Timo Höyssä
Ilai Elias Lehto


Ikuinen Galleria
Finlaysoninkuja 3
33210 Tampere

Opening on Mon 31th April 16-18

Pixels, extra lives and self-portraits.
The works in the exhibition derive their content from the bitmap graphics of the gaming world, the childhood spent beside the screen and the identity problems of a growing player. They consist of drawings, plastic bead mosaics, prints and a game installation.

Timo Höyssä is a draftsman whose self-portrait series examines the player's identity – to which extent the internal world of games is able to merge with the physical aspects of life?
Ilai Elias Lehto multimaterialist interested in installations. His constructed game world includes pixelated aspects of reality and fantasy, and exposes the player to think about the preconditions and absurdities found in the gaming world and in life.

Both artists are TAMK Fine Arts second year students.

Ikuinen gallery is a contemporary art project space located in the old factory complex Finlayson in central Tampere. The gallery is run by a board of fine art students in Tampere UAS School of Art and Media as part of their study program. Ikuinen gallery’s main focus is in presenting interesting and high quality student work, whereas work from other art school students and teachers as well as visiting artists are regularly also at show.

Ikuinen Galleria
ma-pe 12.00-16.00
Finlaysoninkuja 3
33210 Tampere

About three month ago I have packed my flat in Tampere and flew to the land of everlasting rain. The official reason for this trip was my Erasmus studies in the University of Salford and a job at the web design agency BLISS. The truth is, that I was sent to verify if it is true that all the residents on the British island oddly adds milk into their tea (they are, mission accomplished).

Tea with milk. Do not try this at home.

A few days before christmas, I have landed in Manchester, the home of the finest English football, the BBC and unpleasant bus drivers. It occurs that (as I have understood myself in a short delay), England is (still) a christian country, and seems not to operate so well during the christmas and new year’s time. So we had to spend our first few weeks here without an Internet connection, while experimenting other communication platforms (did you know you can still use your phone for calling?)

I feel so much safer right now.

Bliss is a digital agency specialized in web and mobile design and development. It is located In the northern quarter, the place which accommodates most of Manchester’s hipsters. The great people at Bliss welcomed me with tea (guess with what) and a couple games of Foosball. They were also kind enough to let me experiment with the monstrous CMS Drupal, which is the main platform we are working with, in order to create awesome and powerful websites.

Just another day at work.

University of Salford is a huge institution. It is quite popular among TAMK students as an exchange destination, mainly because it has a lot of digital animation and computer games courses. In contrast to my work at Bliss and to my classmates in TAMK, I have decided to try something else in my exchange university, so I took the Illustration pathway in the graphic design program. This study pathway is very traditional and encourage print and hand drawn projects rather than digital or interactive designs.

Stencil pictograms experiment

Myself in a traditional English pub, with former head of TAMK
 media program Cai Melakoski and two drunk Englishmen
 Richard Vickers and James Field (University of Lincoln)

Nevertheless, Manchester has a lot more to offer rather than studying working and ales. Music scene is huge compared to the tiny Tampere, on a nice day you can have a walk in the old industrial buildings or even take a 30 minutes train for a one day hike in the green hills of the peak district.

Old-school bridge between Manchester and Salford.

The pre-task results for this year's application round at the TAMK Degree Programme in Media and Arts have been sent by letter on Friday the 14th March 2014 to all applicants. We were surprised by the high quality of the applications!

There were 447 first-choice applicants, which means about 10 times as many applicants as we can take in as students. This year, though, we can take in 48 new students, compared to last year's 30.

There have been other changes as well. Our name has changed, as you may have noticed. Fine Art will be from now on our third study path, in addition to Interactive Media and Music Production. The pre-tasks we received from the applicants were divided quite evenly between these three study paths.

The exact dates and times (23.-24.4.2014) for the entrance exam in Tampere are included in the invitation letter. We (the teachers & staff of Tamk Media and Arts) want to congratulate those of you who receive the invitation letter this year. We also recommend you to be at the exams on time.

If you were not invited to the entrance exam now, do not despair. We would very much like to take every student who wants to study here, but there is a limited number of places. Many of our media students have applied several times, so while waiting for next year, we recommend you to get more skills and experience relevant to your interests.

- Timo Kivikangas, Head of the TAMK Degree Programme in Media and Arts,
and all the other teachers - 

 During the past year, the value and state of art has aroused a lot of conversation and maybe it’s time to wrap things up a bit:

Image has suffered an inflation. Cameras are cheap, everyone knows how to use one and the enormous amount of visual irritants in our cityscape is more than overwhelming. The hectic, effusive level of image and information builds an atmosphere where the most important thing is to make your time count and maximize profits. The jammed mind might find it hard to hold still, reflect, ponder and face feelings and so often these needs are neglected.

Maybe instead of setting expectations that must be fulfilled before we can accept something as art, we should face it as it is and see what it has to say. After all, the need to experience and produce art has existed as long humankind and the role of art as the mirror of its time and society wont change.

Roll Up! Art to Tampere- project believes that the role of art in culture and the city of Tampere is inevitable. The people of Tampere get a chance to vote which piece they want to be set up a huge wall on Satakunnankatu. The graduating Fine Art program students and local business Anetcom orchestrated the project, where Anetcom picked the top three works and now the final winner is up for voting on the Aamulehti webpage.
Iina Myrsky: Kilppariprinssi (The tortoise prince)

Sanni Weckman: Suudelma (The Kiss)

Ilai Elias Lehto: Tenkkapoo

Vote for your favorite on www.aamulehti.fi/kulttuuri

Text: Riikka Enne 2014

“ It was a true discovery of a creatively delicious jam, made of happiness, hard work and bunch of amazing people!”

Global Service Jam Tampere is organized by ‘Jam maestro’ Mikko Väätäinen together with Kolmas Persoona, and I got to hear about it through casual invitation. Without knowing much about it, I decided to join the event as the concept of ‘jam’ has always been fun. A ‘Jam’ session invites anyone to explore the sparks of creativity together (usually in a small team). Everyone starts from a different place, everyone learns at a different pace. It is much like what musicians do: get together and explore music without knowing exactly where they will end up.  

I love jamming because it is not about how far or fast you go, it's just about progress and exploration. And a great way to learn about working with strangers and making new friends! This jam event is focusing on Service Design, an emerging user-centered discipline in the design world which I have keen interest in.

Apparently we have 48 hours to change the world, so on a Friday evening, I showed up at Demola New Factory for the event and started with making 'I am' poster. The wonderful hosts made excellent efforts in breaking the ice, and we the jammers not only got to know each others' names and mental age, we also did hand shakes with our elbows, ankles, knees and shaky bon bon. We learnt how to use a rubber chicken for an emergency, followed by the revealing of the jam's theme, watching a video posted by the founder of GSJ (Global Service Jam). There were more than 100 locations with over 2000 Jammers on 6 continents doing the jam in the same weekend in their own time zone. 

Hand shake game / Emergency Chicken (photo taken by GSJTampere)

Within minutes, jammers were already churning out initial ideas and concepts. And within hours, three teams were formed and each team presented their own amazingly designed poster. I absolutely loved our team, the Coconut Apache! The team's overall idea was to connect people socially and bringing them out of their comfort zone. My team mate Tommi had a refined idea of Startup shuffle, which allows people working in startups to connect with each other for networking and working together. We left the idea stay brewing in our brain and decided to start working on it the next day.

Saturday morning started with couple of keynotes: "Dramatic Storytelling as a tool in Service Design" by Anne Kalliomäki, story designer from Tarinakone and "Dethnography" by Anna Kulonen, who are co-hosting the jam. A brainstorming session came in next, and with the Coconut Apache team, we managed to 'fire' before we were 'getting ready' and 'aim'. While still ideating, we started to create a prototype of an app with cardboard. We called it the 'Do You Dare' app. It is a service which challenges people to come out of their comfort zone to do something meaningful and socializing with other people. We adopted the 'shuffle' mechanism from Tommi's previous startup idea and then sketched out the persona of our targeted users. While figuring out the app features, our team also struggled with coming to mutual execution, whether to app or not to app.

Prototyping "Do You Dare" / Omar making good use of cardboard

After a nice lunch at the Tampere Kauppahalli (the market hall), the jam session continued with jam mentor, Juha Kronqvist from Diagonal Helsinki sharing the idea of Service Design. I learnt about customer journey from Juha. And later on with 'get-out-of-building' validation and facilitation, our team's idea direction was set and ready for presentation at 18:00. Each team presented their own idea, concept and prototype, with fun sketches and entertaining scenarios. Constructive feedbacks were gathered, and I am impressed by the dedication of jammers working wholeheartedly to the ideas. The evening was then filled by surprise-3-course dinner with the working space transformed into gorgeous 5-star restaurant accompanied by good food and live music. I had a good time catching up with people from the other teams and enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere after a day's work.

Live music performed by Sumupuu / Dinner served by 4 Vuodenaika, sponsored by Solita

With literally a zero budget, the organizer were able to pull off an amazing evening, thanks to the interior designers from KAIKAI. Most of us were blown away by the good quality evening and with good rest, the next day got even better: we were challenged by New York Jammers to make our own version of 'Happy' music video. What a Sunday morning happily dancing with all jammers!

The final presentation at 14:00 got everyone rushed to make sure each team present the final outcome of the jam. Our team was busy uploading files to the web platform of the Jam, and we managed to produce a video pitch presentation in two hours. A challenge to my storyboarding skills, acting skills and video editing skills! Other ideas include Creativity Jam for Kids and Spacial home decor with exclusive miniature model services.

The jam wrapped up with awarding each team with encouragement such as having the 'True Apache spirit' award. Our team gained the 'Rubber Chicken will like it' award and I am very delighted with our prototype and the jamming session. It really did let me explore further with rapid prototyping and creating user personas. Working in a small team surely deployed great communication skills and jamming definitely is great training to my brain work-out in such limited time frame. I sincerely thank the organizers for making such an amazing weekend, and it was great working in a team with Inka, Tommi and Omar. It was a great meeting all jammers!
Follow the tweets with #GSJam and #GSJTampere (photo taken by Tommi Tapio)

Global Service Jam is a non-profit volunteer activity organized by an informal network of service design aficionados, who all share a common passion for growing the field of service design and customer experience. The Jam has a staff of none and a budget of nearly nothing. 

Stories by Joanne nh Wong
student of TAMK Media

Kaisa Kallio
Ida Sokka

Ikuinen Gallery

18.3- 28.3.2014

Finlaysoninkuja 3
33210 Tampere



Ikuinen gallery is a contemporary art project space located in the old factory complex Finlayson in central Tampere. The gallery is run by a board of fine art students in Tampere UAS School of Art and Media as part of their study program. Ikuinen gallery’s main focus is in presenting interesting and high quality student work, whereas work from other art school students and teachers as well as visiting artists are regularly also at show.

Ikuinen Galleria
ma-pe 12.00-16.00
Finlaysoninkuja 3
33210 Tampere

Excerpt from the video by Tiina Lehikoinen
The website for the art exhibition by graduating students the fine art programme, Top button undone, has been published!
The site contains all information concerning the exhibition, including intros to the artists and their works, the latest news, contact information, press photos as well as a personality test, ”Which piece of art are you?” 
Fanni Maliniemi working on her installation 'Adam'
Top button undone is an exhibition by the graduate students of the Degree Programme in Fine Art in the Tampere University of Applied Sciences. 27 up-and-coming contemporary artists present their works of art. The techniques seen in the exhibition are diverse: the works of Top button undone include but aren’t limited to multichannel video art and animation, graphic novels, adventurous paintings, exciting installations and courageous community art. The exhibition opens a gateway into topics relating to the experiencing and making of art, as well as its significance and future in our society.
Exhibition opening on March 28th, 4pm at Art Centre Mältinranta and 6pm at TR1 Kunsthalle. Welcome!
The exhibition is open from March 29th to April 13th in TR1 Kunsthalle and March 29th to April 14th in Art Center Mältinranta.
By: Elina Ylhäisi
Translation: Auri Mäkelä
Tiina Heikkilä: Page from graphic novel



Ikuinen Gallery is a contemporary art project space located in the old factory complex Finlayson in central Tampere. The gallery is run by a board of fine art students in Tampere UAS School of Art and Media as part of their study program. Ikuinen Gallery’s main focus is in presenting interesting and high quality student work as well as work of other adventurous artists.

Ikuinen Galleria
ma-pe 12.00-16.00
Finlaysoninkuja 3
33210 Tampere

The Tampere Film Festival starts on Wednesday 5.3.2014, as you may already know. 
On Thursday 6.3.2014 at 18:00 there will be a special screening, KINO TAMK, in the movie theatre Plevna 4.

In Kino TAMK, we are going to see short films made by Tamk Film & TV, Media and Fine Arts students. 

From the screening, you can go straight to the legendary party Filkkaribileet.