Monthly Archives: November 2021

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TechArt project created a virtual exhibition of the Tietomaa Tower

During the TechArt project, a virtual model of the Tietomaa tower has been implemented. The tower celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021. Tietomaa Tower has a customer lift that only has access to the observation deck, but the stairs that circle inside the tower and the art and science exhibitions carried out inside have been unaccessible spaces for people with reduced mobility. The TechArt project has wanted to make these spaces accessible by using digitalisation. There have been two starting points here. Implement an accurate point cloud model that can be used in the future by the City of Oulu to carry out its own exhibitions and events. To provide these digital point cloud models openly for download to anyone who wants to explore, develop, or even implement commercial products. Another approach has been to make LUMO light festival content of 2021 called Kaivo better accessible to people with reduced mobility. The Kaivo installation work has been carried out by students and teachers of lighting design education at the University of Oulu. Because the work is impossible to experience at the venue for people with reduced mobility, the TechArt project has created a virtual exhibition of this exhibition as a Matterport implementation. The digital implementation was created through a public tender and carried out by A-Insinöörit Ltd.

TechArt – Matchmaking at Business Station 18.11.2021

At the event, the TechArt project will serve interesting tastes of technology, research, creatives and art. In addition, you will hear what has happened in the TechArt project during 2021, and you will be able to participate and brainstorm a larger pilot to be implemented during 2022.


Juha Häkkinen, Professor at the University of Juha Häkkinen presents the possibilities of LTA drones and other innovative high-tech research sites in the field of sound, light, and different content than future telecommunications solutions (6G). Petri Sirviö BusinessOuulu opens up about creative industries, for example, with production subsidies in the film industry and other current news. Matti Tikanmäki, Ceo of Probot Oy, uses his own presentation to platform the outlook for robotics and automation and the possibilities and future plans of art.


From 5 p.m., guests will have the opportunity to follow the live broadcast of the Comic Strip World Championships 2021 a new kind of event concept written in the form of a talkshow. The event will be carried out in cooperation with the Oulu Comic
, the Air
MM Games and the Northern Culture Stream.


Matchmaking event offers invited guests a small snack, coffee and mulled wine. For catering reasons, please registrations by 4pm on November 10, 2021. There are limited seats, so book your seat as quickly as possible.


The purpose of the TechArt project is to explore, build and pilot an ecosystem that combines technology and culture, where technology companies, art and cultural actors, municipalities and stakeholders from the field of technology bring actors and content from the field of technology together regionally, nationally and internationally.

TechArt Matchmaking event 16.10.2021 at Oulu Art Museum in connection with Supernatural club.

The TechArt project organises matchmaking events, which invite actors in the fields of art, culture, research and technology. The aim is to get to know each other, learn about each other's activities and discuss what cooperation different actors can implement in the future. At the first TechArt matchmaking event, the actors reported news of the coronavirus pandemic in their field of activity.

At the event, the TechArt project announced pilots, webinars and upcoming events carried out during 2021, as well as a larger pilot to be implemented during 2022.
event offered a Supernatural pastry with coffee servings created by pastry chef Sampo Kotajärvi. Sampo Kotajärvi was there to tell the origin story of the pastry. Anna-Riikka Hirvonen, Director of Public Work at The Oulu Museum and Science Centre Luuppi, explained the background to the Supernatural exhibition.

The purpose of the TechArt project is to explore, build and pilot an ecosystem that combines technology and culture, where technology companies, art and cultural actors, municipalities and stakeholders from the field of technology bring actors and content from the field of technology together regionally, nationally and internationally.

TechArt project's pilots created innovative digital solutions for cultural content and new business models. Here you can read more about the pilots.

Pilots aim to enable new innovations, connect technology actors and cultural actors, and create new models of ability to meet the challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic. According to TechArt's Project manager Olli Rantala projects aim, among other things, to make the authors think about what added value technology can bring to art.

Oulu has many great festivals, and using hybrid models, they could be streamed around the world, which would bring more audiences to events.

The project will promote the export and accessibility of cultural and art products in new technological ways. According to Rantala, it is important that through the pilots cultural actors and technology actors found each other and are now able to further develop cooperation.

The aim is to create a TechArt ecosystem operating in Oulu, where it will be easier to share information between technology and content actors. The information collected during the project can be utilised, for example, in developing the production of new digital content and improved accessibility, and production manuals and guides can be compiled from these. One of the aims of the project is to bring different experts from the field of technology and art together, and match making events will be organised already during the autumn.

Art in the Park app brings art to jogging paths

During the project, the Northern Photographic Centre Association created a prototype of a digital service platform, and the aim of the application is to bring art out along jogging paths and to diversify the city view with new content.

During the pilot, the user interface prototype created with Techinspire Oy provided an outline of the operation and costs of the final application. The service was made very easy to use and for a large number of users. During the project, the artist was employed Marja Saleva, whose works are suitable for diverse use.

The app challenges art creators and organizations to create art content that is suitable for new platforms, and also provides artists with a new model of performance. After the free exhibition, the user can dive deeper into the world of art and download more content for a fee.

The project was also part of the City of Oulu's participatory budgeting competition. The application has been tested by a test group, and user experiences were collected from about ten people during the pilot.

TechArt (adobe.com)

 XR music video where the listener can influence the content

The music video was created as part of the TechArt project in cooperation with Playsign Oy. Ohmudog's music piece Video was directed by the artistic director of the Oulu Music Video Festival Anna-Mari Nousiainen and technical production was carried out by: Tuure Pajunen and Jere Pesälä.

Compared to resources, the end result surprised the authors' expectations. The video dives inside the human heart, where a subjective memory experience is created of what we carry in our hearts. The executed music video was made to virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), where the world of music video could be viewed both through virtual glasses than on different terminals. The technical implementers of the video considered the business opportunities of XR implementations and also made a plan for how the service could be producted

The project increased the working group's understanding of future media and the possibilities of various audiovisual content. The immersion of advertisements in the virtual world and ideas for fashion shows or product launches in the XR world were created in connection with the project. However, in the case of the music video, it was considered that it would be almost impossible to carry out the project without a grant or sponsors.

The main venue for the video was the Oulu Music Video Festival on 26-29 August 2021, when the video was officially released to the public. The working group felt that the experiment supported the vitality of the Oulu Music Video Festival, and it encouraged a new open-mindedness among different operating models.

Oulu Music Video Festival (omvf.net)

Air Guitar Party at Home - Innovations from air guitar project brought a new element to traditional house parties

In February 2021, Airnest Productions Oy launched a project to develop an entertaining, active and self-expression-supporting Air Guitar Party at Home product. In addition, the aim was to create a business model that would enable growth and new profitability in both domestic and international markets. Playsign Oy was responsible for the technical implementation.

The intention was for participants and air guitarists to interact with each other virtually. During the session, which lasted about an hour, participants were able to throw themselves into the world of air-queasy. Artistic content production was carried out by air guitarists, U.S. Justin HowardEric MelinMatt BurnsGerman Aline Westphal and from Oulu Aapo Rautio.

The technical implementation was a combination of finished material, live interactions carried out remotely and the home party's own air staining. Zoom was used as a platform in the experiment. The rhythm of the sessions was successful in pilot experiments thanks to the presenter, but solutions are still being developed for the independent use of the product.

The TechArt project enabled two trial sessions. There were five children aged 8?12 in one group and eight adults aged 34?50. The test groups were located in Oulu and air guitarists in the United States, Germany and Finland. Feedback came in and was picked up. The development continues and the first version of the product will be launched already in 2021. The goal is to enable year-round business and employ people. A similar product is not already on the market.

Justin Howard, an American air guitarist of all time, was also developing content for the Air Guitar Party at Home project.

In the Air Guitar Party at Home project, the test group was able to experiment with air guitar through a live stream at a house party.

Air Guitar World Championships from Oulu (airguitarworldchampionships.com)

TaikaBox association Connected Studio platform for hybrid events

In cooperation with Near Real in Oulu, TaikaBox association developed a new kind of performance format that combines live and live streamed performers from different countries. The project utilised Born Old for the children of TaikaBox ? Sage Age, from which a Faroe version was created during the pilot in collaboration with The Nordic House in the Faroe Islands.

The TechArt project provided the association with a good framework for developing a solution that enabled the construction of international reconstruction and the development of new sources of income. Thanks to the project, the service platform originally developed by Near Real for health services also developed into a more versatile innovation suitable for different content actors. The platform proved stable and provided a high-quality video stream.

The pilot project culminated in two public performances at The Nordic House as part of the local children's culture festival in May 2021. The audience liked the show and the feedback from the spectators was very good. Thanks were especially due to the fact that the performers seemed to be in the same space despite the distance of thousands of kilometres. In the hybrid performance, the importance of the role of the local performer was emphasised, as he grounded the show into the space where the viewers are.

Based on the project, the work will be developed into a hybrid product package that can be offered to international markets. The package brings added value to its novelty and ecological nature. TaikaBox aims to develop cooperation with Near Real in the future and to share techart fast experiments with the knowledge skills learned from the project.

(14) Føddur Gamal 02 05 2021 ? YouTube

Oulu Culture Events Association -Trip to Magical Martinniemi

The trip to Maakinen Martinniemi was arranged in June 2021 as part of techart fast projects. The journey began when the Kiiminkijoki canoeing started in The Lower Village of Kiiming towards Haukipuda, from where the journey continued not only in kayaks but also in church and rowing water, accompanied by the Kayak Orchestra. Cruise hostMatti Patronen. On the way, cultural performances were offered on water. The event was shown online as a live broadcast in real time and the audience was able to participate either from the home viewer or on site.

The broadcast, canoeing and cultural content were carried out in cooperation with Parish of Haukipudas, Residents' Association of Siikaputaa, Martinniemi Village Association, Onganranta-Vahtolanlahti Village Association, Scouts, Jukka Takalo-s Kayak Orchestra, Boating associations, Oulu's Kilpa-Veljet Association, Border Guard, Kiviniemi Maritime Rescue, Martinhovi and Kiiminkijoki Association.

The interaction between the audience and the broadcast was created on the Zoom platform. The original idea, in which the viewer could have chosen which camera to follow, could not be arranged due to technical problems. The experiment reinforced the organisers' belief that shipments can be carried out from anywhere, anytime. Bringing the wild nature and periphery of the Northern Territory closer to the urban environment, as well as the combinations of culture and nature, were insights into the experiment. The broadcast was viewed 6,500 times through Vimeo and almost 4,000 times via Facebook live. The project revealed that the service needs to be developed for some time to come and more money should be invested in it. It was also noticed that the purchasers of the service can be not only private individuals, but also municipalities, cities and associations. The broadcast was seen as highlighting the region's history, people and culture in a positive way.

The Northern Culture Stream channel was opened already in August 2020 and the Northern Culture Stream project started in February 2021, before the June experiment. Based on the TechArt experiment, a new project is planned to aim at the technical development and testing of the canal and broadcasts in extreme conditions in the middle of nature.

Frontpage ? Northern Culture Stream

Oulu Music Lounge

The project combined art and technology in a way that aims to connect musicians and potential customers more easily. The technical part consists of a website and specially made artist presentation and portfolio videos for the project. The videos drew attention to the atmosphere that wanted to highlight the fact that even classical arias can be performed at home as if they were performed on a large opera stage.

Oulu Music Lounge aims to connect local and international audiences with artists in an easy and safe way, produce high-quality promotional material and put smaller artists in the spotlight from the shadows of big artists. Many smaller artists have to advertise themselves, and the website brings relief to it with their high-quality materials available.

Although there was little time for implementation, the musicians responded and recorded their own tapes quickly. The budget provided was not sufficient for multi-camera photography, but the project was satisfied with the outcome. Through their contacts, those responsible for the project found a sponsor who made the project their own home and a grand piano. Without this, the music materials for the project would have been narrower or the cost would have been too high. The project is not yet at the point where artists could earn through it, but the next step is to promote the website.

The aim is to further improve the project, and the hope is to receive more funding to enable it. The aim is high and the authors have enough ambition to get an all-encompassing catalogue of independent musicians to Oulu. The developed service can be utilised in the future, for example through the Oulu2026 project, to bring different art genres and professionals to a common digital platform.

www.musiclounge.fi

TechArt project's pilots created innovative digital solutions for cultural content and new business models

TechArt project's pilots created innovative digital solutions for cultural content and new business models

XR music video where the listener can influence the content

The music video was created as part of the TechArt project in cooperation with Playsign Oy. Ohmudog's music piece Anna-Mari Nousiainen, artistic director of the Oulu Music Video Festival, and Tuure Pajunen and Jere Pesälä were responsible for the technical production. The working group felt that the experiment supported the vitality of the Oulu Music Video Festival, and it encouraged a new open-mindedness among different operating models.

TaikaBox association Connected Studio platform for hybrid events

In cooperation with Near Real Ltd. in Oulu, TaikaBox association developed a new performance format that combines live and live streamed performers from different countries. Based on the project, the work will be developed into a hybrid product package that can be offered to international markets.

Oulu Culture Events Association -Trip to Magical Martinniemi

The trip to Maakinen Martinniemi was arranged in June 2021 as part of techart fast projects. The journey began when the Kiiminkijoki canoeing started in The Lower Village of Kiiming towards Haukipudas, from where the journey continued not only in kayaks but also in church and rowing water, accompanied by the Kayak Orchestra. The cruise host Matti Patronen. On the way, cultural performances were offered on water. The event was shown online as a live broadcast in real time and the audience was able to participate either from the home viewer or on site.

Oulu Music Lounge

The project combined art and technology in a way that aims to connect musicians and potential customers more easily. The technical part consists of a website and specially made artist presentation and portfolio videos for the project. The videos drew attention to the atmosphere that wanted to highlight the fact that even classical arias can be performed at home as if they were performed on a large opera stage.

Art in the Park app brings art to jogging paths

During the project, the Northern Photographic Centre Association created a prototype of a digital service platform, and the aim of the application is to bring art out along jogging paths and to diversify the city view with new content. The app challenges art creators and organizations to create art content that is suitable for new platforms, and also provides artists with a new model of performance.

Air Guitar Party at Home - Innovations from air guitar project brought a new element to traditional house parties

In February 2021, Airnest Productions Ltd. launched a project to develop an entertaining, active and self-expression-supporting Air Guitar Party at Home product. In addition, the aim was to create a business model that would enable growth and new profitability in both domestic and international markets. Playsign Ltd. was responsible for the technical implementation. The technical implementation was a combination of finished material, live interactions carried out remotely and the home party's own air shredding.