Media art exhibition “Altered States” opens on Monday 14th January

A mid-term exhibition by students from the Art & Tech minor programme Media Art Installation course (led by artist & doctoral candidate Andy Best)

Department of Art’s 5th floor gallery, Hämeentie 135C (Aalto ARTS, Arabia campus)
Exhibition opening Monday 14th January 16.00 – 17.00 followed by artists’ discussion and presentation of works (17.00 – 19.00)

Exhibition runs daily during normal university opening hours from 15th until 25th January 2013


The works:

Paula Lehtonen
Kasperi Mäki-Reinikka

Lecturer’s break room is an emancipatory interactive wind installation. The installation comments on the increased bureaucracy in the newly formed Aalto University and let’s you play with day-to-day overload of paper pollution.

The installation takes place in soon-to-become, glass-walled  teachers’ workroom on the 5th floor. When a person passes by, he creates a gust of wind in the space sending the papers flying around.  One can also start to mess around with the mass of paper, that normally fills our desktops. The wind is created by small Kinect-controlled fans that cover the floor area, and loads of A4 Aalto forms spread on top of the fans.

Lassi Haaranen
Leo Holsti
Georgia Panagiotidou
Juan Duarte Regino

“Show me / Data Smog” includes an endless stream of information from different locations worldwide (we have chosen the four most popular news channels). Whether you are noticing it or not, the flow keeps on going. But what happens when you stop for a second to pay attention and you come closer to the facts and see the raw data? A cloud of smog covers the information you are trying to retrieve and it is not as comprehendible as you would have expected.

This fog (a visual filter) represents the content filters that are either applied on purpose by external parties or by our own internal barriers in processing the information accurately. This installation tries to raise the question of what is “real” from all information we gather and if it is even possible to process the content as intended.

* The term “Data Smog” is by David Shenk’s same titled book

Kaarlo Karjalainen
Tomi Dufva

The installation is a set of eight monochromatic pictures which describe a life of Seppo during eight different decades of his life. The pictures are 8x8cm in size and each picture has a different frame. In addition the pictures are covered with a film of black thermochromatic paint which turns transparent when heated (by e.g. touch).

Laura Aalto-Setälä
Antti Granqvist
Hanne Aho

A video sculpture installation.

For further information please contact:
Andy Best, (ÄT)
Leena Närekangas, Aalto Media Factory: leena.narekangas (ÄT)

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