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Korhonen, K., & Lehtola, V.-P. (2022). Transmediality and Multimodality in the Artistic Work of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää. In Alarauhio, J.-P., Räisänen, T., Toikkanen, J., & Tumelius, R. (eds) Shaping the North Through Multimodal and Intermedial Interaction. Arctic Encounters. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

Transmediality and multimodality in the artistic work of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää

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Author: Korhonen, Kuisma1; Lehtola, Veli-Pekka2
Organizations: 1Research Unit for Languages and Literature, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2The Giellagas Institute for Saami Studies, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: embargoed
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Language: English
Published: Springer Nature, 2022
Publish Date: 2024-05-31


Nils-Aslak Valkeapää (1943–2001), or Áillohaš (his Sámi artist name), was arguably the most recognized Sámi-artist and activist of his time. He was a multidisciplinary artist who expressed his vision through various media and modes: sounds, words, and images. His musical career included both traditional yoik and modern, experimental sound art; his career as a poet led him to publish several books, where words, images, and graphic design formed multimodal art works. In visual arts, he used ancient Sámi symbols to find a new visual language. In this article, we argue that his work in different artistic fields formed a unified, transmedial whole, with transmediality understood as a sub-genre of intermediality where works realized in different media refer to a common, non-media specific content. His transmedial artistic activities were tied to his political activism as a member of Sámi community, but at the same time they expressed a global, holistic, and ecological world view.

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Series: Arctic encounters
ISSN: 2730-6488
ISSN-E: 2730-6496
ISSN-L: 2730-6488
ISBN: 978-3-030-99104-3
ISBN Print: 978-3-030-99103-6
Pages: 187 - 211
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-99104-3_9
Host publication: Shaping the north through multimodal and intermedial interaction
Host publication editor: Alarauhio, Juha-Pekka
Räisänen, Tiina
Toikkanen, Jarkko
Tumelius, Riikka
Type of Publication: A3 Book chapter
Field of Science: 518 Media and communications
6121 Languages
6122 Literature studies
Copyright information: © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG. This version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: Use of this Accepted Version is subject to the publisher’s Accepted Manuscript terms of use