In collaboration with the Opera Beyond, Nokia Bell Labs is launching its first ever artist-in-residence programme in the Nordic countries, with the media artist Kalle Rasinkangas as the region’s first guest artist.

As a member of a community of top-tier researchers, Kalle will be able to make the most of Nokia Bell Labs’ advanced technology at its its studios in Finland. He will be working on an interactive installation, which will be showcased at the international Opera Beyond Conference in May.

The collaboration between the Finnish National Opera and Ballet is part of Nokia Bell Labs’ Experiments in Arts and Technology (E.A.T.) program, in which artists and Bell Labs engineers combine their efforts to discover new possibilities in human communication.

“The Opera Beyond project is a critical undertaking bringing together the fields of art and technology. The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s vision for the future of the opera resonated strongly with our vision within E.A.T. It is our mission to connect people emotionally and to break down barriers between people and enable deeper levels of connection and understanding. Collaborating with the Finnish National Opera is the perfect place to develop these new solutions”, says Domhnaill Hernon, Head of Experiments in Arts and Technology at Nokia Bell Labs. 

“The Opera Beyond project is a critical undertaking bringing together the fields of art and technology. The Finnish National Opera and Ballet’s vision for the future of the opera resonated strongly with our vision within E.A.T.”

– Domhnaill Hernon, Nokia Bell Labs

About Nokia Bell Labs

Nokia Bell Labs is the world-renowned industrial research arm of Nokia. Over its more than 90-year history, Bell Labs has invented many of the foundational technologies that underpin information and communications networks and all digital devices and systems. This research has resulted in 9 Nobel Prizes, three Turing Awards, three Japan Prizes, a plethora of National Medals of Science and Engineering, as well as three Emmys, two Grammys and an Oscar for technical innovations.

Domhnaill Hernon acts as an advisor for Opera Beyond, and Nokia Bell Labs is a sponsor at the spring 2020 conference.

Artis in Residence Kalle Rasinkangas

Media artist Kalle Rasinkangas will be Nokia Bell Labs’ first guest artist in the Nordic countries. His main artistic interests are in the fields of virtual reality, sound art and space installations. Otherwise he just wants to hike long trails and play video games.

Kalle’s interactive installation, will be showcased at the international Opera Beyond Conference in May.

The Opera Beyond Conference

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The Opera House in Helsinki brings together the world’s leading arts and technology visionaries and experts from 25 to 26 May, 2020.

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