Now that this year’s International week is over we can only wait until next year to experience this eventful week again. The iWeek has been a long tradition in TAMK and each year it has only gotten better. We learn from previous years and aim to improve the event so that all students, visitors, participants, and teachers can enjoy it to the fullest.

The first International week was organized year 2008, then named Tampere Art Factory, TAF. The idea for this type of international event came from our former Head of Degree programme and International coordinator Mr. Cai Melakoski and Head of Fine Arts, Mr. Juha Suonpää. Thanks to them and other active people from those days, TAMK Art, Music and Media is today more international than ever!
-Sohvi Sirkesalo, iWeek blog 2017
The atmosphere on the Mediapolis campus has been inviting and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves. The guests have especially complimented the installations, exhibitions, and performances as it’s interesting to see what the students have worked on. Plenty of stuff was to be seen during the week from games created by the students of the Game Academy, several musical performances to exhibitions and installations all over the campus. International Week is about trying out and experiencing new things and getting a glimpse into other parts of art and creativity.

I took a look at all the exhibitions around the university (paintings, photography and installations), which I found innovative, creative and interesting. They inspired me to work more on my personal "art skills".
               -Tom Busam

More than half of the quests have taken part in iWeek before and a few have participated every year after the event was organized for the first time. The visitors have genuinely enjoyed the experience and keep coming back for more. The iWeek is full of possibilities to get to know people from different countries and create meaningful and useful relationships with others. You get to learn from them and also share your own expertise. 

There’s almost always room for improvement and the possibilities are quite literally endless. Many projects and partnerships can be extended and altered to fit other study path’s needs and so create more opportunities for the students. The workshops were interesting this year and here are some comments from the students about their experiences with them.

The video clips shown in the performances were a mixture of royalty free material & video loops built by the students. Swäg brought along an eclectic mix of television sets, vintage video mixers and VHS cassettes to build the performance rig. It took 3 of us at a time to operate the gear during the performances & I hope that the visuals matched the mood of the music. Anna from 'La Marciana' was very complimentary!
-Andrew Frankton on “Building a visualization system for a live music performance” held by Markku Laskujärvi

I chose this workshop because the topic of social media and the use of social media platforms for business is close and relevant to me. The lecturer, Yuwei Lin, has a broad range of skills and expertise she uses in her position as a senior lecturer of communication, media, and culture. She balanced the workshop well with the equal amount of theory and discussion, and hands-on practice of live streaming.
-Alisa Komendova on “Citizen journalism in the age of live streaming” by Yuwei Lin

This was an interesting workshop with a lot of useful knowledge. We were taught about the art of vocal sketching and also listening different types of sounds at the same time trying to analyse how it made us feel. Some sounds made us feel happy and made us laugh whilst others made us feel uncomfortable and at times irritated.
-Sam Gurung on “Sound, emotion and user experience” held by Antti Jylhä

This workshop was brilliant, Olli was a very helpful leader and really helped you ask what can you do, not what should you do. I can say that workshop was a lot of fun and was a really nice change of pace, from the other work I have been doing this semester. I have worked with electronics before and this was a really nice way of bringing some old skills to the forefront again. This workshop was helpful as I will experiment with using the sounds I can create in my advanced moving image video because it is an easy way to create unique sounds for a weird video.
-Jonathan Keogh on “Circuit bending” held by Olegtron

During the screening of our video’s a compilation of all the work was shown to a jury of three. Afterward every participant had to come to the stage to receive feedback about their short film. I was really a bit overwhelmed by the size of this event but thought it was quite nice to see our works on such a big screen and with good audio. Even though we already had seen most of the video’s, it was a different experience to have them up there. I was nervous to get on the stage, as I didn’t expect it and so hadn’t prepared anything, but the feedback was really good and I was happy to hear that they understood all the different aspects of our video very well.
-Julia Kammen on the screening of the Moving Image minor works

I really enjoyed this workshop as it was not only about creating something new and useful, but mainly about the idea of using trash. There are so many things that can be repaired or built by using the stuff other people would throw away.
-Ronja Bachofer on “Jugaad: Create or transform basic objects using trash materials” held by Tibor Kecskes

One of the development ideas concentrates on the visibility of the event. Not only do we wish that the students join the event, we also want people all over to take interest in it. Internationalization is one of the hot topics in the world at the moment and even though it might seem small in Finland’s scale it has profound consequences for TAMK. People have already heard about Finland so now it’s the time to continue down that road and sell our expertise and innovations. We have a lot to offer in TAMK and it’s something we should pursue.

Another topic of concern is the scheduling. This year the United Studios was bursting with amazing performances and talks but unfortunately, as many of them took place during the day, the people who were taking part in the workshops missed them. There are several possible solutions for this that will be considered for next year’s event. Even so, this year was a success!

This year was the first time that the United Studios was focused on as its own ensemble. The success of the performances was a happy surprise as for many years the people creating the iWeek have thought about what could be organized there. At the Mediapolis campus, we have amazing facilities and spaces at our disposal so it was inspiring to see how they were used in the exhibitions, installations, and performances.

At video screening, I liked how space was organised and also it is really inspiring to see your work screening on the big screen in front of the audience.
               - Konstantin Fedorov

Everyone who worked hard for and during the International Week deserves a wholehearted thank you. Many of the people have been involved for many years now and they know the tricks of the trade and can overcome any problem should any arise. They are prepared and willing to work to make the event memorable for everyone. Students, teachers, lecturers and international visitors all have their part to play in making the event what it is today.

Hope to see you all next year and please as always help us make this event even better!

(Pictures from the iWeeks Facebook page.)

Audiovisuaalisen kulttuurin edistämiskeskuksen julkaiseman AVEK-lehden uunituore numero sisältää painavaa asiaa alan koulutuksesta.

Lehdessä TAMKin käsikirjoituksen lehtori Teppo Nuutinen kertoo Metropolian ja Ylen kanssa luodusta ryhmäkäsikirjoittamisen koulutuksesta eli Virtual Writer's Roomista. VWR-konseptissa käsikirjoituksen opiskelijat kehittävät sarjadraamoja pienryhmissä työskennellen myös virtuaalisesti ZOOM-konferenssiohjelman avulla. Samalla on tutkittu etäryhmätyön etuja ja haasteita luovan työn kannalta.

Ohjauksen ja käsikirjoituksen lehtorimme Arto Koskinen käy läpi pitkän Nokia Mobile -dokumenttinsa opetuksia. Innovaatioiden varassa elävä organisaatio voi tuhoutua ylimielisyyteen, liialliseen sisäiseen kilpailuun ja tehokkuuslukuja palvovaan excel-johtamiseen. Pätee epäilemättä muuallakin kuin matkapuhelinten maailmassa...

Muita näkökulmia tarjoillaan mm. elokuvahistorian opetuksesta (Satu Kyösola), leikkaajasta dokumenttielokuvan  luojana (Iikka Vehkalahti) ja siitä, miten voi opettaa sellaista jota ei vielä ole (Susanna Helke). Lehdessä kerrotaan myös tuotantokannustimista ja Tampereen tavoitteesta nousta AV-alan Mekaksi.

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The last day of the workshops came to an end. It was exciting to see what people created during these three days. Some workshops lasted only for one or two days so some participants had the chance to take part in multiple workshops.

The International Coordinator Sohvi Sirkesalo with some of the guests at iWeek.

This year they really put effort into the creating this event. You might wonder how long it takes to organize an event like the International Week and the answer is that no one really knows. It’s an ever-changing situation where problems will always arise but fortunately the team this year has been incredible and has managed to overcome everything they’ve encountered.

Especially the performances and installations/exhibitions in the United Studios have been well thought and organized. So much to see and experience and luckily you had the whole week to go around. The variety of the acts was also a good thing, a little bit of something for everyone.

Live streaming at the iWeek. (Picture taken from the International Week's Facebook page.)

The "Citizen journalism in the age of live streaming" - by Yuwei Lin workshop had its participants live stream their day. On the video, you can see a part of the Musical: No one’s rib that took part in the United Studios in the morning. The participants went around the Mediapolis campus visiting other workshops and reporting live on what was going on. They talked to other people and asked what they had been doing and what they thought about the workshops. The general atmosphere is overwhelming while people are working on their projects and assignments for the workshops.

And here are the last of the summaries of the workshops, do enjoy!

"Sound, Emotion, and User Experience" - by Antti Jylhä (The Hague UAS, NL), only on Thursday from 9 am till 1 pm.

This workshop deals with the relationship between sound and emotion in regards to user experiences. In the workshop, the participants will practice the art of sketching emotional sounds with their voices and by listening understand the emotions behind different sounds. With engaging exercises, they will uncover a massively disregarded potential of sound in user experience design.

"Environment Art" - By Jakub Malinovski (University of Arts in Poznan), Tuesday to Thursday from 9 am till 4 pm.

This workshop aims to use the creative strength and the ideas of students to go through the existing ideas and thoughts around everyday environment of the city and surrounding nature. There are many visual, social and urban phenomenon hidden around us. The idea is to form groups and process ideas and thoughts together. The goal of the workshop is to come up with propositions of artworks locate in real space using imaging tools such as AR visualization.

"The Entheogenic Machine" - By Fabián Barros (ORT University, Uruguay), only on Wednesday from 9 am till 3 pm.

The entheogenic machine workshop explores the popular religious art on the Internet in its most basic visual expression: animated gif and jpg. These images are interpreted and contextualized to facilitate contact with one's inner divinity by using digital technology. It is not very complex and uses mostly obsolete and low-cost technology. The result of the workshop could, for example, be a multimedia installation that will be shown during the International Week.

Songwriting Pitching ( a co-write music collaboration between students from TAMK and Academy of Pop Culture in Netherlands) feedback session in the United Studios.

The presentations are over for the day and thing are being wrapped up in the United Studios as well. Tomorrow there will be the Friday Seminar which will be answering to the question “Who do we think we are? IDENTITY, DIVERSITY, EQUALITY –co-creation, smart cities with human beings” hosted by Albert van der Kooij. There will be several speakers sharing their experience, so do come and listen.

Thank you for being a part of this and see you again next year!

People trying the games made by the Game Academy students, what a turnout!

The second day of the iWeek started with the continuation of the workshops from the previous day. In the United Studios the students from the Game Academy showcased the games they have been working on. Later you could try the games in the orange lobby where also the Virtual Gallery could be experienced. Some of the games shown were about jousting, breaking stuff as a cat, a multiplayer FPS with water guns and being a thief.

During the day in the United Studios there has been quite many musical performances by a variety of artists and bands from different countries as well as poem reciting. There has also been some lectures about music related topics such as karaoke diplomacy. Today is definitely full of music and chilling to the tunes.

Catalan musician Xavi presenting his first EP "Full Honesty".

You can find amazing exhibitions and installations all over the school. The second floor showcases most of the exhibitions. The installations of the advanced sound design workshop 2018 can be found in both the first and the second floor. 

The installation by Aaro Arvola named Rough mixdown can be found on the first floor in the orange lobby. On the second floor there are the Disco box done by Eetu Tähtinen in the rooms 20019 and 20018 and the Disorder simulations by Polina Hameltoja and Pauli Ondruska in the room 20011. 

Liya Pirkuliyeva experiencing the Advanced Sound Design workshop piece "In heaven, all they talk about is the ocean" done by Kate Vasileva.

There’s the UNPOLISHED exhibition which features photo art from the photography minor and takes place in the 2nd floor corridor during the iWeek. In the photography study module students created a photo art book on a topics chosen by them. Themes of projects vary from a haptic taste of chocolate to the existence of human in the universe. 

The other exhibition WET PAINT showcases drawings and paitings in Mediapolis 2nd Floor, rooms 20012, 20034, 20063 and 20064. The pieces of works are done by the students in the Drawing and Painting minor.

“Like wet paint, we are fluid and unfixed. Fresh and new, anything is possible.”
A quote from the students.

The last performance of the day is by none other than our very own Eeverest, Niko Mansikka-aho. He’s a Finnish student at TAMK Music Production study path who has been working as a DJ and a producer and is based in Tampere. So hope everyone is ready to dance to his music!

And as in the last post, here are some summaries about the ongoing workshops. Hope everyone is enjoying and gaining information and skills from the ones they are participating in!

"Connected Neighborhoods: diverse_CITY" - by Graham Cooper, Martyn Thayne (University of Lincoln, UK) and Anne Karen (Academy of Pop Culture, Hanze University, NL), from Wednesday to Thursday between 9 am and 4 pm.

This workshop is about exploring the global / local landscape and look at the key players / participants / neighbours in a collaborative manner. The landscape is ever expanding and increasingly diverse. The participants of the workshop will use design and discussion to explore and celebrate the different aspects of the cities. The task is to use playful and creative means to showcase the diversity within our surroundings.

“Jugaad: create or transform basic objects using trash materials!” - By Tibor Kecskes (TK Studio), from Tuesday to Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm.

Jugaad is a wide spread activity especially in the developing countries for upcycling broken constructions or creating basic objects using trash / simple materials. The idea is to support upcycling / repairing items instead of throwing them away. The results of the creative minds and able hands of the participants will be shown in the form of an exhibition and / or presented. It’s interesting to see if they can see the hidden potential in so called trash objects and materials!

"Citizen journalism in the age of live streaming" - by Yuwei Lin (University of Stirling, UK), Tuesday to Thursday from 9 am to 12 pm.

If you have ever wanted to learn how to report an event live this workshop is for you. The event can be anything and in the workshop there will be used a variety of social media tools to explore the possibilities. The participants will go through how to prepare, what to cover, how to source the content, maintain audience interests and ethics around live reporting.

Be sure to follow the Facebook page of the TAMK 11th International Week for more live updates during the week. Also, there will be a summary posted about the daily activities every evening in the TAMK Arts and Media blog.

Posters at the entrance to the Mediapolis campus.
The first official workshop day of the iWeek started today with a bang. People are bursting with excitement and anticipation of what is to come. Workshops are happening, exhibitions and installations on the second floor are looking great, and people are still working hard to make everything perfect for the performances in United Studios. It’s a long eventful day ahead of us and everyone is working together to make it as enjoyable and productive as possible. Here we go!

In the United Studios there’s plenty of great pieces of work to see even if you are not participating in the workshops. The morning was spent setting everything up from the exhibitions to the Virtual Gallery and making sure that the preparations for each act and performance happening later were ready. It is always a joy seeing students from different study paths and teachers working together as a team to make something amazing come true.

We’ve had a screening of the final works of the Fine Art Moving Image course and the feedback session. All the works were shown before the commentators gave their feedback individually to each artist or artists. The feedback came from Jonna Kina (visual artist, Finland), Azar Sayjar (AV-Arkki, Finland) and Fabián Barros (digital artist, Uruguay). In the afternoon there will be a MeKu Platform launching, a social media platform created by students for the students of Media and Arts, and a Spanish musician Carmen playing a ukulele and covering different songs.

Alisa Komendova's Moving Image final piece shown in the United Studios during the screening of the Fine Art works.

At three the cocktail bar opens and there is a chance for adult drinks as well. The first show of the evening program is a panel discussion on how to build your network in music business featuring some of our students with experience of these situations. Last but not least there is a fast-paced improv comedy show brought to us by YesFinland performing on the stage making us laugh until our stomachs hurt. Loads of exciting things happening until the evening so it’s definitely worth sticking around for.

Here are summaries of a few of the workshops happening, more to come during the days and look forward to the final report on the event.
“Building a visualisation system for a live music performance” - By Markku Laskujärvi (SWÄG), from Tuesday to Thursday between 10 am and 4 pm-

Two VJs from SWÄG (Tampere-based art, music and event organizing collective) have come to the iWeek to guide the participants on how to make a great visual performance quickly. They will give you tips and help you work through your own footage you were supposed to bring with you to the workshop. The final result is a system for performing live visualisations done be using live programming. The system will be used later in the iWeek to visualise live a musical performance.

"Mixed Reality Experience" - by Jens Herder (HS Duesseldorf, University of Applied Sciences) happening on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 am till 4 pm.

Starting from explaining the technology behind the different VR applications and continuing with discussing the experiences of viewing the recorded footage. The mixed reality can be used for example in real-life applications like education, entertainment, e-sports, tutorials and cinematic trailers. The idea of the workshop is to hands on produce a demonstration video while thinking about how to convey the experience in a virtual environment to third parties.

"Circuit bending" - By Olegtron, only on Tuesday from 10 am till 16 pm.

Olegtron is bringing us an experimental method of modifying electronics sound devices. The idea is to experiment with discarded sound toys and giving them a new life and a playable interface. The toys are torn apart and fiddled around with to find interesting spots.

Be sure to follow the Facebook page of the TAMK 11th International Week for more live updates during the week. Also, there will be a summary posted about the daily activities every evening in the TAMK Arts and Media blog.