Media Lab Helsinki
September 1st, 2016 - Crucible Studio hosting SCSMI2017 in Helsinki and Midnight Sun Film Festival

September 1st, 2016 - Call for Papers SCSMI2017 HELSINKI

June 14th, 2016 - To the Memory of Mika Lumi Tuomola 1971-2016

March 23rd, 2016 - SYSTEMIC STORYTELLING & BRAIN: Narrative Perspectivism & Enactive Cinema

January 26th, 2016 - Jaakko Pesonen / Human Class 5.2.–28.2.2016 Valokuvakeskus Peri

January 22nd, 2016 - BERLINALE 2016 features a film edited by our doctoral student Jelena Rosic

October 28th, 2015 - Antikythera and Ariadne: Great reviews in Helsingin Sanomat Oct 25

October 21st, 2015 - H.E. the President Dilma Rousseff visiting Otaniemi Campus

September 23rd, 2015 - PLAY ME 27th + 28th September 2015 @ LeSPACE 9:00 – 13:00

September 22nd, 2015 - JOIN NOW! Workshop on Interactive 3D models from Photos – 26-27 Sept

September 12th, 2015 - Films+Games=Awesome Bergman – Fårö Sept 7-9 2015

August 20th, 2015 - Antikythera available for iPads in the App Store

August 12th, 2015 - OBSERVEMUS – A Travelogue of Light, Time and Mankind – 20-30 August 2015 in the Helsinki Observatory

June 3rd, 2015 - Do not miss Towards a Science of Consciousness Helsinki June 8-13

June 3rd, 2015 - “Emerging from darkness” QPP2015 May 30, 2015

May 19th, 2015 - Media Lab Demo Day 28 May 2015

May 15th, 2015 - Antikythera research production summer events 28 May – 30 Aug 2015

May 13th, 2015 - Crucible Studio’s director changes in September: Ciao, Pia! Arrivederci, Lumi!

April 22nd, 2015 - Digital Creativity Journal: Call for Special Issue Contributions on *Post-Anthropocentric Creativity*

April 9th, 2015 - Pioneer in mirror neuron research Professor Vittorio Gallese at the Architecture and Empathy seminar 21 April 2015, from 1:30 pm to 6 pm

April 8th, 2015 - Pet/Prisoner/Pensioner at Forumbox 4-26 April 2015

March 11th, 2015 - Great minds crossing borders at Aalto MEG Core

March 10th, 2015 - Open invitation to Riksteatern’s Performing Arts Technologies seminars in Åland 23-25 April 2015

February 23rd, 2015 - GIN, Narrative Film Fridays 27 Feb – 15 May 2015!

February 19th, 2015 - Welcome to a lecture on Embodied cognition by Mark Johnson Monday March 9 at 10:15-11:00

February 19th, 2015 - Pia Tikka on Neuroaesthetics Tuesday 24.2. 18-20 @ KuvA

January 19th, 2015 - Marianne Selsjord’s “Marvellous Transformations” 25 Jan – 1 Feb 2015 in Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

December 18th, 2014 - Greetings of the Season!

December 12th, 2014 - Media Lab Demo Day 16 Dec 12-17:00

December 9th, 2014 - Antikythera receives the AVEK DigiDemo subsidy & Kone Foundation grant

November 14th, 2014 - “Project Antikythera” in the Jano poetry journal

September 19th, 2014 - Media Lab 20 Years: Exhibitions open until 1 Oct & Seminar 25 September 2014

August 25th, 2014 - Filmmaker-researcher Pia Tikka joins the Crucible Studio

August 25th, 2014 - Congratulations, Doctor Laurie Anderson!

August 17th, 2014 - Media Facades 21-24 Aug 2014

May 27th, 2014 - “Good Storytelling is Designing Clarity”

May 27th, 2014 - Media Lab Demo Day 27 May 2014


January 26th, 2014 - “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” A. Nin & GGJ 2014

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

January 8th, 2014 - At Hand Revisited 2-19 Jan 2014

January 8th, 2014 - New Year, New Premises

December 3rd, 2013 - Riikka Pelo’s “Our Daily Life” wins the Finlandia Prize

November 28th, 2013 - Crucible Studio@Media Lab Helsinki participatory live stream of Ada Lovelace on Fri 29 Nov 2013

November 28th, 2013 - The DESIS Philosophy Talk #2.1 Featured Storytelling & Social Innovation in the Cumulus Dublin Conference

November 4th, 2013 - Aki Suzuki Spirits’ “Aino – Kalevala” presents Crucible Studio’s Multiscreen Performance System 15-23 November 2013

July 16th, 2013 - Turing Machine Opera in Manchester 22 July

May 31st, 2013 - Hello Homo! @ Delight and Prejudice 11 June – 18 August 2013

January 21st, 2013 - Independent Film & New Media Movements in China at Kiasma

January 11th, 2013 - Chill Out Year 2013

October 30th, 2012 - The Digital Creativity “Collaboration & Community” Special Issue

September 3rd, 2012 - Hello Homo! goes PLACCC (Budapest, Hungary) and Forumbox (Helsinki, Finland)

June 27th, 2012 - CITY SETS & MEDIA FACADES. International Seminar on Urban Media

June 15th, 2012 - City Sets featured in “A Nous Paris”

April 30th, 2012 - CITY SETS. Discover the design. World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 exhibition

March 26th, 2012 - City Sets Paris workshop

March 8th, 2012 - City Sets workshop started

February 10th, 2012 - The City Sets exhibition is part of the Paris “Designer’s Days / 1-2-3-Helsinki, Design en Seine” event

November 10th, 2011 - City Sets in the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme

October 13th, 2011 - Fred Fuchs visits on Thu 3 November

October 10th, 2011 - Call for Papers: Collaboration and Community

May 16th, 2011 - Media Lab Helsinki Demo Day 26 May 2011

May 4th, 2011 - Welcome to the Masters of Arts festival 2011!

April 4th, 2011 - Master’s thesis presentations in Media Lab Helsinki 2-3 May 2011

February 1st, 2011 - Forthcoming – The Great Conspiracy Opera

January 31st, 2011 - OPEN 140 – The School of Art and Design since 1871

December 13th, 2010 - Welcome to the Media Lab Helsinki Christmas Demo Day on Thu 16 Dec 2010!

October 16th, 2010 - Welcome to “Alan01” in ACM Multimedia Art Exhibit “Colorito” 26 Oct – 6 Nov 2010 in Palazzo Médici Riccardi, Firenze, Italy!

October 4th, 2010 - Registration open: City Sets and Narrative seminar, Helsinki 15-16 Nov 2010

August 24th, 2010 - “At Hand” opens 27 Aug 2010

August 18th, 2010 - "A Bite" at Asolo International Art Festival

July 9th, 2010 - alan01 at ACM Multimedia 2010

June 23rd, 2010 - Happy Birthday, Alan Turing

June 23rd, 2010 - Director Mika 'Lumi' Tuomola's keynote at CREATE10

June 8th, 2010 - Last chance to see Masters of Arts 2010

May 20th, 2010 - Media Lab Demo Day May

May 18th, 2010 - Crucible Studio's Director on air and on-line

May 12th, 2010 - DIMEKE web launch

May 10th, 2010 - alan01 installation at Masters of Arts

April 22nd, 2010 - CREATIVE MEETING POINT at Lasipalatsi 12th May 2010 5-7 pm

February 26th, 2010 - Digital Living Initiative at UC3M, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

October 27th, 2009 - Crucible at ACMM 2009 Beijing

September 16th, 2009 - 2009 EUROPRIX Quality Seal to Turing Machine

August 27th, 2009 - Mika 'Lumi' Tuomola keynote speaker at ISEA2009

June 4th, 2009 - Turing Machine

September 1st, 2008 - New Producer at Crucible Studio

February 23rd, 2008 - Turing Machine Opera and Turing Enigma bot

SYSTEMIC STORYTELLING & BRAIN: Narrative Perspectivism & Enactive Cinema

Open seminar day 23 March 2015 at 10:00-17:00:

SYSTEMIC STORYTELLING & BRAIN: Narrative Perspectivism & Enactive Cinema
in the context of the Product Service System Design course ”Sci-fi & Fantasy: Systemic Storytelling for Design” by prof. Mika ’Lumi’ Tuomola & dr. Ilaria Mariani


chaired by prof. Mika ’Lumi’ Tuomola
10:00 – 12:30 Screening & discussion:
”Her” (2013, dir. Spike Jonze). Warner Bros. Pictures, US.
A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating
system that’s designed to meet his every need. Visiting professors Mauri Kaipainen &
Pia Tikka pinpoint significances for Nietzschean perspectivism and enactive cinema, as
we jointly discuss the consequences for narrative, character-based systems design.

14:00-15:00 Lecture & discussion:
Mauri Kaipainen: The ontospace model of shared film experience in individual perspectives
A cognitive science theoretical framework inspired by Nietzschean perspectivism is
presented that provides explanatory instruments for the analysis of shared and individual
movie experience, with reflections on narrative design. The concept of shared ontospace
is introduced, together with a model of perspective-taking. This is further discussed in
the light of a Husserl-based model of temporal experience, termed narrative nowness,
together with its application in a neuroscience experiment. References to Her are made
on the way.

15:15-16:15 Lecture & discussion:
Pia Tikka: Intersubjectively shared narrative sense-making – a neurocinematic approach
Narratives simulate everyday life in its full situational and contextual complexity. In
general it is assumed that one’s comprehension of narratives relies on idiosyncratic life experience, the rich multiplicity of lived-by world events, as argued by the theories of
embodied mind. However, recently so-called neurocinematic studies have shown that
viewers’ brains tick together when watching same narrative film. Based on findings in
naturalistic neuroimaging experiments studies (Hasson et al. 2004, Bartels & Zeki 2004,
Jääskeläinen et al. 2008) it can be argued that we humans do share life-experiences to
a greater extent than we perhaps are willing to admit. This is referred to as intersubjective correlation. Indeed, films can provide practical starting points for studying how similarly or differently subjects respond to certain complex socio-emotional situations, and further, how human brain responds to complex stories such as films with long duration.
I will present observations from our recent neurocinematic studies on what might be
called as “narrative brain networks.” In one study we showed differences between
viewers’ brain activity who watched a narrative drama film in comparison to those
watching a non-narrative experimental film. In another, we could identify what we call
narrative brain networks by comparing data collected from subjects viewing a film and
reading film’s screenplay. As the last case I will discuss the differences between the
viewers’ brain responses when viewing a chronologically unfolding narrative against
those watching unfolding of a puzzle film narrative. The presentation will provide
neuroscientific insights to how human mind makes sense of cinematic narratives.

Uri Hasson, Ohad Landesman, Barbara Knappmeyer, Ignacio Vallines, Nava Rubin,
David J. Heeger, “Neurocinematics: The Neuroscience of Film,” in Projections, no. 2,
2008, pp.1–26
Andreas Bartels, Semir Zeki, “The chronoarchitecture of the human brain—natural
viewing conditions reveal a time-based anatomy of the brain,” in NeuroImage, vol. 22,
no. 1, May 2004, pp. 419-433.
Iiro P Jääskeläinen, Katri Koskentalo, Marja H Balk, Taina Autti, Jaakko Kauramäki,
Cajus Pomren, and Mikko Sams, “Inter-subject synchronization of prefrontal cortex
hemodynamic activity during natural viewing,” in Open Neuroimaging Journal 2, 2008,
pp. 14–19.
Pia Tikka (2008). Enactive Cinema: Simulatorium Eisensteinense. Helsinki: University of Art and Design Publications.
Francisco Varela, Evan Thompson and Eleanor Rosch (1991). The Embodied Mind:
Cognitive Science and Human Experience. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
Kauttonen, Janne; Kaipainen, Mauri; Tikka, Pia (2014). Model of Narrative Nowness for
Neurocinematic Experiments. -5th Workshop on Computational Models of Narrative,
Quebec City, Canada, July 31-August 2, 2014. Volume 41, 77-87.
Kaipainen, M.; Hautamäki, A. (2015). A Perspectivist Approach to Conceptual Spaces. –
Zenker, F. and Gärdenfors, P. (eds.) (2015). Applications of Conceptual Spaces: The
Case for Geometric Knowledge Representation (Synthese Library Volume 359).
Dordrecht: Springer. Dordrecht: Springer.
Mauri Kaipainen, PhD, professor, Södertörn University, Sweden,
has a background in musicology and cognitive science. He is a
researcher of perspectivism in cognition and experience, as
applied to a range of domains, inclusive interactive narrative.
Pia Tikka, PhD, filmmaker-researcher, is director of Crucible
Studio at the Department of Media, Aalto University School of Arts,
Design and Architecture, Finland. She has directed feature films
Daughters of Yemanjá (Brazil-Finland 1996) and Sand Bride
(Finland 1998), a participatory film-game The Third Woman, and
worked in international productions. Her biosensor-based Enactive
Cinema Obsession (2005) gained Möbius Prix Nordic interactive
storytelling award. She is an author of book Enactive Cinema:
Simulatorium Eisensteinense (2008), and publishes widely in the
fields of art and science. Previously a key member in the Aalto
University’s research projects Enactive Media (2009-2011) and
aivoAALTO (2009-2014), currently, her NeuroCine team applies
neuroimaging methods to study embodied basis of creative
imagination, storytelling, and enactive media.
Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola is associate professor in Design at
Politecnico di Milano. He researches and teaches
generative/interactive storytelling and participatory drama in new
media. As an internationally awarded writer, dramaturge and
director, his artistic productions include the web drama “Daisy’s
Amazing Discoveries” (Coronet Interactive 1996), avatar and game
world designs for “WorldsAway” (ICL-Fujitsu 2000), moving image
installations “Myths for One” (Media Lab Helsinki 2002) and
“Alan01” (Jaakko Pesonen & Crucible Studio 2008), the dark
musical comedy series “Accidental Lovers” for television and
mobile devices (Yle 2006-7) and tactile poetry app “Antikythera”
(Saila Susiluoto & Taiste 2015). He’s visiting artist and researcher
at University of Cambridge, UK, and in the editorial board of Digital
Creativity journal, published by Routledge, Oxford, UK.