The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture has given the AVEK Award to Finnish media artist Erkka Nissinen (b. 1975). The award for media art is worth 15 000 euros and was granted for the tenth time this year.
Nissinen is known for original performative media art that escapes specific genre definitions.
The jury states that in his works Nissinen manages to combine the rhythm of comedy with the narrative of time. Nissinen has a sense of humor that is unpredictable and challenges the viewer’s preconceptions as well as the ideas of good and bad taste.
During the past few years Nissinen’s films has been displayed in many international film and media art festivals and exhibitions. Nissinen has graduated from Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2001. In addition, Nissinen has studied in The Slade School of Fine Arts in London. In 2007 Nissinen had a residency in Rijksakademie in Amsterdam.