keskiviikko 31. lokakuuta 2012

Urban Inspirations exhibition opening

Shanghai 31.10.2012 Miia Syrjä and Sanna-Kaisa Laakkonen

Here is some video from the opening of the exhibition, enjoy!

Best regards,
Miia Syrjä and Sanna-Kaisa Laakkonen,
Live Performance Technology students
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

tiistai 30. lokakuuta 2012

Tai Chi for beginners workshop

Shanghai 30.10.2012, Peke Huuhtanen

During this workshop we have set up a mocap system in the exhibition room with two Xbox Kinect cameras. With the help of these two kinects we have a simple but effective motion capture studio.

Our goal is to capture some Tai Chi movement and export the data. After this we can import the motion capture data into Maya and source it to our “MetroMan” character. The next step is to polish this movement in Maya using basic key frame animation. We use animation layers on top of the base animation for fixing the movement.
A Chinese student named Luca is working with us. Luca is our Tai Chi expert. He has taught us a lot about the Chinese cultural history including the history of Tai Chi. Luca has been a great help both during the workshop and helping us finding our way round in the massive city of Shanghai.

We have had a good start to the week and hopefully it will carry on the same way to the end.

Metropolia Man, photo by Kaisu Kiventaus

Photo by Reetta Saturo

Photo by Kaisu Kiventaus

3D -workshop Tai Chi, photo by Kaisu Kiventaus

maanantai 29. lokakuuta 2012

Hi there!

Shanghai 29.10.2012 Miia Syrjä and Sanna-Kaisa Laakkonen

This post is written by two Live Performance Technology students from Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. We are part of the group from Metropolia that came to Shanghai Radical Design Week to build the Urban Inspirations -exhibition at Donghua University. We were the first Finns to arrive and will be the last ones to leave. This kind of scheduling is ordinary for technicians and we certainly don't mind being here for almost two weeks, since this is our first trip to China. 

A day after our arrival a few more members of our group accompanied us to set up the exhibition. We started to work immediately together with the local construction company. It took us four days and now the exhibition is open for public. Our role in this exhibition was to handle all the audiovisual technology, as well as to prepare the multimedia materials. In addition to this we will be shooting some video material that we hopefully get to post later on to this blog.

Here is some footage of the building process. Enjoy!

Best regards,
Miia Syrjä and Sanna-Kaisa Laakkonen,
Live Performance Technology students
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

perjantai 26. lokakuuta 2012

Come Along and Enjoy Globlogging

Helsinki 25.10.2012 Tuire Ranta-Meyer

Helsinki Metropolia invites you to come along and share your ideas and experiences with all creative people in the field of culture, arts and design. I wish the Globlog will florish and become a fresh mindset for magic, as there is always magic in the air when art students, teachers and experts meet each other to fullfill their dreams. 

International cooperation and networking in Helsinki Metropolia takes a huge step forward next Monday Oct 29, as our exhibition event week Urban Inspiration from Finland is launched at Donghua University in Shanghai. It is an inspiring platform to get chinese and finnish students together and extend cooperation with our partner university Donghua. At the same time, it is a wonderful example of what young talented people can bring into life if they focus their energy on shaping a better future for all of us through innovations in urban planning.

During the next few weeks Globlog will be active in reporting our Shanghai impressions. Come along and let the Shanghai spirit lift you up.

Li Chen and Tuire