Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


From the lectures presented and the readings required participants:

1. Learn about the discourses and terminology associated to the subject (or topic) of the School.

2. Exposure to literature related to the topic being discussed in the School.

3. Participate in interdisciplinary discussions about the subject of the School.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 20.01.2022 - 21.01.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Lily Diaz-Kommonen, Päivi Väätänen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

Professor Lily Díaz-Kommonen,

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Every year we select a topic for discussion as part of the Doctoral School at the Department of Media. In general the School last 2-3 days. This includes direct contact with invited guest speakers and faculty members. There are lectures, seminar discussions and candidates make presentations.

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    The topic for the School in 2022 is Remediation and intermediality in media, art and design practices.

    The Learning Objectives of the school are:

    1. To familiarize the students with current theories and work relating to intermediality, an area that touches on all aspects of creative media and design thinking and production.

    2. To bring to the foreground aspects of intermediality inherent in digital media and to investigate the way they can be used in new areas including artificial intelligence and machine creativity. 

    3. From this perspective to promote critical thinking and reflection about the new configurations emerging that seek to fuse human agency with machine adaptation.

    4. Critical thinking about your own dissertation work in general.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Participation in the School and quality of work presented. 

  • applies in this implementation

    Evaluation is based on

    1. Preparation – Participants must have read the essays given as preparation and be ready to discuss them.

    2. Participation – Participants are expected to attend all the sessions during the two days of the school.

    3. Presentation – Participants who desire to receive credits must be willing to give a 10 minute presentation of their work in the workshop sessions.

    4. Report –  Participants desiring to receive credit will produce a report about the work done in the School. The report must be handed to the teacher in charge by the end of Period IV. 

    Learning outcomes include demonstrated acquisition of knowledge in these areas: 

    1. Theory and practice of Intermediality in the arts.

    2. Media logics, remediation and the new media.

    3. Consideration of possible role of Intermediality in your work. 

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Candidates are supposed to engage in readings and prepare their own presentations for the school. 

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    Workload for the course

    Readings – To be carried on prior to the course. These include selecting and reading at least two articles. See selection listed below. (27 hrs=1 credit, 20% of grade)

    Participation – Includes active attendance and drafting of Learning Diary about the sessions of the school. See additional document, “Preparing your Learning Diary and Report for DOM-L0006”. (27 hrs= 1 credit, 20 % of grade)

    Presentation – To given during the workshops. (27 hours=1 credit, 20% of grade)

    Report –  To be submitted prior to the end of period 4. See additional document, “Preparing your Learning Diary and Report for DOM-L0006”. (71 hours=3 credits, 40%)


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study materials are given prior to each edition of the School.

  • applies in this implementation

    Selected materials for reading 

    Brunow, Dagmar, “Theory”, Remediating Transcultural Memory: Documentary Filmmaking As Archival Intervention, De Gruyter, Inc., 2015. Available through Aalto’s Learning Centre, ProQuest Ebook Central. 

    Gershon, Ilana, “The breakup 2.0: Disconnecting over new media”, Remediation and Heartache, Cornell University Press, 2010. Available through Aalto’s Learning Centre, ProQuest Ebook Central. 

    Hoskins, Andrew, “Digital Network Memory”, Mediation, Remediation, and the Dynamics of Cultural Memory, A. Erll, and A. Rigney, (Eds.), De Gruyter, Inc., 2009. Available through Aalto’s Learning Centre, ProQuest Ebook Central. 

    Adaptation and Convergence of Media: 'high' Culture Intermediality versus Popular Culture Intermediality, L. Diaz, M. Dragu and L. Eilitta (Eds.), Aalto ARTS Books, 2018. Available through Aalto’s Learning Centre.

    Mapping Intermediality by Performance, S. Bay-Cheng, C. Kattenbelt, A. Lavender, and R. Nelson (Eds.) Amsterdam University Press, 2010.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    The course in organised in the form of varying summer/winter schools etc. with a separate notice. Period varies every year.

    Teaching Period:

    period varies

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: Sisu replaces Oodi on 9 August, 2021. Priority order to courses is according to the order of priority decided by the Academic committee for School of Arts, Design and Architecture:

    Register through Weboodi.

  • applies in this implementation

    List of lectures


    1.  From Interart discussion to Intermedial theory – Dr. Leena Eilitta, University of Helsinki.

    2. An examination into the logic of remediation in the context of new technologies and art and design practices – Prof. Lily Díaz-Kommonen, Aalto University.

    3.  Ludo Mix and/or Ludources? Reflecting on the language(s) of play, remediation and playful mixtures of games with other disciplines of arts and media – Dr. Annakaisa Kultima, Aalto University.

    4. Performative Virtual Scenes: Adapting a Contemporary Dance Performance to VR, Associate Prof. Nuno Correia, Tallinn University.

    There will be discussions between faculty and students to review and hopefully problematize the topic of intermediality particularly from the perspective of the use of new technologies as well as two workshop sessions that enable candidates to present and discuss their work with peers and faculty members. In these sessions, we will seek to elucidate the ‘intermedial´ possibilities in the student’s works, whenever appropriate. 

    Student/candidates wishing to participate as presenters should submit a 300 word abstract. The abstract can include some information about their and where and how they see a possible relation to intermediality. The date for submission of the abstract is 14 January 2022. 

Details on the schedule
  • applies in this implementation

    Schedule of work:

    Thursday, 20.01.2022

    What we are doing & where: U271 (Otakaari bldg).


    Welcome! News, ect


    First lecture (LE)


    Discussion (bring your coffee and tea)


    Second lecture (LD)






    Exercise (bring your coffee and tea)


    First workshop A and B


    Summary of the day’s work


    Friday, 21.01.2022

    What we are doing


    Welcome!, News, ect


    Third lecture (AK)


    Discussion (bring your coffee and tea)






    Second lecture (NC)


    Discussion (bring your coffee and tea)


    Second workshop C and D