Jaana Okulov

Interdisciplinary artist & researcher

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Jaana Okulov is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher who received their DA at Aalto’s Department of Art and Media. Their research focuses on aesthetic and perceptual questions at the intersection of art, machine learning and psychology.

CURRENT
2023 Oct–2024 Feb    Postdoc in psychology, University of Jyväskylä

EDUCATION
2024   Doctor of Arts, Department of art and media, Aalto University, Helsinki
2016    MFA, Time and space arts, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2017    Basic and Intermediate studies, Psychology, University of Helsinki, Helsinki
2013    BA, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Tampere
2012    Exchange program, Film Programme, Konkuk University, Seoul
2008    Mental Health and Substance Abuse Welfare Work; Practical Nurse, Tampere College

PUBLICATIONS
2024 Okulov, J. (2024). Quantifying Qualia – Aesthetic Machine Attention in Resisting the Objectifying Tendency of Thought. [Doctoral Thesis, Aalto University]. Aalto University. http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-952-64-1746-2
2023    Okulov, J. (2023) Data as Expression, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 9:2, 191-207,
https://doi.org/10.1080/20539320.2022.2150465
2023    Okulov, J. (2023). Quantifying Qualia. In: Misselhorn, C., Poljanšek, T., Störzinger, T., Klein, M. (eds) Emotional Machines. Technikzukünfte, Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft / Futures of Technology, Science and Society. Springer VS, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-37641-3_11
2022    Okulov, J. (2022). Artificial Aesthetics and Aesthetic Machine Attention. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, 29, 13-28. https://doi.org/10.25038/am.v0i29.534

CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS
2024 Non-dichotomous approaches to conflict resolution. Participatory performative brainstorm with Einat Amir (DA) and Anna Huovila (Master degree in Peace Mediation and Peace Processes). Feminist Peace Research in Finland Symposium.
2022  Machine Attention. Paper in the Surveillance and Society Conference, Stream: Technologies. Artificial Intelligence
2021  Aesthetic machine attention. Paper in the Nordic Society for Aesthetics 2021: The Aesthetics of Attention.
2021  Moving Beyond the Traditional Framing of a Research Stimulus. Poster at the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics -conference

TEACHING
2020 & 2021  Art & AI -course, University Wide Arts Studies, Aalto University
2020 & 2022  The Realm of the Senses -course, Transdisciplinary Arts Studies, Aalto University
2020  Bodiless sentient beings. Lecture on machine senses with Professor Tapio Takala, The Realm of the Senses -course, Transdisciplinary Arts Studies, Aalto University

OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
2022 Spring  Course instructor, Aalto course, Transdisciplinary Arts Studies, Aalto University
2019 – 2021  Assistant, Transdisciplinary Arts Studies, Aalto University
2013 – 2018  Head of research, Producer, The Olento Collective
2018 Spring  Technician, Art, and Technology, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki
2008 – 2013  Practical psychiatric nurse, Art instructor, Kaivanto psychiatric hospital

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2017    Tabufestivaali – Onko normaalia olla mielisairas? Lapinlahti hospital, Helsinki
2017    Rytmitaju, Promenadigalleria, Hyvinkää
2017    Body Works, Poriginal Gallery, Pori
2017    Practical Masochism, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
2016    S.O.S Save Our Souls / Art For a Time of Urgencies, Ewha Womans University Campus, Seoul
2016    Sideways, Teurastamo, Helsinki
2016    Pixelache, Helsinki
2016    Formcore, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki
2016    Ole hyvä ja koske! Uusi Ylioppilastalo, Helsinki
2015    Young Artists 2015, Kunsthalle Helsinki, Helsinki
2015    Kuvan Kevät, Degree Show of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki
2015    Il Senso del Corpo, FISAD exhibition, Accademia Albertina, Torino
2015    Mä haluan sut, Project Room, Helsinki
2015    ̶W̶h̶a̶t̶̶ i̶s̶̶ t̶o̶̶ b̶e̶̶ d̶o̶n̶e̶?̶̶ Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, internet
2014    By change in Berlin, Suomesta Gallery, Berlin
2014    Pseudo, International art collaboration, OCAD University, Toronto
2014    Reality Hunger, Gallery Fafa, Helsinki
2014    I am not a robot, Kuva/Tila, Helsinki
2014    Montage Lab, Kuva/Tila, Helsinki
2013    The Image Object, Kaiku Gallery, Helsinki
2013    TAMK graduate exhibition, TR1, Tampere
2013    Trialogue, International art collaboration, Gallery Illum, Seoul
2013    Trialogue, International art collaboration, Emil Gallery, Tampere
2013    Play time! Uamo Art Festival, Einstein Kultur, Munich
2013    Invisible Presence, Moving Gallery, Sárospatak, Szentendre, Budapest, Vartiosaari, Kemiönsaari, Helsinki
2012    Uamo City Tour, Ggool Gallery, Seoul
2012    1<3, OCAD University, Toronto
2012    Round and Round It Goes Again, Harrisons 1854, Sheffield
2012    Love poem, Ikuinen gallery, Tampere
2012    Youth As Refugees, Suomesta Gallery, Berlin
2011    Ultra social, Uamo Art Festival, Munich
2011    Kukkahattutädit goes Kontti, Uamo City Tour -exhibition, Bermuda container, Helsinki
2011    Jaa / ei / poissa, Finlayson, Tampere
2011    Art in Conflict, Werstas Museum, Tampere
2011    Youth as Refugees, Forum Box, Helsinki
2011    Café of Cultures, Hirvitalo, Pispala, Tampere
2011    The 3 Inch Canvas, Art Museum of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä
2010    Pää edellä, Pyynikki swimming hall, Tampere
2010    Promoting changes, Werstas Museum, Tampere
2010    Inter-cool 3.0: Jugend Bild Medien, Dortmunder U, Dortmund
2010    INSIDE/OUTSIDE, Sampo center, Rovaniemi
2010    Borderlines, Kirche Sankt Peter, Frankfurt

PUBLIC WORK AND COLLABORATIONS
2023 Draw Science. A collaboration with Katri Saarikivi and Valtteri Wikström from Skope ry.
2019    Connecting the Dots. Aalto AI exhibition, collaboration with Saara Halmetoja, Aalto University
2018    Peace Machine demo, collaboration with Tuomas Paasonen and Annina Antinranta from Futurice
2017    ARS17 hackathon, collaboration with Valtteri Wikström, Kiasma
2017    Panelist, Taide, hyvinvointi, hulluus, Tabufestivaali
2016    Panelist, Empathy, Technology and the Emergence of Collective Intelligence. Pixelache Festival
2012    The curator of the Uamo City Tour exhibition with Jacob Yeon, Seoul, and München
2011     Art Relay, Art Museum of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä
2011     Reikäreuna film festival’s council pre-selection member, Orivesi
2011     Kukkahattutäti workshop, Mahdollisuuksien tori, Tampere, Turku and Café of Cultures, Hirvitalo, Tampere

GRANTS
2023    Aalto University, the Department of Art and Media, for finishing the doctoral thesis
2021    KAUTE, for the doctoral thesis
2020    KAUTE, for the doctoral thesis
2019    KAUTE, for the doctoral thesis
2019    Aalto Platforms, Internal seed funding for new multidisciplinary openings
2018    Kone Foundation, for Saari Kartano residency
2017    Kone Foundation, for Olento Collective’s artistic research
2016    Avek, Creademo, for developing the Olento concept
2016    Avek, Festival grant for Olento installation
2015    VISEK, for Olento-collective
2015    Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, the exhibition Il Senso del Corpo
2010    Avek, Youth as Refugees working group

RESIDENCIES
2018    Saari Kartano, Kone Foundation
2015    Residency of the Academy of Fine Arts in Utö

COLLECTIVES
2013-2018  Olento Collective
2011-2016  Kukkahattutäti.com
2012-2013  International Art Collaborations (INTAC)

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