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30 Jan - 9 Feb 2025

Erkki Kurenniemi

Erkki KURENNIEMI (1941-2017, Finland) was a philosopher, multimedia artist, designer and a pioneer of Finnish electronic music. He is best known for the electronic instruments he designed and his music compositions. In 1961 he founded the electronic music studio for the Department of Musicology at the University of Helsinki. Mika TAANILA made a documentary about Erkki Kurenniemi called The Future Is Not What It Used to Be (2002). In 2011 Kurenniemi received the Order of the Lion of Finland medal from The President of Finland.


(selection, all short) Winterreise (1964), Electronics in the World of Tomorrow (1964), Elämän reikänauha/The Punched Tape of Life (1964, short), Flora & Fauna (1965), Tavoiteltu kaunotar/Coveted Beauty (1965), Spindrift (1966, co-dir), Computer Music (1966), Huumaava elämänlanka/The Intoxicating Thread of Life (1968), Ex nihilo (1968), Tuli ja vesi/Fire and Water (1968), Sex Show 1 & 2 (1969), Joulumysteeri/Christmas Mystery (1969), Talo/House (1969), Firenze (1970), Carnaby Street (1971)

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Erkki Kurenniemi at IFFR

  • The Punched Tape of Life

    Is everything recorded on film destined to become digital data, or does life still resist?

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  • Electronics in the World of Tomorrow

    Cut-out images from American magazine Electronics rotating on a turntable create a vertiginous effect and form the steady basis of this hypnotic film.

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  • The Punched Tape of Life

    In this satirical film Kurenniemi intuitively explores the possibilities of a symbiosis between man and machine in the light of contemporaneous knowle

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  • Spindrift

    In 1965 Swedish composer/musician Jan Bark proposed an experiment for a new kind of ‘music for black-and-white TV’. Bark’s friend Erkki Kurenniemi pro

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  • Kinescope

    Eino Ruutsalo’s cinematic testament: discarded footage, kinetic experiments and unexposed stock. Treated by throwing them on the floor and walking on

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  • The Jump

    Deafening composition by Erkki Kurenniemi paralleled visually by a brief sequence shot in a street – a group of men and children seem to cover their e

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  • Computers Serve

    The futuristic aesthetics of Computers Serve offers an illustrative history of computers, their prospects and risks, as seen in 1968.

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  • Flora & Fauna

    Techno buff Kurenniemi also got ‘good vibes’ from nature. In the fantastically colourful Flora & Fauna, close-ups of inchworms and spiders merge.

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