The Library’s Other Intelligences: MOBIUS Fellowship with Jussi Parikka and the Finnish Cultural Institute NY: 2017-19

The Helsinki Central Library Oodi and the MOBIUS Fellowship Program of the Finnish Cultural Institute New York proudly announce the launch of The Library’s Other Intelligences, project of commissioned artworks and a series of events, anticipating and celebrating the opening of the new Helsinki Central Library in late 2018.

MOBIUS fellows Jussi Parikka (University of Southampton, Winchester School of Art, UK) and Shannon Mattern (The New School, US) have commissioned Finnish artists and designers Samir Bhowmik, Tuomas Aleksander Laitinen, and Jenna Sutela to create works that examine the new intelligences our evolving knowledge institutions accommodate. Installed in the new Central Library in January 2019, these projects will reveal the alternative, sometimes alien logics of neural nets, give voice to machinic and otherworldly languages, and make visible the material and informational infrastructures that allow intelligence to circulate. The artists are known for their work that engages with AI, biological intelligence, digital culture, and infrastructures and energies of modern societies, and they represent some of the most interesting forms of current technological art practices.

Visitors to the library will be invited to engage with the works — and with the new building — by attending live performances, embarking on expeditions, and reimagining how we will read, listen, and learn in a new techno-cultural future.

We hosted two public events in concert with PUBLICS, an event space and gallery in Helsinki:

Images by Tuomas Laitinen and Jenna Sutela