► The First Century of Finnish Media Art is the first-ever comprehensive anthology presenting the wide-ranging field of media art in Finland. It chronicles the field’s entire history from the first experimental pioneers through to the early 20th century. The featured genres include video, light and sound art, electronic literature, digital and interactive art, and bio art.
In thematically grouped chapters, the anthology examines the practices and structures of media art and how they have evolved in step with cultural, technological, societal and ecological changes. The historical review pays tribute to forgotten practitioners and takes a critical look at cultural discourse that dominated the field in different eras. An extensive timeline provides a chronological overview of key events and discussions. The richly illustrated volume presents the work of more than 150 artists.
The book is published as part of the MEHI – Media Art History in Finland project, and it is authored by more than 30 experts in the field. It is produced by the Finnish Media Art Network.