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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

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Sunday, June 11


SCSMI KEYNOTE by Dr Paisley Nathan Livingston: On cinema as philosophy: the Kaila–Bergman connection revisited
In this talk I will present a very general map of theses about cinema as philosophy and will then discuss the case of Ingmar Bergman, looking in particular at his relation to some of the ideas of Finnish philosopher and psychologist, Eino Kaila. I’ll also discuss Bergman’s Autumn Sonata as a Kaila-esque critique of Arthur Janov’s primal scream therapy.

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Paisley Nathan Livingston

Paisley Livingston is Chair Professor of Philosophy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and visiting professor in philosophy at Uppsala University. His books include Art and Intention (OUP 2005) and Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman (OUP 2009). With Carl Plantinga he co-edited The Routledge... Read More →

Sunday June 11, 2017 10:20 - 11:30
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki


KEYNOTE Dr. Julia Vassilieva. Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria’s collaboration and third culture debates.
Limited Capacity seats available

This paper focuses on the little known collaboration between revolutionary Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, cultural psychologists Lev Vygotsky and neuropsychologist Alexander Luria. The research program that Eisenstein-Vygotsky-Luria conducted from the mid-1920s until the late 1940s crossed boundaries between natural sciences, social sciences and arts to explore the neural basis and semiotics of screen aesthetics. While Vygotsky’s legacy is associated primarily with the idea thatcultural mediation plays a crucial role in the emergence and development of personality and cognition, Luria laid the foundations of the contemporary neurosciences and demonstrated that cultural mediation also changes the functional architecture of the brain.Their integrative science of mind and brain outlined how psychological functioning is constituted by various features of the body, the natural environment, and the cultural and technical tools that humans use. It is in the context of this collaboration that Eisenstein produced his key later works: Non-Indifferent Nature (1945-1947) and Method (1931-1948), while Luria wrote The Nature of Human Conflicts (1932) and Vygotsky concludedLanguage and Thought (1934). My recent archival research demonstrates that thiscollaboration included not only theoretical discussions, but also joint experimental work in the areas such as hypnosis, psychological testing, motor regulation in embryos, cognitive development of twins, schizophrenia, and synaesthesia and memory. This experimental work often fed into Eisenstein’s practice as a film director, while also providing a sustained impulse for his work as a theoretician. As such, this uniquecollaboration forged the model of interdisciplinary work and collective action that anticipated current debates concerning third culture. 

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Julia Vassilieva

ARC Research Fellow, Monash Unviersity
Dr. Julia Vassilieva is Australian Research Council Research Fellow working on the project “Cinema and the Brain: Eisenstein–Vygotsky–Luria’s collaboration” at Monash University. She has double background in film studies and psychology and she works at the intersection... Read More →

Sunday June 11, 2017 13:15 - 14:15
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki


KEYNOTE by Dr Lauri Nummenmaa: Emotions, cinema and the Brain

Emotions promote our well-being in different survival-salient situations. They are typically triggered by biologically relevant signals such as threats and physical harm or rewards including food consumption or social interaction. However, also abstract and “simulated” threats and pleasures such as love stories and horror shown in films can trigger strong subjective feelings in the viewers.  In my talk I present an overview on brain mechanisms supporting human emotions, and discuss how we can use cinema for studying the emotional brain. I discuss how viewing emotions in films makes individuals to “tune in” with each other, and how specific neurotransmitter systems in the brain govern out vicarious experience of the emotions we see in movies.  Finally, I propose that humans enjoy engaging in strong, even negative, emotional movies because this provides safe means for preparing to meet the actual emotion-eliciting events in real life. 

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Lauri Nummenmaa

Associate professor, Turku PET Centre
I lead the Human Emotion Systems laboratory at Turku PET Centre and Department of Psychology, University of Turku. Our goal is to unravel the neurochemical and functional mechanisms that support human emotions, as well as their dysfunction in different psychiatric and neurological... Read More →

Sunday June 11, 2017 14:45 - 15:45
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki


KEYNOTE by Dr. Asta Kärkkäinen, NOKIA: 3D audio in immersive movies
Title: 3D audio in immersive movies

Movies are follow up of long tradition of arts. However, movies are more related to paintings than theatre. Of course, in movies, the paintings are moving and they speak like a radio, but the real immersion of theatrical expression is missing: your ability to look at scene part of your choice, follow the action where you please, and perceive the distance and experience the sound to come from its real source.
Now, technology to produce immersive movies is on the making, although there are still steps on the way.  Also, directors will be facing new challenges, as the 360-degree perceptive field is more than a stage, and it becomes harder to catch the attention of the audience to carry the story line, but theatre directors have always known how to do this. Actually, directing an immersive movie is like directing in theatre with a very big stage [1]. 
Nokia, among many other companies is introducing cameras to catch the theatrical experience and augment this with special effects and framing trickery more suitable to the expectations of a movie than a play [2]. Light, set, script and of course the acting itself is important, but it is the sound that brings the finishing touch to the play.
Immersive real or virtual reality perception of environment requires well matching 3D audio. Brains process sound faster than vision. Sounds, especially 3D sounds, are essential for tasks that need fast judgement and awareness of environment. Positional sounds can reduce visual workload and improve awareness of information outside user's field of view. In Nokia, we have developed a process to record and render the sound in its true variability [4, 5].
[1]  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/theater/sleep-no-more-enhanced-by-mit-media-lab.html
[2] https://ozo.nokia.com/vr/
[4] https://ozo.nokia.com/ozo_en/nokia-ozo-audio
[5] T. Huttunen, E. Seppälä, O. Kirkeby, A. Kärkkäinen, and L. Kärkkäinen, " Simulation of the transfer function for a head-and-torso model over the entire audible frequency range," J. Comp. Acous. 15, 429 (2007).

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Asta Kärkkäinen

Dr. Asta Kärkkäinen works as a Principal Researcher in Digital Media R&D Spatial Audio in Nokia Technologies. She got her Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics on the area of Atom, Molecule and Laser Physics from the University of Helsinki, in 1997. The same year she joined Nokia Research... Read More →

Sunday June 11, 2017 16:15 - 17:15
Aalto Big Hall, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (1st floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki
Tuesday, June 13


Keynote by Saku Lehtinen, Remedy: Cinematic games
Plenary keynote talk on the development of cinematic games.

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Pia Tikka

Research Fellow, Aalto University
Dr. Pia Tikka, is Adjunct Professor of New Narrative Media and a professional filmmaker. Since 2003, in the field of new narrative media, she has led her research group of Enactive Cinema, and a founding member of the research project Enactive Media (2009-2011), Aalto University... Read More →

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Saku Lehtinen

Creative Director Saku Lehtinen is a true veteran game developer. Saku joined Remedy in 1996 and he has had a central role in defining Remedy’s games, having worked both as Art Director (Max Payne, Alan Wake) and Cinematic Director (Max Payne) or overseeing the audiovisual experience... Read More →

Tuesday June 13, 2017 10:00 - 11:00
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki
Wednesday, June 14


KEYNOTE Prof. Aleksi Bardy: Tom of Finland
Limited Capacity seats available

Wednesday June 14, 2017 15:30 - 16:30
A-301 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki