Media Lab Helsinki

Enactive Avatar

Enactive Avatar

A shared drama entangles you and Enactive Avatar into non-verbal experience of co-presence in life and death. On-going…

Video scenarios in medical education

Video scenarios in medical education

The project analyses video scenarios used in medical education, and develops new scenarios for medical schools. On-going…

Life is an Image

Life as an Image

An art & science project explores cultural phenomenas of alienation by means of image making and 3d sensing. On-going…


Play Me

An interactive roleplay with smartphones, where one minute is one year and every spectator plays the life of another one. On-going…

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Research on intersubjectively shared, embodied underpinnings of the human mind engaged with drama.


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Interactive cinema format based on viewers’ unconscious psychophysiological responses (enaction).



Digital poetry application for iPad based on the Antikythera mechanism and Saila Susiluoto’s poems.

City Noises

The EU Culture artistic research project experiments with different creative practices to explore local and global urban identities.


Guests of Honour

The installation explores coincidence in figurative narrative that consists of orientalist G. A. Wallin’s (1811–1852) portraits made during his journeys in the Middle East.

Unperformed – Installation

An experimental installation and tools investigation inspired by Ooppera Skaala’s Great Conspiracy – The Opera.

Great Conspiracy – The Opera

A new breed of audiovisual performance best described by the term multimedia opera.

City Sets

A research, education and media art project exploring visual & multimodal urban identities, as well as spatial, multilinear and associative narratives in cities.

Culture Planet

A concept development project dealing with interface design, data narration and visualization using semantic ontologies in the context of cultural information.

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.

Hei Homo! Hello Homo!

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

DIMEKE Narrative Product Development

DIMEKE – Content Development for Digital Media 2009–2011 is a Finnish national initiative, supported by the European Social Fund.

The second edition of Alan01 engages the user in a dialogue with a fictional Alan, as if his consciousness had been coded into a machine at the time of his death.

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The Turing Machine Cross Media Experimental Production investigates associational storytelling and interaction structures, demonstrating human-machine communication.

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Want a romantic version of Star Wars? Or your own cut of Big Brother? A new EU project aims to personalise our viewing and create a new media genre.


Accidental Lovers

Hybrid of mobile phone messaging chat and black comedy series for television and broadband media


Games and storytelling

Lecture presentations introducing industry case histories, providing contextual, historical and cultural background for deeper understanding in game design.


SALERO aims at making cross media-production for games, movies and broadcast faster, better and cheaper.


Interactive Narratives in Cross-media Systems explores interactive narrative concepts for digital media, including computer games, cinema, internet, digital TV and soundscapes.

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Artistic research production and study project in the Crucible Studio and Media Lab.


Runedance – myth for today

RuneDance / RuneDrum is conceived as a chance-based multimedia work based on Finnish mythology and the traditional Singing of Tales.

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Cross-media programme consisting of a TV-show, Internet and mobile media site that all utilize a common database.

Arkkikone_iso-thumbArkkikone (IntelCities)

As part of the IntelCities research and technological development project, the Crucible has developed the “Arkkikone” web application in collaboration with the City of Tampere.


Dance on Demand / Myths for the Day

Dance on Demand features a new content format and genre for interactive television and mobile devices.



IntelCities was a research and development project to pool knowledge of electronic government, planning systems and citizen participation from across Europe.

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I became a lion wearing a crown! – IN THE HOOD researches city planning by the means of storytelling.

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Bot Alchemy is Douwe-Sjoerd Boschman’s experiment to see what semi-random generated speech can do for interactive database narratives.

City Noises

is a three country (Finland, Hungary, UK) artistic research project supported by EU Culture Programme. It  uses different creative practices to explore the interaction between local and global identities in the age of dramatic social change in urban environments.

The project creates at least three investigative art works (below) to explore the hopes, dreams and challenges faced by different communities in European localities. The works are shown in three promotional events between Aug-Sept 2012 in the partner cities:

London 4 Aug 2012 Intervention

As a part of the cultural celebrations surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games, the coordinating partner Stream (UK) creates an evening and late night intervention in a small park between Glenister Gardens and East Greenwich Pleasaunce.  Artists present their work as a part of the East Greenwich Community Festivals. City Noises will also collaborate with the Peninsula Festival, which has the strap line “Get in touch with the Dutch,” as est. 4500 Dutch visit the local area then.

Helsinki 23–24 August 2012 Intervention & Seminar

As a part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme and the Helsinki Festivals’ Night of the Arts, Crucible Studio (Finland)  organises a media art intervention and urban media seminar together with m-cult and City Sets. On Thu 23 Aug evening artists’ work takes over the Bear Park (Karhupuisto) in the Kallio district of Helsinki. The seminar runs through 23-24 Aug in the Media Centre Lume Sampo Hall.

Budapest 21-23 Sept 2012 Intervention

As a part of the Placcc International Arts Festival 2012, Szövetség’39 (Hungary) arranges artists’ showing. The motto of the ten-day festival is “Art that takes you by surprise:” the festival presents works of art that can be realised outside the walls of galleries and theatres, e.g. in public spaces and other unusual sites. The site for the City Noises showing is the Erzsébet Square in the downtown of the city.



‘Hey Homo’ by Jaakko Pesonen & Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola / Crucible Studio

The installation offers a tragicomic experience of people’s stereotypes about minorities in urban communities. Three archetypically Finnish women of three successive generations comment passers-by with homophobic notions, varying between clichés drawn from media, “science” and various belief systems. ‘Hello Homo!’ consists of three flat screens and computers mounted on a metal structure. The work senses the presence of the people passing by and reacts accordingly: the women try to catch the people’s attention in order to share their thoughts.


‘London Tree’ by Evan Raskob & Rob McNeill / Ravensbourne (UK) & Stream

London Tree is an interactive art installation investigating the lack of communication across different social groups and classes in London’s public spaces. Modelled on the territorial songs of city birds such as sparrows, the installation consists of a modified tree in a public space suspended with a collection of sound-emitting sculptures representing real London citizens of contrasting socioeconomic backgrounds. The sculptures sing territorial songs to one another in response to sounds from the environment around them, and to one another, in patterns modelled on the dispersion of birdsong in the wild.


‘No Distance. No Contact.’ by Anna Baróthy, Melinda Bozsó, Csenge Kolozsvári & Ágoston ‘Stc’ Nagy / Szövetség ’39

The interactive sound-installation aims to present the changes of non-perceptible energy field between persons via aural perception. People who take part in the installation will experience a complex, sensual sound field that has a special, constantly changing pattern. Participants can influence this pattern through proximity to other users and elements in the space. The installation consists of customized headphones, smartphones and a server that will manage the network.



CITY SETS & MEDIA FACADES International Seminar on Urban Media

Is organized in the context of two urban media art events, City Noises and Media Facades Festival,  both opening on the Night of the Arts (23.08). The seminar is targeted to artists, designers, architects, researchers and others working within the urban and media spaces. We look forward to lively debates with participants during the two seminar days. Welcome!


The seminar is jointly 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

Registration form:

Watch the presentations by City Noises participants in the City Sets and Media Facades Festival youtube



City Noises presence at PLACCC was very much noticed, the works presented were recieved with excellent reviews and a welcoming audience. For more images please visit our Facebook page

Photo by Ádám Dörögdi






Photo by Ádám Dörögdi



Photo by Ádám Dörögdi






Photo by Ádám Dörögdi

Photo by Ádám Dörögdi

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