A screenshot from the virtual space.

Virtual Gallery is a virtual experience designed for VR headsets and will be shown during the exhibition HOT FUTURES in Himmelblau Gallery which you can read more about in the previous post. It presents artworks of graduating students and lets users examine, interact and experiment with art in a virtual space. The Virtual Gallery will also be available during the International week at Mediapolis campus between April 24th to April 27th.
The gallery is a part of TAMK’s Smart Art project and started as an opportunity to show young artists and their artworks to a wider audience. Students from different study paths combined their knowledge to include not only art but, music and sound design for the different environments to create the best possible result.

Virtual Gallery is a way for traditional art to exist and develop in new media formats such as VR. It gives the chance to immerse yourself in a different world and experience the works, perhaps in a different way. Inside the gallery you can interact with a variety of elements, you can grab and use items to find your way to the different concepts.

The gallery was developed in Unity game engine, using Virtual Reality Toolkit (VRTK) as thee framework to build the experience. The gallery consists of a hub scene and twelve more spaces each dedicated to a different artist. Each artist scene has been personalized according to their requirements to offer unique and distinctive experiences.

We hope to see you in both events as there is much to see and learn. As the technology evolves so must we and TAMK’s students have worked hard to bring you the chance to experience this amazing opportunity. Here are the links to the events so you can check out more information about them or read the previous blog posts for summaries.


- iWEEK -

WHAT: Degree show of TAMK's graduating Fine Art students
WHERE: Grafiikanpaja Himmelblau
WHEN: 19.4.-9.5.2018

The class of 2014 from Tampere University of Applied Sciences Fine Art path is reaching the end of their studies. Together they have arranged an exhibition where everyone’s thesis works will be displayed. This degree show will be available for the public between the 19th of April and the 9th of May in Himmelblau’s gallery.

Himmelblau is the leading art gallery and graphic studio in Finland. After being founded back in 1989 they have helped and collaborated with over a hundred artists. They help with the journey of an art piece by exhibiting it and selling the productions of the artists.

The works that will be featured are done by (from left to right) Veera Nelimarkka, Juuso Kuivila, Julia Matinniemi, Nicolo Arnoldi, Isa Hedez, Khalid Imran, Anniina Puiras, Alexandra Mitiku, Lavinia Nuvola, Konsta Koivisto, Riina Haapakallio, and Mikael Seidler.

Our graduating year has people from many different countries and backgrounds. They are all amazing and talented individuals who have their own ways of expressing themselves. The themes of the art pieces vary from endangered species to cultural challenges featuring light and heavy moods. The artists also use a variety of different techniques such as painting and virtual reality. 

Warm up by having a look at our website, where you can get to know the artists and see what everyone is up to. See you on the 19th of April!
-Julia Matinniemi, Facebook event page

You can read more about each artist on their webpage and find links to their webpages, portfolios and/or social media accounts. Also, the Art Media TAMK Facebook page has given each artist their moment in the spotlight and you can find out even more information about our graduates.

Follow for more updates!

WHAT: TAMK Art, Music and Media 11th International Week
WHERE: Mediapolis campus Tampere
WHEN: 24.4.-27.4.2018

It’s time again for the annual International Week and we’re hitting the 11th consecutive year of the event. As usual we have exciting workshops to share with you and this time we come to you with a lot of interesting workshops about trans-media, Virtual Reality, Film & television, awesome performances and exhibitions and many many more great programmes. And all of this for free!
As the tradition dictates the TAMK Art, Music and Media International Week has gathered over 150 partners and friends from 30 countries to Mediapolis in Tampere to share their experiences and knowledge. Our teachers, students, partners and friends all work together to bring you this amazing opportunity. The main point is for everyone to learn from each other during these four intensive days.

A picture from last year’s iWeek featuring some of the participants and people who were involved in making this event happen.

This year the topic for the iWeek is “Who do we think we are? Identity, Diversity, Equality”. The programme has several different workshops, seminars, presentations, exhibitions, concerts and screenings. You can find the schedule from their webpage with also the link for the participant registration form that you can fill out to register to the event. On the webpage there is also a section with instructions on how to get to the Mediapolis campus and getting around in Tampere.
From their webpage you can find the event blog where people have been writing about the process and their thoughts and ideas about the iWeek from all the way back to 2008 when the event came to be for the first time. Also, the Facebook page features updates about the workshops, partners, schedule and stories from the actual event.

The workshops run from Tuesday to Thursday, with topics like “Sound, Emotion and User Experience” by Antti Jylhä from the Hague University of Applied Sciences, “Connecting Neighborhoods: diverse_CITY” by Graham Cooper and Martyn Thayne from University of Lincoln and “Live Reporting” by Yuwei Lin from University of Stirling.
-Sohvi Sirkesalo, iWeek blog
As the event gathers people from all around the world with different skills and backgrounds this is a unique once a year opportunity to get to know interesting people and learn something new.
Be sure to follow their social media sites and check their webpage for updates on the schedule and most importantly register for the event!

We have class meetings once a week to coordinate, follow up on budget plans, divide tasks and plan the layout of the exhibition. 

It is that time of the year when things start heating up. And not just the weather.

The class of 2014 from the Fine Art path are blazing a trail as they leave TAMK and enter the art scene/world.

Every student has been putting their projects together during their final year. It is time to display the assorted collection of works. Our topics range from endangered species to cultural challenges; our techniques from paintings to virtual reality; our moods from heavy to light; and our tones from melancholic to ironic.

The exhibition will last until the 9th of May and the opening will be on the 19th of April, in the Himmelblau Gallery at 17:00. Everyone is warmly welcome to join!

Follow our website for regular updates and a closer look at each artist and their works: www.hotfutures2018.com

Text & photos: Alexandra Mitiku 2018

The before picture. some of the empty space we will be building our exhibition in.