I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Helsinki in Finland under the supervision of Dr. Sanna T Lehtinen, Ass. Prof. Venla Bernelius and Prof. Mari Vaattovaara.

My research focuses on the mediation of new urban spaces through digital visualising technologies. Positioned in the context of the current urban renewal across the city of Helsinki, my research examines how the areas of Pasila and Kalasatama are mediated through digital visualising technologies such as smartphones, electronic screens, and surveillance. A key discussion currently ongoing in the media regarding urban renewal in Helsinki centres around what types of places are being created and their liveability (Helsingin Sanomat 2020; YLE 2020; Kauppalehti 2020; MTV Uutiset 2021; Seura 2021). Through the article-based research, I am analysing the mediation of new urban spaces and the formation of urban publics through digital visualising technologies. My research examines the prevalence of the digital image in society and how the networks it is distributed through form phenomenally transparent windows that shape our understanding of the world. You can also read about my research on my blog and watch some videos on my YouTube channel.

I am currently working on my first article, ‘#kalasatama: Discursive Views of Helsinki Through the Virtual Window’, which has been funded by the City of Helsinki.

Conferences/Papers/Talks

Past

Presentation Title: Politics of Practice

Think Tank: On the History and Practice of Contemporary Photography in Ireland 1990-2022

PhotoIreland Festival 2022, PrintWorks, Dublin Castle, Ireland

July 29th 2022

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Artist Talk (David Flood and Jean Curran)

PhotoIreland Festival 2022, PrintWorks, Dublin Castle, Ireland

July 9th 2022

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Presentation Title: #kalasatama: Discursive views of the Helsinki skyline through the virtual window

Helsinki PhotoMedia, Aalto University

March 31st – April 2nd 2022

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Presentation Title: #kalasatama: Discursive views of Helsinki through the virtual window

Urbaria Academics, University of Helsinki.

3 November 2021

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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others: Using Ethnography to Address Representation’.

Landskrona Foto, Sweden.

30 September – 1 October 2021

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Paper Title: ‘#kalasatama: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.

Royal Geographical Society annual conference – Imagined, imaginative, and imaginary geographies

Newcastle University, UK.

31 August – 3 September 2021

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Paper Title: ‘#kalasatama: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.

Philosophy of the City annual conference.

University of Twente, Netherlands.

17 May 2021

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Paper Title: ‘Coded Space: Digital Visual Representations and the (Re)Making of Urban Publics’.

Coordinates Conference VI:​ Art, Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Everyday Life.

University of Presov, Slovakia.

11 – 13 November 2020

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Paper Title: ‘The Image of Urban Space in the Age of Financialisation’.

Intersections of finance and society.

City, University of London.

12 – 13 December 2019

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Paper Title: ‘Migrations of capital and the topographies of urban space’

Understanding Migration in Nordic and Baltic Countries.

Nordic Summer University, Nordic Culture Point, Kaisaniemenkatu 9, Helsinki, Finland.

March 10th – 12th 2019

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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others – Picturing Global Capital in Urban Space’.

Radical Relevances Conference 2018.

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.

April 25th – 27th 2018

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Paper Title: ‘A Place Like All Others – Picturing Global Capital in Urban Space’.

Helsinki PhotoMedia: Reconsidering the ‘Post-truth Condition’: Epistemologies of the photographic image.

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland.

March 26th – 28th 2018

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Paper Title: ‘The Irish Identity in Albert Kahn’s Photographic Archives’.

Helsinki University, Unioninkatu 38, Department of World Cultures.

20 May 2015

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Paper Title: ‘Photographic advertising in the neoliberal city’.

Media City: Spectacular/Ordinary/Contested.

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24.

15-17 May 2013

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Paper Title: ‘The Ideology of Corporate Photography’.

Helsinki PhotoMedia: Images in Circulation.

Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland

March 28th – 30th 2012