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Media Art History in Finland[edit]

Media Art History in Finland is a wikiproject by AvoinGLAM to gather and display the history of media art from Finland. It is created in the memory of Minna Tarkka, Finnish curator, educator, artist and activist who passed away in 2023.

The initial collection is based on the artists and artworks in the MEHI – Media Art History in Finland project, a tour-de-force of Finnish arts organizations to record the history of media art in Finland. Read the Open Culture materials in the MEHI project.

What you can do[edit]

  • Browse artists and artworks on these pages. The information is stored in Wikidata.
  • Edit information about artists and artworks in Wikidata.
  • Add new artists or artworks to Wikidata.
  • Add images of artists or artworks on Wikimedia Commons → View instructions.
  • Work with articles in the Wikiproject on Finnish Wikipedia.

What we can do together[edit]

  • Join the international Wikiproject Media art on Wikidata that works on data modelling for media art.
  • Join AvoinGLAM Media Art History project. It includes activities to inform artists and organizations about using open licenses and open platforms to document media art. In addition, an international event around the theme will be arranged in late 2024. Email avoinglam@okf.fi.


Media Art History in the Future Seminar 2024[edit]

  • When: Fri 26 January at 10–16
  • Where: MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Center, Kaapelitehdas, Helsinki
  • Language: Finnish

Closing seminar of the MEHI – Media Art History in Finland Project gathers and conveys versatile information and practical tools accumulated in the MEHI project, and looks to the future, examining the place of media art as part of research and art history.

The goal of the seminar day is to inspire media art and museum professionals to continue historical work. In the morning workshops, the practices of media art cataloging and conservation planning, ontology for media art and open licensing of works of art will be presented. The subjects of the research-focused afternoon session will be introduced by e.g. FT Jussi Parikka, FT Riikka Niemelä and Media & Visual Artist Merja Puustinen.

Register here