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2013-2014 Content, Business and Technologies minor @ Aalto University

During the 2013-2014 academic year, I have been the head of the Content, Business and Technologies (CBT) minor study program at Aalto University. CBT prepares the students to understand creative industry project management and processes, as well as leading and managing projects. During this year, the first year of the program, I was involved in setting up, promoting and running CBT, and also in teaching the main course of the program – Art, Technology and Business.

The CBT study program follows a hands-on approach and prepares the students to generate innovations for the cultural and creative industry sector. In particular, the program concentrates on media, ubiquitous computing, cross-media, creative sector services and customer relations. The study program is organised in collaboration with the Departments of Media (Aalto ARTS), the Department of Media Technology (Aalto SCI) and Department of Marketing (Aalto BIZ), and is coordinated by Aalto Media Factory. The first edition of the CBT program started in January 2014. After a selection process, 10 students were chosen across different Aalto University schools.

In the CBT program, students can choose from 15 courses from the participating schools (ARTS, SCI and BIZ). There is one compulsory course – Art, Technology and Business. The course consists of two parts, one per semester. The first part covers important topics in the intersection of management with art, design and technology, such as: design management, innovation, service design, agile development, social media and business, entrepreneurship, ubiquitous computing, art and business, games production, and cross-media. It relies heavily on guest speakers relevant to these topics – invited speakers have been: Iñaki Amate (Fjord), Christian Lindholm (Koru Labs), Markus Koljonen (ex-Futurice), Richard von Kaufman (Zipipop Freud), Heidi Tikka, Petri Ikonen (Electronic Arts), Nelli Lähteenmäki (Health Puzzle / Startup Sauna) and Sami Kallinen (YLE).The second part of the course will be essentially project-based – the students will develop a group project, involving planning, designing and launching a new digital product or service.


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2014/02 AVVX – Audiovisual Exchange workshop (Helsinki) report

The project “AVVX – Web Platform and Workshop” concluded with a workshop taking place 10-13 February 2014 at Aalto University’s Media Factory. Media Factory also provided the financial support for its production. Nuno Correia (Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture) and Jari Kleimola (Aalto University School of Science) formed the team responsible for the project.

During the project, an entirely new version of the earlier AVVX (AudioVisual Vector eXchange) software was developed. The main additions were:

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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.


Introduction videos:

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

Main course blog: (currently offline due to server move)

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

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.


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:

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Course and tutorials on JavaScript and Processing (Software Studies for Media Designers)

Between 2010 and 2014, I was teaching Software Studies for Media Designers course at Aalto Media Lab, with Markku Reunanen. From 2011, the focus was on HTML5 Canvas with JavaScript and Processing. The objective of this course was to teach the basics of programming to an audience of designers and artists.

If you’re interested in HTML5 and JS in particular, you can check out my tutorials here (updated in 2012):

For Processing, you can check my exercises at OpenProcessing:

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2010/09 Designing Interaction with Electronics @ Aalto Media Lab

Exercises from:
Designing Interaction with Electronics course, 9/2010
Media Lab, Aalto University, School of Art and Design
By Michihito Mizutani and Nuno Correia (Flash teaching/demos)
The course focused on exploring interactivity with the Nokia N900 and Flash. Course information and materials available here:
More information on the course:

Examples created / tweaked by students: