Archive for August, 2010

“At Hand” opens 27 Aug 2010

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

“At Hand” by Heidi Tikka (software design by Teemu Korpilahti) opens on the City Wall Helsinki in Lasipalatsi in the Helsinki Festival Night of Arts on Friday 27 August, 2010. “At Hand” is an interactive piece designed for touch screens in public space. The project is about urban gestures, micro spaces of the street and the possibility of encountering otherness. Its starting point is in European flows of migration and specifically the recent appearance of beggars in Helsinki’s city spaces. How should we encounter and respond to the new gestures of plea directed towards us?

The project explores the experiential and expressive possibilities of multi-user touch interaction via an orchestration of intimate close-ups of gesturing hands, and the dynamics of the touch interface. It is custom designed for the MultiTouch screen technology and will be presented on the CityWall interactive screen installed at Lasipaltsi in the centre of Helsinki.

Heidi Tikka is a media artist and researcher whose work explores the interfaces between affect and technology, the private and the public. Her work has been shown internationally and she was the recipient of the first AVEK Media Art award (2004) and the Prix Möbius Nordica Innovation award (2005). “At Hand” is a part of her doctoral research at Media Lab Helsinki.

The project  is produced for the Media Facades 2010 festival in collaboration with MultiTouch Ltd. and co-produced by the artist with the m-cult Association of Media Culture and Crucible Studio, Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto University School of Art and Design. Its development is supported by a grant from the Aalto University Media Factory.

At Hand at Media Facades:

http://www.mediafacades.eu/node/118

http://m-cult.org/projects/hand

Media Facades at Helsinki Festival 2010:

http://www.helsinginjuhlaviikot.fi/fi/media-facades

At Hand at Crucible Studio:

http://crucible.mlog.taik.fi/productions/at-hand

At Hand

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

At Hand
At Hand is an interactive piece designed for touch screens in public space. The project is about urban gestures, micro spaces of the street and the possibility of encountering otherness.

"A Bite" at Asolo International Art Festival

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The short film “A Bite”, a production by Crucible Studio at Aalto University’s Media Lab, has been selected to be screened at the Asolo International Art Festival (A.I.A.F.).

The festival is organized in Foresto, Italy, from 27th August to 5th September 2010. “A Bite” was one of the 74 selected works from among 606 entries.

The film is a collaboration between Virva E Auvinen, Maija Hirvonen, Katri Lassila and Heli Sorjonen. It was produced as part of the Turing Impact High Definition professional training workshop, organized at Media Lab and Media Centre Lume in Spring 2009. This workshop investigated associational storytelling structures for scripting, shooting and editing documentary/fiction on the impact of Alan Turing and the digital computer on contemporary culture.. The project was supported by SALERO, and Integrated Project (2006-2009) for the research and development of cross-media productions, co-funded by the European Union through the IST programme under FP6.

Watch “A Bite” here.

For full credits see the project website.

More information about A.I.A.F: www.asolofilmfestival.it

Hei Homo! / Hello Homo!

Friday, August 13th, 2010

Hei Homo! Hello Homo!

The interactive video installation in public space investigates (online) prejudice towards minorities.