2020

Immortal. Lost Memoirs of Cornelia Dulac Concerning the Freshwater Polyp Hydra
Design by Ville Tietäväinen. Published by Aalto Arts Books.

Biologist Cornelia Dulac has been missing since 2014. Her audiotapes were discovered at a remote cabin in Eastern Finland together with a fully-equipped research laboratory and a year’s supply of food. It is obvious that something had deviated from Dulac’s plans. She had been researching hydra, an immortal freshwater polyp.

Immortal is an artbook that combines scientific research, art and storytelling. The authors, artist and Doctor of Arts Maija Tammi and visual storyteller Ville Tietäväinen, pull the readers into the world of forever-young hydra – under the surface of Dulac’s experiments and obsessive mind.

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Immortal. Lost Memoirs of Cornelia Dulac Concerning the Freshwater Polyp Hydra. Published by Aalto Arts Books.

2018

One of Them Is a Human
42 copies. Special edition booklet in a box. Design by Jesper Vuori.

Photograph of the book by Sheung Yiu.

2018

Milky Way
42 copies. Special edition booklet in a box. Design by Jesper Vuori.

Photograph of the book by Sheung Yiu.

2017

Sick Photography: Representations of Sickness in Art Photography
Design by Jesper Vuori. Published by Aalto Arts books.

This artistic research scrutinises how sickness has been represented in art photography and examines new ways to approach, think about and create photographic art about sickness. The dissertation combines theoretical research and artworks. The theoretical part shows that while scholars have concentrated on the ethics of what kind of images of sickness or suffering ought to be shown or on the psychology of why some images of sickness bother viewers, most art photographers have concentrated on depicting personal illness experiences. The research applies anthropologist Arthur Kleinman’s definitions of sickness, illness and disease in a diagram to examine how photographic artworks approach the topic.

To understand the functions and the meanings of the different approaches, the research draws especially from Julia Kristeva’s writings on the abject. The main results of the research, artworks Leftover and White Rabbit Fever, are intertwined with the theoretical part.

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Sick Photography: Representations of Sickness in Art Photography.

2017

White Rabbit Fever
Design by Jesper Vuori. Published by Bromide Books. Edition 300.

How would time feel without death? White Rabbit Fever book features the artwork White Rabbit Fever. It presents the reader different time scales of decay and growth. The book is in English and Japanese and also includes an appendix “Immortals”, an article about immortal human cancer cell lines.

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White Rabbit Fever.

2014

Leftover/Removals
Design by Ville Tietäväinen. Published by Kehrer Verlag.

The double book combines artworks Leftover and Removals into a parallel story. Removals images, featured in the right side of the double book, are accompanied with transcribed discussions by three surgeons looking at the very images.

Leftover/Removals. Design by Ville Tietäväinen.