UNESCO German & Finnish applications

December 9th, 2019 by markku

As you’ve probably noticed, there is an ongoing attempt to get the demoscene recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. Both Gleb and me have been participating in the national applications that need to be submitted first. See here for a news item on the German application, and here to see the Finnish one that was submitted just a few days ago.

June Updates

June 17th, 2019 by markku

Finally added two missing papers: Hodges 2018 and Desidério & Rossi 2008. Two interesting books came out recently, and we’re working on getting them read and added as well. The first one is Media Piracy in the Cultural Economy by Gavin Mueller and the other Gaming the Iron Curtain by Jaroslav Svelch.

Vice on the American Demoscene

May 15th, 2019 by markku

Not much updates recently, but here’s one for a start: Vice has published an article on the past and present of the American demoscene. Right here.

Tekstitaide – Text Art

June 15th, 2017 by markku

For the last ten months or so I’ve been working on a special issue of the WiderScreen journal with Tero “Dr. TerrorZ” Heikkinen. Finally it’s out and there’s plenty of demo-related content as well: Daniel Botz’s article on scrollers and Gleb’s piece on the role of text art in the demo and cracker scenes, just to mention two. Check it out at http://widerscreen.fi/numerot/2017-1-2/. The individual articles will find their way to the bibliography sooner or later.

Doreen Hartmann’s scene dissertation out

May 16th, 2017 by markku

Doreen Hartmann’s doctoral dissertation has now been edited into a book form and goes by the name Digital Art Natives: Praktiken, Artefakte und Strukturen der Computer-Demoszene. It can be purchased online here and here. In addition there’s a website with further content.

Writeup of the Symposium

May 2nd, 2017 by markku

Ksenia Tatarchenko from the University of Geneva has written a nice report on the subcultures symposium held in Zürich, Switzerland in March. Read it here: http://www.infoclio.ch/de/home-computer-subcultures-and-society-internet-age-0

Home Computer Subcultures History Conference (ZH/CH, 24/25 March)

March 8th, 2017 by gleb

An international workshop on the history of early home computer subcultures and their place in society will take place 24-25 March 2017 in Zurich, Switzerland. It is organised by two of our editors, Gleb J. Albert and Markku Reunanen, as well as Julia Erdogan, who researches the history of hacking in Germany. Speakers will include Patryk Wasiak, Nick Montfort, Kevin Driscoll, and many more. On the evening of the 24th, there will be a screening of the new scene documentary “The 8-Bit Philosophy 2: The Good and the Bad Guys” by Konstantin Stürz. See http://tinyurl.com/hcsubconf for info and program, and http://tinyurl.com/hcsubposter for the poster.

Dr. Marq

February 18th, 2017 by markku

The defense went well, so now it’s finally time to publish the full version of the thesis for your enjoyment (and add it to the bibliography too). Here goes: Times of Change in the Demoscene: A Creative Community and Its Relationship with Technology. I’ll let you know when the printed version becomes available on the university webshop, although it’ll be just a few copies.

PhD thesis defense coming up

February 8th, 2017 by markku

Markku’s thesis, Times of Change in the Demoscene: A Creative Community and Its Relationship with Technology, is finally done and he’ll defend it in Pori, Finland on February 17. If you happen to be around, do come and see it. Below a couple of links with more details:

The thesis is available online here, and if the defense goes fine, we’ll make the full version available on Demoscene Reseach – the university version does not contain the articles for copyright reasons or something.

The Demoscene

January 9th, 2017 by markku

Added David Chmelik’s demoscene introduction from 2014. Sorry for the recent lack of updates, but I have a thesis to finish here 🙂