Video installations Breath and Protection by our Fine art lecturer Fanni Niemi-Junkola in the Finlayson Art Area exhibition 9.6.-27.8.2017.
The videoworks are located in Gallery Himmelblau 2. floor.

Cinematography by Film and TV lecturer Tommi Moilanen. 
The film crew included graduates from TAMK: Ville Hakonen, Sanni Hujanen and Jyrimatti Holm
The camera for Protection, Mira Rasi. 
The music was composed by Pekko Käppi.
The installations were first exhibited in Berlin in 2016.

Text: Fanni Niemi-Junkola 

Senior Lecturer / Head of Fine Art Study Path
Degree Program in Media and Arts
Tampere University of Applied Sciences  (TAMK)
Mediapolis, Tohlopinranta 31
33270 Tampere
Tel. +358 50 3562803

Eeverest started as a trio formed by two music production students Niko Mansikka-aho and Marcus Tikkanen in 2014 and it got introduced for a bigger audience by participating on UMK15-song contest. However, journey ended at 2nd semifinal and gradually after that the group made changes for Eeverest line-up and started building up a new brand. Nowadays, Niko Mansikka-aho is presented as the main guy in Eeverest. Marcus Tikkanen is also involved in the project, but is hitting from the back and co-writing songs with Niko.

On summer 2016 goals and deadlines were set for Eeverest and they started to create a portfolio of songs to be presented. The school has been also a major help pushing this project forward by organizing annual songwriting camps in Leeuwarden, Netherlands. Of course you need to really show dedication and skills, but also have a bit of luck to gain success from there. Niko and Marcus both got some of their contacts through the songwriting camp and it really gave hope and opened new doors. For example Marcus got signed to a publisher based in Netherlands called 'Roseville Publishing'.

On March 2017 Niko and Marcus organized a trip to Dancefair Musicfair that was held in Utrecht, Netherlands. Dancefair is a mainly concentrating in electronic music and offers for example panel conversations, master classes and meetings with the industry people. For Niko and Marcus, the trip included some meetings and getting to know the industry.

All these events led in to Niko signing his debut single 'Feel Good' with FRNT-music, which is a sublabel of Mixmash Records established by DJ/Producer pioneer Laidback Luke. The response to Feel Good has been great so far, since only in two weeks, it has been added on three official Spotify-playlists, two Topsify-playlists and entered in the Finnish top 50 viral list on Spotify at #5. Feel Good has been also noticed at Netherlands by the media and has gained some airplay from minor stations there and national stations, by Yle in Finland.

Eeverest is a good example of how hard work and dedication can lead to results.


Janne Tauriainen M.A.
Senior Lecturer / Head of Music Production Path
Degree Program in Media and Arts
?Tampere University of Applied Sciences  (TAMK)
Mediapolis, Tohlopinranta 31
33270 Tampere
GSM: +358 50 311 9733

Interested in seeing what Alexandra Mitiku, Veera Nelimarkka, Elina Pasanen and Anniina Pasanen have been working on this semester? In the first months, the girls have been learning about managing an exhibition, and since April, they have had the chance to create the artworks. Come and see the results!

Last Friday they arraged a pop up –exhibition in Pyynikki’s Trikootehdas. If you didn’t have time to go see the works, fear not! The exhibition opens up again, this time at a cultural centre called Uulu, in 2.6. The exhibition opening will be held at 17-19. The exhibition will be in Uulu for three weeks, so if you cannot make it to the opening, there is a lot of time to go and visit the gallery later. Welcome!

Last week we finished with one of the workshops of the Platinum Project! We had supervising teachers and project team members visiting us from Beijing and Hong Kong. Last time in Hong Kong we had formed four groups, and recently we had also received new team members from an university in Beijing and the university of Tampere. All in all the teams were formed from at least four different study paths! Within the teams we had many roles, and managed to split the work for everyone. The different team roles included programmers, UI designers, web designers, project coordinators, sound designers and of course, 3D artists. 

In all the teams we had made our own plans on how to merge virtual reality and nature elements together in a way that we could improve the player's well being. In total we have now had three different Platinum workshops. Last time in October we focused on designing the game concept while visiting Hong Kong, and this time we had an intense developing workshop here in Tampere, where the aim was to create working demos of our concepts. We can proudly say that all the teams succeeded in this challenge!

Screenshot of VR game project Magic Garden.

During the week, we had a chance to spend a lot of time with the students from Hong Kong and Beijing, and get to know them. The schedule was tight and most of the time was spent on building our game demos at Mediapolis, but the first day was a little bit different… We went to Flowpark! It was a fun challenge and a great way to bond with our new team mates. After the Flowpark adventure, we spent the evening in Varala, where we had sauna reserved. All of our visitors were very brave, and most of them took a swim in the still freezing lake in between sauna rounds. We feel that the workshop was a great success, and hope that our visitors had fun during the workshop and afterwards on their few days off exploring Finland. Our next stop will be Beijing, where we will have our fourth, and final workshop in August.

Text & screenshots: Eve Kyllönen and Tiia Viitanen 2017
Photos: Carita Forsgren 2017