Music Tech Fest London September 2014 talk online
Last September Operational and Technology director of ExClaM! Katariina Nyberg, composer Miika Hyytiäinen and I were invited to give a talk at the Music Tech Fest London at the LSO St Luke's. Music Tech Fest is a festival that brings together people and ideas by mixing performances, experiments, hacks, demos, talks and installations. In our presentation we talked about our approaches to new technologies and gave examples of how contemporary opera and experimental music theatre can be performed in the digital age. The talk is now made available online and you can see it here together with other MTF London presentations.
Expanding opera into mobile media - Doctor of Arts thesis
I have just completed my Doctor of Arts degree. I defended my thesis Expanding opera into mobile media at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi in the end of January. The opponent was professor Mauri Kaipainen from Södertörn University in Sweden and the custos was professor Eija Timonen from the University of Lapland.
The research focuses on lessons learned from the experimental mobile opera Omnivore (2012). In the study I examine what kind of ontological notions the mobile medium sensitizes in opera, what is particular about the artwork’s multidisciplinary creative process, and ultimately, what kind of thought trajectories the experience suggests for future creation of opera using mobile technologies. The thesis is available online and you can download it here. | 'Doctoral dissertation: Mobile technology brings performing art out of the opera house.' University of Lapland news 28.1.2015. | 'Näyttämötaide laajenee mobiilikokemukseksi' YLE radio interview (in Finnish) 28.1.2015. | 'Väitös: Näyttämötaide laajenee mobiiliin' YLE news (in Finnish) 29.1.2015.
Augmented screenwriting in mobile media
My artistic research essay Augmented screenwriting in mobile media has been published in the Finnish journal of theatre studies, Teatteri ja media(t), Näyttämö & tutkimus 5. Read more here.
You Are Here - A new opera using mobile media
You Are Here is an experimental location specific opera by Miika Hyytiäinen and myself. The work creates an abstraction of 'the opera house' by connecting the Glyndebourne Opera to exterior spaces in front of the three opera houses in Berlin. In Glyndebourne You Are Here can be encountered in the form of framed QR code ’artworks’. When activated with a smartphone camera, each code connects to a short opera video filmed in Berlin. The work was commissioned by the Opera and the Media of the Future (OMF) research initiative at the University of Sussex. More about the work here.
Aikainen invited to the Grimeborn Festival in London
Aikainen [='early/about time'], is an opera about time and its different aspects, composed by Miika Hyytiäinen and directed on stage by me. The work was recently invited to the Grimeborn Festival in London. Aikainen brings together 3D-printed instruments, 3D-video and a walk-in score. Different layers of time become visible on stage and time seems to behave with no logic: The performers grow old and become young again in an instant, reversing the order of generations. Read more about Aikainen here.
The return of Omnivore as an online opera
The opera Omnivore is now available as an online version. This experimental collaboration between Miika Hyytiäinen (composer) and myself (libretto, director) was originally released in the form of iOS and Android mobile apps in 2012. The quirky and offbeat work received a great response, but unfortunately the apps were discontinued last year due to high server maintenace costs. Therefore, it is a great joy to announce that Omnivore now gets a second life online. Watch the opera here.
Artistic research article in the online journal RUUKKU
My research article Mediatisoitunut ooppera - johdanto tutkimukseen (Mediatized opera - intrduction to research) has been published RUUKKU, a new multidisciplinary, multilingual, peer-reviewed on-line journal on artistic research. The article
presents two operas in the context of artistic research: Omnivore, an experimental mobile opera designed to be experienced with mobile devices, and La Figure de la Terre, a stage performance using reactive audiovisual projections. The article is in Finnish with an English abstract. You can access the journal here.
Pierrot Lunaire And Its Shadow at the Tokyo Experimental Festival
The music theatre piece Pierrot Lunaire And Its Shadow (Pierrot lunaire und drei Schattenträume) was invited to the Tokyo Experimental Festival Vol 8. The work combines Arnold Schönberg's 'Pierrot lunaireä from 1912 with Miika Hyytiäinen's three 'Schttenträume (Shadow Dreams). The music theatre performance was directed by me, and it was first seen in Helsinki in 2011. Read more about it on the festival website.
"I literally found this opera in my backyard"
I was interviewed for the EXBERLINER magazine about the opera La Figure de la Terre, which premiered in the Sophiensaele in Berlin in April 2013. Read the full interview here.
"Eine Art Extremtourismus" – Interview mit Jaakko Nousiainen
The Finnish Institute in Germany (Finnland Institut in Deutschland) published an online interview, where dramaturg/producer Dag Lohde talked with me about La Figure de la Terre. The interview is available in German and in Finnish, and you can access it here.
Kultakuume: Ooppera kertoo ranskalaisen tiedemiehen ja torniolaisnaisen rakkaustarinan 1700-luvulla
Radio YLE1 in Finland interviewed me and composer Miika Hyytiäinen about La Figure de la Terre. You can listen to the interview here. (In Finnish.)
Aihe oopperaan omalta takapihalta
The Finnish newspaper Lapin Kansa featured an interview, where I talk about the true story behind La Figure de la Terre and its main character Christine Planström, who grew up in Lapland in the early 18th century. A scanned version of the Finnish-language interview can be seen here. (In Finnish.)
Essi Luttinen on maailman ensimmäisen mobiilioopperan tähti
This article sheds light on the creative process of the mobile opera Omnivore with interviews of Essi Luttinen, the opera's mezzosoprano soloist, as well as Miika Hyytiäinen, the work's composer.
Oopperaa trendikkäästi kännykkään ja tablettiin
I was interviewed by YLE Klassinen about the upcoming release of Omnivore. In the video insert you can see the sad state of my iPhone screen; I had just dropped it! (In Finnish.)
Suomessa maailman ensimmäinen mobiiliooppera
An article about the mobile opera Omnivore and its filming in the premises of the Finnish National Opera. The article can be found on the web pages of YLE. (In Finnish.)