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Jussi Parikka


Jussi Parikka


Dr Jussi Parikka is Professor in Digital Aesthetics and Culture at Aarhus University where he teaches in the department of Digital Design and Information Studies and leads the AUFF funded project "Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data" (2022-2024). In 2021 Parikka was elected as member of Academia Europaea. He was awarded a PhD at University of Turku in 2007 with a dissertation on computer viruses and network accidents.

Parikka’s books have addressed a wide range of topics contributing to a critical understanding of network culture, environmental approaches to digital culture, and aesthetics and media archaeology of contemporary society. These include the media ecology-trilogy Digital Contagions (2007, 2nd. ed 2016), the award-winning Insect Media (2010) and A Geology of Media (2015), which addresses the environmental contexts of technical media culture. This topic was continued in the short booklet A Slow, Contemporary Violence: Damaged Environments of Technological Culture (2016) and in the short co-authored book Remain (2019). The co-authored volume The Lab Book: Situated Practices in Media Studies (with Darren Wershler and Lori Emerson) is published in 2022. See the project’s online page on Manifold.

In addition, Parikka has published such books as What is Media Archaeology (2012) and edited various collections including Writing and Unwriting (Media) Art History (2015, with Joasia Krysa) on the Finnish media art pioneer Erkki Kurenniemi. He is also the co-editor of Across and Beyond: – A transmediale Reader on Post-digital Practices, Concepts, and Institutions (Sternberg Press, 2016, co-edited with Ryan Bishop, Kristoffer Gansing and Elvia Wilk). Most recently he published the co-edited collection Photography Off the Scale (2021, with Tomáš Dvořák).

Parikka has worked in many curatorial contexts. With Shannon Mattern he curated the Library's Other Intelligences (2019) project at the Oodi library, Helsinki. With Daphne Dragona he curated the exhibition Weather Engines at Onassis Stegi, Athens (2022). Currently, Jussi is on the curatorial team of transmediale art and digital culture festival (2023) as well as on the curatorial team of Helsinki Biennial 2023.

Parikka is also visiting professor at FAMU at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague where he leads the project Operational Images and Visual Culture (2019-2023, funded by the Czech Science Foundation) and at the Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton).

Parikka’s website/blog is at http://jussiparikka.net.

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