Dr. Harri Laakso works as Professor of Visual Culture and Art at Aalto University, Department of Art. Laakso is a researcher, artist and curator with a background in photography. He has studied at Ithaca College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and University of Art and Design Helsinki. His primary interests are photographic images and theory, film, artistic research and word/image relations. He has also led many research projects including Figures of Touch. In addition to his 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). At present he works in the Visual Culture and Contemporary Art MA program and as Chair of the University Wide Art Studies (UWAS) at Aalto University.