusela ( no later than 19th Nov 2015.


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Symposium: New Media Research in Taiwan 7.9.2015 in Media Lab

Please join us for a small symposium on New Media Research in Taiwan.
Our special guest speaker, Prof. Wendy Lai, the director of transArt NCTU and her colleagues will give a series of talks to share their researches and the current New Media Researches in Taiwan, a sci-tech island.
Four talks will take place in Room 420, 4th Floor, Media Lab(Miestentie 3, Otaniemi Campus) 7.9.2015 from 10:00 to 15.00.
You are all very welcome!
Please contact the Coordinator, doctoral candidate, Chen if you have questions.

Introduction of the presentations:
Dance-technology: Uncertainty Based on Deterministic System
Dr. Chi-Min HSIEH, Assistant Professor/ transArt NCTU team, Institute of Applied Arts, National Chiao Tung University, email:
In this talk, we will present a branch research project in dance-technology, focusing on “uncertainty based on deterministic system”, i.e. quasi-chaos. We distinguish the fundamental differences in comparison with Merce Cunningham’s “chance operation based on dice and I-Ching”. Secondly, we will share our on-going performance “Impermenance”. The work is a combination of dancing, interactive technology, and visual arts, which integrates powerful body languages and skillfully designed group dances with elegantly flowing images produced by fluids simulation and complex changes of communities imitated by flocks simulation. It explores the “permanence” and “impermanence” of life through the observation of various flow phenomena in the nature as well as intricately changing interpersonal relationships—either be it crazy love, dependence, competing, betraying or vacillating. Lastly, we will discuss the dichotomy of “usual” and “unusual.” While the usual represents what is accumulating slowly in everyday life, the unusual reflects the yearning for escaping from the present moment. Whichever can be considered another mode of being of “impermanence.”

Social Design & Media Maker Project
Dr. Chun-Cheng Hsu, Associate professor/ transArt NCTU team, Department of Communication and Technology, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan

Optical Fibers with Micro Physical Sensors in Art and Design
Dr. Wen-Shu Lai, Associate Professor/Director of transArt NCTU team Institute of Applied Arts, National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan
Dr. Hsi-Pin Ma, Associate Professor/NTHU EE Cognitive Applications R&D Group. Department of Electrical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
This research is to explore the innovative applications of optical fibers with the ECG/RESP sensor technology in art as well as its emerging aesthetics derived from the application. An optical fiber is capable of transmitting messages. Through integrating optical fibers with the ECG/RESP sensor technology, we constructed an interactive clock titled ‘Clock Inside Out’. The physical data from the audience’s breathing and heartbeats are transformed into a stream of light by real-time signal processing and represent the second hand of the clock. The ‘Clock Inside Out’ not only reflects the existence of the audience, but also coexists with the audience in reality. Therefore, both a natural sensory world and temporality can be experienced at the same time. Besides the analysis of the work, we also discuss the aesthetic questions arising from it. Lastly, a conclusion of the new meanings of the ‘Clock Inside Out’ from the phenomenological point of view is drawn.   

Botanic Workshop: Summon the Discourse
Dr. Yueh-Tuan Li, Institute of Applied Arts / transArt NCTU team
The workshop: “Botanic Workshop: Summon the Discourse” was hosted by the transArt NCTU team in July 2015. Three artists are invited to lead the students from brainstorming to final presentations. The main goal of the workshop is to rethink the definition of plants, including whether plants have consciousness and the ability to communicate, whether plants should be considered to have rights as human beings do. With that in mind, students are expected to respond to the following questions in their final presentation: What kind of ‘plants’ will exist in the current world that would appear half-human and half-plant? And how will humans interact with them? Why will these ‘plants’ appear? How will they look like? What will they do? What is their relationship with human? What is their relationship with this world? The final presentations are therefore the team-effort artworks that would invite people to communicate with the plants.

Invitation: Aalto Digi Breakfast on Digital Cultural Heritage 19.5.2015



Dear recipient,

welcome to the Aalto Digi Breakfast on “Digital Cultural Heritage”!

May 19, 2015, at 8:00-9:30 o’clock, at Open Innovation House (OIH), Otaniementie 19, Espoo

Please register no later than 11 May at

and forward this invitation to your colleagues, too. Details at

Today our topic is how to make the collections held by libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual archives available online, and how this is a win-win for culture and research.


8:00 Breakfast is served
8:15 Opening by professor Lily Diaz
8:25 Presentations:

  • Professor Eero Hyvönen: Publishing Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web as Linked Open Data – Tools, Services, and Applications of the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)
  • Jukka Savolainen: Digital media in the museum – a tool for visitor engagement or material for collections
  • Hannu Häkkinen: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities: objectives and challenges
  • Heli Kautonen: Access improved – Finnish culture for creative industries in Finna

9:25 Wrap-up and next steps at Aalto

Digitalization of the cultural heritage of humanity is one of the pressing issues in the Information Society. As the keepers of the nation’s heritage, heritage institutions such as archives, libraries and museums are implicated not only in the safeguarding of the patrimony that tells history of the people, but also in how that history is narrated. In our contemporary world that mission has been rendered into a task that translates to more that being repositories of artefacts. Nowadays museums for example, are expected to provide a wide array of services, from the ubiquitous guided tours, to more challenging activities including sessions in which visually challenged patrons can handle 3D forms, such as sculptures, to activities in which young audiences might learn about ‘sonification’ techniques to render accessible visual works of art, to workshops where immigrants and first-generation citizens search to find a way to reflect themselves into the fabric of the nation. During this session we will hear from experts who are involved in this important work.

Today’s event is also part of Aalto Festival

Aalto Festival showcases the talents of Aalto University students, graduates and faculty. The festival is a collection of over 30 events, exhibitions, and seminars, and takes place in Helsinki and Espoo 18–31 May 2015.

In the Digi Breakfasts, Aalto university’s key digi themes are discussed within the Aalto community and with outside stakeholders. The events are open for everyone and they are arranged by Aalto Digi Platform which is Aalto’s new means of collaboration in the field of ICT and digitalisation, to maximize Aalto’s internal synergies in a non-exclusive manner, and to increase Aalto’s external visibility.

Aalto University is the leading university in Finland in the field of digitalization in the number of students, professors, publications or funding. In the field of ICT, Aalto belongs to the best 1% of all universities worldwide.

More information from: and (Digi Platform), (Digital Cultural Heritage), (Aalto’s Platforms).


Mauri Airila

Professor, Assoc. VP

Aalto University


Events in May 2015

 May 2015

12th Sound Theory at The Researchers’ Breakfast

8.30-10.30am Service Factory (Runebergsgatan 14-16, Helsinki) e37afabe-9dab-45e1-abfe-f6cb9e63398b

Join us to talk about urban planning by Sound Theory at The Researchers’ Breakfast on May 12th! A doctoral student and researcher Olli Hakanen will present his theory on sustainable creative action through a case study: how the introduction of a new system of mobility and a new concept of daily working hours converts a city of 600,000 inhabitants into a metropolis of 4,5 million. We have aslo invited professor Matti Vartiainen from the School of Science and the managing director and reseacher Seppo Laakso from Urban Research Ltd. to join the discussion on the topic.

The breakfast is served at the Service Factory (Töölö) at 8.30-10.30. Olli Hakanen starts his speech at 9:00. You are most warmly welcome to bring a friend – the breakfast event is open for everyone. To ensure there’s enough breakfast for everyone, please sign up here for the event or via banner below.

The Researchers’ Breakfast is organized in collaboration with Aalto Factories (MediaDesignService and Health) as well as Research Institute (Aalto ARTS)Research support services and International Relations.

18th Aalto Festival Opening

2–5pm at Bio Rex, Lasipalatsi (Mannerheimintie 22–24, Helsinki)

The opening launches a two-week festival showcasing the talents of Aalto University students, graduates, and academics.

At the opening you will hear interesting talks by top experts in various fields, all of whom are alumni of Aalto University. The speakers are Doctor of Arts, Professor Olga Goriunova, Doctor of Science (Econ.) Heikki Lempinen and Doctor of Science (Tech.) Ilmo Kukkonen, Professor of Solid Earth Geophysics.

After the talks, we’ll enjoy some refreshments in good company.  A selection of Helsinki School’s finest photographs from its 20-year history will be on display in the foyer.

Please register for the opening, preferably by 11 May at the Aalto Festival website. The opening programme will be held in English.



18th -30th  Aalto festival 2015

Aalto Festival showcases the talents of Aalto University students, graduates and faculty. The two-week festival is a collection of over 30 events, exhibitions and seminars. Aalto Festival takes place in various locations in Helsinki and Espoo 18–31 May. Come enjoy new experiences and hear interesting talks!

 19th  Digi Breakfast on Digital Culture Heritage

8-9.30 am Open Innovation House (OIH), Otaniementie 19, Espoo

Please register no later than 11 May at

and forward this invitation to your colleagues, too. Details at

Presentations by:

Prof. Eero Hyvönen, Research Director and Professor/Aalto University & University of Helsinki: Publishing Cultural Heritage on the Semantic Web as Linked Open Data – Tools, Services, and Applications of the Semantic Computing Research Group (SeCo)

Jukka Savolainen, Director/ Design Museum Helsinki: Digital media in the museum – a tool for visitor engagement or material for collections 

Heli Kautonen, Head of Services/ The National Library of Finland: Access improved – Finnish culture for creative industries in Finna

Hannu Häkkinen, Intendent & Keeper, The Picture Collections, National Board of Antiquities: Digital Cultural Heritage and the Picture Collections of the National Board of Antiquities: objectives and challenges

19th-24th Exhibition: SPRING—STEAM 2015 –  Footnote to a Graphic Design Programme

Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard), Helsinki

Opening reception, Tuesday 19 May from 16.00 – 21.00 Featuring Matti Kunttu (Tsto), Marion Robinson (Sanakuva Collective), Timo Berry (BOTH), Henri Pulkkinen (Paperi T), a performance by KOM MO NIS MI, and drinks and DJ.

Wednesday 20 May

10:00 Muotoilijan aamiainen

18.00 Guest speakers: Johannes Ekholm, Elisabeth Klement and Laura Pappa, (Asterisk Summer School), Åbäke

Thursday 21 May
17.00 Guest speakers: Indrek Sirkel and Anu Vahtra (Lugemik), Kaarle Hurtig (Kaarle & Kumppanit), Lauri Toikka (Schick Toikka)The exhibition will be open through Sunday 24 at the Design Forum Showroom, Erottajankatu 9 B (inner courtyard), Helsinki.Detailed event happenings and list of special guests: http://springsteam.aalto.fiJoin the Facebook event page:

28th Media Lab Demo Day

2-5pm 1st floor, Miestentie 3, 20150 Espoo

28th – 29th Contextualizing Marxism – Open Seminar and PhD Course

Aalto University Töölö Campus, Aalto BIZ Main building, Class room A-407 Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki.

This is a great and rare opportunity during the Spring term 2015 to participate on Aalto/BIZ seminars and collaborate and interact with the students from BIZ/Department of Organizational Communication, as well as an opportunity to study with the teaching faculty:

Aalto Distinguished Visiting Professor A. Fuat Firat, University of Texas – Pan American, USA, Professor Alan Bradshaw, Royal Holloway, University of London, and Professor James Fitchett, University of Leicester.

We all, Aalto ARTS/DoM Phd students, are warmly welcomed to attend the seminar by Professor Johanna Moisander, Dep of Org. Comm. Aalto BIZ students who wish to get credit points (1-3) for participating in the seminar may write a reflective essay on the lectures and learning material (TBC). Questions concerning information on credit points for us, Aalto ARTS/Dom Phd students, as well as signing up for the seminar, contact first Professor Lily Diaz.

If you know of future events that might interest the Department of Media research community, please let me know:

Critical, Expanded, Material: Re-thinking the Digital Humanities

A Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies/Sussex Humanities Lab Symposium

Monday, January 12th, 2015
Time: 1:30 – 5:30
Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabiankatu 24 A, Seminar Room 136, Ground Floor.

Tim Hitchcock, Professor of Digital History
‘Voices of Authority: recreating the trial experience using the Old Bailey Online’
Sally Jane Norman, Professor of Performance Studies
‘Performance and Live Data’
Dr. David Berry, Reader in Digital Media
Digital Humanities and the Post Digital (title to be confirmed)
Professor Caroline Bassett, Helsingin Sanomat Foundation Fellow, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies
‘A lateral theory of time travel: digital humanities, SF and influence’

Digital transformation is transforming cultural forms and practices as well as ways of researching and publishing. The objects as well as the tools and methods of humanist study are changing. In this context there is a growing realization of the need to re-invent digital humanities, to expand its reach, to develop critical modes of analysis, and explore new forms of cultural production. The Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL), a four year research programme based at the University of Sussex in the UK, is exploring these issues and the symposium is intended to develop a dialogue between the SHL and academics engaged with digital humanities in Finland.

Convenor/organizer Mikko Tolonen, HCAS.
Registration for this event is required but free of charge. Please register online.
Holding page for registration is:


Digital Economy 2014

Digital Economy 2014
Imperial College Business School
South Kensington, London
3-5 December 2014

As you may be aware, the All Hands Symposium is the principal annual event of the Research Councils UK Digital Economy programme. With its aim to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on the economy and other aspects of society the programme covers a broad range of technical fields. The symposium is unique in bringing together the UK’s most innovative research thinkers with key members of the industrial, entrepreneurial and finance communities. More information is available at:

This year’s event, DE/2014, is hosted by the Digital City Exchange project at Imperial College, at our South Kensington campus, London, and has an overarching theme of “The application of digital innovation.” The conference will explore the concepts at the heart of the global digital economy; from the cutting edge in digital economy research, technical challenges,  and user engagement, through to latest thinking on privacy and data sharing to exploring how to create value from digital data. These issues will be explored through a mixture of curated activities and open submissions, and there will be a Digital Economy Exhibition featuring posters, videos and  technical demonstrations.

DE/2014 is seeking Submissions! New Deadline – Monday 15th September 2014 midnight BST

Submissions are welcome from anyone in the research or industrial community whether funded by the RCUK Digital Economy Theme or not. We also welcome submissions from others active in or impacted by the Digital Economy.

DE/2014 submission relate to any aspect of the Digital Economy; topics may include, but are not limited to:

Innovation for the individual

•       Democratisation of IT
•       Anywhere Working
•       Personal Cloud

Innovation for society

•       Healthcare
•       Connected Home & Community
•       Digital Inclusion
•       IT as a Utility
•       Sustainable Society
•       Communities & Culture
•       Future Cities

Innovation for industry

•       E-commerce
•       New Economic Models
•       Creative Industries
•       Transport
•       Energy

Cross-cutting innovations

•       Sharing of Data
•       Visualisation
•       Trust, Security & Privacy
•       Computational Techniques
•       Evaluations of Impact

Submissions can be made via  or can be emailed

Submissions from doctoral students are particularly welcome, whether associated with one of the Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training or indeed other Digital Economy activity, and such papers will be reviewed separately to ensure representation of this body of work at the event.
For more information on submissions to DE/2014 please see

With kind regards,


Dr David Stokes
Programme Coordinator (Cross Faculty) – Digital City Exchange
Imperial College Business School
Tanaka Building
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ

T: +44 (0)20 7594 5218
Twitter: @DCExchange<>