News Bibliography Researchers About


This is a brief alphabetical list of people that have conducted some sort of demo culture research lately, ranging from final theses to books. Should you want in or out of the list, please contact us.

Daniel Botz
Daniel Botz is a German art teacher, assistant professor at Munich University and VJ artist. In 2008 he finished a Ph. D. thesis (in German) about aesthetics and history of computer demos.
Anders Carlsson
Writer of an article dealing with chip music (see the bibliography). Has a blog about chip music and 8-bit computers. In the scene circles goes by the name Goto80.
Anja Hartman
Anja Hartman is a German PhD student who wrote a seminar paper on the role of text/script in demos (Hartman 2008).
Hanna Kaivola
Hanna Kaivola (maiden name Hanna Lönnblad) wrote her final thesis (Lönnblad 1998) about computer demos for the Department of Musicology at Helsinki University. Presently works as a film editor at the Finnish television channel Nelonen.
Riikka Kurki
Riikka Kurki is a graphic designer and a graduate from the Institute of Design of Lahti polytechnic. Her final thesis (Kurki 2002) concerned the postmodern identity, gender role communities, the demoscene and the decoscene. Currently studies at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Homepage
Hege Nordli
Hege Nordli is a Norwegian sociologist, who has studied female hackerdom and gender inclusion partly through the demoscene, especially demo parties (see Nordli 2003a and her Ph. D. thesis Nordli 2003b). Homepage
Tamas Polgar
Tamas "Tomcat" Polgar is a Hungarian writer and demoscener who is running the demoscene history book project Freax. His research on the topic started already in 1996. Homepage
Petri Saarikoski
Petri Saarikoski is a researcher, teacher and freelancer journalist who resides at the School of History at the University of Turku. He has written several articles about the culture of home computing, some concerning the demoscene (see Saarikoski 2001a). His dissertation on Finnish home computer enthousiasts from the 1970's to middle 1990's was reviewed 23.10.2004. He received the "Humanist Doctor of the Year" award of University of Turku for his work. Homepage
Lassi Tasajärvi
Lassi "Rawer" Tasajärvi is a digital media curator and consultant. He edited, published and chiefly wrote the demoscene art book Tasajärvi et al. (2004) and also curated the exhibition (2003). Homepage
Jukka Vuorinen
Jukka Vuorinen is a sociology researcher in University of Turku. He runs a post-graduate research project about crackers as social phenomenon. Homepage
Patryk Wasiak
Patryk Wasiak (1978) received a M.A. degree in Sociology from Institute for Applied Social Sciences and a M.A. degree in Art History from Institute of Art History at Warsaw University. He has just finished writing his dissertation concerning transnational informal networks of visual artists in Soviet Bloc. In one of chapters he described East European mail-art scene and video-zine Infermental (a loose predecessors of "swapping" and diskmags). He was a holder of Volkswagen Foundation scholarship and Herder Institut research fellowship. Currently he is working as a freelance journalist. He is gathering materials for a series of articles about home computing in Poland during the 1980s and early 1990s. His fields of interests are: hardware and software black market, but also early cracking- and demoscene as well.