Doctor of Arts studies at Media Lab

DOM-L0003 Doctor of Arts at Media Lab Seminar
Responsible  teacher: Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen
Period: I-V (2017–2018)
During Academic Year 2017–2018 The Media Lab seminar meets once a month on Thursdays, from 16:00 – 19:00 at the Aalto University Harald Herlin Learning Centre, Otaniementie 9, Espoo (Otaniemi), 1st floor, Johanna meeting room.
Note: exceptions in dates/times may occur, see the updated info in the schedule below.

Workload: 3-6 credits each academic year. We meet a minimum of once a month for 3 hours. The time of the meetings is from 16:00-19:00. Participation in the seminar is required until thesis manuscript is ready for submission.

Learning outcomes: The objective of the seminar is to develop discussion and debate regarding the diverse aspects of the new media (and design) and it role in society at the local national level as well as within a global and international context.  Student present their doctoral research, conference presentations, and essays. An opponent is assigned for each presentation that can focus on the current state of the candidate’s work and which can include data gathering techniques, theory, methods, and envisioned conclusions.

In addition to the regular monthly meetings, complementary workshops, lectures, seminars and doctoral schools are offered on relevant topics. In the past these have included Memory, The Perceptive Body, and Archiving the New Media. In the summer of 2016 the topic of the school is Interpretation, Narrative and Identity. For the year 2017, the summer doctoral school will take place in August 29–31 at Aalto Design Factory, topic Event-driven Culture: Case Study the Visit. See here.

Assessment Methods and Criteria: Attendance and active participation are required. Students are required to prepare their own presentations and actively participate in discussions and reviews.

Study Material: The study material varies according to the works presented. A basic bibliography of significant titles in photography, new media, and visual communication is available at:

Evaluation: Pass/Fail
Registration: WebOodi
Language of Instruction: English.

Meeting dates for Spring 2018:

Thursday January 11, 2018, 4pm–6pm

Guest lecture by: 
PhD François Pachet, Director of Spotify Creator Technology Research Lab
‘Artificial Intelligence for music generation: the making of the album “Hello World”‘
Location: Johanna / Learning Centre

Friday January 12, 2018, 12pm–2pm

Doctoral Defence
Public examination of M.Soc.Sci. Pirkka Åman’s doctoral dissertation Musical Serendipity. Designing for Contextual Music Recommendation and Discovery.
Location: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, lecture hall 822, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560, Helsinki, FI  See here.

Thursday January 18, 2018, 4pm–6pm

Guest lecture by: 
Dr.polit Dagny Stuedahl:

Friday January 19, 2018, 12pm–2pm

Doctoral Defence
Public examination of MA Sanna Marttila’s doctoral dissertation Infrastructuring for Cultural Commons.
Location: Aalto University School of Business, Nokia Hall, Runeberginkatu 14-16, 00560, Helsinki, FI  See here.

Friday February 2, 2018, 10:00–12:00, Otakaari 1 X, lecture room A1

Guest lecture by: 
Yannis Rochat, University of Lausanne.
See more here.
See also:

Thursday February 15, 2018, 4pm–7pm

NinFeng Zhang
Francisco Martinez
See abstracts.

Thursday March 22, 2018, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Heli Rantavuo, guest lecture: Designing for People in the Age of Machine Learning
Iida Hietala: Self-Creation Through Arts Consumption and Digital Content Production
See abstracts.

Thursday April 19, 2018, 5pm–8pm note the change in time

Presentations by:
Andy Best-Dunkley
Guest Sally Davidson

Thursday May 3, 2018, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Marikki Hakola
Guest speaker: Prof. Pentti Määttänen
See abstracts.

Past dates – Fall 2017:

Thursday September 21, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Yrjö Tuunanen
Pirkka Åman
See the abstracts.

Thursday October 26, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Jane Vita
Jihye Lee
See the abstracts.

Thursday November 23, 2017, 4pm–7pm

Presentations by:
Khalil Klouche
Professor Jari Saramäki, Dept. of Computer Science
About networks
See the abstracts.

NOTE CHANGE OF DATE / TIME Wednesday December 13, 2017, 3pm–5pm

Pecha Kucha session: 3+3 presenters (short pitches)
Together with Department of Media and Department of Design

DOM Presentations by:
Khalil Klouche: Designing for Information Exploration
Yrjö Tuunanen: Narrative Transparency in Online Journalism

DOD Presentations by:
Elif Öztekin: Eco-settlements as Niche Innovations for Sustainability Transitions

Past dates – Spring 2017:

Kata Szita (PhD. candidate at University of Gotheburg and visiting researcher):
Opponent: Jelena Rosic
Click here for the abstract.

Tatu Blomqvist: Removing the frame: Documentary in virtual reality
Andrew Paterson: Autoarchaeologies of an artist-organiser
See the abstracts.

Lecture by Jussi Parikka, Professor at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton) and author of What is Media Archeology? (Polity Press, UK) and Geology of Media (University of Minnesota Press) among others.

23.03.2017 NOTE: classroom 426 (new room next to the lobby)
Jana Pejoska: Digital learning tools based on embodied experience
Sanna Marttila: Infrastructuring and Commoning for Cultural Commons
See the abstracts.

11.05.2017, classroom 426
Guest lecture by Nina Czegledy, artist, curator, educator (CAN): Art as a Catalyst.
Andrea Mancianti: Ecosystem and experience: composing and orchestrating for mixed reality immersive environments, opponent Archontis Politis.
View session:

Past dates – Fall 2016:

Media Lab Seminar. First meeting of the academic year. General introduction, presentation and debate. (Hung Han Chen)

Media Lab Seminar. Presentation and debate. (Mamdooh Afdile)

27 October, 2016
Show me the Money! The New Economy of Visual Artists in the Global Village – A one-day seminar at Korjaamo organized by Kuvasto, Grafia, and Aalto University including presentations, workshops and a debate with key players from local and international contexts.

1–2 November, 2016
Convergence of Artistic Media – A conference organized by University of Helsinki, Aalto University, University of Tampere and University of Arts Helsinki. To be held at the University of Helsinki.

Prospective plenary speakers of the conference are Irina Rajewsky (Berlin), Jason Gaiger (Ruskin School of Arts, Oxford), Luis Bruni (University of Aalborg), John Richardson (University of Turku). A peer-reviewed publication based on a selection of the articles presented is planned.


17.11.2016  DATE/TIME CHANGED: new time Wednesday 16 November, from 14:30-16:30, room 433 (Paja)

– Exploring the impact of narrative re-embodiment experiences in virtual reality
on the boundaries of body, identity and self.
by Daniel Landau


1–3 December, 2016
3D media and fabrication for heritage and storytelling – A three- day “hands on, minds on” event focused on management and realization of open source creative projects organized by the Renewable Futures network and Innovative Hybrid Laboratories group.

Presentation and debate
by Jelena Rosic

+ Guest lecture:
Timo Honkela, University of Helsinki:
Read more: 

See you there!

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