Feb 19-26, 2021

Galleries V1 and V2
Experimental Studio (Room G203)

Väre Building
Aalto University
Otaniementie 14
Espoo, Finland

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the exhibition is open only to students and staff of Aalto during the opening hours of the building.

Cross Waves is a sea state that occurs when two or more nonparallel wave systems meet. The waves generated by this phenomenon are dangerous to swimmers, boats, and ships caught between the crossing waves.

Cross Waves is also the name of the Spring exhibition of Aalto Media Lab students. It is an exhibition that presents interactive artworks that have been created in the meeting point of art and technology.

Ristiaallokko | Cross Waves exhibition is the outcome of the Interactive Art course at the Aalto Media Lab at Aalto University. The aim of the course is to explore the notion of interaction within the context of new media art.


Cracked Words


Internet Censorship has changed the way we write, read, access, and produce information. This website is a free tool that assists you to bypass the “watching eyes” and express freely on the Internet - that’s how the Internet should be.

This piece was inspired by a mass internet anti-censorship movement across Chinese social media. A series of algorithms were created to disrupt the words in a way that is still readable to humans, but can bypass the “optical character recognition” AI censors.

In the beginning of COVID, an interview article about a Wuhan whistleblower doctor being disciplined on charges of “spreading rumors” went viral on Chinese social media, shortly before wiped out by internet censors. In response to it, Chinese netizens resorted to hundreds of interesting ways to save this article from vanishing, by rewriting it in calligraphy, flipping it upside down, filling it with emojis, translating it into fictional languages, and then sharing it in a relay.

“Words can be wiped out, but thoughts and memories will remain.”

Please join to be a part of this exhibition and leave your message on the screen!