German UNESCO application accepted!

March 20th, 2021 by markku

Following the Finnish success, the German national UNESCO application has just been accepted, meaning the scene is now officially recognized as intangible cultural heritage there too! Read more here:

WiderScreen 2–3/2020 Out

June 19th, 2020 by markku

A special issue of WiderScreen, edited by Julia Erdogan, Gleb and me, has just been published with the topic “Home‌ ‌Computer‌ ‌Cultures‌ ‌and‌ ‌Society‌ ‌Before‌ ‌the‌ ‌Internet‌ ‌Age‌”. We’ll add the individual articles to the bibliography a bit later, but already at this point I can reveal that there’s plenty to read for demoscene enthusiasts and researchers alike.

Tracker and PETSCII papers added

May 6th, 2020 by markku

Just added my own Finnish journal article Trackerit: paradigman synty, kukoistus ja myöhemmät vaiheet (2019), which deals with the history and creators of tracker software, and the text art related paper titled PETSCII – A Character Set and a Creative Platform (Reunanen, Heikkinen & Carlsson 2019).

Finnish Unesco application approved!

April 11th, 2020 by markku

The Finnish application to get the demoscene recognized by the national Unesco chapter as intangible cultural heritage was accepted just this week. Congratz to everybody involved! The scene is the first branch of digital culture to appear on the list, and the Finnish application was also the first of the national applications to be approved. Read the official announcement here and more about the larger Art of Coding project here. We hope that this success motivates and helps other countries with their respective efforts – the next one we should be hearing about is the German one. Now it’s time to show your parents that you were right all along, and the hours you spent by the computer were officially recognized cultural heritage 🙂

UNESCO German & Finnish applications

December 9th, 2019 by markku

As you’ve probably noticed, there is an ongoing attempt to get the demoscene recognized by UNESCO as intangible cultural heritage. Both Gleb and me have been participating in the national applications that need to be submitted first. See here for a news item on the German application, and here to see the Finnish one that was submitted just a few days ago.

June Updates

June 17th, 2019 by markku

Finally added two missing papers: Hodges 2018 and Desidério & Rossi 2008. Two interesting books came out recently, and we’re working on getting them read and added as well. The first one is Media Piracy in the Cultural Economy by Gavin Mueller and the other Gaming the Iron Curtain by Jaroslav Svelch.

Vice on the American Demoscene

May 15th, 2019 by markku

Not much updates recently, but here’s one for a start: Vice has published an article on the past and present of the American demoscene. Right here.

Tekstitaide – Text Art

June 15th, 2017 by markku

For the last ten months or so I’ve been working on a special issue of the WiderScreen journal with Tero “Dr. TerrorZ” Heikkinen. Finally it’s out and there’s plenty of demo-related content as well: Daniel Botz’s article on scrollers and Gleb’s piece on the role of text art in the demo and cracker scenes, just to mention two. Check it out at The individual articles will find their way to the bibliography sooner or later.

Doreen Hartmann’s scene dissertation out

May 16th, 2017 by markku

Doreen Hartmann’s doctoral dissertation has now been edited into a book form and goes by the name Digital Art Natives: Praktiken, Artefakte und Strukturen der Computer-Demoszene. It can be purchased online here and here. In addition there’s a website with further content.

Writeup of the Symposium

May 2nd, 2017 by markku

Ksenia Tatarchenko from the University of Geneva has written a nice report on the subcultures symposium held in Zürich, Switzerland in March. Read it here: