Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History
Over the past forty years, Finnish artist and technology pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi (b. 1941) has been a composer of electronic music, experimental filmmaker, computer animator, roboticist, inventor, and futurologist. Kurenniemi is a hybrid—a scientist-humanist-artist. Relatively unknown outside Nordic countries until his 2012 Documenta 13 exhibition, ”In 2048,” Kurenniemi may at last be achieving international recognition. This book offers an excavation, a critical mapping, and an elaboration of Kurenniemi’s multiplicities.
The contributors describe Kurenniemi’s enthusiastic, and rather obsessive, recording of everyday life and how this archiving was part of his process; his exploratory artistic practice, with productive failure an inherent part of his method; his relationship to scientific and technological developments in media culture; and his work in electronic and digital music, including his development of automated composition systems and his “video-organ,” DIMI-O. A “Visual Archive,” a section of interviews with the artist, and a selection of his original writings (translated and published for the first time) further document Kurenniemi’s achievements. But the book is not just about one artist in his time; it is about emerging media arts, interfaces, and archival fever in creative practices, read through the lens of Kurenniemi.
About the Editors
Joasia Krysa holds a collaborative post at Liverpool John Moores University in partnership with Liverpool Biennial, where she is Director of the Exhibition Research Centre and Head of Research respectively. She is the former Artistic Director of Kunsthal Aarhus, Denmark, and served as part of the curatorial team for Documenta 13. She is part of the Curatorial Faculty for Liverpool Biennial 2016.
Jussi Parikka is Professor of Technological Culture and Aesthetics at University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art and Docent in Digital Culture Theory at the University of Turku, Finland. He is the author of What Is Media Archaeology? and other books.
—Matthew Fuller, Professor, Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies, Goldsmiths, University of London
—Christiane Paul, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School; Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum
—Chus Martínez, Head of the Institute of Art, FHNW Academy of Art and Design