Erkki Huhtamo

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Most Recent Affiliation(s):

  • University of California, _Professor

Other Affiliation(s):

  • University of California

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  • ISEA2019

    Erkki Huhtamo (FI) is a professor at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Departments of Design Media Arts, and Film, Television, and Digital Media. He received his Ph.D. in cultural history from the University of Turku, Finland. Huhtamo is an internationally renowned media historian and theorist, and a specialist in the history and aesthetics of media arts. He is one of the founders of media archaeology. Huhtamo has published extensively, curated exhibitions, directed television programs, performed on stage, and lectured worldwide. His major work to date is Illusions in Motion: Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (2013). How to Dismantle a Fairy Engine: Media Archaeology as Topos Study is forthcoming.


    Professor Erkki Huhtamo holds a PhD in Cultural History. He is a media archaeologist, author, and exhibition curator. Professor Huhtamo’s most recent books are Media Archaeology: Approaches, Applications, and Implications (ed. with Dr. Jussi Parikka, University of California Press, 2011), the large monograph Illusions in Motion and Media Archaeology of the Moving Panorama and Related Spectacles (The MIT Press, 2012). He is currently working on a book on interactive media (The MIT Press, under contract). Professor Huhtamo has curated numerous exhibitions and events, including the major international exhibition Alien Intelligence (KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, 2000). Professor Huhtamo owns an extensive collection of antique optical viewing devices and documents, such as magic lanterns, peep show boxes, camera obscuras, praxinoscopes, kinoras, etc., which he often demonstrates to his students.

    Erkki Huhtamo, Media Historian/Media Archeologist, FI


    Erkki Huhtamo is a Finnish media researcher, curator and writer currently working in the United States. He is Associate Professor of Media History and Theory at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Department of Design/Media Arts.

    Huhtamo has lectured worldwide, published extensively on media archaeology and media art, curated media art exhibitions and directed television programs about media culture. He is also known as an avid collector of media archaeological artefacts.


Last Known Location:

  • Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Previous Location(s):

  • FI

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