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I am a Helsinki-based crossover philosopher with a professional history in gallery management, curation and all sorts of writing (essays, manuscripts, cultural journalism, art critique lecture performances).

As a scholar I am currently interested in how people ‘escape’ middle class through consumerist choices (hippy clothes, music marking ‘freedom’, etc.). I am also working on defining art scenes, connections of popular culture and gardens, the role of kitsch in the Estonian independence struggle, and the use of Indian rasa aesthetics in discussing today’s TV series. (I have articles on all of these issues coming out in the near future.)

As a PhD/Docent in aesthetics, Chair of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics (2015-) and a member of the board of the International Association of Aesthetics (2013-), I have of course published academic articles on ‘pure’ philosophy of art (Contemporary AestheticsNordic Journal of AestheticsJournal of Somaesthetics), but my publications are also about ‘art theory’, visual culture and/or applied aesthetics. In Finnish I have published essay books (on ice hockey and film) and in art journals (Art Pulse, Flash Art, Atlantica Internacional, Kunstkritikk) I publish philosophical interviews and theoretical essays.

My theory writing is divided between academic and non-academic philosophy, as doing only one of these only would not be satisfying enough. Currently I am on the board of The Journal of Somaesthetics, Aesthetica Universalis, the Finnish art education publication Births and the Finnish journal for artistic research Ruukku. I am also the proud editor in chief (and founder) of a new academic open access journal, Popular Inquiry: The Journal of the Aesthetics of Kitsch, Camp and Mass Culture (together with Jozef Kovalcik). I accentuate sidepaths into gender, class, racialization and perennial world philosophies in my work, but my main focus is in solving quite basic issues at the crossroads of aesthetics, visual culture and art theory.

 

Forthcoming

Together with Kevin Tavin & Mira Kallio-Tavin (eds). Art, Excess, and Education: Historical and Discursive Contexts New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019 (estimate).

Learning from Decay: Aesthetics of Architectural Disintegration. Co-written with Zoltan Somhegyi. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2018.

“Contemporary Kitsch.” Aesthetica Universalis. Vol I, 2018: 1.

2018

“Low Theory and Crazy White Men: An Interview with Jack Halberstam.” Popular Inquiry, Vol 2, Spring 2018, 2-9.

2017

Rock Me Amadeus: Aesthetics and the Highbrow Appropriation of Lowbrow.” In Zoltan Somhegyi (ed), Yearbook of the International Association for Aesthetics. Sharjah: IAA, 2017. 186-196.

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“Aesthetics of Distance.” Aleksi Malmberg & Annukka Vähäsöyrinki (eds). Home Re-assembled. On Art, Destruction & Belonging. Rotterdam: Jap Sam Books, 2017.

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Chopin’s Heart: The Somatic Stimulation of Our Experience of Thingness in Everyday Popular Culture.” In Carsten Friberg & Raine Vasquez (eds), Heterologies of the Everyday. Copenhagen (Nordic Summer University Press, 2017, 190-205.)

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2016

“Margins of Aesthetics.” With Jozef Kovalcik. In Contemporary Aesthetics 2016 (Vol 14).

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2015

“Throwing the Body into the Fight: The Body as an Instrument in Political Art.” The Journal of Somaesthetics 2015: 1. Vol 1: Somaesthetics and Visual Art. 108-121.

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New Laokoon. On Dramaturgization or Dramaturgy as the Key to Understand the Role of the Artist Today.” In New Dramaturgy – New Dramaturge II. Ed. Vladislava Fekete. The Theatre Institute, Bratislava, 2015. 56-62.

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“Teaching as a Work of Art.” With Taina Rajanti and Pia Euro. In Teija Löytönen (ed). Synnyt/Births (Finnish Journal for Art Education) 2015: 2. 41-61.

2014

Aesthetics of Popular Culture. Ed. with Jozef Kovalcik. Bratislava: Slovart Publishing. 2014.
* “A History of Aesthetics of Popular Culture” with Jozef Kovalcik. 14-49.
* “The High, the Low, and the Weak. An Interview with Gianni Vattimo”. 234-240.
* “Pragmatism and Popular Culture. An Interview with Richard Shusterman” with Jozef Kovalcik. 228-233.

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From Pragmatism to Fusion Philosophy.” Review. Nordic Journal of Aesthetics: 2014: 2. 149-156.

Taidejalkapallo.” In Sokrateen syöksypusku. Eds Mikael Melan & Jussi Saarinen. Jyväskylä: Docendo, 2014. 128-139. [Art Soccer.]

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2013

Elokuva, rakastettuni! [Film, mon amour!] Turku: Savukeidas, 2013.

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2012

“Institutional Stress. When Bureaucracy Replaces Art.” Art Pulse. Spring 2012.

“Traveling alone? Ideas for a (better) future aesthetics of touring.” In Johanna Hammarberg & Martina Marti (eds): Touring in Scandinavia and the Baltics: Bridging Regional and International Perspectives. Helsinki: Baltic Circle / Tekijä. 8-11.

”Pakko nauraa. Camp korkeakulttuurina ja lasikattona”. [Forced Entertainment. Camp as high culture and glass ceiling.] Nuori Voima 2012: 4. 38-41.

Roskamaali. Jääkiekon estetiikkaa ja kulttuurifilosofiaa.  [Garbage Goal. Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy of Ice Hockey.] Turku: Savukeidas.

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2011

“Art and Education – or the dark side of pedagogy. A dialogue.” With Christiana Galanopoulou. Synnyt/Origins. Finnish Studies on Art. 2011 September. 1-16.

2009

“Estetiska debatter inom ishockeyvärlden.” Ed. Valdemar Lindekrantz. Sudden Death. Bilder av ishockey. 16-21. Göteborg: Scopium, 2009.

Learning from Venice. What a unique city can teach about the aesthetics. PhD dissertation. Helsinki: University of Helsinki, e-thesis series.

“Euroopan (museo)ryöstö, vanhan taiteen paikkasidonnaisuus ja digitaalinen vallankumous – Museofilosofiaa uudelle ajalle.” Kuriositeettikabi.net 2009: 1.

2008

“The Role of the Festival Audience”. In Johanna Hammarberg (ed) Theatre Festival Dictionary. Helsinki: Baltic Circle.

”Estetiska debatter inom ishockeyvärlden.” Ny TidKontur 2008: 2. 4-5.

Pinkkiä posliinia. Kitschin nykyhetki, oppaana Jeff Koons..” Toim. Seppo Knuuttila & Ulla Piela. Kansanestetiikka. Kalevalaseuran vuosikirja 87. 43-52. Helsinki: Kalevalaseura, 2008.

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2007 

“Silloin kolahti!” Parnasso 2007: 3. 26-31.

Oskillaation massakulttuuri. Gianni Vattimo et al nykyaikaa etsimässä.” Synteesi2007: 1. 59-80.

“Lopputyön teoreettisen osan ohjaamisen erityisongelmia taideyliopistoissa.” Synnyt2007: 2. 54-61.

 

2006

Liikkuminen ja liikenne Venetsian estetiikassa” Toim. Arto Haapala & Ossi Naukkarinen. Mobiiliestetiikka. Kirjoituksia liikkeen ja liikkumisen kulttuurista. Kansainvälisen soveltavan estetiikan raportteja no 3. 157-174. Lahti: Kansainvälinen soveltavan estetiikan instituutti, 2006.

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Nobrow.” Toim. Yrjänä Levanto & Ossi Naukkarinen & Susann Vihma. Taiteistuminen. 155-163. Helsinki: TAIK, 2006.

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“Kätilö kasvattajana ja kasvatettavana. Teorian opettamisesta taiteilijoille” Synnyt. Taidekasvatuksen tiedonala 2006: 4. 34-40.

”Ajatuksia sodan ja terrorismin estetiikasta”. Kanava 2005: 6. 392-393.

2005

Learning from VeniceContemporary Aesthetics, Special Volume 1 (2005): Aesthetics and Mobility.

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NobrowNordic Journal of Aesthetics. 2005 (32). 86-98.

Umberto Eco: James Joyce, Teräsmies ja vesinokkaeläin. Helsinki: Yliopistopaino, 2005. 258 s. Ed. with Tarja Knuuttila. Contributors: Eero Tarasti, Hannu Riikonen, Jan Blomstedt, Harri Veivo, Klaus Brax, Erna Oesch, Tarja Knuuttila, Max Ryynänen.

– ”Ainakin 4 Ecoa” (with Tarja Knuuttila), 7-18
– “Umberto Eco kitschin ja massakulttuurin estetiikasta”, 102-127
– “Arvoitus nimeltään Umberto Eco. Ugo Vollin haastattelu.”, 231-259

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2004 

The Double Life of Jeff Koons’ Made in Heaven Glass ArtworksNordic Journal of Aesthetics. 2004 (29-30). 99-111.

“Tutkijan roolista ja julkisesta keskustelusta.” Tiedepolitiikka 2004: 4, 53-57.

2003

“La experiencia estética del 11 e septiembre / The aesthetic experience of the september 11th”.  Atlántica Internacional, Verano 2003, pp. 133-135.

”John Deweyn estetiikka.” Synteesi 2003: 4, 10-22.

”Venetsialaisia eskatologioita”. Kulttuurintutkimus 2003: 3, 45-52.

”Filosofihaastatteluiden filosofiaa pragmatistisen nykyestetiikan 10-vuotispäivän aattona. Richard Shustermanin haastattelu.”

Synteesi 2003: 4, 23-27. http://www.artsandletters.fau.edu/humanitieschair/finnish-interview.pdf

2002

”Terrorism and Aesthetic Experience (or take a cigar, Buddy!)” On Khaled Ramadan’s work. Ed. Marita Muukkonen. ArTErrorIsm. Poster inside the book.
Helsinki: NIFCA, 2002. http://www.nifca.org/2006/publications/2002/ramadan/2003_03_31.html

Ecoistin elämää. Mini-esseitä Umberto Econ 70-vuotissyntymäpäivien kunniaksi.Synteesi 2002: 1. 80-107. Toim. Tarja Knuuttilan kanssa. Kirjoittajat: Jaakko Hintikka, Oiva Kuisma, Jan Blomstedt, Harri Veivo, Erna Oesch, Klaus Brax, Tarja Knuuttila ja Max Ryynänen.

– ”Massakulttuuri, alemmat taiteet ja kulttuurihierarkiat.” 85-87.

”Jeff Koonsin Made in Heaven –lasitaideteosten ontologinen kaksoiselämä.” Synteesi 2002: 4, 58-66.

”Konst, kitsch och kvasi-kitsch.”  Ny Tid 2002: 49. 6-7.

2001

“Umberto Eco, televisio ja kitsch.” Filmihullu 2001: 6, 19-20.

”Henry Parland ja elokuvataide.” Filmihullu 2001: 3, 18-23.

”Kitschens nya syndabockar” Ny Tid 2001: 11, 8-10. http://www.nytid.fi/arkiv/artikelnt-684-1667.html

2000

”Kitschgeneraattorit – toinen sukupolvi”.  Taide 2000: 6. 18-21.

”Massakulttuuri in Memoriam.”  Kuva 2000: 2. 28-31.

1998

”Taiteet puntarissa: Richard Shusterman, taide ja populaaritaide” Taide 1998: 3. 44-45.

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