An Incomplete Timeline of Audiovisual Art

This page is an attempt to collect a list of notable artworks, artists, documentaries, papers and other resources related to the course Audiovisual Studio at Aalto Media Lab. The focus is on works that specifically explore the connection between sound/music and visuals, real-time media, or works that have had a significant impact on the field in some other way.

This list is by no means exhaustive and is constantly updating. It is an ongoing research and note-taking process that will probably never come to a conclusion.

It is also important to note that most of this list is compiled from the perspective of working as an audiovisual artist in Finland by a person educated in Finland and Canada. I very warmly welcome perspectives and suggestions from a non-western point of view.

1600s

  • 1659, Christiaan Huygens, credited as the inventor of the Magic Lantern (Lanterna Magica)

1700s

1800s

1900-1919

1920–1929

1930–1939

Highlights

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1940–1949

  • 1940, Disney, Fantasia

1950–1959

1960–1969

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1970–1979

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1980–1989

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1990–1999

  • 1992, Pipilotti Rist, Pickelporno

2000–2009

Highlights

Examples

  • 2000, Hexstatic, Rewind album
  • 2002, The First Pixelache Festival (the early iterations of the festival were very much focused on VJ culture and audiovisual art, starting from 2009 the focus shifted towards the notion of Commons and art activism)
  • 2004, The First Live Performers Meeting
  • 2005, The First Mapping Festival

2010–2019

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