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.

Suitcase-thumbTulse Luper Journey

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.

arabianasukas-thumbIn the Hood (IntelCities)

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.

Hei homo!

Interactive video installation in urban public spaces & gallery
(in Finnish with English/Hungarian subtitles)

Guess how I knew you were a homo?

Three characters present online comments on homosexuality as tragicomic everyday beliefs and offer you a personal encounter with prejudice.

The video trailer in YouTube.

The introduction video in Vimeo.

Hello Homo! in Man Machines 29.09. – 21.10.2012.

The touring event in Facebook.

The artistic research production investigates how to represent and narrate online content in public space in order to reveal prejudice underneath the mainstream of legal and sociocultural acceptance of minorities. The research questions include the audiovisual dramatisation and production of the content, user presence sensitive interactive and generative media narrative, and public place installation design in various contexts.

The tour:

– London, East Greenwich Community Festival (work-in-progress showing) 4.8.2012
– Helsinki Festival’s Night of the Arts (opening) 23-24.8.2012
– Budapest PLACCC 2012 Festival, 21.9.->
– Helsinki Forum Box (gallery opening) 28.9.-21.10.2012


Idea & concept: Jaakko Pesonen & Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola
Realisation, direction & design: Jaakko Pesonen
Actors: Sara Paavolainen, Vera Kiiskinen & Laura Birn
Technical interaction design & realisation: Rasmus Vuori & Andy Best
Editing: Samu Kuukka
Make-up & hair: Mari Tuisku
Production: Crucible Studio (artistic dir. Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola, production manager Tania Rodriguez Garcia), Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Media / Media Lab Helsinki, as a part of the City Noises EU Culture project that has been funded with support from the European Commission: City Noises, the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, The Finnish Cultural Foundation and the City Sets World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 project: City Sets.

THANKS to Antti Eho, Maureen Thomas, Ilpo Kari, Pekka Salonen, Riikka Pelo, Maikki Vierumäki, Johanna Leinonen, Anna Arsniva, Lily Diaz & All Helpful Homo Sapiens Involved.


“Hello Homo!” interactive video installation will premiere on the 23rd of August at 19:00-21:00 hrs. as part of the City Noises group within the
City Sets and Media Facades International Seminar on Urban Media.

Registration free!

View trailer:


Watch the Hello Homo! project presentation by Jaakko Pesonen in the City Sets and Media Facades Festival (23-24.08.2012) at Aalto University Lume Center. Helsinki, Finland.


After Night of the Arts debut and succsess Hello Homo! took part in PLACCC ( 21-25.09.2012, Budapest, Hungary) 

photo by Ádám Dörögdi








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From the 29.09-21.10 Hello Homo! will be at Forumbox accompanied by Alan01 (Crucible Studios / Jaakko Pesonen production, 2010) installation which engages the viewer in dialogue with a fictional Alan Turing, as if Turing’s consciousness had been coded into a machine at the time of his death in 1954.