Lapin yliopisto - University of Lapland

Arctic Digital Media Collaborative Workshop and Installation
Arctic Centre (Arktikum), Rovaniemi, Finland
24 February to 30 March, 2012

Herbert Enns, University of Manitoba
Tomi Knuutila, University of Lapland
Co-Leads, University of the Arctic - Arctic Digital Media Collaborative

A linear translucent constructed environment is inspired by the spatial transferences in both the real and imaginary worlds of the peoples of the Arctic region, a Kayak made of animal skin - selected from the extensive collection of artifacts held by the Arctic Centre in Rovaniemi - is suspended in a large wooden plywood frame clad in a thin skin of paper. This ‘cloud’ of ordinary materials is inhabited by a series of audio samples and video images that create a fully-immersive experience and draw attention to subtle changes in the Arctic environment. The installation addresses our synesthetic capacity to integrate sight, sound, and movement into a dense perceptual encounter. It is intended to generate emotive experiences of a complex imaginary layered space of transience and passage inspired by real and spiritual worlds. A linear spatial audio soundscape of ethereal overtones reinforces the emotive experience, alluding to the constant flow of natural elements. The orchestration of this combination of both subtle and complex perceptual inputs is intended to create an experience of transfiguration that highlights the mythical dimension of arctic life.

Project Team & thanks:

Herbert Enns
Director, Experimental Media Research Group and
Professor of Architecture
The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada
• Main concept, architectural design and installation, fabrication, spatial audio

Tomi Knuutila
Audiovisual Media Culture Programme,
The University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland
• Media supervision, spatial audio, interaction design


Lari-Joona Leinonen
Russel Roxburghe
Florian Gerer
Linus Schaaf
Kirsi Virta
Kirsikka Paakkinen

Tero Poikela
Raimo Pankkonen

Arctic Center staff:
Ari Laakso
Nicolas Gunslay
Anna Hyvönen

Arctic Centre researchers:
Emilie Beaudon

University of the Arctic Thematic Network of Digital Media:
Lauri Snellman
Markus Meckl

Funding, caretaking:
Taija Sailio, Rovaniemi Design Week


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