Aalto Media Lab

Aalto Media Lab

The Media Lab was founded in 1994 and is now a part of the Department of Art and Media at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University.

The mission of the Media Lab is to explore, discover and comprehend the new digital technology and its impact in society; to find and exploit the possibilities it opens to communication, interaction and expression and to evaluate, understand and deal with the challenges it poses to design and creative production.

Aalto Media Lab
Aalto Media Lab Demo Day December 2018


Vidha Saumya's artwork with grotesque human figures
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Aalto ARTS alum Vidha Samya’s artwork featured at the Venice Biennale 2024

The Pavilion of Finland presents ‘The pleasures we choose’ at the 60th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia until 24 November 2024.
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Join us for the first Aalto Open Science Award Ceremony

All Aaltonians are welcome – no registration required!
Otaniemi seafront pictured in the summer with the Aalto logo and event title, and VTT and Open Science logos overlayed.
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Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 will be hosted by Aalto University

Open Science and Research Summer Conference 2024 will be held at Aalto University’s Otaniemi campus and in Zoom 3.–4.6.2024. Please register by May 3.
Professor Riikka Puurunen, Catalysis Research group, Aalto Open Science Award, Honorary mention
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Aalto Open Science Award Honorary Mention 2023 – Professor Riikka Puurunen leads by example to foster sustainable open science

We interviewed professor Riikka Puurunen, head of Catalysis research group at the School of Chemical Engineering, who received an honorary mention in the first Aalto Open Science Award.


Einat Amir & Yossi Hasson, Basic Assumption, 2017. Still image from a video shown in the performance-experiment.
Public defences

Public defence in Art Education, MFA Einat Amir

Synthesizing Art and Science: A Collaborative Approach to Understanding Intergroup Relations and Contributing to Social Change (title of thesis)
Piirretty kuvio, jossa kysytään, kuka minusta tulee, kun paneudun piirtämiseen.
Public defences

Public defence in Art Education, Marja Nurminen

The teaching of drawing in higher arts education – articulating the practitioners’ orientations (title of thesis)
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Academic events, Campus, Networking

Aalto Open Science Award Ceremony, May 7, 2024

Join us in celebrating the winners of the Aalto Open Science Award 2023!
Workplace diversity and inclusion
Academic events, Lectures and seminars, Languages and multiculturality

Workplace diversity and inclusion - Making Waves Thu 16/5/2024

What factors contribute to employee inclusion in the workplace? Post-doctoral researcher Daria Kautto and doctoral researcher Hilla Back will share preliminary findings from a large study on workplace diversity and inclusion conducted at Aalto University.

Latest Theses

The theses from the Media Lab are on public display at the Aalto University library as well as some of the latest ones also online. First recorded theses are from 1995 up to this date.

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Theses from the Media Lab

Media Lab Demo Days

Already in the late 1990s we adopted the slogan, ‘hands on with minds on’ to explain our work. We also adopted the ‘demo or die’ attitude of other Media Labs and formalised this into bi-annual Demodays, organised at the end of each term.

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Media Lab Winter Demo Day 2018. Work by John Lee. Photograph by Janne Koivisto.

Apply to Media Lab

Media Lab at the Department of Art anf Media offers interdisciplinary studies in design and production of new media, games and sound. Also various areas and amounts of design, arts, computer science, communication, cognitive science, sociology etc. are present during your studies in Media Lab.

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Department of Media Demo Day

Department of Art and Media

The departments of Art and Media at Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture have merged as of 1st January 2022. Professor Harri Laakso has been appointed as Head of the new Department of Art & Media.

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Two people discussing about a scetch they are looking on a computer

School of Arts, Design and Architecture

One of the most prestigious universities in its fields. We educate our students to create imaginative, collaborative, compassionate and unconventional approaches to the most pressing challenges of today.

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Students riding bikes in front of the Aalto University Väre building, photo by Unto Rautio
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