Artist and Curator Juha Huuskonen Receives AVEK Award

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HELSINKI.- The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture has given the AVEK award to artist-curator Juha Huuskonen. The award for media art and currently worth EUR 15,000, was given at the season opening of AVEK in Media Centre Lume. The AVEK award was presented for the sixth time. Helsinki-based Juha Huuskonen (1974) is not only a media artist, but also a producer and curator of media art events. He is a founding member and the first chair of the katastro.fi organzation founded in 1998. In 2000, Huuskonen was one of the founders of Avanto, a festival for experimental music and film, and between 2002 and 2003 he developed Nordic media art residence opportunities together with NIFCA. In 2002, he and Petri Lievonen founded the Pixelache electronic art festival, which Huuskonen has also curated. In addition, Huuskonen curated the Master of Arts Festival (MoA) for the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2009. The most recent examples of Huuskonen’s own media artworks are “Mouse