AV-arkki in Brief

AV-arkki, the Centre for Finnish Media Art, is a non-profit artists’ association. It was founded in 1989 and now has over 300 Finnish or Finland-based artists as its members. AV-arkki’s main purpose is to distribute Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries within Finland and internationally. AV-arkki offers individual works and curated compilations, and also expertise in media art through collaborating on projects. AV-arkki organizes screenings and exhibitions of Finnish and international media art with its partners. Av-arkki also has a digital distribution archive and an online archive open to curators, researchers, teachers, critics and artists. AV-arkki also promotes media art and media culture in general.

AV-arkki has been a pioneering distributor of Finnish media art for since 1989 and has opened up opportunities for artists to get their works recognized internationally. The activities of AV-arkki have contributed to the success that Finnish media art enjoys today. These activities are unique in both Finland and the other Nordic countries.

The Artists and Works section of AV-arkki’s online service contains detailed information on over 2000 works of media art, including video previews on most of the titles.

Annually ca. 100 – 200 new titles of Finnish media art and experimental moving image are added to AV-arkki’s selection.

AV-arkki distributes Finnish media art that has been produced by members of the association. Professional artists working in the field of media art, who live permanently in Finland and/or are Finnish citizens and/or have such a strong connection to Finland that their work can be seen as Finnish media art, can apply for AV-arkki’s membership. More information on how to become a member of AV-arkki behind this link (in Finnish).

Our core operations as well as many of our projects are funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture and City of Helsinki Cultural Office. International distribution of Finnish media art is also funded by  AVEK, the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture.

AV-arkki has also received project funding from many foundations and other sources during the past years, including: The Finnish Cultural FoundationSwedish Cultural Foundation in FinlandAlfred Kordelin Foundation and Nordic Culture Point.