Live Herring is a registered association promoting media art and culture. It is based in Jyväskylä, Finland.
Live Herring’s history begins in 2005 with the formation of the Live Herring working group and Elävä Silakka, (en: Live Herring) a Nordic net art event in Jyväskylä. Elävä Silakka ran a second time in 2006.
The first Live Herring media art exhibition was organized in 2008 at the Jyväskylä Art Museum. Since then, Live Herring has organised a media art exhibition in Central Finland every three years. In 2011 the Live Herring event was held across three cities in Central Finland: Keuruu, Jyväskylä and Saarijärvi.
Between 2009 and 2013, the Live Herring working group functioned as the “Regional Artist of Film and Media Culture” of the Arts Council of Central Finland and the Central Finland office of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland. This was the first time a working group had ever been nominated to work as a Regional Artist. The working group during this period was: Päivi Hintsanen, Ilkka Kuukka and Soile Ollikainen.
In 2012 Live Herring became a registered association (fi: ry) as part of its long-term strategic plan. One responsibility of the association is to continue running the Live Herring media art exhibition which ran at the Jyväskylä Art Museum in 2014 and will be held again in 2017.
Since the beginning of 2015, Live Herring has been working on the Mediataide kartalle project (en: Placing Media Art on the Map), continuing previous work by regional artist Soile Ollikainen under the supervision of the Central Finland office of the Arts Promotion Centre Finland in 2014.
The goal of this project is to raise the profile of media art, provide opportunities for media artists and foster the exhibition of media art in Finland’s art institutions, particularly in rural districts and regions outside the capital and other metropolitan areas. Ultimately the project aims to test new models of co-operation between Art Museums and Galleries, media art organizations and media artists and producers in Finland.
This project is being funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation from the beginning of 2015 until June 2016.