Art and Media Research

Public Defence in Photography, MFA Hanna Timonen

MFA Hanna Timonen will defend her thesis: "Ordering the Everyday – Serial photography, repetition and everyday acts" on February 16th, 2024, at 12:00 in lecture hall A1, Otakaari 1, in Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media.

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Defence announcement

Seriality is a form central to photography, both now and historically. It is present in the work of many artist photographers while digital platforms often present content in a serial arrangement. This study looks at the intersections of this seriality and the everyday. The study engages artistic research, and includes an artistic output, the exhibition Look Every Day (2018). With the help of my own artistic practice, other examples of contemporary artworks and quotidian photographs, photographic theory and everyday aesthetics, the study illuminates the connections the activity of taking photographs has to other everyday tasks. It brings forth perspectives on how serial photography can be observed as an interaction with one’s environment that transcends the contexts and formal considerations of art. The study proposes that in order to understand ways in which photography forms a part of our everyday life, it is crucial to consider seriality.


Friday 16.2.2024 at 12 noon

Undergraduate Centre , Otakaari 1

Hall A1 

Doctoral student: Hanna Timonen

Opponent: Prof. Annebella Pollen, University of Brighton

Custos: Prof. Harri Laakso, Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Department of Art and Media

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