Archive for January, 2014

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” A. Nin & GGJ 2014

Sunday, January 26th, 2014


The quote by Anaïs Nin (Seduction of the Minotaur) is the theme of the Global Game Jam 2014. Crucible Studio’s director Mika ‘Lumi’ will be judging the Jam outcomes as a member of the jury in the  Cologne Game Lab event on 26 Sunday 2014 and give the talk “Play-within-play” on interactive drama on Monday.

(While the Minotaur quote has been referred to Talmudic origins, also, of course, Hamlet considers the reflection of mankind itself as the  purpose of ‘playing’:

“…the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the
first and now, was and is, to hold, as ’twere, the
mirror up to nature…”)

Alan01 in the Space Station Sixty-Five Gallery, London, 21 March – 10 May 2014

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Alan01_5_jaakko_pesonenThe Crucible Studio production Alan01 by the visiting artist (2009-12) Jaakko Pesonen et al. will be exhibited in the “Northern Souls”  exhibition of the Space Station Sixty-Five gallery, London,UK,  21 March – 10 May 2014. The exhibition presents a wide array of Finnish contemporary artists who focus on minorities and minority experience. Curated by Minna Haukka & Arto Korhonen, the exhibition features the following artists in addition to Pesonen: Minna Haukka, Marja Helander, Dzamil Kamanger, Arto Korhonen, Jouni Kujansuu & Heikki Rapo, Markku Laakso & Annika Dahlsten, Outi Pieksi, Anne Siirtola, Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Minna Suoniemi, Timo Väntsi and Tom Linkinen.

sentenceThe Alan01 production was started as a part of the SALERO EU project in 2009 and is based on the life and work of Alan Turing (1912-1954), a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science. He made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was “an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician” (A. Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma). His sexual orientation lead to prosecution, probation and chemical castration. Alan died after eating an apple laced with cyanide. His death was ruled a suicide.

moa2010-table1“Pesonen’s devout work (Alan01) feels like Turing himself was resuscitated in the form of the machine… The viewer stands in distance, like an executioner and researcher, ready to give an electrical shock by the push of a button. Pesonen’s work is a melancholic attempt to revive the already lost victim, who lives by the force of artificial intelligence he himself researched and idealised… Pesonen’s robot utopia is a lyrical and melancholy tableau of eternity and life, presenting a gap between logic and emotion. The man convicted of human crime can only be released in the form of the machine.”

Mustekala Review (4 Oct 2012 by Jaakko Uoti) of the Forum Box exhibition “Man Machines”

At Hand Revisited 2-19 Jan 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014



“Heidi Tikka’s exhibition Kosketusetäisyys – Within reach feels a very fresh start of the year. Her works particularly need to be touched, not just looked at. They break the distance between the viewer and the artwork, and downright demand for physical intimacy.”

 – Helsingin Sanomat 12 Jan 2014 Review by Harri Mäcklin


Heidi Tikka revisits and -visions “At Hand” in her Gallery Sculptor exhibit “Kosketusetäisyys – Within reach” 2-19 Jan 2014.

The work was last shown in the Paris City Sets exhibition Summer 2012 in the metro station Europe and Institut Finlandais.

New Year, New Premises

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

kunniavieraatWith Media Lab, Crucible Studio has moved to Aalto University‘s Otaniemi campus, while the rest of ARTS will follow us within two years to the new campus. The studio will still continue to use the Arabia campus production premises and Media Centre Lume, when necessary.

Our new address is:

Crucible Studio / Media Lab Helsinki, Department of Media
Aalto University ARTS (School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
PO Box 16500, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland

Visiting address:

Room 412 (Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola), 4th floor
Miestentie 3, 02150 Espoo
Happy New Year!