Joasia Krysa and Geoff Cox, as KURATOR working with dOCUMENTA in Kassel requested Constant, association for art & media in Brussels (represented by Nicolas Malevé and Michael Murtaugh), to develop a prototype online archive project in collaboration with Perttu Rastas from the Central Art Archive of the Finnish National Gallery.
The project relates to the work of Erkki Kurenniemi, pioneering electro acoustic musician and inventor of early synthesizers, who has obsessively documented his life. The archive would need to be accordingly dynamic, reflecting his post-human ideas, belief in artificial life and his experiments with the flesh and the body.
In the first phase of development, we propose to engage in a dialogue with different interlocutors to learn from the material. Regularly we will document our findings and release the tools we have developed. So other people can redo the same experiments, comment, improve, etc. Our intermediaries will be human and machines, conversations and softwares, visits and scripts.
In addition to writing probes and posting texts, we would like to make interviews, listening sessions and our participation to the dOCUMENTA programme will end up with a workshop on the 14th of September. The workshop will be the occasion to make a first synthesis of a few months of experimentation and to discuss the next development of what could lead to a digital archive of Errki Kurenniemi.
To know more about how we approach the project, read this page.
You can access the pages where we contextualize and document our investigation through the logbook. The logbook will be regularly updated during three months, please bookmark the page and drop a comment if you want to ask a question or suggest a different reading.
You can also download the code we used while making the experiments at http://gitorious.org/kurenniemi/. While working, we create listings and mockup datasets. They are available together with the software. During the project, we follow Eric Raymond’s suggestion to release early and release often, therefore expect many changes and bugs, but please feel also welcome to contribute, clone the repository or submit patches.
The project is commissioned by KURATOR and dOCUMENTA (13) in partnership with Central Art Archive of the Finnish National Gallery (Perttu Rastas), and Contemporary Art Museum KIASMA, Helsinki. Supported by Arts Council England.