Editor in Chief, MAX RYYNÄNEN (PhD, Docent; b. 1972) is senior lecturer in theory of visual culture at Aalto University's Department of Art, where he is also the director of the international MA program Visual Culture, Curation, and Contemporary Art (ViCCCA). He is the chair of the Finnish Society for Aesthetics. He is also an essayist, philosophical performer and both an ex gallerist and ex art critic. More on the webpage http://maxryynanen.net.
Editor in Chief, JOZEF KOVALČIK has been Chief Executive of the newly established Slovak Arts Council since July 2015. He was previously Vice Rector at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, where he also taught theory of art, theory of design and aesthetics. His research has been focused on the relation between high and popular culture and cultural politics. He completed two books on this topic, entitled Aesthetics of Popular Culture, which is co-authored by Max Ryynänen (Slovart, 2014). He was also an active curator of contemporary art and design.
Associate Editor Dr. ZOLTÁN SOMHEGYI is a Hungarian art historian, holding a PhD. in aesthetics, currently working at the College of Fine Arts and Deisgn of the University of Sharjah, UAE. As a researcher, he is specialised in 18th-19th century art and theory, besides that his other fields of interest are contemporary fine arts and art criticism. He is the author of books, artist catalogues, and more than two hundred articles, critiques, essays and art fair reviews. He is the Secretary General and Website Editor of the International Association for Aesthetics. http://www.zoltansomhegyi.com
Associate Editor Mgr. MICHAELA PAŠTEKOVÀ, PhD (1982) works at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava (Slovakia), where she teaches classes on aesthetics, mass culture and theory of photography. In her research, she focuses on the influence of social platforms and new media on visual culture, aesthetics and the evaluation of the photographic image. Her current research focuses on recycling strategies in contemporary photography. She is also an active curator and art critic. Since 2014, she is also the chair of the Slovak Association of Aesthetics.
ADAM ANDRZEJEWSKI is a philosopher at the University of Warsaw where he works as an assistant professor. In 2016 he defended his Ph.D. thesis devoted to everyday aesthetics and the ontology of artifacts. His research interests include philosophical aesthetics, popular culture, analytic ontology and the philosophy of food. Adam loves TV series, fantasy & sci-fi novels, comics, wine and good people (not necessarily in that order).
CARLOS ARENAS, PhD, teaches History of cinema at the University of Valencia. He works as independent curator and is responsible for several exhibitions including Film design, Fantastic art and Spanish contemporary art. His research has been focused on popular culture, including publications about H.R. Giger, Aleister Crowley, H.P. Lovecraft, Gothic subculture, Stop Motion animation and Fantastic cinema.
PAULS DAIJA, PhD (& author of the review The Forgotten Popular Culture of Latvia: Notes on an Exhibition in Riga), is Senior Researcher at the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia. His research interests include history of the Popular Enlightenment (Volksaufklärung) in the Baltics as well as the history of the Baltic German and Latvian literary culture in the 18th and 19th centuries.
YVONNE FÖRSTER teaches philosophy at Leuphana University Lüneburg. She has done her PhD at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (Zeiterfahrung und Ontologie, München: Fink, 2012). As visiting professor, she has taught aesthetics at Bauhaus University Weimar, and recently been awarded Senior Research Felloships at two Institutes for Advanced Studies (Media Cultures of Research Simulation at Leuphana and Cultural Sciences at University of Konstanz). Her research focuses on human-machine relations, the future of technology, theories of embodiment and fashion as art. For more info: www.yvonnefoerster.com.
HEIDI S. KOSONEN is a visual cultural researcher, who works as a doctoral candidate at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä. Her research has revolved around the representative politics of socio-cultural taboos, particularly in the matters of sexuality and death, which she has studied in in her dissertation ‘The Visual Taboo: Sexuality, Death and Bodily Control in the Postmodern Image Culture’ (2012-2017). Kosonen is perpetually interested in all things obscene. She is currently preparing a research on the cultural construction of inedibility, food taboos and the related disenfranchised forms of mourning.
SINI MONONEN is a PhD student in the University of Turku. She is writing her dissertation on the representation of violent experience of stalking in the film music and sound.
OSSI NAUKKARINEN is Professor of Aesthetics and Vice Dean at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. He has especially been interested in every and environmental aesthetics since the 1990s and published articles and books on these themes in English, Finnish, Italian, Spanish, Slovenian and Chinese. Lately he has been working in analyzing the field of aesthetics through computational, digital methods. He is also writing a new monograph on contemporary aesthetics, and it will be published in 2018. On his publications, please take a look HERE.
SUSANNE YLÖNEN, PhD in Art Education, is a post doctoral researcher at the Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä. Her doctoral dissertation 'The Fighting Crab Monster' (2016) explored the field of child cultural horror and especially the performative aesthetics used within its more of less 'childish' iterations of genre related style and content. Currently she works on the subject of aesthetic sublation as a form of popular cultural meaning making, tracing the phenomenon in diverse case studies from memorial doorstops to zombie picturebooks. Her research is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
DAVID LEWIS (the blog designer of P.I.) is a collection of half-hummed Oasis songs, a jumbled and nervous ball of dander and fluff. He doesn’t do web design, but he also does not not do web design. He works and stares longingly at anyone who walks by his desk. He loves fresh air and hates feeling humid. He has lived in Finland for a year and half, but can’t order a cup of coffee. He has children. Too many to count. Somehow he is married. He is lucky, present and grateful. Kiitos.
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