Digitalising Performance With Wearables and Software

In the past years, Aalto University has been successful in uniting Aalto’s own faculties in interdisciplinary research. In addition to that, research is often done in collaboration with other universities around the country and even internationally. A large multidisciplinary research project, “Digitalising performance with wearables and software”, has brought together Aalto ARTS, Aalto Science and …

Students enjoying a lighting course at Roihupelto

As the new academic year has fully taken off now, days at Roihupelto Studio are getting increasingly hectic. The past week, the studio was the venue for a four-day lighting course. Two second-year film students and one student minoring in film took the course as a part of their obligatory studies. The students were instructed …

Playful prototyping at “Design with Movements” -workshop

Aalto Studios hosted a 3-day workshop in the Studio Kipsari’s event room on 10.-12.9. as a part of Helsinki Design Week program. The theme of the workshop was “Design with Movements”, instructed by Eun Young Park. Park is a designer who finished her Master’s degree in New Media in Aalto University two years ago. A series …

Online courses being filmed at Roihupelto studio

Aalto University has enjoyed producer Yulia Guseva’s online course production expertise for four years now. This fall, new winds are blowing as Guseva recently started using Roihupelto studio facilities for the making of educational video materials for A!OLE, Aalto Online Learning. “It makes my life so much easier to have Aalto University’s own studio here at Roihupelto for …

Andrea Mancianti: Inventing VR Blindphones

Andrea Mancianti, a doctoral researcher at Aalto University, worked on a very challenging and fascinating project all summer. As the project has recently come to an end, the researcher himself will be traveling to Linz, Austria for the Ars Electronica Festival from September 6th to 10th, where he will present his innovation. Mancianti’s innovation is …

Exhibition: Opiskelijanumero 11658 by Tiina Paju

We welcome all students, staff and friends to Aalto Studios Gallery, as we are hosting an exhibition of Tiina Paju, a graphic artist, illustrator and cartoonist. The exhibition “Opiskelijanumero 11658” displays graphic artist Tiina Paju’s works from four decades. The artist herself was accepted into University of Art and Design Helsinki (Taideteollinen korkeakoulu) as the student …

Eloseminaari 2018: Working Together to Showcase Our People

The School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) annual Eloseminaari was held at Gumbostrand Konst & Form on the 22nd of August 2018, opening the academic year in a traditional way at the Sipoo venue. Aalto Studios staff attended the seminar that’s program was built around the question “How can we empower and showcase our …

ACE Producers hosts training days in Finland

Aalto Studios’ partner, ACE Producers, an organization focused on training and development for established film producers across Europe, hosts Training Days workshop, aimed instead at up-and-coming producers. Send your application to ACE Producers no later than 2nd of July 2018. Scheduled over two-and-a-half days, the Training Days will be provided with the help of ACE consultants who …

Communications Trainee Fall 2018

We are looking to hire a communications trainee for Aalto Studios, the new Media Centre at Aalto University, for this autumn. The position is well suited for communications and media students looking for industry placement as part of their studies. The job consists of creating written material and taking photos for use in our day-to-day …

Multi-Camera Studios Grand Opening!

Where do you find the best picture quality for real time production in Finland? Our Multi-Camera Studio in Roihupelto, that’s where! It’s equipped with four Arri Amira UHD cameras for shooting and recording multi-camera productions in UHD resolution. It comes with a separate control room, enabling live mixing with a Blackmagic Atem 4K mixer and …

Final selections made for Hybrid Labs Symposium

Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018, taking place at Aalto University at the end of May and beginning of June, announced its selections for participation in the event. The Local Organizing Committee has selected 25 full papers, 10 posters, and a number of performances and exhibitions to showcase hybrid ways of creating, the theme of the conference. Early bird …

“Weimar” premieres at Kallio Stage, Friday 6.4

Weimar, a performance by faculty and students at Uniarts Helsinki, as well as Aalto University, premieres at Aalto Studios’ Kallio Stage in Sörnäinen on Friday, 6.4. The striking trailer for the performance, above, was filmed at Kallio Stage and features performers’ surreal movements in the stark stage space. A couple of stills of the trailer follow …

Made-up Makeup with the Alahouzos Brothers

Last week, on an invitation from the MA Costume Design program, renowned special effects makeup artists George and Roulis Alahouzos taught an intensive weeklong course to students at Otakaari 7. Brothers George and Roulis demonstrated a number of different techniques for preparing both realistic and fantastical special effects with makeup. From their home base in …

Come and see Lightboard in action

On 9.4, from 13–14.30, Join us to see new visualisation tool Lightboard in action. Lightboard is a transparent drawing board for recording chalk or whiteboard type presentations easily by drawing — and it looks great on video. Welcome, and come see how easy and enjoyable it is to use Lightboard! Lightboard is a project by Arttu …

ÄÄNIAALTO III a weird, roaring success

With the speakers stored away and the lights turned out at Vapaan Taiteen Tila, the third annual — and most successful yet — edition of Ääniaalto came to a close 10.3, Saturday evening. Running since 2016, the sound festival is produced and run by DADA, Aalto Media Lab’s student association. The weeklong event featured talks, installations, experimental music …

Production design students feature in National Museum exhibit

Last week, Faces 1918 opened at the National Museum in Helsinki, featuring portraits from 100 years ago, reflecting everyday life through portraiture during the ongoing tension the Finnish Civil War. To complement and provide context for this era, production design students from Aalto University designed and produced a handful of exhibits showing the strife of living …

Performance “Dry Storm” a multisensory reflection of existence

Just a few days before their show “Dry Storm” opened at Kallio Stage earlier this month, choreographer Sara Gurevitsch sits, laughing, as the six performers leap around the stark-white floor space, as much in an attempt to loosen up before rehearsal as well as crack Gurevitsch up. The group is relaxed — and focused. They’ve been …

Student Lamp Design Exhibition now open in Studio Kipsari

This week and next, Studio Kipsari and Aalto Studios are playing host to Valoa!, an exhibition of artfully-crafted student-designed lamps from the Design Tools course, led by Enni Äijälä. These designers are first year BA Design students, and haven’t yet decided what discipline of design they’ll focus on in their studies, so the lamps serve as a grounds of …

Brace your ears: ÄÄNIAALTO III is coming to Kallio Stage

Ääniaalto, a wide-ranging festival dedicated to all things sound and new media, featuring works, installations and performances by students at Aalto University’s Media Lab in parallel with artists in the new media scene, will take place next month at Aalto Studios’ Kallio Stage and Vapaan Taiteen Tila in Helsinki. The call for works is still open until 11.2. Now in it’s …

“Dry Storm” performance premiere at Kallio Stage on 7.2

Dry Storm is a new performance piece by students from Aalto ARTS and the Theatre Academy at Uniarts Helsinki. The production  features 6 performers and the work of four students focusing on costume design, lighting design, sound design, and choreography. The production addresses some abstract themes surrounding dryness and change in the human body. According to …

Call for Proposals for Hybrid Labs Symposium 2018

Hybrid Labs is a new symposium focused on hybrid knowledge creation, hosted at Aalto University this year from 30 May to 1 June, and the call for proposals is now open, with full details available at the link. The third and latest in a series of Renewable Futures conferences, which began in 2015 in Riga and continued last year in …

Lighting the way: students learn studio lighting through experimentation

In Aalto Studios’ multi-camera production facility the last two weeks, BA scenography students are learning a new outlet for their creativity: lighting. Led by lecturer and professional lighting designer Mia Kivinen, the students learned all about the technical side of studio lighting, and have begun to understand just how much power a light has over a scene. But …

Aalto students bring life to a Wonderland for annual winter musical by Uniarts Helsinki

In Aalto Studios’ costume studio and set construction workshop Tjaša Frumen and Elina Ström, both MA students in Costume Design, and Oscar Dempsey, MA student in Design for Performing Arts, are hard at work on imaginative costumes and set designs for “Ihmemaa,” a musical production led by students at University of the Arts Helsinki. “Ihmemaa” translates to “wonderland,” as this year’s …

Building and Breaking (and Learning) with Set Construction

Students in Sampo Pyhälä‘s Construction and Design course have been hard at work the last two weeks in Aalto Studios’ set construction workshop space, learning about proper set construction methods and honing their intuition when it comes to building sets. The goal, according to Pyhälä, is not about approaching it from a rigid engineering perspective, …

Studio Kipsari is moving in!

Aalto Studios is delighted to announce the opening of a new cafe, a spin-off of beloved vegetarian/vegan student restaurant, Kipsari, here in Otaniemi at Otakaari 7! Studio Kipsari, as it is called, will open next Monday, 22.1, inhabiting the cafeteria space on our first floor. Marjo Katainen, who manages the day-to-day operations at Kipsari’s main location, is eagerly …

VR and AR developers share experiences at Aalto Studios over breakfast

Last Friday, more than 70 researchers, artists, practitioners, and students interested in virtual and augmented realities joined us and the Aalto Digi Platform for a morning of presentations, discussions, demos and breakfast at Otakaari 7. After an introduction from professor Jaakko Lehtinen,the morning began with Vinh Truong of 3D software organization Umbra, and continued with Jukka Huiskonen, of …

ACE Producers hosts second training days in Finland

This past weekend, Aalto Studios’ partner, ACE Producers, an organization focused on training and development for established film producers across Europe, hosted its second-ever “Training Days” workshop, aimed instead at up-and-coming producers. 20 aspiring producers from Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland were selected to join several consultants, mostly professional producers and members of ACE Producers’ network …

Students from Aalto Media Lab to present interactive projects at Kallio Stage

MA students in New Media will present work they created at the Aalto Fablab on Thursday, December 7th at Aalto Studios’ Kallio Stage. The presentations will begin at 19.00. In the course, Physical Interaction Design, students were challenged to “reimagine how [they] interact with the physical world,” according to participating first-year MA student Shreyasi Kar. The course …

FabLab at the Espoo Mini Maker Faire

Last month, our Fab Lab helped organize and participated in the third annual Espoo Mini Maker Faire in collaboration with Wärk Ry and Iso Omena Library. The event took place at Iso Omena Library and attracted over 400 creators, young and old, who spent the day learning and playing with technologies ranging from DIY crafts, electronics, …

New Arri film production lights in Roihupelto Studios and on Aalto Takeout

Aalto Studios now has a set of Arri lights for Roihupelto Studios, to go along with our recently acquired set of Arri Amira film production cameras. The new set of professional-grade LED lights come in a range of sizes and styles, from spot lighting to panel lights, for ample lighting options. According to Roihupelto studio …

Interested in AR and VR? Like breakfast?

Join us on Thursday, 14.12 for breakfast and a morning of AR and VR conversations and demos hosted by Aalto Studios’ in our canteen space at Otakaari 7! This event serves as a stage for researchers, students, artists, scientists and AR/VR enthusiasts to showcase and learn about existing and future work in the area. As …

Thank You for the Aalto Studios Hackathon 2017

Aalto Studios hackathon took place on 31st of October and brought together great mix of people from different backgrounds. We want to thank all the participants for their contribution! According to the hackathon organiser, Anna Kholina, the day was very intense, and the teams produced concrete ideas on how to develop Aalto Studios. The challenges were …

IMAGO Awarded International Cinematographers in Espoo

Aalto Studios congratulates all the winners of the first time ever organised IMAGO International Awards for Cinematography. IMAGO, the European Federation of Cinematographers, celebrated their 25th anniversary in the awards hosted by the Finnish Society of Cinematographers FSC. The gala was organised on 28th of October at Hanasaari Cultural Centre in Espoo and was also the celebration of the main sponsor ARRI’s 100th …

Multi-Cam Productions with Cinema Cameras

Aalto Studios is happy to announce the newest addition to our production gear, a 4K rack for our Arri Amira cameras. Due to this investment, we are the first in Finland to enable multi-camera productions with high-end cinema cameras. The flight case rack includes all the equipment needed in multi-camera productions. ”The whole production can now …

A life Premiere at Kallio Stage

Uniarts Helsinki Theatre Academy and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture present a collaboration piece called a life. The piece will have its premiere on Thursday 16th November at 7pm at Aalto Studios Kallio Stage, Pengerkatu 11 A, Helsinki. This is how the piece is described at their site: “A life suggests a translation of the philosophical concept …

Arri Amira Training Days

Want to learn how to shoot with Arri cameras? Aalto Studios organises a training day for Arri Amira cameras on 6th – 7th November. Due to the advanced technological level of our Arri equipment, all the users must complete a training before booking the cameras. You should have some previous experience with lighter camera equipment if you want to …

Scale Modeling in the 3D Era

High-end 3D modeling, computer graphics and apps. Are physical scale models in set design needed anymore? The answer is yes. Along other purposes, the tactile model is still the best hands-on tool for scenographer to provide a strong visual presentation of how the design will look like in its real size. The Scale Model Course, …

ACE Producers Examining New Forms for Audiovisual Storytelling

Our partner’s ACE Producers’ 27th annual training programme got off to a good start in Helsinki last week in a Content Development Workshop supported by Aalto University. Along with other topics, their week-long workshop focused on examining new forms and formats for audiovisual storytelling. We spent an interesting evening with ACE at our Kallio Stage talking about the future …

A!OLE – Changing the Educational Culture at Aalto University

Aalto Online Learning –A!OLE pilots are using and creating new pedagogical methods and tools, and essentially creating contents for online/blended learning settings within Aalto University. Two of the focus themes of A!OLE are around video production and VR/AR. Aalto Studios are supporting the AV production of A!OLE and its pilots in many ways. We provide …

Espoo Mini Maker Faire Coming Up!

Final preparations, posters printing as our Fablab is participating in the Espoo Mini Maker Faire this weekend 13.-14.10 at Iso Omena in Espoo. From their site: “Espoo Mini Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival of science, art and technology. Maker Faires bring together hobbyists, engineers, hackers, artists, students and enthusiasts of all ages. A maker …

BA Student Joona Huotari’s Costumes in Rinaldo Opera

Aalto University BA student from Costume Design, Joona Huotari, is designing the costumes for G.F Händel’s Opera Rinaldo. The opera is produced by Juvenalia Music Institute, for the first time in Finland. The dancers’ costumes have been created at Aalto Studios atelier and most of the soloists’ costumes at Vantaa Vocational College Varia. Earlier this week Rinaldo, (and …

Surface Texture and Light Course Open Demo

Surface Texture and Light course has an open demo on Friday 13th October at 1pm in Lintulahdenkatu 3, Helsinki. All Aalto people are welcome. If chromatics, dramaturgy or space and light design are an area of interest for you, the demo might be worth visiting. The collaboration course for Scenography students at Aalto University and …

Hack the Future of Aalto Studios

Aalto Studios is the media center of the future. It goes live in 2020 at the heart of the Otaniemi campus. But how do we make sure it’s not just another building? Can we turn it into a space where you’d like to hang out, play video games, have barbecues, shoot and watch movies regardless …

ACE Producers and Aalto Studios Presents: VR – the Future of Film Making?

Aalto Studios is hosting a workshop day for our partner ACE Producers about VR as the future of storytelling. The event is part of ACE’s annual training programme for experienced international producers. We would like to invite Finnish film producers to join us and meet them all on Friday 13th October 4.30pm – 7pm  at our Kallio Stage. …

IDBM Challenge Is Exploring Challenge-Based Learning

International Design Business Management Master Programme at Aalto is running IDBM Challenge, probably the world’s first challenge-based multidisciplinary hybrid course. They will produce a series of interviews that are available for everyone. The idea is to explore how to combine challenge-based learning with AV content that is closer to TV series and movies than ‘traditional’ …

Aalto Studios Announces Collaboration with Arri Group

Aalto Studios is pleased to announce the next major upgrade to our production facilities; new digital Arri Amira film production cameras. We have also confirmed our collaboration with Arri Group, the German film equipment company. As sponsors of future film makers they are equipping Aalto University with Arri technology. This enables 4K productions with as much …

Other/Cinema Screening Series at Kallio Stage by Critical Cinema Lab

Other/Cinema screening and discussion series by Critical Cinema Lab commences on September 28th at our newly opened Kallio Stage in Helsinki. Other/Cinema series deals with the theme of ‘Other’ from a variety of perspectives, relating to marginalized themes, topics, forms or distribution and markets. The series explores the ways films can connect to the acute debates …

Audiovisual Finland Seminar about Contracting in International Co-Productions

Thank you all the interesting guests for sharing knowledge and case examples at the ”Anatomy of Contracts and Deal Making – International Co-Productions” seminar at our Odeion Screening Auditorium 12th and 13th of September. Audiovisual Finland organised this seminar together with Aalto University. Thanks to the input of the speakers, Peter Nadermann (Nadcon), Max Rumney …

State of the Art in VR – Guest Lecture by Steven LaVille

Mobile Systems Programming course at Aalto presents a guest lecture about “State of the Art in VR” by Steven LaVille, Vice President and Chief Scientist of VR/AR/MR at Huawei Technologies. LaVille’s research interests are robotics, virtual reality, sensing, planning and human-computer interaction. He was an early founder and the chief scientist of Oculus VR and …

Workshop Health and Safety Course

Before working at our costume and workshop studios users need to attend Workshop Health and Safety course. The course is kind of like a driving license for the workshops. These facilities have a lot of powerful machines that need to be used in a safe way. Grinding machine shoots out a lot of sparks and …

Mini Maker Faire Calling for Makers!

Our Aalto FabLab is organising Espoo Mini Maker Faire together with Wärk Ry and Iso Omena library 13.-14.10.2017. The event is open for everybody. If you want to showcase your work or just see what others have come up with this is the place. The Faire is still calling for makers! Submit your idea by …

Finding New Ways of Working at ARTS Eloseminaari

Aalto Studios participated in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture (ARTS) Eloseminaari 2017 at Gumbostrand Konst & Form in Sipoo about the One Campus project. It’s exciting times for the whole Aalto University when the new center of Otaniemi, the Väre building, is becoming more and more tangible. We discussed about the development of Väre …

Future Opportunities with Supercell!

Aalto University has received a grant of EUR 250,000 from Supercell, the gaming company. Game development is one of the core interests of Aalto Studios so we’re really looking forward to see what kind of future collaboration projects this might generate. The feeling is mutual as Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen is excited about the future as …

Get in on VR/AR/MR. Free meetup event by FIVR at Microsoft Flux.

Our friends at the Finnish Virtual Reality Association FIVR still have free tickets for their June 20th meetup at Microsoft Flux. If you want to get in on the local VR/AR/MR/XR (etc) scene, this is a great place to start. Talks, snacks, drinks and demos with a headset on. A perfect summer’s day. Learn more …

Otakaari 7 main entrance closes for renovations

The first round of modernizing our entry floor restaurant and event area at Otakaari 7 is nearing completion. Starting Monday June 12th, we’ll start work at the gallery and open workspace lobby area. By end of August, we should be all done. Our main entrance and lobby at Otakaari 7B will be closed from Jun …

Aalto Studios announces major investment in Avid solutions

We are happy to announce some considerable upgrades to our high end audiovisual post production facilities here at Aalto Studios. These include an Avid NEXIS® | E2 system, Avid Pro Tools® | S6 mixing consoles and more. From the press release by Avid: “We are very pleased to continue our successful relationship with Aalto Studios,” …

Virtual reality is virtually here

Our Academic Director at Aalto Studios, professor Aleksi Bardy wrote an article on Virtual Reality and Aalto Studios for the Aalto University Magazine. “At Aalto University, VR is being explored in numerous settings, and aficionados can be found in nearly everywhere. Researchers and students are keenly exploring, for example, virtual auditory environments, VR instruments, VR …