On the 1st of October we celebrated Tampere day in Mediapolis, along with lots of enthusiastic kids and Pikku Kakkonen characters.


Mediapolis Campus was open for the public. Many activities were there for the curious that assisted the event. Exhibitions, live music and screenings. Fine art teachers and students collaborate in the making of a painting workshop, we got to experiment and create together beautiful collective paintings with kids.


The workshop was divided in three sessions, the first painting included Katti Matikainen from Yle, more than 48 kids and their families participated together to paint every piece.


The original photos include very colourful scenarios and situations with the characters The kids were given the tools and the materials to paint. They use the photo reference in order to paint the piece. Here you will see the original image vrs. the painting.



Text and photos: Isa Hedez 

The second year of the fine art study path has kicked off with the 'Working in a co-operative' course which gives the students the chance to work directly for clients through different commissions and projects. During the first lesson of the course a few of us decided to take on a project commissioned by the Finnish liver and kidney foundation. The idea is to make an interactive art installation in the centre of Tampere using a hundred T-shirts designed by one of the best known Finnish fashion labels IvanaHelsinki. 

Being aware of the tight schedule, we started brainstorming immediately and came up with a plenty of ambitious ideas. Taking into account the designated location and the short running time of the installation we had to let go of some of the more complex ideas and stay as realistic as possible. We were lucky enough to receive some scrap wood and other leftover materials from our university, which also made staying on budget much easier. Through trial and error on long working days, the installation started coming together and will be up and running in Koskipuisto in Tampere at 13:00 on Thursday 6th October.


Reflecting the meaning of organ donation, our group decided to use light to symbolise the importance of the act of donating. When a person signs the organ donor card they will get a campaign T-shirt in return - the installation emphasises the simple beauty of giving and caring for other people and is a reminder of how we're all under the same roof. 

You can also read the stories of a few Finnish celebrities supporting the campaign or download the organ donor card here.

Text and photos: Anna-Elina Lahti
Event flyer design: IvanaHelsinki

It was the time of the year again when a group of students pack themselves with school gear from AV-kioski into a big bus from Matkahuolto and travel all the way (3 hours!) to Nauvo, located in the Turku Archipelago, where all the gear is unloaded and then packed again - this time onto a ferry - eventually reaching the beautiful Seili island.

The Seili island is mostly known for it's sad past as the hospital island for the lepracy patients and later on as a mental institute, dating back to the 1600s. Nowadays the old mental hospital facilities are operated by Turku University, hosting the Archipelago Research Institute. 

But lucky us, since we get to stay there for a whole week during the end of August! 
My first trip to Seili was a year ago in 2015, when the trip was open to everyone in Degree Programme in Media and Arts for the first time (as it previously had been only to the fine art students). I fell in love with the island, so I went again. I agreed to do a behind-the-scenes-type of a video in exchange, which you can watch below:

If I'm asked asked about the best part of the whole trip I might answer, well, it's the food. After that I'd say it's the fact that you get to work on any kind of project you want. This year we had a great example of working in groups with students from different study paths, as there was music production students with us for the first time. My personal project has been documentative photography, for which I have used my fellow students as models. 

The week in Seili peaks at the Seili Annual festival where everyone showcases their work, even the Seili staff have participated themselves! The locals who live on the island joined us again for a great evening, followed by the legendary Lepradisko.

This year's Seili group with Kari. 

During my last week in the amazing city of Berlin and within all the art and cultural happenings, I was pleased to meet with our head of Fine Art study path, Fanni Niemi-Junkola; presenting her new video work. The installation The Body and Protection consists of two video works Breath and Protection (2016). The artist is interested in presence, body and power & notions of freedom and safety.

The moment I received her invitation via Facebook I messaged her immediately and I asked if I can come in the pre-opening night due to my travelling back to Finland in the day of the opening 17.8.2016. She was very welcoming of the idea and invited me to the gallery.

The work itself was very intriguing and thought-provoking. The music was composed by Pekko Käppi – a master of ancient Finnish-Karelian bowed lyre - It added to the diverse layers of the work and supported the images. Cinematically the videos were carefully planned and pictorially impressive, that made it pleasing to watch.

Both videos have been filmed by Tommi Moilanen, who also works in TAMK as a lecturer of cinematography and lightning. The videos were edited by Ville Hakonen of Wacky Tie Films, a production company by our former students http://wackytie.fi.

Fanni & I at the Showroom Berliini

The exhibition is up until 10.9.2016 in Showroom Berliini, so give it a visit if you are there!

The Breath work will be shown later this fall in TAMK Kino at Mediapolis.

Text: Moe Mustafa, TAMK Art & Media student
Images: Fanni Niemi-Junkola, Tommi Moilanen