Marko Tandefelt is a Helsinki born and based concept designer and educator, with 20+ years of experience working in design and technology fields in New York. Among his interests are: Immersive interactive multisensory cinema, experimental visualization systems, electronic music, sensorbased prototyping, crowdsourcing and sustainable electric transportation systems. Marko has worked on pervasive computing, concept design, interactive and industrial visualization projects for companies such as NEC R&D Labs, ESIDesign and Antennadesign/NYC MTA.
Since 2001, Marko has taught Masters level Physical Computing and Thesis Studio courses at Parsons The New School for Design MFA Design Technology program. His students have won numerous leading international design/media and art awards, such as Ars Electronica Golden Nica, Red Dot, IF, AIGA, Adobe Web Design, Golden Web, Cologne Design Award, Nokia Mindtrek, Good Design Award, and Future Everything Award, to name a few.
Between 2007-2015 Marko worked as the Director of Technology and Research/Senior Technology Manager at Eyebeam Art & Technology Center where he was in charge of practical and conceptual implementations of technology in wider creative processes, artist’s practice and exhibitions, as well as the organization’s research approaches. Marko was also in charge of audiovisual and technical realization of large exhibitions such as: Source Code, Interference, ReGroup: Beyond Models of Consensus, Biorhythm, Surface Tension: Future of Water, Untethered, Tourists and Travelers, X-LAB, Feedback Ecovisualization exhibition and Postgravity Art Syntapiens to name a few (for more, see under “Exhibitions). Among central projects at Eyebeam, Marko was involved in organizing an experimental 3 day hackathon on novel interactive multisensory immersive cinematic storytelling methods, New Cinema, together with the Creators Project/Intel/Vice Magazine. The event enabled the creation of collaborative projects between feature film directors, world’s leading creative coders, and 3D/SFX people from UK based company Framestore, behind visual effects for Harry Potter, Avatar, Children of Men and Gravity movies.
Prior to Eyebeam, Marko worked at the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York as an AV & Media Producer in a large scale touring international exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, as a Project Director and Curator of “SAUMA: Design As Cultural Interface” and “F2F: New Media Art from Finland” exhibitions.
Marko holds a B.M. degree Summa Cum Laude in Music Technology from NYU, and a Master’s degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts Film & TV School Interactive Telecommunications Program ITP. He is a longtime member of ACM, AES, IEEE, SIGGRAPH, SMPTE and SPIE, and a lifetime member of Pi Kappa Lambda, National Music Honor Society. Marko is passionate about electronic music. He has worked and recorded in NYC based recording studios, including Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode recording engineer/DJ Francois Kevorkian’s Axis.