Tiia Johannson was a media artist, educator and researcher based in Tallinn, Estonia. Her background was in fine arts and moving image, since1990 she had mostly been working on numerous media art projects on video, multimedia and Information Society technologies. In 1995 got addicted to Internet and since 1996 opened her self.curated “Self. Museum” http://artun.ee/~tiia/netproject/.
She was also PhD student in University of Lapland in the department of Audiovisual Media Culture majoring on Media Studies with theses “Marginal Status in Digital Culture”, where the main purpose was to analyse deeper the new informatical society in the angle of it´s reflections to art world. Attention was focused in finding out and clarifying the connections and concepts between different relationships among art and technology, their values and meanings including gender, ethics and social aspects. She was also Winner and participant in many international media art festivals, such as ISEA , Art on the Net, “INFOS2000″, “CYNet Art”, “Viper” , “JAVA artist of 2001″ etc.
Her main interest as artist was to analyze Internet age and computerised communication, whether there is an everlasting dualism or complex interrelationship between nature/life and technology, literally she was trying to digitally draw out the blurred borderlines of our (virtual) presence and existence, how our identities are being mediated on the screen of the computer.