Audiovisual Studio

Audiovisual Studio #


Learning Outcomes #

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Apply projection mapping techniques in their creative practice.
  • Apply real-time video and image processing techniques in their work.
  • Identify their strengths in creating experimental audiovisual content.
  • Further develop their artistic style.

Content #

Audiovisual Studio is an advanced studio course that explores real-time video art, generative art and audiovisual performances through hands-on experimentations, lectures and screenings.The topics covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Experimental video art
  • Real-time video
  • Generative art
  • Projection mapping

Although the course introduces various tools for interactive audiovisual art, the use of any specific software or programming environment is not required. Students are expected and encouraged to develop their personal strengths and existing skills to find their own distinctive styles and workflows as audiovisual artists.

Although no specific software is a requirement to use for the final project of the course, a large portion of the contact teaching hours are used to introduce various techniques and workflows using software called TouchDesigner. Students can install the free version of TD on their personal computers. We also have the educational version of TouchDesigner installed in the room L208 where the lectures also take place.

Spaces, Studios and Workshops #

  • The classes always start in room L208, we will also do some experiments in room G203 (Experimental Studio) each lecture.
  • Throughout the entire period, room G203 is booked for us for working. There will be some Desktop PCs with Touchdesigner installed, projectors, and other equipment for you to use.
  • The Media Lab Home Base room O102 is also equipped with a projector, two powerful computers with TouchDesigner installed, surround sound and other equipment. Use that room also for working independently.
  • If needed, I can book the room R106 for independent work for you. It has HTC Vive Pro, two projectors, DMX lights, and a powerful computer with TD installed.
  • Use mfavdi.aalto.fi to remotely access the L208 computers with TouchDesigner
  • Mechatronics (G014) is available for you to use
  • Aalto Fab Lab is available for you to use.
  • Book the the Open photostudio whenever you need to use it.

Deliverables & Evaluation #

This course is pass/fail, but you need to do the following to successfully pass this course:

  1. Active attendance to the classes. (min. 80%). I mark your attendance in MyCourses.. Being ill is a valid reason to not show up, especially if you have or if you suspect that you have covid.
  2. One or more additions to the Incomplete Timeline of Audiovisual Art. See MyCourses for detailed instructions.
  3. A completed final project. See the guidelines.
  4. A video of your work. This can have different forms depending on what your work is like.

Schedule | Spring 2022 #

Period IV #

Week 1 #

TIME MON 28.02. TUE 01.03. WED 02.03. THU 03.03. FRI 04.03.
09:15–12:00 AV Studio: Introduction, Touchdesigner Basics AV Studio: Media Archaeology, Phantasmagoria and Magic Lanterns, TouchDesigner basics EI: A Brief History of Interactive Systems and HCI EI: Embodied Interaction, Assignment #1
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 2 #

TIME MON 07.03. TUE 08.03. WED 09.03. THU 10.03. FRI 11.03.
09:15–12:00 AV Studio: Abstract Animation, Experimental Films, Working with 3D in TouchDesigner AV Studio: Visual Music, Audio Analysis in TouchDesigner EI: Depth Cameras EI: Kinect & Skeleton Tracking, Assignment #1 presentations
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 3 #

TIME MON 14.03. TUE 15.03. WED 16.03. THU 17.03. FRI 18.03.
09:15–12:00 Matti is in admissions interviews: AV Studio: Delia Derbyshire, Daphne Oram AV Studio: John Whitney, Scanimate Matti is in admissions interviews: EI: Posenet, Face Tracking, Hand tracking, Project Proposal
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00
15:15–17:00

Week 4 #

TIME MON 21.03. TUE 22.03. WED 23.03. THU 24.03. FRI 25.03.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Video Art AV Studio: Projection Mapping EI: Biosensors EI: Lidars
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 5 #

TIME MON 28.03. TUE 29.03. WED 30.03. THU 31.03. FRI 01.04.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Livestreaming from TouchDesigner AV Studio: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 6 #

TIME MON 04.04. TUE 05.04. WED 06.04. THU 07.04. FRI 08.04.
09:15–12:00 Independent Work (G203) AV Studio: Project work & tutoring AV Studio: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring EI: Project work & tutoring
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕
13:15–15:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203)
15:15–17:00 Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Independent Work (G203) Friday Screening (G203)

Week 7 (Workshop Week) #

TIME MON 11.04. TUE 12.04. WED 13.04. THU 14.04. FRI 15.04.
09:15–12:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY
12:00–13:00 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 🥗🍜🍱🍝🍕 GOOD FRIDAY
13:15–15:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY
15:15–17:00 EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION EXHIBITION GOOD FRIDAY