Urban Space Gaming workshop

School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

3-7 February, 2020

CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education

Below, info on the workshop to be arranged at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland as a collaboration of three art universities and countries: Aalto Arts – https://www.aalto.fi/en/school-of-arts-design-and-architecture (main organizer), Iceland University of the Arts – www.lhi.is and VDA Vilnius Academy of the Arts, Lithuania – www.vda.lt

In addition to students from this year’s host (the Aalto University), five students from Iceland, five students from Lithuania and five students from other Nordic/Baltic countries are able to participate. The CIRRUS network will pay travel and accommodation costs.

If you want to participate, please email tarja.nieminen@aalto.fi by 24th November, 2019 a brief statement of why you wish to participate and an overview of your skill set as it relates to the topic. We are particularly interested in participants with animation skills and/or experience working with pervasive gaming / augmented reality. The results of the selection will be communicated by 31st of November and for those selected also information on travelling arrangements.

Tentative travel dates:

Saturday 1st February or Sunday 2nd February –
Sunday 9th February, 2019

Workshop description:

Urban Space Gaming
Level: BA/MA
Duration: 5 days

2 ECTS credits

Tutors: Tarja Nieminen (Finland), Sam Rees (The UK, Iceland), Lode Coen (Belgium), Ausra Lisauskiene (Lithuania) and visiting lecturers


In terms of civilization history, games and gaming represent one of the oldest means of human communication and interaction, and at the same time, they are more contemporary and relevant than ever.

The key element in gaming is involvement: games are social, so players interact meaningfully with each other and games often help to bridge the communication/conversation gap. Games are not only “games” but also go beyond their immediate purpose: they embody living popular tradition

due to their ability to renew and adapt to new times and new customs. The workshop is relevant, not only because of its adaptable topic, but also educationally when considering current notions of designer´s roles as a content developer, author, producer, activist, and collaborator, and agent of change.

The workshop theme is communication and intervention in public space
by means of participatory games and act of playing – in other words, it looks at the gamification of urban and social design. In the workshops, the participants will create concepts for different kinds of participatory games taking place within public spaces.

The overall aim of the workshop is to generate interaction between students and
the local people as well as between the people and their surroundings.
The aspects to be taken into consideration are:
1. Public space intervention,
2. Interaction among people and between people and spaces,
3. To encourage people to improve their physical environment,
4. Explore ways to communicate e.g. on cultural and historical awareness, as well as social issues
5. Public space appearance improvement by means of art and design, and
6. Alternative ways of mapping, guiding or way finding.

The main output of the workshop will be a number of game concepts, game mock-ups or in some cases actual games played out in the urban environment. The final presentation should involve dynamic visualizations of the concept to showcase clearly the intent and possibility of the project.

Some of the final game concepts may be transferable, but some of them will probably be more site specific. Ultimately, there will not be any preconceived notions of the kind of the game participants should design – the concepts could include for example, games which involve growing things, games which expand in time, games which utilize augmented reality or games which use other pervasive gaming strategies. In addition to the presentation of the final game/game concepts, there will be a blog created,
showcasing the results of the workshop online.

(More info will be provided to those who will participate).

FULL! The seats have been taken. Thank you for your interest in using CIRRUS for EKA Design Hackathon

5 seats avaliable for CIRRUS students at EKA Design Hackathon.
First come, first served.
CIRRUS grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660) + 70 EUR for living costs. The grant will be delivered to your home institution’s account and they are responsible for paying it out to you.
(More students are welcome to join in without a grant).
Apply through the link and under question: “FACULTY / UNIVERSITY / ORGANISATION”, mention first CIRRUS and then your institution, e.g
CIRRUS – Estonian Academy of Arts

EKA Design Hackthon takes place in Estonian Academy of Arts 1.11 – 3.11 and is dedicated to students of The Faculty of Design but opened to everyone who is interested.

A hackathon is a 48 hours long intensive event where students from different faculties work together in order to find design solutions for real life problems.

Although this is a general design hackathon we encourage the participants to think about futuristic solutions and use their imagination to come up with solutions that would feel innovative also in 2035.

Your idea could be a new alternative in the world of materials and textile, an advanced view of the ways things are engineered, a program or part of code that makes designing more efficient or anything else you can possibly come up with.

The event is free of charge, food is provided and experienced mentors are available throughout the event.

When registering explain your idea, write down the possible materials you may want to use and bear in mind that all the workshops are opened for the whole weekend. Don’t hesitate if you don’t have an idea yet, your skills are as valuable!

Event link to the pre-event: facebook.com/events/463927657556345/

This event is funded by European Union Regional Development Fund.

Register here: forms.gle/RUNwuhsneW8tPDHv5

New CIRRUS express in Lithuania, March 12 – 16, 2018

CIRRUS intensive workshop “Triangles – letters, type, languages and cultures“ in Klaipėda.

The Faculty of Klaipeda (Vilnius Academy of Arts) is hosting a joint Cirrus workshop “Triangles – letters, type, languages and cultures“

1,5 ECTS
CIRRUS seats: 3

Klaipeda, Lithuania
March 12th – 16th, 2018 (arrival March 11th, departure March 17th)


Workshop starting point

The technology of writing is a key factor of human society, and the development of specific writing systems crucially define local identities. Contemporary media being unthinkable without fonts, typeface designers and lettering artists are at the helm of a continuing process of cultural identity building, across borders and political spheres. In Klaipėda, the first printed Lithuanian book was recently on display. Printed in what was then the city of Königsberg by a Prussian letterpress, it is an example of simple technology transfer. Although blackletter lost its position as a reading typeface style even in Germany, vivid traces of the „broken script“ are still present in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, the UK, France… the following lettering workshop deals with the question, whether Roman, Cyrillic and blackletter can be imagined and developed together, like an imaginary triangle, at the same time.

Workshop concept

Take a flat pen, write three scripts together. Blend them, combine them, set them apart from each other. Bring them alive together. Let them speak to each other.

Starting from a spontaneous impulse, we will develop a simple set of typefaces in the Roman, Cyrillic and Blackletter. No full set of characters has to be finished in the short timeframe, though. Everyone is free to chose the tools at hand: a pen, collage, pencil and drawing board, or digital tools such as Illustrator, FontLab or the Glyphs app. Full assistance is guaranteed for all these tools.

The final outcome can be a sheet of calligraphic writing, a lettering sample, or a simple digital type specimen. The final discussion will address the experience of a multi-script approach to lettering practice.

3 students will be selected from Cirrus network partner schools.

The workshops are open to students of various graphic specialties also for students, interested into calligraphy, lettering and multi-script typeface design.
Level: BA students
The teacher of the workshop Roman Wilhelm (*1976) a Berlin-based visual communication designer.

A Berlin-based visual communication designer, Roman studied at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle (Saale) in Germany, and under Professor Fred Smeijers for a typeface design master’s degree at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig. He was a member of the Multilingual Typography Research Group led by Professor Ruedi Baur at the Zurich University of the Arts, apart from conducting lettering classes and workshops throughout Europe and Asia. A fluent Chinese speaker, his work focuses on cross-cultural mediation, bilingual typography and typeface design. A frequent visitor of Asia, he has taught at various academies such as the China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as the Seoul National University. In 2015, he was an artist in residence at the Hong Kong Baptist University and participated at the Typojanchi Biennale in Seoul. Roman was a presenter at the AtypI conferences in Hong Kong (2012) and Warsaw (2016).

His passion for language and writing has led to a strong immersion into calligraphy, lettering and multi-script typeface design.

You can find additional information about lecturers here: http://www.roman946.de/


Application process:  Apply by sending a short motivational letter and a link to your portoflio to the lecturer Virginijus Bakas virginijus.bakas@vda.lt by the of 15th February, 2018
Decisions on selection are announced by February 19th, 2018 



Monday 12th

10.30-11.00 Brief introduction of R.Wilhelm (presentation with some works)
11.00-11.30 Spontaneous start. Try to hand-letter, hand-draw or hand-collage a word in Latin, Cyrillic and blackletter script without any reference or help, quick and dirty
11.30-12.00 Shared discussion of the outcome
12.00-13.00 The lunch break
13.00-14.00 Introduction (presentation). Lithuania, Russia, Poland, Prussia – depiction of a regiona media system through the centuries. Letterpress, migration of people and ideas, media revolution and the new interconnectedness.
14.00-14.30 Practice. Live on paper: Roman letters
14.30-15.30 Practice and sharing of first individual results

Tuesday 13th

10.30-11.30 Roman type, design elements
11.30-12.00 Practice. Live on paper: Blackletters – Fraktur (shared tutorial)
12.00-13.00 The lunch break
13.00-14.00 Practice and sharing of individual results


Wednesday 14th

10.30-11.30 Blackletter type, design elements
11.30–12.30 Practice and sharing of individual results
13.30 There is a planned excursion „Cartography“


Thursday 15 th

10.30- 12.00 Outlook. Local typographic and visual culture, language and identity, examples from China and Europe. Regional identity, roots, nationalism, colonialism and the potential of responsive media
12.00-13.00 The lunch break
13.00-14.00 Practice and sharing of individual results 

Friday 16th

10.30 Finishing of results, final presentation preparation
End of workshop. Final shared presentation and discussion of outcome, comparison of the spontaneous day one experiment with the final designs.





6 seats open to an intensive course in Lapland, 5.2 – 9.2.2018

CIRRUS IP “Nature, Design and Innovation”,
6 student seats open for the whole network
Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland
5.2. – 9.2. 2018 (arrival 4.2. and departure 10.2.)

The Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland hosts joint Cirrus workshop on nature, design and innovation. Other organizing partners are Iceland Academy of the Arts and Estonian Academy of Arts.

Overall objects of the workshop:

  • To create awareness and hands-on experience for innovative design opportunities linked with nature context and materials
  • To learn concept and prototyping in the cross section of traditional and modern techniques
  • To familiarize students with themes on innovation and entrepreneurship, integrated into the workshop content through lectures and visits


The workshop focuses on nature as an important part of the design concept, and addresses developing innovative design concepts and prototypes on the theme. The workshop theme Arctic Design, emphasizing the special nature characters of the Lapland area and arctic environment as design context and inspiration. Interactive design concepts and prototypes are developed along with the guidelines of sustainability and nature respect, targeting to innovative designs. The workshop and laboratory premises at Faculty of Art and Design provide good and versatile facilities for design work, industrial design with both traditional and modern equipment, interactive prototypes (e.g. sensor kits, soldering), and service design laboratory SINCO, which supports co-design with embodied techniques. During the workshop, the students go through the design process from background information in the context, concept design, and prototyping. The workshop consists of joint lectures and visits to local companies and producers, as well as of group works with final presentations.


Awareness and skills for creating innovative designs in the cross-section of traditional and modern design techniques, with the focus on nature context and materials. Design concepts and prototypes developed during the course.

Six (6) students will be selected from Cirrus network partner schools, in addition to organizing schools’ 18 students.

The accommodation is organized in a dormitory. Students will receive a grant to cover the travel and accommodation costs.

Level: BA and MA students

The teachers of the workshop are:

Prof. Jonna Häkkilä, University of Lapland
Prof. Lennart Mänd, Estonian Academy of Arts
Prof. Gardar Eyjolfsson, Iceland Academy of the Arts
Pertti Aula, university teacher, University of Lapland
Ashley Colley, university researcher, University of Lapland

Application process:  To apply for a CIRRUS network student place, write a max. one page letter describing your motivation and background, and email it to jonna.hakkila@ulapland.fi by 10.1.2018. Title your email with ‘Application for Nature, Design and Innovation’. Decisions on selection are announced by 14.1.2018.
Students from organizing institutes (University of Lapland, Iceland Academy of the Arts, and Estonian Academy of Arts), to apply, please contact your professor who is listed as a teacher for the course.




Visual Narrative: 20-24.11.2017, Vilnius Academy fo Arts

Practical Theory Workshop “Visual Narrative” with visual artist, graphic designer Gediminas Šiaulys (Vilnius, Lithuania)

2017 November 20 – 24th (arrival on 19th of November and departure on 25th of November)

CIRRUS seats: 3
VAA Vilnius faculty, Graphic design department, Maironio str. 3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Level: BA students
CIRRUS grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660) + 70 weekly allowance

Please send a motivation letter to Asta Jackute by e-mail:  asta.jackute@vda.lt

Application deadline: 9th of November, 2017.
Decisions on selection are announced by November 10th, 2017.


Graphic Design department of Vilnius Academy of Arts is hosting Cirrus express course/workshop on Practical theory workshop. Students will create visual scenarios and stories using different innovative visual methods.

3 students will be selected from Cirrus network partner schools.


About lecturer

Gediminas Šiaulys (www.gedsia.com ; behance.net/gedsia) is an animation director, visual artist and a co-founder of a studio PetPunk (Vilnius, Lithuania). The artist’s primary areas of interest lie in animation, tactile crafts and various experiments within these fields. This leads to authentic work that is visually and aesthetically challenging, yet peculiarly subtle. Gediminas’ works gained recognition by world’s leading art & design magazines and became “New Eastern European Design” synonym. In 2009 Canadian Boards magazine included PetPunk in top 6 of “New Wave of Designers”, while in 2010 UK’s leading design magazine Computer Arts featured PetPunk as “The New Wave of Animation”.
Gediminas Šiaulys together with Petpunk are the first Lithuanians to win the “Young Guns” prize by the Art Directors Club in New York and have been invited to numerous international festivals such as the European Design Conference (Stockholm), Visuelt (Oslo), PICTOPLASMA (Berlin), Onedotzero (London), Anima (Brussels), Arsenale (Florence), Holland Animation Film Festival (Utrecht), 5th Istanbul Animation Festival (Istanbul), Huesca Film Festival (Huesca), Off Motion Festival (Krakow), DesignFLUX 2007 (Paris).




Monday 20th

09:00 – 12:00 Presentation lecture of the workshop.

12:00 – 13:00 A break.

13:00 – 17:00 Students are working


Tuesday 21st Wednesday 22nd Thursday 23rd


09:00 – 12:00 A brief discussions and work in creative process.

12:00 – 13:00 A break.

13:00 – 17:00 Students are working


Friday 24th

09:00 – 12:00 Workshop continues

12:00 – 13:00 A break

13:00 – 17:00 The continuation of the work; final talk and presentation on the final works. Closing of the workshop.

Express course: Printmaking on textile: process and methods

CIRRUS Express course
Printmaking on textile: process and methods
University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design 
Course period: 11.9-29.9.2017
Course leaders: Ingrid Aarset, Tone Saastad, Kari Dyrdal and Lise Finne
Course level: BA/MA
Number of places for Cirrus students: 2
ECTS: 4,5
Apply by sending a brief motivation letter and work examples (max 3) to Ingrid.Aarset@uib.no no later than 1 August.
CIRRUS grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + weekly allowance 70 EUR

Course description

The aim is to show a lot of possibilities when processing textiles, using printrelated techniques in different manners and to show how this processing developes ideas and open up for new visual languages. There will be lectures on art projects related to the medium.

The course will provide a basic introduction to the use of fiber reactives dyes, specifically developed for textile materials, pigment dyes, resist printing, discharge printing, digital printing with fiberreactive dyes, devoré and monoprinting with silkscreens.

There will be theoretical introductions to each new theme followed by practical tutorials in the studios. The students will acquire individual experience and get to know the workshops very well.

KHIB new building
University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design  
new building

CIRRUS express in Vilnius, May 29 – June 3


Title of course: Lithuanian, Baltic, International: Studio work and lectures with Anthony Stellaccio
Teaching period: May 29 – June 3
Teacher: Anthony Stellaccio
ECTS: 1.5
Number of available place for CIRRUS students: 3
Level: BA and MA
CIRRUS/Nordplus grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR weekly allowance


Application deadline:

How to apply: Send your digital protfolio and a short motivation letter to Rasa Gecevičienė (rasajust@gmail.com) before the 15th of May.

Course description: Anthony Stellaccio is an American ceramic artist, scholar, and current Fulbright scholar now teaching at the Vilnius Academy of Arts. During a six-day workshop, Stellaccio will offer international students a local’s view of Lithuania and its ceramics while also providing perspective on international trends in contemporary ceramics. This early summer course will provide students with two days of studio time at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, lectures on Lithuanian and American ceramics, an informal tour of Vilnius, and two days featuring two traditional firing techniques.

More about the artist: http://keramikazi.blogspot.lt/

The course will take place in Vilnius Academy of Arts, Vilnius faculty (Maironio st. 6).

Estonian Academy of Arts Summer Academy

CIRRUS students are welcome to apply to four Estonian Academy of Arts Summer Academy 2017 courses: 

Clay 3D Printing
Toys For Elephants
Numbers and Cognition

Deadline: June 5, 2017

Information about application requirements, dates and ECTS is written at the web pages of the courses. Instead of inserting “a letter from your university to prove that you are a student” you should write in the application box “CIRRUS student”, so in case you are accepted, your coordinator will sign the application form and we’ll have a confirmation this way.

Max 2 CIRRUS seats per course is granted (Nordplus scholarship amount is EUR 330 / EUR 660 Iceland travel + 70 EUR weekly allowance). However, if there are living costs announced, then these apply to CIRRUS students as well.


Poster design workshop “LIKE A RUSTY NAIL ON A SHINY BLACK MERCEDES” with graphic designer Lahav Halevy (Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Israel)
2017 April 24 – 28th (arrival on 23rd of April and departure on 29th of April)

CIRRUS seats: 2
VAA Vilnius faculty, Graphic design department, Maironio str. 3, Vilnius, Lithuania
Level: BA students
1,5 ECTS
Please send a motivation letter to Asta Jackute by e-mail:  asta.jackute@vda.lt
Application deadline: 11th of April, 2017.
Decisions on selection are announced by April 13th, 2017.


Graphic Design department of Vilnius Academy of Arts is hosting Cirrus express course/workshop on poster design. The workshop consists of joint lectures. Students will create a contemporary posters using different materials and techniques.

2 students will be selected from Cirrus network partner schools.

About lecturer

Lahav Halevy is the owner of one of the leading Graphic Design and Branding firms in Israel “Blue Collar Group” (www.bluecollar.today). He is a political activist who uses both his abilities as a designer and a citizen to fight for what he believes in.


Monday 24th

09:00 – 12:00 Presentation lecture of the workshop.
12:00 – 13:00 A break.
13:00 – 17:00 Students are working in the groups.

Tuesday 25th ; Wednesday 26th  Thursday 27th, 

09:00 – 12:00 A brief discussions and work in creative process.
12:00 – 13:00 A break.
13:00 – 17:00 Students are working in the groups.

Friday 28th

09:00 – 12:00 Workshop continues
12:00 – 13:00 A break
13:00 – 17:00 The continuation of the work; final talk

Lahav Halevy

Wood Firing. Anagama Summer course in HDK

HDK – Academy of Crafts and Design offers a summer course open for students from the Cirrus network.

Wood firing: 7,5 ECTS, basic level is a 7 week summer course divided in two periods:
June 12 – June 30 + August 7 – September 1
Most of the time you will be working in your own studio
Seats: 2-4
Grant: travel 2 x 330 EUR (Iceland 660 EUR) + 70 EUR weekly (total 7 weeks)


The course is addressed to students with experience of working with ceramics who want to try new expressions through wood firing. We start with an introduction to the wood firing field and Anagamafiring where we explain how you can work both practically and artistically with wood firing.
The introduction will take place on June 12. (It is desirable but not mandatory to be in Gothenburg for the introduction on June 12. If you cannot make it, we will arrange a Skype section).

After that, you have a period of own work where you deepen in an individual project. Your own artistic approach/artistic expression will be the starting point, let the theoretical information from the first meeting be help in the work. The project has to be done in your own studio, there isn´t any possibility to work at HDK. You will then bring your project to Gothenburg, so be aware of that the pieces are not too big and ungainly.

August 19 – August 27, we will do a common Anagamafiring at Nääs. Here you will have teacher led instructions and briefings where theory around the different wood firing techniques are followed by practical work. During this week, you will also present your artistic work and how you have worked with your own project.

In the end of the week, we will evaluate and analyse the result from the wood firing. Back home you will end the course by handling in a description of your project in both text and pictures where you tell about the working process, the result and what you think about the possibilities for you to use wood firing in the future in your artistic work.

The wood firing will take place at HDK´s wood firing “open air laboratory” about 30 km from Gothenburg, close to Nääs castle area in Floda. Here we have several wood-fired kilns. The work during the week will be very intense, with different on-going work shifts. You will stay at Nääs hostel and we will cook together. Expenses for food and accommodation are upon you.

Qualification and registration

Entrance qualifications: Pre-knowledge in Ceramic, at least 60 ECTS.
Selection: the selection will be made upon work samples and motivation

Apply to the course: Send a complete application assembled in one pdf document (max 15 MB)
to  Anki Leissner at the latest April 18, 2017
Mark your email “Anagama summer course”

The application should include:

  1. Cover page: state your name, email, current studies, name of your home school and a short resume/CV of your previous studies in ceramics
  1. Certificate showing your pre-knowledge in Ceramics
  2. Motivation letter (max 2000 signs) motivate why you want to attend this course
  3. Portfolio: 5-7 pictures showing examples of former works

If you have any questions feel free to contact Anki Leissner, International Coordinator at HDK anki.leissner@hdk.gu.se