F2F: New Media Art from Finland (2000–2003) exhibition presented interactive works by nine Finnish media artists. The installations combined innovative uses of new technology with sincere consideration for human sensibility. The artists experimented with technical solutions such as motion sensors with custom made electronics and software.
The exhibition explored three specific themes: the border between digital and analog expression, social interaction in the digital era, and new digital worlds. The nine artists in the exhibition presented future scenarios, questioned consumption habits, and raised thoughts on our role in the social context of the contemporary information society.
The interactive installations of F2F placed the audience face to face with the possibilities of the human-machine dialog. Using cutting-edge solutions of the new technologies, such as custom made computer software and movement sensors, the works represented modern Finland, a pioneer country of wired and wireless communications.
The featured artists and their works were HAME by Laura Beloff and Maex Decker; The Battle over Indifferent Minds by Hanna Haaslahti; mirror++ by Juha Huuskonen; SOB by Marita Liulia; Aquarium by Teijo Pellinen; hit2Morrow by Kristian Simolin; Need by Tuomo Tammenpää; and Mother, Child by Heidi Tikka.
F2F toured North America in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Toronto, Montreal, and New York. The exhibition completed its tour in Brussels, Belgium, in fall 2003.
The exhibition was organized by the Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Embassy of Finland, Washington DC.
The local partner was the Consulate General of Finland in Los Angeles.
Support was provided by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Finland. The event was sponsored by Sonera and Unisys.
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