The event is a homage to Erkki Kurenniemi, the Finnish artist, nuclear scientist, futurologist and technology pioneer of the 1960s, and his work in the form of a living archive.
Over the years Kurenniemi created a vast body of work ranging from music instruments, such as his DIMI series of electronic synthesisers, electronic music compositions, robots, generative computer animations, and short films, to his writings of music theory, computer programs and personal diaries recorded in all kinds of formats; audio tapes, video tapes, handwritten texts and those processed by computers. He remains best known for his electronic instruments he designed as part of his DIMI series, many of which were interactive and in advance of later developments in the field. Alongside his diverse projects, he fanatically documented his everyday activities, collecting vast amounts of audio-visual-textual material to make a ‘back-up’ of his life as a template for all human life.
The event, a conversation between people who encountered Kurenniemi’s work or Kurenniemi the person, takes place in conjunction with the world’s first retrospective exhibition of Kurenniemi’s work at dOCUMENTA (13), presented in the Orangerie: Cabinet of Astronomy and Physics, Kassel.