Department of Art and Media

Laura Beloff

Associate Professor of Visual Culture and Artistic Practices and Head of Doctoral Education in the Department of Art & Media
Laura Beloff

Laura Beloff (Ph.D.) is an internationally acclaimed artist and a researcher in the cross section of art, technology and science. Additionally, to research articles and book-chapters, the outcome of the research is in a form of experimental art projects, that deal with the merger of the technological and biological matter at large. The research engages with the areas such as human enhancement, biosemiotics, biological matter, artificial life, artificial intelligence, robotics, and information technology in connection to art, humans, environment and society. She has Doctor of Philosophy degree from Plymouth University. Previously she has been a Full Professor at the Art Academy in Oslo 2002-06, a visiting Professor at The University of Applied Arts in Vienna 2009, 2011. 2012-2019 she was Associate Professor, Head of Section 2012-2016 and Head of PhD School 2017-2019 at IT-University in Copenhagen. Beloff has been the Head of ViCCA-program (Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art) in 2020-2022 in Aalto University, Finland. Currently, she is Associate Professor and Head of Doctoral Education in the Department of Art & Media (DAM) – Aalto University.    

Currently, I am the main partner in the projects:  

  • Aalto internal funding for Radical Creativity 2022>>24: Optics and nanosciences promoting new paradigms in arts and design. PI’s: Prof Ilkka Tittonen, Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, ELEC & Prof. Laura Beloff, Department of Art & Media, ARTS 
  • Hybrid Lab Network (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership) https://hybrid.i3s.up.pt/ 2019 >> 2022 
 
  • ABRA – artificial biology, robotics and art (Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership) together with Pia Fricker from Aalto University. https://www.abra-hub.net/ 2020 >>2023 
 
  • I am also one of the initiators and the organiser of the art & science Leonardo LASER-talks series in Aalto University together with Pia Fricker, Ksenia Kaverina and Koray Tahiroglu, Nitin Shawney and Kirsi Peltonen (2021). https://www.aalto.fi/en/laser-talks 
 

 

I am not that good in keeping my artist website in any up-to-date condition… By chance it may be in better or worse status: http://www.realitydisfunction.org/ But you can always mail me with questions!   

The most of my recent years writings/publications you can find: https://mediaconcepts.academia.edu/LauraBeloff and some of them also in the Researchgate.net.    

In Aalto, I am teaching few courses that investigate implications and possibilities of art - science - technology as a cross-over field. There are more theory-based courses and strongly practice-based courses and workshops.  

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Laura Beloff (Ph.D.) on kansainvälisesti tunnustettu taiteilija, tutkija ja filosofian tohtori (Plymouth University), joka työskentelee taiteen, teknologian ja tieteen välimaastossa. Hänen taide-painotteinen tutkimus tuottaa perinteisten akateemisten artikkeleiden ohella kokeilevia taideprojekteja, jotka usein käsittelevät teknologisen ja biologisen materian kohtaamista tai yhdistymistä. Tutkimuksen ja kiinnostuksen kohteina ovat mm. seuraavat aihepiirit; ihmisen muokkaus, biosemiotiikka, keinoelämä, robotiikka, keinoäly ja yleisesti informaatio teknologian kytkeytyminen taiteeseen, ihmisiin, ympäristöön ja yhteiskuntaan. Beloff on toiminut vuosina 2012-2019 professorin (Associate Professor) tehtävässä IT University of Copenhagenissa Tanskassa ja lisäksi osaston ja PhD-koulun johtajana. Aikaisemmin hän on ollut vierailevana professorina Wienin taideteollisessa korkeakoulussa University of Applied Arts Vienna sekä taiteen professorina Oslo National Academy of the Arts taideakatemiassa. Vuodesta 2019 hän on ollut professorina Aalto Yliopiston taiteen osastolla ja johtaa kansainvälistä ViCCA (Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art) koulutusohjelmaa. 

 

Contact: 

laura.beloff [[at]] aalto.fi 

Research portal: 

https://research.aalto.fi/en/persons/laura-beloff  

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