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Taiteellisen tutkimuksen suojelualue

The Sanctuary of Artistic Research

Harri Laakso

Description of work

Taiteellisen tutkimuksen suojelualue [The Sanctuary of Artistic Research]
Video (HD, 18 mins, 2011/2020)

This video is a kind of pastiche on artistic research that was made as part of a lecture performance that took place in Pori in 2011. The performance involved Laakso standing guard in mock military costume with an air rifle while the video is screened, fenced off by reflective delineator rope, and taking a potshot across the room after the video ends. The video and performance were inspired by the scientific and artistic events happening simultaneously in Reposaari earlier the same autumn. This is a shorter version of that original video.


Harri Laakso studied photography, visual arts and art theory in New York, Helsinki and Chicago and obtained his Doctor of Arts degree in photography in 2003. Currently he is tenured associate professor of photography research at Aalto University, Finland. Laakso is an artist, researcher and curator interested in photographic images and theory, artistic research and word/image relations.