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.


Weird Phenomenon, Strange Sensation


Come closer, calm down and relax.

Look at it, touch it, feel the texture, temperature, activate your sensation, enjoy and have a nice journey.

I have been experiencing an addiction to viewing ASMR related content on social media and the internet. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensation Meridian Respond. It is a term to describe a physical sensation, and there are many different ways to describe it, for instance, a feeling of deep calm, or a sense of satisfaction, a mellow feeling. Almost every evening, the last thing I will do to put myself to sleep is to watch some food eating videos or squeezing object visual content.

Weird Phenomenon, Strange Sensation is an interdisciplinary experimental project that explores the inspiring connection among new technologies, internet intimacy, a strange internet phenomenon, contemporary art, and modern design. It pushes the boundary of and challenges the traditional graphic design, visual art, creative creation process and to rethink the potential of new media art, contemporary graphic design, and visual art in today's Scenario.

This interactive installation relates to several themes, such as:
  • Loneliness issues in the internet age
  • Strange internet phenomenon: ASMR addiction
  • Sensation and relaxation
  • internet intimacy
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Tangible user interface (TUI)

The choice of the touch sensory material and visual content are inspired by the ASMR video content, for example, mukbang video, slime satisfying videos, bubble wrap pressing videos, etc.

Related project: The Pillow Project