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Harri Laakso

  • Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo


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Artistic and research interests

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).

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Research Output

AIRA in Infolab

Loukola, M., Helke, S., Laakso, H., Karo, M., Meriläinen, A. & Ilo, T., 24 Oct 2019

Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • Artistic Intelligence Research Alternator AIRA: Collaborative artistic research project

    Laakso, H., 18 Jun 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review

  • Don't Look Now

    Laakso, H., 18 Jun 2019.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperProfessional

    Editorial: Catalyses

    Laakso, H., Mäkelä, M. & Helke, S., 14 Jun 2019, In : RUUKKU. Studies in Artistic Research. 10

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialScientificpeer-review

    Open Access
  • Text (voiceover) for Saana Wang's video installation "2156"

    Laakso, H., Sep 2019

    Research output: Artistic and non-textual formExhibitionArt in coproductionpeer-review


    VILKKU: Visuaalinen kulttuuri ja luovan talouden vaihtoehdot 2013-2014

    Turkko, A., Ryynänen, M., Orenius, M., Euro, P., Jensen, A., Saarinen, V., Rajanti, T. & Laakso, H.


    Project: EU Structural funds (ERDF and ESF)

    Kosketuksen figuurit

    Laakso, H., Elo, M., Gröndahl, L., Honkasalo, M., Kirkkopelto, E. & Loukola, M.


    Project: Academy of Finland: Other research funding


    Aalto University Annual Excellence Award in Teaching

    Kevin Tavin (Recipient), Harri Laakso (Recipient), Juuso Tervo (Recipient) & Mari Kekola (Recipient), Dec 2017

    Prize: Award or honor granted for a specific work

  • Activities

    Supervisor of doctoral dissertation (completed) of Anne Sunila

    Harri Laakso (Supervisor)

    Activity: Other activity typesOther expert tasks or merit

    Photography Spoken Against the Light

    Harri Laakso (Speaker)
    16 Jan 2019

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    Panel member at Sonic Research in Academia and the Arts Conference

    Harri Laakso (Invited speaker)

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesConference presentation

    The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (External organisation)

    Harri Laakso (Chair)
    1 Jan 201931 Dec 2021

    Activity: Membership typesPosition of trust in a funding organization

    Tahiti (Journal)

    Harri Laakso (Reviewer)

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesReviewer of scientific journal

    Press / Media

    Mahdollisten maailmojen etsijät

    Harri Laakso


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Media appearance