Arkistot kuukauden mukaan: marraskuu 2016

Roolileikkejä ja toimitushommia Rokumentin Netti-TV:ssä

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Media-alan opinnoissa tulee aina välillä vastaan ihan sikasiistejä projekteja ja ulkopuolisten tahojen toimeksiantoja, joiden kanssa Karelialla on jo pitkät perinteet. Yksi niistä on Rokumentin Netti-TV, jota ovat perinteisesti pyörittäneet toisen vuosikurssin medianomiopiskelijat. Vaikka stressinsietokyky paineli äärirajoillaan jo kaikkien muidenkin koulujuttujen takia, ei tästä voinut kieltäytyäkään – raportit ja ruotsinkurssit voivat helposti odottaa, kun on mahdollisuus tehdä jotain näin huippua!

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Rokumentin tämän vuoden teemana oli ”Roolileikit”. Asiaan kuuluvasti jututimme Mikkoa identiteetistä, artistirooleista ja ihmiseksi kasvamisesta.

Rokumentti on Joensuussa järjestettävä (Suomen suurin!) musiikkielokuvafestari, jonka aikana kaupunki täyttyy leffafaneista, toinen toistaan kiinnostavammista elokuvista, julkkisten seminaareista sekä oheisohjelmasta, josta ehkä hienoimpana voisi mainita tänä vuonna Taitokorttelissa järjestetyn ulkoilmaleffanäytöksen, jossa voi katsella leffoja paljussa istuen – kyllä, siis marraskuussa. Työnteko tapahtumassa tarkoitti tietenkin sitä, että kaikkeen ohjelmaan ei osallistujana päässyt mukaan. Sen sijaan haimme koulun varastolta autollisen kalustoa ja varauduimme viettämään toimitushommien parissa koko viikonlopun.

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Mikko piti Kerubilla seminaaria aiheesta ”Miten minusta tuli minä?”

Hommat jakautuivat kymmenhenkisen tiimimme kesken niin, että allekirjoittaneen nelipäisellä pienryhmällä oli tehtävänään kaksi juttua: Mikko von Hertzenin videohaastattelu sekä fiilistelyvideo ulkoilmanäytöksestä. Koska jutut osuivat peräkkäisille päiville, työstimme ne melkoisen nopealla tahdilla. Kuvauskeikalta ajeltiin suoraa päätä koululle, jossa tiedostot siirrettiin koneelle ja saman tien käytiin leikkaamaan. Toimitustyö on hektistä, ja jutut pitää saada nopeasti ulos. Taukoja ei juuri ehtinyt pitää, kun koko ajan oli menossa ja tekemässä.

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Ulkoilmanäytöksessä sai paljuilun lisäksi myös paistaa makkaraa!

Viikonlopun aikana toimitustyöstä sai taas ihan erilaisen kuvan kuin tutussa ja turvallisessa kouluympäristössä. Haastatteluille oli varattu tietty aika (Mikon tapauksessa ruhtinaallinen varttitunti), jolloin ne oli saatava kerralla purkkiin – uusintaottoihin ei ollut aikaa, kun artistilla oli jo kiire seuraavaan paikkaan. Kuvaukset ajoittuivat pääosin alkuiltaan, ja kun sen jälkeen mentiin vielä useaksi tunniksi hiomaan matskuja edittiin, venyivät päivät pitkiksi ja hermot kireiksi. Asiaa ei auttanut se, että ulkoilmajuttua leikatessa Premiere ja kone kaatuilivat vuorotellen, softa ei tunnistanut tiedostoja ja kaikki muukin tuntui olevan pielessä.

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Kaikista takapakeista huolimatta kokemus oli kuitenkin parhaita tämän syksyn aikana! Tiimimme yhteistyö pelasi hienosti, kaikilla oli hyvä draivi päällä ja koko ajan oppi jotain uutta. Perjantaina pidimme kunnon yökoulua ja editointilaneja, kun kolmessa eri editissä leikattiin haastattelua ja ihmiset vaeltelivat kopista toiseen arvioimaan toisten tekeleitä. Palautteen perusteella lopputulos parani, kun omat väsyneet silmät eivät enää huomanneet virheitä. Heitimme jatkuvasti läppää (loppuillasta erittäinkin levotonta sellaista), jaoimme eväitä ja vinkkejä keskenämme. Ihan huippu viikonloppu joka antoi ja opetti ihan älyttömästi!

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Rankan viikonlopun aikana päätimme, että ensi vuonna rentoudumme tuolla paljun sisäpuolella.

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(PS. Täältä löytyy se Mikon haastis, joka me saatiin aikaan. Tsekkaa myös meidän muut tuotokset samaiselta sivulta!)

Technische Hochschule Wildau

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TH Wildau as seen from the rail station and Halle 10, where the restaurant and library are.

A German language student group from Karelia University of Applied Sciences traveled to the capital city of Germany. I focused on my previous text on the tourist attractions and sites of great historical significance that we visited. On this text I will share the experience we had in the Technical University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, which we visited twice during our trip.

Wildau is a municipality of the state of Brandenburg. It is located close to Berlin and is easily reached by the S-Bahn. The university is one of five universities of applied sciences in the federal state of Brandenburg and it is the biggest one of them, with approximately 4000 students. The campus is enormous and it leaves the impression of a maze of buildings. Even with the first glimpse this arrangement of buildings seems impressive and promising as far as its interior is concerned as well.

German language teacher Daniela Schultz welcomed us warmly and gave us a tour of this massive construction. Daniela informed us about the background and history of the building, the variety of study fields offered, and guided us through the different facilities offered in the campus.

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TH Wildau: the fully equipped modern interior.

Wildau University of Applied Sciences was founded in 1991. Before that it was a school of engineering which makes perfect sense since Wildau is a traditional engineering town. Should we go even further back in time, this campus used to be a Schwartzkopf locomotive factory, a very interesting fact regarding the architecture of the building on question. The previous purpose of the building is evident on the exterior of it: on the outside it looks traditional, rigid while once you step inside the contrast is intense with the completely modernised interior consisting of excellent equipment and facilities. All these differences and contrast are combined in a beautiful harmonious way.

A couple facilities worth to mention are the austere, simple Room of Quiet (or Multi-faith prayer room) and the magnificent, modern library. Stiller Raum  is open for all students, staff members and university visitors that wish to pray, meditate or just relax in a quiet space for a while. Room of Quiet accepts people of all religions and communities of faith and also the ones not members of any religion. The stunning library has more than 100 000 printed items available and provides access to a large collection of digital media such as e-journals and e-books. This library was voted Library Of The Year in 2012 in Germany.

The impressive library. https://server01.tm.th-wildau.de/ilibrary/www/

When Wildau University was founded the first students to enrol were 33 students of mechanical engineering. Especially in the last few years there have been dynamic developments with a significant variety of faculties offered (Faculty of Engineering/Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Business Administration and Business Computing, Faculty of Business Administration and Law) and a considerable number of applicants applying every year.

Aber was haben wir da gemacht??

On our first visit we attended a class with language teacher Daniela Schultz. Except for our group the class is attended by international students that are currently learning German at a level Oberstufe B1/B2. During this lesson we gave presentations on Karelia University of Applied Sciences, the city of Joensuu and the area of North Karelia to the rest of the class, who in turn gave presentations on the University of Applied Sciences, Wildau, the city of Wildau, and the capital city of Germany, Berlin.

Daniela gave the impression of an amiable and warm-hearted teacher with a positive personality. Attending her class was both interesting and pleasant. The international students we interacted with were approachable and welcoming as well. They came from several different countries (e.g. Nastia from Ukraine, Sarah from France, Zuzanna from Poland) and this made the atmosphere even more multicultural, diverse and fascinating.

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Kaija and Daniela preparing the presentations.

On our second visit we attended the class of European Identities by Dr Greg Bond, lecturer in communication and mediation. Both German and international students attended this class. We discussed controversial subjects and it was a thought-provoking and captivating experience, to say the least. Issues raised among others were: what makes Finns Finnish, what makes them European, how do they see Europe and the EU, and how European is Finnish politics. The previously mentioned subjects were discussed in smaller groups using active interaction, open dialogue, and common sharing.

In this class our group gave a presentation covering the following topics about Finland: Food and Society, Sports and Technology, Customs, Nature and the Point of View of a non-Finnish citizens and students. The topics we covered seemed to have stimulated students’ curiosity and numerous questions were raised concerning especially Finnish social behaviour and Customs. For instance, they seemed to be surprised about the Finnish personal space rules and they asked for specifications and examples.

Gamification was used in both classes we attended in the form of knowledge quizzes. We learned more about Germany and the German speaking countries’ history, culture and politics and the students of Wildau learned about the Finnish ones. Overall, in both Daniela’s and Greg’s classes various teaching methods were used with more prominent ones being open dialogue, quizzes and presentations followed by discussion.

Part of our experience in Wildau was the Internationaler Nachmittag, which was an international food and cultural event with copious countries represented from all over the world, such as Mexico, Syria, Belgium and Ireland. Our class brought some Finnish delicacies and drinks for the students and staff in Wildau to taste.

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Our team representing Finland with delicacies.

Our group familiarised with the international and diverse cuisine provided at the International event and we tasted among others French cheese and crepes, Belgian waffles, Mexican tequila, Spanish wine, Irish beer, popular and more exotic Middle Eastern foods and famous German dishes like Kartoffelsalat.

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The Spanish table and its warm representatives and some more tables and many attendants.

Internationaler Nachmittag did not introduce us only to different food cultures but also to other cultural aspects of different countries· Egyptian girls gave a demonstration of belly dance and Latin Americans danced various Latin dances. A stunning part of the programme was a fashion show, where we saw traditional costumes from countries such as Poland, Ukraine, Syria, and Egypt.

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All the attendants posing for a picture together. The Ukrainian girls and me.

Last, but not least, we participated in the Oktoberfest organised by the TH Wildau. We had a lot of fun with the students of Wildau University. We enjoyed German food, beer and danced to the rhythms of German music. It was the best ending for a long day.

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Our group and the students of TH Wildau at the Oktoberfest.

Overall, the experience in this University was very interesting. We got the opportunity to practice our German and English language skills, and we made some new contacts and even friends. The teaching methods used were stimulating and effective as we learned a lot in a pleasant way. If TH Wildau was offering education in my field, Tourism and Hospitality, I would absolutely consider spending a semester there as an exchange student, or maybe doing Master studies there.

Wildau University of Applied Sciences and Karelia University of Applied Sciences have been co-operating for many years and most study fields found here are also found there. Thus, I recommend to have a look at their website if you are considering going abroad for a part of your studies and if you are interested in German language and culture.

http://www.th-wildau.de/en/wildauer-foundation-year/wfy-startseite.html

-Magdalini

 

Viele Grüße aus Berlin!

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Die ganze Gruppe v.l.n.r.: Pinja, Kaija, Juho, Joonas, Magdalini, Essi, Susa, Mona, Sari

The team shown on the picture above got the opportunity to visit Berlin together. We all attend different fields of study, are different ages and are on different phases of our studies but we do have one thing in common: We all took German language classes in Karelia University of Applied Sciences. Our love for German language and our language teacher Kaija Sankila led to this unique trip to Berlin.

Also, was haben wir gemacht? 

What did we do? Where did we go? It was a busy week with a full schedule for pretty much every day. We visited some of the most famous tourist attractions of this enormous, charming city and each one of us got to present one of the attractions of our choice to the rest of our group. We also visited the University of Applied Sciences in Wildau twice to attend some lectures there and participate in their Oktoberfest.  In this post I will be focusing mainly on the attractions we visited and I will focus on our visits in Wildau and the educational purposes of our trip in my next text.

Hier kannst du einige Sehenswürdigkeiten sehen, die wir besichtigt haben.

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Das Olympiastadion

The gentlemen of our German student group, Joonas and Juho gave us a short but remarkable tour on the Olympic Stadium of Berlin. They explained the origins of the stadium, that it was originally built for the Summer Olympics of 1936, that nowadays has a permanent capacity of 74, 475 and is the largest stadium in Germany for international football matches. Olympiastadion is a UEFA category four stadium and one of the world’s most prestigious venues for sporting and entertainment events.

The building, especially on the outside, reminds of a prison or cemetery without causing actual negative emotions or impressions. The gigantic construction built in a dark era of German history leaves the viewer with a feeling of astonishment.

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Checkpoint Charlie

My personal favourite and Essi’s choice of sight to visit and present to us is the Checkpoint Charlie. Checkpoint C was a crossing point in the Berlin Wall located at the junction of Friedrichstraße with Zimmerstraße and Mauerstraße. It is in the Friedrichstadt neighbourhood. Checkpoint Charlie was designated as the single crossing point for foreigners and members of the Allied forces.

The name Charlie came from the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet. The Soviets simply called it the Friedrichstraße Crossing Point. The East Germans referred officially to Checkpoint Charlie as the Grenzübergangsstelle (”Border Crossing Point”) Friedrich-/Zimmerstraße.

Checkpoint Charlie is now a tourist attraction. Next to the guard house is a metal beam, at the end of which there is  an image of a Soviet soldier on the one side and on the opposite one an image of a US soldier.

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Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas

The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe was my attraction to present. The Holocaust Memorial  is a memorial in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. It consists of a 19,000 m2 site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field.

According to Eisenman’s project text, the slabs are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. The Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe official English website states that the design represents a radical approach to the traditional concept of a memorial, partly because Eisenman said the number and design of the monument had no symbolic significance. However, the memorial’s resemblance to a cemetery is obvious.

Personally, I feel that when it comes to this specific site, pictures speak louder than words. The fact that we visited this Memorial when it was already dark, the colour of the sky and the clouds all contributed to the oppressive yet calming atmosphere of this grey concrete arrangement.

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East Side Gallery

Within a walking distance from our Hotel this international memorial for freedom with its 105 paintings could not possibly be forgotten to be mentioned.  East Side Gallery is a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall located near the centre of Berlin. Two-thirds of the paintings are badly damaged by vandalism and erosion. One-third have been restored by a non-profit organization which started their mission in 2000. This organization aims to eventually restore and preserve all the paintings. A work worth to be done, as East Side Gallery is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world and its paintings express the hope for a better, freer world, a message that is always relevant.

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The Brandenburg Gate, the Museum of Tears , the Bundestag, Berlin’s Museumsinsel and Bellevue Palace are also among others exceptional attractions that we got to visit. Overall, this trip was a beautiful and educational cultural experience. We were introduced to German history, earned historical knowledge and information in an interesting way and approach that encourages actual learning. Es war sicher  ein unvergessliches Erlebnis!

-Magdalini