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Tuomas A. Laitinen


Tuomas A. Laitinen’s research and work combine ecology, chemical processes, and fiction to create multilayered situations that blend old and new technologies.

Tuomas A. Laitinen (b. 1976) is an artist who works with moving image, sound, light as well as chemical and microbial processes. He is interested in ecological issues, the formation of awareness and knowledge, and porous systems. Porous is a concept Laitinen uses to describe morphing boundaries between beings. In his works, Laitinen examines, amongst other things, how different technologies and transmitters influence our experience of the world. According to the artist, the transmitter can be anything through which we encounter the world, such as electricity, skin, spoken and written language, or an individual technology.

In recent years, Laitinen has studied the special type of intelligence of the octopus and has collaborated with artificial intelligence researchers. These multifaceted starting points produce layered installations. They look at human activity in different ecosystems, moving from microscopical particles to society’s power relationships. Continuous change, permeability and transparency are key features of the works. Laitinen has been influenced by, amongst other things, science fiction and posthuman philosophies that seek to outline a new foundation for sustainable coexistence on Earth.

Photos: Janne Tuunanen