Interactivity in Performance Design

Interactivity in Performance Design (in Finnish Vuorovaikutteisuus esityssuunnittelussa, shortened as VES) is a project by the degree programmes of lighting and sound design in the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The project is developing the learning contents and the learning environment of the degree programmes.

Beyond Presence seminar


The next VES seminar will be held during 7.-8.12.2018 between 9.30 am. and 4 pm. under the headline Beyond Presence at TeaK-Vässi Lighting Studio (Lintulahdenkatu 3, 6th floor, Helsinki).


The seminar ”Beyond Presence” invites the participants to investigate and discuss out-of-the-ordinary manifestations of digital and physical presence within the performing arts. The seminar attempts to find new strategies to create a more thorough understanding of performances’ new and fruitful presentational and representational possibilities. The seminar is a part of the project ”Interactivity in Performance Design”. 


 Friday 7.12.2018  

9:30 – 10:00 Morning coffee

10:00-10.15 Opening words by Professors Tomi Humalisto and Jari Kauppinen (Lighting and Sound Design VÄS, University of the Arts Helsinki)

10:15– 11:15 Key-note speaker: Privat Lecturer Dr. Martina Leeker (Centre for Digital Cultures, Leuphana University Lüneburg): Dealing with the Fascination-History of Digital Cultures in “Art and Technology”

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee/mingle break  

11:30 – 12:15 Doctoral researcher Outi Condit (University of the Arts Helsinki): Never Quite There, or how to be a medium  

12:15-13:15 Lunch break 

13:15 – 14:15 Researcher, Designer Joris Weijdom (University of the Arts Utrecht): Thoughts on Presence in Mixed Reality Experiences

14:15 – 14:45 Afternoon coffee

14:45 – 15:45 Lecturer in AV and Media Jokke Heikkilä, Artist, MA (Theatre and Drama) Teemu Määttänen, Lighting Designer Student Essi Santala (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki): DiViDe Excerpt – a Snapshot from Mediated Performance Course

15:45 – 16:00 Summing up the day 


19-22:00 Little Christmas party


Beyond Presence Saturday 8.12.2018 

9:30 – 10:00 Morning coffee

10:00-10:15 Opening words by Professors Tomi Humalisto and Jari Kauppinen (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki)

10:15 – 11:15 Artist, Researcher, Pedagogue, DA (Theater and Drama) Otso Huopaniemi (University of the Arts, Helsinki): On the Presence of Algorithms in Writing and Performance 

11:15 - 11:30 Coffee/mingle break  

11:30 – 12.30 Lighting Designer Student Ilmari Paananen (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki) & Freelance artist (dance) Laura Jantunen: Kinesthetic empathy in video image. 

12:30-13:30 Lunch break  

13:30 – 15:00 VÄS case studies on VES: Professor Tomi Humalisto & Lighting Designer Student Mia Jalerva (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki): Digitalizing Performance Project; Lecturer in Sound Design Tuomas Fränti, Lighting Designer Student Essi Santala & Sound Designer Student Johanna Sulalampi (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki): Augmented reality course; Sound Designer Student Kalle Rasinkangas (VÄS, Uniarts Helsinki): The Joy of Painting Sound.

15:00- Afternoon coffee   

-16:00 Summing up the seminar


Registration through the link by the 3rd of Dec.:


NB! On the 7th of Dec. between 7-10 pm. there will be a Little Christmas party together with Union of Lighting, Sound and Video Designers in Finland (Sväv) and Finnish Oistat Centre (International Organization of Scenographers, Theatre Architects and Technicians). Registration for the Little Christmas party through the same link.

What is VES (Interactivity in Performance Design)?

Interactivity in Performance Design is a development project of the learning contents and the learning environment of the degree programmes of Lighting and Sound Design. The project creates a critical and productive research frame to support the teaching and its connection to the development of the surrounding society and the performances of the future. The relation of interaction and performance as well as practices of realization with different, mainly digital ways of using technologies are studied extensively within the project. The project begins in 2017 with the mapping of the interactivity among the staff and the teachers and produces a public seminar that gathers the views and development trends by the end of the year.


In the following years the theme of interactivity will be monitored and documented in teaching and workshops arranged with the staff and visiting experts. By the end of each project year there will be a summing seminar which opens up the past results. The project is an essential part of the content development discussion and practical explorative activity of the programmes in relation to different interfaces like the definitions of performance, performer, spectator relationship, as well as relationship to technology and the society.