2014/01 Trip to Transmediale 2014 by Media Lab Helsinki

My report on the Media Lab Helsinki trip to Transmediale 2014, which I coordinated:

Media Lab Helsinki organised a trip to attend Transmediale festival in Berlin, between 29th January and 2nd February 2014 (http://www.transmediale.de/). A group of 50 participated in this trip: 47 students and 3 staff members (Rasmus Vuori, Nuno Correia and Ilpo Kari). 3 of the students were already in Berlin, the remaining participants flew from Helsinki. All current Media Lab Helsinki students were invited to attend. The trip was subsidised by Media Lab Helsinki.

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2014/01 Software Studies for Media Designers @ Media Lab Helsinki

Software Studies for Media Designers, Part 1 – Processing:

  • 07 Jan 14 – Kickoff, Processing basics
  • 08 Jan 14 – Math, Interactive sketches
  • 09 Jan 14 – Flow control, functions
  • 10 Jan 14 – Arrays, Strings, type conversion, exporting
  • 14 Jan 14 – Processing.js
  • 15 Jan 14 – Revisions exercise

Introduction presentation: available here

Exercises are available at my OpenProcessing page.

Processing: http://processing.org/

Introduction videos: http://hello.processing.org/

Recommended book: Reas, C. & Fry, B., 2010. Getting started with Processing

Main course blog: http://softwarestudies.mlog.taik.fi/ (currently offline due to server move)

2013/12 Multimedia Authoring @ Media Lab Helsinki


Multimedia Authoring at Media Lab Helsinki (Aalto University, ARTS) focuses on audiovisual compositions and explorations with code, namely C++/openFrameworks.

Projects by: Akshay Roongta, Ari-Pekka Leinonen, Issey Ishikura, José Jacomé, Juuso Patrikainen, Karina Jensen, Maja Dika, Régis Frias, Taavi Varm, Thomas Thibault, Ville Kuvaja


Thank you: course participants, openFrameworks community
More info and outcomes from the course: mlab.taik.fi/mediacode/c/courses-projects/multimedia-authoring-2013b
Source code: mlab.taik.fi/mediacode/coursefiles/course_2013_MMA_B

2013/11 Teaching at Emotional Window workshop, Kino Siska, Ljubljana



On 8-12 November, I lectured on sound visualization, audiovisual composition and emotions at the Emotional Window workshop, at Kino Siska, Ljubljana.

I presented two publications, Chion’s “Audio-Vision” and Ali Yuksel et al.’s “An Interface for Emotional Expression in Audio-Visuals”. I also presented my AVVX work and thesis book, and recent relevant audiovisual art works.

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2013/10 AVVX Visual Music Workshop @ CC4AV, Riga



Links for the AVVX Visual Music workshop @ CC4AV, Riga 1-5/Oct/2013:

Links

Audio-visual composition: theory, history and state of the art

Workshop links

Baltic Diving Co. photos

2013/09 Teaching at Emotional Window workshop, Aalto Media Factory, Helsinki



On 16/9/2013 I made a presentation on sound visualization, audiovisual composition and emotions at the Emotional Window workshop, at Aalto Media Factory.

I presented two publications, Chion’s “Audio-Vision” and Ali Yuksel et al.’s “An Interface for Emotional Expression in Audio-Visuals”. I also presented my AVVX work and thesis book, and recent relevant audiovisual art works. I proposed an assignment, and gave advice on the final projects. I also gave advice on the workshop structure, and took care of video documentation.

Links

Audio-visualization of emotions – short assignment

Prepare a short video (around 30s-1m) audio-visualising two of the basic emotions identified by Dr. Paul Ekman (ideally a transition of one to the other), as presented by Sasa Kerkos.

The video should use as its starting point the previous assignment by Sasa Kerkos (emotion visualisation). Take care in combining audio and image, and aim to create added value as defined by Michel Chion.

The video and its sound can be made with original material or reusing material by others. Link to free media resources on the web: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Free_media_resources

2013/05 Coaching at AppCampus Finland

On 23/5/2013, I participated in the AppCampus initiative, as a coach. From www.appcampus.fi: “AppCampus is an €18 million joint project of Aalto University, Microsoft and Nokia. We offer financing and coaching in mobile technology, design and usability to Windows Phone developers.”

I coached 4 teams, 2 hour sessions for each. The teams were mostly developing music related apps. The coaching was done together with Gokce Taskan, who I have collaborated in different projects in the past. We gave the teams advice regarding interaction design and user experience.

Updated September 2013: I coached a second wave of AppCampus teams in September 2013, in a longer coaching process (5, 12 and 19 September).

2013/05 Developing Interactive Systems, IMKE MA, Tallinn University

Between March and May 2013, I taught the 28 hour Developing Interactive Systems course, part of Interactive Media and Knowledge Environments MA of Tallinn University. The course focused on mobile development with openFrameworks and iOS (although 2 of the 7 projects used other technologies).

Photos and a video from the course:


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2013/04 Information Visualization Design – Augmented Reality @ Media Lab Helsinki

In April 2013 I taught one week of the Information Visualization Design course at Media Lab Helsinki (Aalto University, ARTS), dedicated to Augmented Reality. Students developed their projects using the FLARToolkit, with some customizations by me. More on the course (and FLARToolkit): http://mlab.taik.fi/mediacode/c/courses-projects/ivd2013