We are a community of researchers who are mapping the possibility space of content creation with new media technologies.

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Project Coordinator
Kirsi Rinne
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Enactive Avatar / research project

The “Enactive Avatar” is a virtual character that has photographically accurate human appearance with realtime responsive facial expressions and behaviors, based on the original idea of Pia Tikka.

The 1st proof of concept of Enactive Avatar was created with Unity, supervised by Peter Hjorth, also known as VFX supervisor of Lars von Trier films. In 2017 Enactive Avatar was implemented in the VR film EgoCure (dir. Synes Elischka). The previous work has been supported by AVEK, SKR, YLE.

Currently we are creating dramatic VR contexts by combining 360° cinema, head scan and 4D volumetric video capture of an actor. We apply machine learning methods for the character’s facial expressions, including interactive 3D CG eyes. Enactive avatar is implemented in two different VR drama projects: “The State of Darkness” (working title; story Eeva R Tikka and Pia Tikka, fall 2018) and “Freud’s Last Hypnosis” (dir. Marie-Laure Cazin, France, spring 2019).

The work is conducted in Aalto’s Virtual Cinema Lab, in Pia Tikka’s Enactive Virtuality Lab in Tallinn University, and in different freelancer workspaces. The project is supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Huhtamäki Fund.

We welcome every adventurous and hardworking soul with 3D CG, Unreal Engine programming, machine learning, or other relevant expertise to join us.

Arranged by:

VCL, Oblomovies Oy, Tallinn University, BFM


May 31st 2018

Contact Person:

Pia Tikka



Virtual Cinema Lab