Reporting from the International Week pt. 3

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!