Harri Laakso
Department of Media

Harri Laakso

Professor (Associate Professor)

Contact information

Postal address
Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo
Mobile phone
+358503090654
Full researcher profile
https://research.aalto.fi/...

Description

Harri Laakso is Associate Professor of Photography Research at Aalto University. He works mainly in the Department of Media but also in the Department of Art and Department of Film, Television and Scenography. He is presently also Chair of University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS).

He holds a BFA in Film, Photography and Visual Arts from Ithaca College, New York (1991), MA in photography from University of Art and Design Helsinki (1996), Graduate Certificate in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1999). He received his doctoral degree from the University of Art and Design Helsinki (2003).

Laakso's primary research interests are photographic images and theory, artistic research and word/image relations. He has led many research projects, including “Figures of Touch” (2009-2012, funded by the Academy of Finland). Presently he is senior researcher in the "Floating Peripheries - Mediating the Sense of Place" project (2017-2022). In addition to his own art projects and publications he has curated many exhibitions, e.g. co-curating the Falling Trees exhibitions in the Finnish and Nordic Pavillions at the Venice Biennale (2013).

Honors and awards

Award or honor granted for a specific work
Department of Art
Dec 2017

Aalto University Annual Excellence Award in Teaching The president of Aalto University together with university’s top management has decided to award the annual Excellence recognition based on the proposals of the Schools. With this recognition we want to highlight achievements with significant impact in enhancing learning, transdisciplinarity and well-being at Aalto (Excellence in Teaching). The award is for University-Wide Art Studies (UWAS) which began with a single course, and then piloted 15 courses on artistic thinking and creative skills for all Aalto students, in every school and discipline, that fostered a lasting interest in, and significant impact on transdisciplinary education.<br/>

Publications

Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Department of Art, Department of Media

AIRA in Infolab

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Department of Media, Department of Art

Research Pavilion #3, Sala del Camino, Venice ITALY

Publishing year: 2019
Department of Design, Department of Media, Department of Film, Television and Scenography

Editorial

Publishing year: 2019 RUUKKU. Studies in Artistic Research
Department of Design, Department of Media, Department of Film, Television and Scenography

Catalyses, Interventions, Transformations

Publishing year: 2018 Synnyt/Origins - Finnish studies in art education
Department of Media

Images, Tropes and Narratives. Sharing Control

Publishing year: 2018
Department of Media

Pressings

Publishing year: 2018 Figures of Touch. Sense, Technics, Body
Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Department of Art, School Common, ARTS

Out 2, exhibition of a collective experimental film, in Venice Biennale Research Pavilion #2

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Art, School Common, ARTS

Porin Kulttuurisäätö: Totuus Suomesta

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Art

Social/Physical Landscape Photography Exhibition at Beta Space Aalto University

Publishing year: 2017
Department of Film, Television and Scenography, Department of Art

Out 2 – kokeellinen liikkuvan kuvan kollektiiviteos nykyisen ja menneen ajan leikkauspisteitä jäljittämässä

Publishing year: 2017 Lähikuva