Professor Jussi Ängeslevä Announced as Visiting Professor in Information Experience Design

Professor Jussi Ängeslevä has been appointed as Visiting Professor for Information Experience Design (IED). Ängeslevä will lecture, run termly workshops and hold individual tutorials with students in IED.  

Professor Ängeslevä is a designer, artist and educator, who is actively involved in the rapidly expanding and diversifying field of new media. His work focuses on digital materiality and interaction design, finding applications across exhibition design, public artworks and installations. 

Ängeslevä's practice and research combines an understanding of visual, physical and interaction design with algorithmic, electronic and mechatronic knowledge, working in a cross-disciplinary manner. The outcomes of his projects are consistently innovative and elegant experiences, where the meaning is inseparable from the medium through which it is communicated.

Professor Ängeslevä said: 'I'm thrilled to return to the RCA and be involved in the creative energy, defining the future of expression. As a practitioner and an academic, I find the hands-on, experimental approach at the RCA, together with highly motivated and confident students, a perfect mix for excellence. At its best, design provides a vision for theoretical enquiry through example, where the sensibility and sensitivity go hand in hand.'

Head of Programme Kevin Walker is delighted to welcome Professor Ängeslevä to the College. Of his appointment he said: ‘Sometimes you meet people who not only have real skills and experience, and have created amazing work, but in person they give off a kind of magical aura – in the way they think, the way they talk, and the wildly creative solutions they come up with. They “get it”. Jussi Ängeslevä is one of those people.’

Currently, Ängeslevä is Vice Creative Director of ART+COM Studios, a Berlin-based studio that designs and develops new media installations and spaces. With ART+COM, Professor Ängeslevä has developed various museum and exhibition displays, including the Experience Centre for Royal Jelling, one of the most important cultural–historical sites in Denmark. The new exhibition centre, which opened this year, introduces visitors to the importance of this UNESCO World Heritage site. ART+COM Studios developed the overall design as well as individual media exhibits, which enhance the accessibility of archaeology by engaging visitors in a continuous and active experience. The media-rich immersive environment combines archaeological artefacts with interactive elements, including two 'Timescopes' on the centre’s terrace that offer a view of Jelling over the centuries. 

Ängeslevä has also been involved in creating interactive kinetic sculptures such as Grasp Pendulum, installed at Berlin’s Technology Centre Medical Science in 2012. Grasp Pendulum is part of a permanent exhibition about the human body and the complexity of its motion. An eight-metre tall interactive, kinetic sculpture, it is clearly visible through the glass façade of the building, connecting the exhibition inside with the public space beyond. Virtual hands interact across 12 double-sided monitors, combining real and virtual movement throughout the pivoting sculpture.

Other kinetic sculptures Ängeslevä has worked on include The Shapes of Things to Come, 2008, created for the BMW Museum in Munich and Kinetic Rain, 2012, located at Terminal 1 in Singapore’s Changi Airport. In both sculptures, hundreds of suspended forms perform choreographed movements, creating abstract and figurative formations. At the BMW Museum, these hanging forms transition to create the shape of five iconic designs from the company’s history.

Alongside his practice-based expertise, Ängeslevä also brings his global teaching experience to the role. He was Visiting Professor at China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou in 2007 and is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Arts, Berlin. Before studying MA Interaction Design at the RCA, Ängeslevä was research assistant and designer at the New Media Research Centre, at the University of Lapland. In 2002 he graduated from the RCA and became Research Fellow at Media Lab Europe, Dublin. Ängeslevä was awarded a second MA in Audio Visual Media Culture at the University of Lapland in 2004. 

Recent exhibitions featuring Prof. Ängeslevä's work include: the Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne, 2015; AV@AR 3.0 Fictional Reality, Sino-French Digital Art Exhibition, Beijing, 2014; 23rd International Biennial of Graphic Design Brno, 2008; Digital Art & Technology at the Singapore Science Center, 2007; and the German Pavilion at the Architecture Biennial, Venice, 2006. He has served in numerous international art and design juries, academic chairs and boards, including: D&AD, Ars Electronica, Hybrid Plattform and Siggraph. His independent projects have won awards from institutions such as the Royal Society of Arts, NESTA, Art Directors Club of Europe, D&AD, Ars Electronica and ZKM.