Saturday, 29 August 2009

Guerilla Lighting Comes to Tampere

17.9.2009 at 20:00

A Guerrilla Lighting event will be organized for the first time in Tampere this autumn. This urban method from England uses concrete examples to raise discussion on exterior lighting. It is an event in which a group of citizens follows a predetermined plan to “invade” the streets with powerful torches. The starting point of the guerrilla march is from the main entrance of Frenckell office building on September 17th at 20:00.

The objective of Guerrilla Lighting event is to raise discussion on city lighting. Young lighting design students from TAMK University of Applied Sciences have selected four targets for illumination in Tampere and also made designs for each one. The illuminations are implemented as temporary and with large rechargeable torches.

The British consultancy firm BDP has carried out the project in Glasgow and London, among other places, and directed the first Guerrilla Lighting event in Finland last year. “Guerrilla Lighting gives a chance to be players in a live lighting design created by up and coming young Finnish lighting designers. It also creates a platform to talk about professional lighting design as the key to sustainable lighting design and participate in the war on bad lighting” says Martin Lupton, BDP Director of Lighting

The event proceeds so that first the previously enrolled people (about 50 persons) are instructed for the mission. Then the marchers start moving on with torches, colour filters and small LED lights and they light up the selected sites one by one. Once a signal is heard, the torches are switched on and for one moment the target is illuminated in an impressive manner. The illuminations are photographed and the images delivered to the media immediately after the event. Anyone interested is welcomed to join the march.

The organizers of the event wishes to make the citizens and media pay attention to the lighting of a city environment with the help of Guerrilla Lighting. At the same time the architectural masterpieces in the city are shown in a new light. The examples are there to remind that with quality lighting it is possible to reach a comfortable and secure city environment, and that the implementation can be at the same time impressive and energy-efficient. Guerrilla team also promotes architectural lighting design as a profession and an important field of urban planning.

Guerrilla Lighting Event is organized by lighting design students from TAMK School of Art and Media, headed by lighting designer BA Annukka Larsen. Event is organized in co-operation with Super Mukava design store and it is a part of a new DesignOnTampere –happening (11.-20.9.2009).

Tampere, September 17th, starting from the front of Frenckell office building on Central Square at 20:00. The walk around the sites takes about 1,5 hours. Information about the after party to follow.

If you wish to be one of the marchers to illuminate the sites, please, enrol to (latest on 16th September).

Story by Annukka Larsen

Guerrilla Lighting –events

DesignOnTampere –happening

Thursday, 27 August 2009

This is the Degree Programme in Media

The new students of TAMK international degree programmes started yesterday. This time not only the new Environmental Engineering and International Business students were welcomed, but also students of the new Media Programme.

The first assignment of the Media student group was to illustrate itself. All students and the tutors introduced themselves giving key-words for their hobbies and interests, areas of expertise and dream jobs.

You can see the result above in the tag cloud generated with the help of Wordle.

You will read more about the new programme and students soon again!

The Degree Programme in Media

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Chilling in Tampere

On Saturday the 22nd of August the exchange students and tutors gathered together at Keskustori at 13.00. The aim was to head to Pyynikki sightseeing tower and to the beach after that. Some managed to end up in Särkänniemi also while trying to find the tower but ended up at the right place eventually. After waiting for the last ones to arrive the party walked through the city to the sightseeing tower. The views were breathtaking and it was easy to show to the exchange students where everything were. Some stayed there to enjoy the traditional coffee and 'munkki' and the eager ones head to the Pyynikki beach where the picnic took place.

During the afternoon people enjoyed each others company by playing cards, football and mölkky. Some were also brave enough to go swimming and some poor ones managed to get sunburned pretty badly. They just commented that they didn't believe that it's even possible to get sunburned in Finland. Well, just to let you know, the sun shines also in Finland. :)
Photographer: Kristian Staack

First sauna evening with the new exchange students

On Friday the 21st of August CLINT – Club International Tampere invited all the new exchange students and their tutors to celebrate the beginning of the semester and experience the real Finnish sauna. After 3 days orientation it was relaxing to just hang around together and get to know each other better. For some the sauna was a new experience and they were wondering how is it even possible for a human to stay alive in such heat. Some of then also asked do the Finns SERIOUSLY do that every week with a doubt in their eyes. Besides the doubts most of them liked being in sauna and the sauna was crowded the whole evening. The first brave ones to try this scary ”hot oven room” were the boys but soon after the girls joined them and everyone enjoyed their time.

For some this was also the first time to taste the Finnish foods. The most popular food was Karjalanpiirakka with eggbutter but all the black sweets like salmiakki and lakritsi were left alone. Probably the only ones to empty the cups a little bit were the tutors.

As a summary the evening was a real success. People got to know each other, played cards and enjoyed other games and each others company. Altogether there were about 70 people present during the evening. After the party some were so exhausted by the sauna that they went straight home to wait for the next days activities but some also continued their journey to downtown.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

The Exchange Students Came, Welcome New Year

The new academic year of TAMK University of Applied Sciences has begun. The lecturers and other staff members have worked hard to have everything prepared. The most exciting this year is the merger of TAMK and PIRAMK UAS on January 1st. Last week the staff members of both merging universities gathered to a joint staff meeting, and had a massive get-together party in the evening. New friends and lots of fun.

This week the fresh first year students of many degree programmes have started with orientation. Also the exchange students started their orientation yesterday.

This autumn TAMK hosts 87 exchange students from 19 countries: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Next Monday the students of second and upper years of most degree programmes return. The new students of our degree programmes run in English, the Degree Programme in Environmental Engineering, the Degree Programme in Interational Business and our new Dgree Programme in Media start with three orientation days next Wednesday.

Pictured: One of the exchange student groups starting the TAMK tour at our international office. Photographer: Juhani Karjalainen

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Maria Kaurismäki's Sideline to Riga and Orivesi

Sideline, written and directed by Maria Kaurismäki, has been invited to Film Forum “Ecology of Soul” International Competition of debut&student shorts, August 23-27, 2009, Riga & Jurmala, Latvia and to Reikäreuna Film Festival September 9-13, Orivesi, Finland.

Sideline (Sivutyö) is a strong and topical story about a female student that drifts to be a prostitute. It’s a 13 minute short fiction movie, shot on 16mm film.

Sideline is the graduation work of Maria Kaurismäki at TAMK School of Art and Media.

Sideline has already been shown at:
Photo: Antti Reini and Krista Kosonen Photo by Ville Salminen

Sideline home (featuring trailer)
Sideline in TAMK School of Art and Media blog

Friday, 7 August 2009

Summer School in August 2009

The four SITR universities in the Tampere Region jointly organize a Summer School on Finnish Language and Culture in Tampere August 3-24, 2009.

The course is open for the students from outside EU already accepted as exchange/degree students at one of these universities for the academic year 2009-2010. The course will consist of contact teaching of Finnish language and lectures on Finnish Society and Culture.

Further information

Monday, 3 August 2009

TAMK Develops a Unique Learning Environment for Timber Procurement

Science journalist Kalle Heiska has published a report about the new up-to-date learning environment for training in timber procurement under development by TAMK University of Applied Sciences and Tampere University of Technology.

TAMK is developing a unique learning environment which teaches students about the entire complex chain in timber procurement. This is to help forestry students and professionals to achieve a better conception of the significant factors contributing to the chain of timber procurement. The learning environment briefs its user on the various perspectives of forestry actors – the seller, the forestry white-collar worker, the subcontractor and the wood processor.

Read the entire report

Pictured: Jukka Tohu (left), Senior Lecturer at TAMK, and Heikki Vuorinen, Purchaising Manager for UPM-Kymmene Corporation Forest, are developing a learning system which supports holistic thinking on complex and sensitive timber procurement. Photo: Ilkka Vieras