Ääreen project presentation: Immersive animation in Oodi.

Thu 8.10. Time 18.00 - 20.00

Central Library Oodi, Töölönlahdenkatu 4


Ääreen – Documentary in Animation is an art project that combines documentary with immersive animation. It will be conducted at Oodi Central Library in Helsinki. It will encourage artists who are interested in documentary animation and establish new public venues for art. Producing works of art that bring together realities and stories and break technological boundaries, the Ääreen project will offer viewers an opportunity to experience and touch art. The works created in the project will be presented in Oodi one year from now.

An open presentation of the Ääreen project will be held in Maijansali Auditorium in Oodi on Thursday, 8 October 2020. Artists Emily Gobeille and Theo Watson (US) from Design I/O will talk about their art and works. Their VR art projects have been presented in public spaces such as libraries Interactive artworks typically involve participatory, meaningful interaction with the audience.

Lecturer, DFA (University of Lapland), new media artist Tomi Knuutila will talk about immersive art and explore its diversity. All talks will be given remotely. More information about the workshop, future exhibitions and the application process will be available on site from regional artist Annika Dahlsten from Arts Promotion Centre Finland and special librarian Sanna Huttunen from Oodi.

The presentation is free of charge and open to all, and it will be streamed on Facebook. The languages are Finnish and English. The Maijansali Auditorium in Oodi has seats for max. 50 people. The guests are asked to take into consideration safety guidelines related to the corona situation. Please remember that you should not visit the event if you have flu symptoms. Please keep safety distances during the event. Register here

After the presentation, the on-site audience have a chance to study the Kuutio venue and its technical facilities.

The open call will run until 18 November 2020. To be held in January 2021, the workshop will develop ideas for interactive documentary animations and support their implementation. Documentary in animation is a chance to challenge the boundaries of storytelling. It combines stirring topics with narrative methods on the level of technology, visuality and content. More info about the open call here.


Ääreen project 2021

A workshop will be held in January 2021 in Oodi, conducted by media artist Marko Tandefelt (FIN) with animation director and virtual animation expert Uri Kranot (DK). Other lecturers include Jaakko Kemppainen, regional artist specialising in game art, and Hanna Haaslahti, media artist.

In October 2021, animations will take over the presentation facilities in Oodi. The Kuutio venue will host results from the idea workshop, while works by animation students at Aalto University and curated animation performances will be featured on other surfaces in the library. Open workshops will invite visitors to participate, and Kino Regina will host lectures and film screenings.


In cooperation with

Ääreen – Documentary in Animation is part of the Arts Promotion Centre’s development programme for artistic expertise and mediation that seeks to make visible new ways of applying artistic expertise. The project will be produced in collaboration with Oodi Central Library, Turku Animated Film Festival, Finnish Animation Guild, Artists’ Association MUU, Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Aalto University, National Audiovisual Institute KAVI, and Danish ANIDOX forum. It is coordinated by regional artist Annika Dahlsten from Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


More info

Special librarian Sanna Huttunen, tel. 040 186 3042, sanna.m.huttunen(a)hel.fi

Regional artist Annika Dahlsten, tel. 02 9533 0907, annika.dahlsten(a)taike.fi


Main organiser: Arts Promotion Centre and Oodi Central Library

Partners: The Animation Guild, Artists Association Muu, Turku Animated Film Festival, ANIDOX (DK), Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture AVEK, Aalto university and National Audiovisual Institute Kavi

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