Tuomas A. Laitinen has been awarded the AVEK Award
Tuomas A. Laitinen has been awarded the 2021 AVEK Award.
The AVEK Award is granted annually in recognition of creative work, and can be granted to a creator or group that works in media arts or other audiovisual culture.
The winner of the award was selected by Italian Paolo Bertolin, festival programmer at the Venice Film Festival, who explains his decision: ‘The award is given to Tuomas A. Laitinen for a body of work that defies easy classifications and incessantly interpolates arts and science, in order to raise questions and shed unexpected new light on the notions of human and non-human, on the relationship between bodies and space, on the ways of constructing thoughts, and more. Laitinen’s polymorphic oeuvre proves equally puzzling and revealing, timely and timeless, as it projects the artist as a creator of spaces, objects and images mirroring the state of the world, yet transfiguring it into something else, almost unfathomable.’
Laitinen's works can currently be seen in a solo show in New York's Yeh Art Gallery, and at the Slovenian Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. As a part of Laitinen’s work ΨZone at Helsinki Biennial, a series of ΨFm ambient radio transmissions will be broadcast monthly during the full moon until the end of the year: https://www.psifm.org/
Laitinen will also release his first solo album at the end of the year under the Öm Sound label, curated by musician and composer Timo Kaukolampi and distributed by Svart Records. The music on the album was composed as a continuation for the Helsinki Biennial work.
AVEK promotes audiovisual culture in Finland with copyright remunerations. AVEK support helps to create new documentary and short films, animations, and media art.
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