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.


Obsession2006Enactive Cinema

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.

nm2-thumbNew Media for a New Millenium – NM2

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.

bot_alchemy_thumbBot Alchemy

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

Citizen "Ladybird", is one of the four basic 'bugs' of Arkkikone. In the Arkkikone a person can get features from all four basic bugs: laydybird,butterfly,bee and ant.

Citizen "Ladybird", is one of the four basic 'bugs' of Arkkikone. In the Arkkikone a person can get features from all four basic bugs: ladybird, butterfly, bee and ant.

Arkkikone (IntelCities)

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

Based on both previous experiences from the Election Star cross-media concept and research made in the IntelCities project, Arkkikone aims at enhancing a participative and inclusive role for citizens in city planning via more reliable city modelling, predictive planning, and advanced visualisation technologies.

Arkkikone focuses on evaluating urban design in the district of Vuores in the City of Tampere and visualising various design solutions for the area. Vuores is a new unbuilt district, which will be constructed south of the centre of Tampere on an area which belongs to two different communes, Tampere and the municipality of Lempäälä.

In this first proto phase, the users of Arkkikone profile themselves and compare their own Vuores profile to those of the architectural competition candidates. As a result they get a best matching project of the six candidates chosen by the jury from some 30 suggestions.

Similarly to the Election Star Engine the Studio produced for the Finnish communal and European elections in 2004, Arkkikone is a helpful tool for matching complex issues to the user’s opinions or profile and offers entertainment in the process. On the Arkkikone SOM map the location of competition candidates is changing in relation to user profiles. Combining user data and candidate data the solution forms a new map after each batch processing (e.g. each night). Additionally, the user is provided with various animated and narrative character profiles depending on his or her choices and orientations in the area’s future development.

Arkkikone offers another type of visualisation to accompany the project maps and plans, and as such helps future citizens of the area and other interested parties to evaluate the planning. The future potential for the application is to develop into a tool for participating in the planning process, such as in the evaluation of architectural competitions at an early stage.

Crucible Studio will be further developing the inhabitant profiling, visualization and related urban simulation research in 2005 in accordance with the IntelCities project.

The Crucible team

Hanna Harris (concept), Topias Marttila (technical coordinator & architecture), Tiina Paju (characters), Juhani Tenhunen (producer), Tero Tikkanen (layout and flash development) and Mika Tuomola (artistic director)

Contacts: Juhani Tenhunen ( tel. +358 50 5184087