Markku Reunanen (Lic.Sc., M.A.), the lecturer of interactive visualization at Media Lab Helsinki, will defend his doctoral dissertation called “Times of Change in the Demoscene: A Creative Community and Its Relationship with Technology” on February 17, 2017, at the University Consortium of Pori, classroom 125 at 12.00. The opponent is assistant professor Carl Therrien from the University of Montreal, and the custos senior lecturer, adjunct professor Petri Saarikoski from the University of Turku.
In his thesis Reunanen examines the demoscene, a relatively little-known branch of digital culture, from three different angles: community, artifacts and relationship with technology. The study provides an extensive view to the practices of an enthusiast community that debates and adopts new computing platforms in its own particular ways, shaped by competition, skill and international networking.