During the last ten years, the spectrum of Finnish studies on the history of computing has become wider than ever. In addition to documenting the history of technological artifacts, research projects have also started to focus on the role of computers in everyday life and the increasingly technological culture of our times. Our approach is to look for the roots of today’s phenomena in the home computer era of the 1980s and 1990s. During those decades, several kinds of computer hobbyism emerged, closely linked to contemporary youth culture. The cross-disciplinary research project takes up where earlier studies left off, taking into account the latest international studies. One of the main goals is to study the blind spots of digital culture that haven’t received attention before, with special focus on the collective nature and broader reach of hobbyist activity. The purpose is to participate in international discussions with a Finnish perspective.
The project is coordinated by the University of Turku, Digital Culture Studies, and runs from 2013 to 2014. The most important collaborator is the Media Lab of Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. The expected outcomes range from academic articles to doctoral dissertations. As a final outcome, a large-scale monograph will be published in English.
The project has been funded by the Kone Foundation.