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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, where I am also the director (125 students). 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 also adjunct professor (/ Docent) in aesthetics at Helsinki University, and in this sense I have a living relationship to my main alma mater.

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 dear 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 (it was first called Visual Culture):

WORKSHOPS, TEACHING PER HOURS, COURSES AT OTHER UNIVERSITIES AND VISITING LECTURES (a selection)

2018

Visited Burtnieki (Latvia) as a member of the LAUKKU collective and taught visual culture studies for social workers and their clients in an experimental societal event curated by Inta Balode. Cooperation with curator Valts Mikelsons and coreographer Linda Krumina.

I spent a week teaching A Heretical Introduction to Visual Culture in the Estonian Academy of Art January 15-18 (CIRRUS). The students were from curation, art history and visual culture.

2017

I visited the Latvian Academy of Culture, Feb 4-6, and taught Authorship & Agency, 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. The students were from the school’s MA programmes of film, coreography and theatre. Readings included e.g. Foucault’s “What is an author?” Pic from Liepaja beach (Inta Balode).

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2015

New Dance in a New Venue 2015 at Saldus (Latvia). Teaching dance writing together with Annemari Autere, Elina Gatjukevica, Luciana Achiugar, Moa Sahlin and Sesselja Magnusdottir. Producer: Inta Balode. August 2015.

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Visiting lectures: The Boundaries of Aesthetics study group at Helsinki University (4 hrs) on the future of the aesthetics of popular culture (Nov).

2014

New Dance in a New Venue at Cesis (Latvia): One week lab for dance professionals with Lily Skove, Valerijs Olehno and Annemari Autere for Writing Movement (org.: Inta Balode): philosophy of the body/mind, somaesthetics and the theme machine/animal. October.

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University of Lappland at Rovaniemi (Finland): a one week course for art students on sound, light and philosophy with Antti Ikonen. February.

Visiting lectures: Aesthetics for MA students of Lighting at the Art University Helsinki (one day visit).

2013

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

2011

Academy of Art and Design at Bratislava Slovakia: visiting lecture on a Course on Art Theory (Jozef Kovalcik).

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.

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.

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 MA program: Entertainment Environments.

University of Art and Design Helsinki: Department of Visual Culture: introduction to aesthetics.

2003

University of Helsinki: Aesthetics: Art Critique.

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

2002

University of Art and Design Helsinki: Art Education: Aesthetics and Semiotics of Popular Culture.

2001

University of Helsinki: Aesthetics: Art Critique.

Open University of Helsinki: Aesthetics: Aesthetics of Kitsch.

2000

Helsinki Open University: Semiotics: semiotics of popular culture

University of Helsinki: Aesthetics: popular culture critique.

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.

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