Tommi Musturi

November 29, 2022, 7:53 pm
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If you’ve followed my work you prolly know I’ve been involved with demoscene since I was a kid. Basically I learned to draw first on Commodore 64 and later bit on paper too. Anyway, this old machine has remained as a hobby for me since then and I’m still making demos with my old group Extend – some of its members I’ve known since 80s. That’s something!

Anyway, we released recently a demo called Skybox that’s purely made with the original character set (PETSCII) of C64. Below here some of the graphics done for it.

To see the actual demo you may download the file and run it on your original machine or emulator OR if you’re lazy just watch it in YouTube.

November 28, 2022, 10:49 am
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My book Cracking is represented with some prints at the Booked 2022 artists book exhibition in Helsinki. The show is open in MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre at Cable Factory (Tallberginkatu 1 C, Helsinki) from 26th of November untl 18th of December 2022. Kutikuti is also present with a bunch of risograph zines.

From MUU Gallery’s press:

BOOKED 2022 is an exhibition devoted to books made by artists, conceptual literature and text-based artworks that is organized by MUU, Finland’s interdisciplinary art association. The exhibition will present over 200 artworks, artist books and publications from Finland, the Nordic countries and elsewhere.

The newly released ‘Seed Vault’—a collaboration between artist Vibeke Luther O’Rourke (NO) and poet Steiner Opstad (NO)—invites us to contemplate earthly and ethereal utopias. You can also survey digital history through the lens of imagined future technologies. The compilation ‘The Computer as Seen at the End of the Human Age’ presents works by fifteen artists that look at this history from this perspective.

Or immerse yourself in the very personal realm of artist sketchbooks. Several video interviews with artists Elisa Alaluusua’s (FI/UK) series ‘Sketchbooks’ bring us closer to how artists— professionals such as photographer Elina Brotherus (FI/FR) and sculptor Nigel Hal (UK)—develop their ideas. Alternatively, Michal Czinege’s (SK/FI) multi-tiered table enables viewers to explore his studies in a physical way.

Books documenting travel experiences will expose you to nearby and far away locales. Just take a look at Niina Pietarinen (FI) and Mira Vornanen’s (FI) ‘Retkella – kevät / On a trip – spring’ collaboration, or Niko Tampio’s (FI) Seoul Journal. This publication not only focuses on graffiti in the capital of South Korea, but also paints a picture of the street life experienced by the artist.

BOOKED 2022 is also presenting works by:
Liisa Ahlfors (FI), Susanna Autio (FI), Duncan Butt Juvonen (UK/FI), Valentina Gelain (IT/FI), Francisco Gonzales Commacho (ES/FI), Tiina Heiska (FI), Sirpa Häkli (FI), Susanna Kesänen (FI), Kastehelmi Korpijaakko (FI), Hilla Kurki (FI), Tuomas Kärkkäinen (FI), Lanka Palaa (Linnea Saarits & Vilja Joensuu) (FI), Antonio Junior Luzano (CA/FI), Tommi Musturi (FI), Ciara Quilty-Harper (UK/ES), Caroline Pajusaar (EE), Paula Roush (PO/UK), Ennisofia Salmela Flores (AR/FI), Lorenzo Servi (IT/FI), Mats Johan Soosaar (EE), Leda Vaneva (BG/FI), Sheung Yiu (HK/FI), Yujie Zhou (CN/FI) + many more…

Represented organizations and small presses include:
Bokeh Editions (FI), Codex Polaris (NO), Crow Press (NO), EKA-Estonian Art Academy (EE), Khaos Publishing (FI), Kuš! (LV), Kutikuti (FI), Nurkka Kustannus (FI), Osuuskunta Poesie (FI), Rikhardinkatu kirjasto (FI), Rojal (SE), Texst (NO), Utu Press (FI)

November 23, 2022, 2:59 pm
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The contemporary comics collective KUTIKUTI would need some help to keep on doing what it does. Costs have gone higher in every direction. To make things better KK has just launched an X-mas Fundraiser. It gathers together four packages of art an publications:

1) A package of fifteen different 16-page risograph fanzines 50 €
2) KUTI magazine subscription and ten random older magazines 30 €
3) The Thick Book of Kuti (480 pages) and a random A4 risograph poster 50 €
4) Two different random screen prints in 420 x 600 mm size 50 €

So, if you’re looking for X-mas gift for someone special or would like to help in general, order some of these in HERE.

The funraiser is on for ONE WEEK so please act quickly.

On Pixel Graphics and more…
November 22, 2022, 12:46 pm
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Thanks to YLEn Aamu for the invitation to talk a bit on pixel graphics, our Pixeled Years -exhibition and demoscene in general and thanks to Mikko for being an understanding host. Squeezing at least something understandable (out of very specific underground cultures) into just 10 minutes is difficult – I’ve mostly spent 1–2 hours talking on just one of the themes discussed here. Anyway, such a joy that our national broadcasting company takes nonknown themes into their stream of content.

Click the image to get to the clip (sorry: it’s all in Finnish).


Living The Line / Interview & Overview
November 14, 2022, 9:09 am
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Thanks to Carson and Living The Line for the long interview that went online last weekend:

Together with it there’s an ‘Artist Overview’ that takes a look at my work from fanzines to early books and to current project ‘Future’:

ZOO 2022
November 8, 2022, 6:01 pm
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Couple of images I did for our ZOO 2022 demoscene event. These are both made for Commodore 64, the other one is PETSCII using the 256 character set with one global colour (dark grey) and one chaning colour for each 8 x 8 px char. The other one is more developed mode QCH (quarter char hires) that allows to use two colours for each 8 x 2 px block in resolution of 320 x 200 px. C64 has a fixed palette of 16 colours in total.

If you want to try out these on your breadbox or emulator, you can find the PRG-files in here and here.

Down below some workstage animations just to show how these were made. Handmade TM.

Check out all the great 158 entries of ZOO 2022.

November 7, 2022, 10:41 am
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Did this flowery design for VIMMA and it ended up in the new (and already almost soldout) Sydänpeto / Heartbeast -collection. Heartbeast is the new movie by Aino Suni and you can see the trailer in HERE.

October 10, 2022, 8:29 am
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Edgar Pera’s experimental interview with me shown next Sunday at the Doclisboa International Film Festival. This is part of the Cinekomix!!! series with José Carlos Fernandes and Neil Gaiman in the same screening.

We’ve talked basicly about EVERYTHING with Edgar so what comes out is prolly a view on art and life in general.

September 27, 2022, 8:01 am
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Welcome to the opening of PIXELED YEARS -exhibition this Friday 5–8 PM at The Finnish Museum of Games (Vapriikki, Tampere).

This is something Ari ‘Duce’ Seppä and I have worked along the museum for the past 1.5 years – a comprehensive look on Finnish Commodore 64 demoscene pixel art, featuring hundreds of works from ca. 100 artists. Thanks to Outi and Niklas for letting us do this.

The opening comes with spoken programme, SID music, drinks and some food. Entering is free and open so you may bring your friends and family as well. Welcome!

Facebook event

The exhibition is part of ZOO’22 event and will be open for public until Spring 2023.

Image © Duce

September 8, 2022, 10:06 am
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Here it is! The other half of the Portuguese project I’ve been working with the past year.

KUTI#65 presents sixteen contemporary artists and comes with an article by Pedro Moura, 64 pages in all. Thanks to Pedro and Marcos (Farrajota) for editorial help, to Antero for the translations, Kutikuti for all the work and as well thanks to DGLAB, Instituto Iberoamericano de Finlandia and The Finnish Illustration Association for their support in getting this to project to the goal.

Featured artists: Amanda Baeza, Ana Biscaia, Sara Boiça, Pedro Burgos, Ema Gaspar, Hetamoé, Daniel Lima, Ana Maçã, Tiago Manuel, Rudolfo Mariano, Rui Moura, Ricardo Paião Oliveira, Rudolfo, André Ruivo, Alexandra Saldanha and Cátia Serrão.

You can grab the paper copy from your usual dealers or at The Helsinki Comics Festival that’s the upcoming weekend The festival includes as well Hetamoé and Rudolfo as festival guests – it’s a good idea to get some fresh Portuguese publications from their booth at the festival.

Subscribe to the paper version of KUTI (we need you!)

Cover © André Ruivo