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I am SENIOR UNIVERSITY LECTURER in THEORY OF VISUAL CULTURE at the Department of Art in AALTO UNIVERSITY. Most of my teaching is done in the Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) MA program, which is an international program (125 students, 30 countries), where all the teaching is done in English, but I also teach (and supervise) doctoral students (supervising 4). I teach philosophy of art, film theory, academic skills, art theory and art critique – and often through theme courses (see e.g. Literary Spaces). I am adjunct professor (/ Docent) in aesthetics at Helsinki University, and in this sense I have a living relationship to my main alma mater. I have supervised 70 MA theses for Aalto University’s programs of fashion, art education, design, and my own ViCCA (se above). One of my doctoral students who I supervise finished her work in 2018, and I am still advicing 4.

So far I have lectured in 18 universities and colleges, without forgetting a broad variety of private organizations/festivals (F.I.T., SPACE), all and all in 9 countries – and close to 100 courses. I have good memories from e.g. Lancaster University, Trondheim Art Academy, the Royal University College of Fine Arts Stockholm, the Academy of Fine Art and Design Bratislava, Riga Academy of Culture, the Academy of Art in Tallinn, the University of Turku, the University of Lappland, Theatre Academy of Finland, and festivals like Exodos Ljubljana, Homo Alibi Riga, New Dance in a New Venue and New Baltic Dance Vilnius.

Below you have a quite consise list of my teaching visits (most of my teaching is done in my program, where I have practically been working for 12 years (there was first a program called visual culture, but most of the staff moved to ViCCA, and my work stayed quite the same):

 

COURSES/WORKSHOPS AND VISITING LECTURES (a selection, under construction,visiting lectures in italics)

Forthcoming

Estonian Academy of Art (Tallinn), Somaesthetics, January 2020; Aalto University, Authorship and Agency (January-February, 2020)

2019

University of Helsinki, 12.11.2019, Aesthetics (Humanistic Faculty), Indian Medieval Aesthetics: The Casa of Rasa Theory

Estonian Academy of Art (Tallinn), Jan 12-16, 2019: A Heretical Introduction to Visual Culture (BA, MA)

Aalto University: Authorship and Agency (MA), Contemporary Theories of Art Research (Doctoral Level, with Kevin Tavin & Mira Kallio-Tavin), Thesis Seminar (MA), Philosophy and Theory of Art, visits on courses in Fashion (on kitsch)

2018

Estonian Academy of Art (Tallinn), January 15-18, A Heretical Introduction to Visual Culture (BA, MA)

Aalto University: Modes of Writing (MA, experimental text course), Philosophy and Theory of Art (MA), Coordinator and 1 day teacher for Introduction to Visual Culture, Curating, and Contemporary Art (MA), 2 day visit on the course Beer and Sausage (BA, Harri Laakso), Positions (MA), Thesis Seminar (MA)

For/with LAUKKU, Burtnieki (Latvia), a one day visit teaching visual culture studies for social workers and clients (event curated by Inta Balode; collaboration with curator Valts Mikelsons and coreographer Linda Krumina). November 11.

2017

Latvian Academy of Culture, Feb 4-6, Authorship & Agency (MA programs in film, coreography and theatre), i.e. what is an author and what is there to learn from our artistic and philosophical agencies if we start to reflect on them. Pic from Liepaja beach (Inta Balode).

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Aalto University: Philosophy of Art for Post-Contemporary Artists (MA / Doctoral), Authorship & Agency (MA), Literary Spaces (MA), Thesis Seminar (MA), Academic Writing (MA), Coordinator and one day of teaching on Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (MA)

2016

Aalto University: Philosophy of Art for Post-Contemporary Artists (MA), Thesis Seminar (MA), Authorship & Agency (MA), Scholart / Experimental Theory (MA / Doctoral, with Taina Rajanti), Lectures and Speeches Workshop (Experimental Theory) (MA), One day visit on Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (MA)

2015

New Dance in a New Venue 2015 at Saldus (Latvia). Course on Dance Writing with Annemari Autere, Elina Gatjukevica, Luciana Achiugar, Moa Sahlin and Sesselja Magnusdottir on the New Dance in a New Venue dance festival. Producer: Inta Balode. August 2015.

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Helsinki University: Visiting a day on The Boundaries of Aesthetics (Aesthetics, Liberal Arts), 4 hrs on the future of the aesthetics of popular culture. November.

Aalto University: One day visit on the course Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (MA), Authorship & Agency (MA / Doctoral, with Harri Laakso), Academic Writing (MA), Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (MA), Thesis Seminar(MA), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2014

New Dance in a New Venue at Cesis (Latvia): One week Writing Lab for dance professionals with Lily Skove, Valerijs Olehno and Annemari Autere for Writing Movement (org.: Inta Balode). October.

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University of Lappland at Rovaniemi (Finland)Sound, Light and Philosophy (BA, MA, with Antti Ikonen). February.

University of Arts: Lighting, one day visit on aesthetics and light

Aalto University: Thesis Seminar ViCCA (MA), Thesis Seminar Visual Culture (MA), One day visit on the course Introduction to Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (coord., visitors, MA), Authorship and Agency (MA/Doctoral), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2013

New Dance in a New Venue at Rezekne (Latvia): Writing Lab for critics & producers with Kristina Sörensen, Annemari Autere, Ingrida Gerb and Olga Zitluhina for Writing Movement. Org.: Inta Balode. August.

Aalto University: Taidekritiikki (Art Critique, MA), Experimental Theory: Lectures, talks and lecture performances (MA), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2012

Aalto University: Museum and Festival Philosophy (MA), Introduction to Visual Culture (coord., visitors, MA), Academic Writing (MA), Art Critique (MA), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2011

Academy of Art and Design at Bratislava Slovakia: visiting lecture on the course Art Theory (Jozef Kovalcik)

Aalto University: Film, Art, Terrorism (Experimental Theory Workshop) (MA), Thesis Seminar (MA), Academic Writing (MA), Introduction to Visual Culture (Visitors), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2010

Homo Alibi Theatre Festival at Riga Latvia / SPACE, Programmers on the Move: Visiting lecture at the New Latvian Theatre Institute (org.: Laura Stasane)

Art Academy Trondheim Norway: Visual Arts & Architecture: urban studies & contemporary art

Aalto University: Introduction to Visual Culture (coord. MA, visitors), Art Qritique (MA), Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)

2009

Aalto University: Introduction to Aesthetics and Cultural Philosophy (MA)  ; Visit on the course Introduction to Visual Culture

2008

Exodos Theater Festival at Ljubljana Slovenia: Festivals in Transition / Mobile Lab: Theme of the writing LAB: gonzo journalism. Guests: Rok Vevar & Raimund Hoghe.

Homo Alibi Theater Festival at Riga Latvia: Festivals in Transition / Mobile Lab: Theme of writing LAB: interpretation. Guest: Penny Francis.

University of Helsinki: Aesthetics / Semiotics: Kitsch & Camp (Together with Susanna Välimäki).

Theater Academy of Finland: Degree Program in Lighting: visiting lecture (day) on aesthetics and light art.

Helsinki School of Economics: Language and Culture: lecture on art

 

2007

Royal University College of Fine Arts at Stockholm: Contemporary Art: lecture on semiotics of art.

Open University of Helsinki: Aesthetics / Semiotics: aesthetics and semiotics of media

Theater Academy: Degree Program in Lighting: visiting lecture (day) on aesthetics and light art.

University of Art and Design Helsinki: Department of Film: lecture on film and urban studies.

Helsinki School of Economics: Language and Culture: lecture on art

Visiting lecture at Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (Kankaanpää), Introduction to the art system

2006

Open University of Helsinki: Aesthetics / Semiotics: Aesthetics and Semiotics of Media.

Theater Academy: Stage Design: visiting lecture (day) on aesthetics and light art.

University of Art and Design Helsinki: Textile Design: lecture on kitsch.

Helsinki School of Economics: Language and Culture: lecture on art.

University of Turku: Idea History: lecture on urban aesthetics.

2005

Open University of Helsinki: Semiotics: Semiotics of MTV.

2004

University of Art and Design Helsinki: Environmental Art, Entertainment Environments (MA)

University of Art and Design Helsinki, Department of Visual Culture, Introduction to aesthetics

Kuopio University of Applied Sciences, Art, Introduction to Aesthetics (BA)

Kuopio University of Applied Sciences, Communication, Introduction to the philosophy of communication (BA)

2003

University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, Art Critique (focus on popular culture)

University of Lancaster (UK), Philosophy: Aesthetics of Pop Art (teaching exchange)

Turku University of Applied Sciences, Introduction to Art History with a philosophical touch (BA)

2002

University of Art and Design Helsinki, Art Education, Aesthetics and Semiotics of Popular Culture (MA)

University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, Art Critique (focus on popular culture) (BA/MA)

2001

University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, Art Critique (Focus on Popular Culture) (BA/MA)

Open University of Helsinki, Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Kitsch (BA/MA)

2000

Helsinki Open University: Semiotics: semiotics of popular culture (BA/MA)

University of Helsinki: Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Media Popular Culture (BA/MA)

OTHER

I have also been teaching and lecturing at e.g. Finnish university colleges (Helsinki, Turku, Tampere, Kuopio, Kankaanpää), and (besides where I work) assessed MA theses for the University of Helsinki (aesthetics) and the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

I supervise currently 3 doctoral dissertations and I have been the opponent at two PhD defenses: 1) 2013, University of Eastern Finland, Environmental Aesthetics, Virpi Kaukio, and 2) Susanne Ylönen, Art Education, Jyväskylä University. I have also been the pre-examinor of one PhD thesis ((3)Sini Mononen, University of Turku) and currently I am on the committee of (4) Mari Vergara’s PhD thesis in Madrid Complutense.

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