Degree Programmes in lighting and sound design of the University of the Arts Helsinki develop the teaching curricula and learning environments by researching different intersections and phenomena within contemporary performances.
Interactivity in Performance Design (in Finnish Vuorovaikutteisuus esityssuunnittelussa, shortened as VES) has supported the development of teaching curricula and learning environments since 2017. It develops the teaching of lighting and sound design by situating and examining them as the intersection of virtual, mediated and physical communication practices. The work is based on critical examination of phenomena and a strong research orientation.
Interactivity is understood in the context of VES as a broadening of the concepts of intersubjectivity and interaction. It is about charting the relationships between the different definitions and contexts of performance, performing, spectating, utilisation of contemporary technologies and their societal connections. The VES project examines the nature and use of digital technologies relevant to the fields of sound and lighting design, and the project seeks to identify the relevant topics, development requisites and ideas to augment and improve the course contents. The annual public VES seminar, held in English, provides a forum within the University of the Arts Helsinki for inspiring encounters between students, teachers, postgraduate students, researchers and professionals working in the field.