January 26th, 2014 - “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” A. Nin & GGJ 2014


The quote by Anaïs Nin (Seduction of the Minotaur) is the theme of the Global Game Jam 2014. Crucible Studio’s director Mika ‘Lumi’ will be judging the Jam outcomes as a member of the jury in the  Cologne Game Lab event on 26 Sunday 2014 and give the talk “Play-within-play” on interactive drama on Monday.

(While the Minotaur quote has been referred to Talmudic origins, also, of course, Hamlet considers the reflection of mankind itself as the  purpose of ‘playing’:

“…the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the
first and now, was and is, to hold, as ’twere, the
mirror up to nature…”)

January 21st, 2014 - Alan01 in the Space Station Sixty-Five Gallery, London, 21 March – 10 May 2014

Alan01_5_jaakko_pesonenThe Crucible Studio production Alan01 by the visiting artist (2009-12) Jaakko Pesonen et al. will be exhibited in the “Northern Souls”  exhibition of the Space Station Sixty-Five gallery, London,UK,  21 March – 10 May 2014. The exhibition presents a wide array of Finnish contemporary artists who focus on minorities and minority experience. Curated by Minna Haukka & Arto Korhonen, the exhibition features the following artists in addition to Pesonen: Minna Haukka, Marja Helander, Dzamil Kamanger, Arto Korhonen, Jouni Kujansuu & Heikki Rapo, Markku Laakso & Annika Dahlsten, Outi Pieksi, Anne Siirtola, Maarit Suomi-Väänänen, Minna Suoniemi, Timo Väntsi and Tom Linkinen.

sentenceThe Alan01 production was started as a part of the SALERO EU project in 2009 and is based on the life and work of Alan Turing (1912-1954), a heroic wartime code-breaker and pioneer of computer science. He made a provocative contribution to the debate regarding artificial intelligence: whether it will ever be possible to say that a machine is conscious and can think. As a person he was “an ordinary English homosexual atheist mathematician” (A. Hodges: Alan Turing: The Enigma). His sexual orientation lead to prosecution, probation and chemical castration. Alan died after eating an apple laced with cyanide. His death was ruled a suicide.

moa2010-table1“Pesonen’s devout work (Alan01) feels like Turing himself was resuscitated in the form of the machine… The viewer stands in distance, like an executioner and researcher, ready to give an electrical shock by the push of a button. Pesonen’s work is a melancholic attempt to revive the already lost victim, who lives by the force of artificial intelligence he himself researched and idealised… Pesonen’s robot utopia is a lyrical and melancholy tableau of eternity and life, presenting a gap between logic and emotion. The man convicted of human crime can only be released in the form of the machine.”

Mustekala Review (4 Oct 2012 by Jaakko Uoti) of the Forum Box exhibition “Man Machines”

January 8th, 2014 - At Hand Revisited 2-19 Jan 2014



“Heidi Tikka’s exhibition Kosketusetäisyys – Within reach feels a very fresh start of the year. Her works particularly need to be touched, not just looked at. They break the distance between the viewer and the artwork, and downright demand for physical intimacy.”

 – Helsingin Sanomat 12 Jan 2014 Review by Harri Mäcklin


Heidi Tikka revisits and -visions “At Hand” in her Gallery Sculptor exhibit “Kosketusetäisyys – Within reach” 2-19 Jan 2014.

The work was last shown in the Paris City Sets exhibition Summer 2012 in the metro station Europe and Institut Finlandais.

January 8th, 2014 - New Year, New Premises

kunniavieraatWith Media Lab, Crucible Studio has moved to Aalto University‘s Otaniemi campus, while the rest of ARTS will follow us within two years to the new campus. The studio will still continue to use the Arabia campus production premises and Media Centre Lume, when necessary.

Our new address is:

Crucible Studio / Media Lab Helsinki, Department of Media
Aalto University ARTS (School of Arts, Design and Architecture)
PO Box 16500, FI-00076 Aalto, Finland

Visiting address:

Room 430 (Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola), 4th floor
Miestentie 3, 02150 Espoo
Happy New Year!
December 3rd, 2013 - Riikka Pelo’s “Our Daily Life” wins the Finlandia Prize

71Finland’s top literary award, the Finlandia Prize, has gone to Riikka Pelo for her novel “Jokapäiväinen elämämme” (“Our Daily Life”). Please read more at the Yle News.

Riikka is an associated artist and researcher at Crucible Studio. She frequently consults the studio’s research productions and was e.g. the dramaturgical design lead and teacher in the Tulse Luper Journey. She graduated from Media Lab Helsinki in 2004 with her Master in New Media thesis “Marina’s Garden. About writing storyspace in interactive spatial work” (“Marinan puutarha. Kertomuksen avaruuden käsikirjoittamisesta vuorovaikutteisessa tilateoksessa”). Her prize winning novel has continued the research of Marina Tsvetaeva‘s life, work and times.

Congratulations, Riikka!

(photo by Heini Lehväslaiho from the publisher’s website)

November 28th, 2013 - Crucible Studio@Media Lab Helsinki participatory live stream of Ada Lovelace on Fri 29 Nov 2013

The “ADA” drama is a live broadcast from Dramaten, The Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm. The Helsinki and Internet audience can participate via Twitter and the web site. The story is about Ada Lovelace, born in 1815, daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron. Ada was a mathematician and visionary who foresaw that Charles Babbage’s analytical machine, the first computer, would have a revolutionary impact in the future. “ADA” follows her intense life story from childhood to her death at the age of 36.


Written and directed by Rebecca Forsberg, actress Linda Lönnerfeldt.

“ADA” is a part of the “The Women in Science” trilogy that highlights women scientists, scientific discoveries and today’s research. “Maryam” from the trilogy can be experienced in Helsinki in the Media Lab Helsinki Demo Day on Tue 17 Dec 2013.


Where: Media Lab Helsinki / Aalto ARTS, 4th floor lecture room, Hämeentie 135 C, 00560 Helsinki
When: 29 Nov 2013 at (sharp!) 14:00 (duration: 45 min)
Performance language: Swedish with English subtitles
Participation by:
– Twitter:  #adaftw
– Site: http://adaftw.se

November 28th, 2013 - The DESIS Philosophy Talk #2.1 Featured Storytelling & Social Innovation in the Cumulus Dublin Conference

The DESIS (Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability) Philosophy Talk #2.1 discussed the role of storytelling in social design during the Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media) Dublin Conference 7-9 November 2013 in the National College of Art and Design, Ireland. Among other experts, Crucible Studio’s director Mika ‘Lumi’ Tuomola provided a commentary.

1403421_420322761423179_1193966303_o 1453291_420325031422952_1120504539_n“Emerging practices of design for social innovation are showing the relevance to make more extensive use of videos and narratives. Storytelling as such is becoming increasingly important for a variety of reasons. But what does storytelling mean? How can we make best use of it within the context of design for social innovation? Can storytelling be seen as that which facilitates the possibility for a public space to be opened up, where the commons can be re-destributed and where both dialogue and action can be shared and eventually lead to the construction of a higher quality public domain? Can it lead to the establishment of the pre-conditions for participation, condivision and dialogue to take place and lead to the co-design of a more participative society? How can this eventually happen? How can we exclude a manipulative character in the way we make use of storytelling? “

-DESIS Philosophy Talk #2.1






November 4th, 2013 - Aki Suzuki Spirits’ “Aino – Kalevala” presents Crucible Studio’s Multiscreen Performance System 15-23 November 2013

Aki Suzuki Spirits’ new dance performance “Aino – Kalevala” makes use of Crucible Studio’s “Unperformed” Multiscreen Performance System.


The Planet Earth No.3 “Aino – Kalevala” is a story written by Aki Suzuki and inspired by the Japanese “Mugen Noh” (a type of Noh play made up of a dream or illusion): an old, mysterious woman approaches a traveling monk and starts to recount the story of the surrounding scenery. The old woman tells the suspicious monk that she would appear in his dream at night and continue her story if he wants to know more. She is the spirit of Aino who refused to marry Väinämöinen and drowned herself.

Projections designed by our studio’s former visiting artist Jaakko Pesonen, the performance takes place in Annantalo, Annankatu 30, 00100 Helsinki, on Fri 15 Nov at 19:00 (premiere), Fri 22 Nov at 18:00 & Sat 23 Nov at 14:00.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/169055683294675/

July 16th, 2013 - Turing Machine Opera in Manchester 22 July

The Turing Machine Opera, the 3D stage design of which was co-produced by Crucible Studio (Merja Nieminen) and Helsinki Skaala Opera in 2008, will be performed in the Capitol Theatre of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, on Mon 22 July 2013, in the context of the 24th International Congress of History of Science, Technology and Medicine (iCHSTM 2013).

Please see the opera preview video in YouTube.

turing-machine-opera-2“The mathematician Alan Turing spent his final six years at the University of Manchester. Turing won little fame in his own lifetime, but is now seen to have made history in many ways across his extraordinary career. Turing conceptualised the universal machine which underpins the computer revolution, led the assault on the U-boat Enigma cipher during the Second World War, and made influential early explorations of the idea that machines might think. Turing was also ostracized for his sexual orientation, and his suicide remains one of the many mysteries of his life.

This event represents a unique opportunity to learn more about Alan Turing’s life and career through outstanding performances uniting art, music, videos and media.  Helsinki’s Ooppera Skaala brings Turing to the stage with a multimedia opera weaving together soaring, emotionally charged vocal lines with atmospheric ambient soundscapes and sampled electronic rhythms. The intimate and intense opera for two singers and one dancer is set off by stunning 3D graphics.”

-iCHSTM 2013  Programme – Version 5,  8 July 2013:


More: http://www.artdes.mmu.ac.uk/events/2013/turing-machine-opera/

The Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/206179006204859/

May 31st, 2013 - Hello Homo! @ Delight and Prejudice 11 June – 18 August 2013

Laura_Vera_Sara_by_Jaakko_Pesonen_270612The internationally toured and praise reviewed Crucible Studio production “Hello Homo!” by the visiting artist Jaakko Pesonen will next show in the Werstas’ ‘Delight and Prejudice’ exhibition, http://www.werstas.fi/, Tampere, Finland, 11 June – 18 August 2013. Within the interactive installation for public spaces, three characters present online comments on homosexuality as tragicomic everyday beliefs and offer you a personal encounter with prejudice.

“Everyday stories go through the history of LGBTIQ people during the last 40 years in this exhibition… The exhibition sheds light not only on the experiences of the minority people, being exposed to prejudices, but also on important turning points and love, of course. The exhibition combines cultural history and art into an exciting, bewildering and gay mixture.”

-Werstas’ exhibition calendar (‘Delight and Prejudice’ on the page 4/24):


See also the Mustekala review (in Finnish) of “Hei homo!” and Pesonen’s last exhibition Man Machines that included the “Homo”: http://www.mustekala.info/node/3105

The Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/166705596833629/