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CITY SETS & MEDIA FACADES. International Seminar on Urban Media

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Organized in the context of two urban media art events, City Noises and Media Facades Festival, this event will be held in Media Centre Lume, Sampo Hall, Hämeentie 135 C, 00510 Helsinki

The seminar questions the meanings, functions and potentials of media in urban environments  – and highlights the role of artists and cultural producers in defining, designing and developing the emerging communicative practices of urban screens and media facades. This event is aimed for artists, designers, architects, researchers and others working within the urban and media spaces. We look forward to two days of lively debates during this seminar. Join us!

The seminar is co-organised by:

– Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture  / City Sets project: as part of World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 program with the City Noises project funded by the EU Culture Programme

 m-cult / Media Facades Festival 2012: as part of Helsinki Festival program with the European Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities project funded by the EU Culture Programme

Some of the invited speakers include:

Marja Seliger: is Professor of Graphic Design Research at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her doctoral dissertation (2008) was a research about visual rhetoric in outdoor advertising. Her research interests are communication design, visual culture, semiotics and visual ethnography. Marja Seliger is a professional graphic designer with an extensive experience in publishing design and educational material production in Finland and abroad. She worked six years as a UNESCO graphics and production expert in educational projects in Africa and in the Caribbean region. In 1990’s she led the graphic design department in Edita, a Finnish printing and publishing house. Since 2001 she has worked as a graphic design researcher and professor at the University of Lapland at the Aalto University.

Marja Seliger is the vice-president of Grafia, the Association of Professional Graphic Designers in Finland.

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Maureen Thomas: is a media artist working with spatially organised narrativity. She is a Senior Research Fellow (Screen Media and Cultures) of Churchill College, and a Senior Research Associate at the Digital Studio, Department of Architecture (, at the University of Cambridge. She has a particular interest in cinematic urban architectural narrative [see e.g. Thomas, M. 2012. ‘The moving image of the city – expressive space/inhabitation/narrativity’, pp. 281 – 310 in Penz, F. & A. Lu (ed.). “Urban Cinematics – Understanding Urban Phenomena through the Moving Image”. Bristol: Intellect].

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Remy Bourganel: Product and interaction designer by education, design researcher/strategist in practice, Remy does practice innovation by design since 1996 and through the lead of various advanced design studio in the mobile communication industry since 2001:

Mitsubishi Electric Telecom Europe, Samsung Design Europe, Alcatel (consulting) before joining Nokia Design in october 2004 to establish the first interaction design team and assume the creative direction of some strategic initiatives. These include the exploration of new forms of communication and presence in an always-on world as well as experience framework with generative tools to enhance an emotional relationship with the brand. Remy has contributed in the definition of the Nokia UI  DNA and the structuring of Nokia Design User Centred Design practices. He is now VP/head of UX in Orange vallée, an innovation accelarator, subsidiary of Orange reporting Orange CEO. He is also in charge of setting the Orange Service Design DNA. Remy Bourganel is also co-leading a research lab in EnsAD Lab Paris focused on new mobile communication forms. Finally Remy is setting-up a course about interaction and service design in EnsAD . Remy does also practice photography and exhibit his work regularly.

Franz Fischnaller: is a scholar, designer, producer and project manager, operating in the fields of art, design, communication and technology with more than 16 years of experience in the field of virtual reality, simulation, stereoscopy, interactive techniques and immersive technology.Fischnaller areas of interest and expertise are: Art, Design, virtual reality, interactive techniques, visual communication, 3D  animation, real-time simulation, immersive stereoscopic environments, virtual narrative, interactive storytelling, networking collaborative  learning environments(mobile technology), augmented reality, interactive design.

Current Area of Interest and ongoing research projects:

Bridging  and  intersecting design, architecture, and entertainment technology.
Integrating  artificial (Virtual) and augmented reality into  physical (Real) environment.
Integrating  “Real” and  “Virtual” architecture.
Virtual  augmented Windows.
Ultra High Definition immersive virtual reality (4K Stereo and 8K mono).
Ultra High Definition Imaging distributed on optic network (UHD-NET).
Haptic perception, intuitive navigation and interaction in immersive virtual environment user experience

Fischnaller has designed and produced a representative number of technological, artistic and scholarly works, including: immersive real time simulations, virtual reality applications (3D stereoscopic content), online collaborative shared environments, interactive installations, multi-user systems interfaces, creative interfaces and multi-user interactive installation (VR and Augmented Reality).

He  is the recipient of the Multimedia Grand Prix of Japan for the Multi Mega Book. He has received two Prix Ars Electronica awards: one for the project Lautriv Chromagnon Medusa and the other for Robot Avatars …Dreaming with Virtual Illusions. MMB & Renaissance was a selected film at Siggraph’ 96 screened at the Electronic Theatre, USA; SOE, the Space on Earth project was a Juried selected  animation  at SIGGRAPH 2009 Animation Festival. Other Juried selected  films were  by productions by Digital Domain, Columbia Pictures’, Sony Pictures Animation’s, and Pixar Animation Studio.

Fischnaller it Chief Designer &Production  Manager of F.A.B.R.I.CATORS  …Architects of Culture, Fabricators of Ideas



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City Sets featured in “A Nous Paris”

Friday, June 15th, 2012

City Sets exhibition by Aalto University  and EnSAD students in Paris, France has been featured in ‘A Nous Paris’ printed edition. As a free of charge magazine ‘A Nouse Paris’ is distributed weekly all over town with the most relevant information on events and happening in city.

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City Sets and At Hand by Heidi Tikka were also featured in the RATP Metro website, as a ‘must see’ exhibition on line 14 and Europe station until the 31st of August.