Pasi Väliaho

Professor - History of Art
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Visiting address Blindernveien 31 Georg Morgenstiernes hus 0313 OSLO
Postal address Postboks 1020 Blindern 0315 OSLO

Academic interests

I study relations between images, technologies and culture. My work moves across historical periods, from seventeenth-century optical machines to early cinema and contemporary screens, bridging art, science, and philosophical thought.

Courses taught

KUN2235/4235 Archaeology of the Moving Image

KUN1003 Introduction to Visual Studies

KUN2232/4232 Philosophies of the Image


Before taking up my position at IFIKK, I was Reader in Film and Screen Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London. I earned my doctorate from the University of Turku, Finland, where I am also a Docent in Media History and Theory.

Tags: Art History, Media Archaeology, Aesthetics


Books and Journal Issues

  • Biopolitical Screens: Image, Power, and the Neoliberal Brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.

  • “Rhythm, Movement, Embodiment,” special issue of Body & Society 20:3-4, 2014 (ed. with Julian Henriques and Milla Tiainen).

  • Mapping the Moving Image: Gesture, Thought, and Cinema circa 1900. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2010.


  • "The Brain's Labor: On Marxism and the Movies." In The Anthem Handbook of Screen Theory, ed. Tom Conley and Hunter Vaughan, 13-32. London: Anthem Books, 2018.

  • "Animation and the Powers of Plasticity." animation: an interdisciplinary journal 12:3 (2017): 259-271.

  • "Shadows of Expectation: Robert Hooke's Picture Box and the Visual Economy of Projection." Grey Room 68 (Summer 2017): 6-31.

  • “Solitary Screens: On the Recurrence and Consumption of Images.” In Compact Cinematics: The Moving Image in the Age of Bit-Sized Media, ed. Pepita Hesselberth and Maria Poulaki, 123-129. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2017.

  • "Stills from a Film That Was Never Made: Gesture, Cinema, Memory." In Memory in Motion: Archives, Technology, and the Social, ed. Ina Blom, Trond Lundemo & Eiving Røssaak. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2016.

  • “Verkörperter Bildkasten: Projektive Bildschirme und visuelle Imperien um 1700.” In Bildwelten des Wissens: Kunsthistorisches Jahrbuch für Bildkritik, vol. 12: “Image Guidance: Bedingungen bildgeführter Operation”, ed. Kathrin Friedrich, Moritz Queisner, and Anna Roethe, 62-72. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2016.

  • “Marey’s Gun: Apparatuses of Capture and the Operational Image.” In Téchnē/Technology: Researching Cinema and Media Technologies – Their Development, Use, and Impact, ed. Annie van den Oever, 169-176. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2014.

  • “Biopolitics of Gesture: Cinema and the Neurological Body.” In Cinema and Agamben: Ethics, Biopolitics and the Moving Image, ed. Asbjørn Grønstad & Henrik Gustafsson, 103-120. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.

  • “The Light of God: Notes on the Visual Economy of Drones.” NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Autumn 2014 (

  • “Video Games and the Cerebral Subject: On Playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.Body & Society 20:3-4 (2014): 113-139.

  • “Spellbound: Early Cinema’s Transformational Spaces.” Space & Culture 16:2 (2013): 161-172.

  • “Affectivity, Biopolitics and the Virtual Reality of War.” Theory, Culture & Society 29:2 (2012): 63-83.

  • “Cinema’s Memoropolitics: Hypnotic Images, Contingent Pasts, Forgetting.” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 33:3 (2011): 322-341.

  • Väliaho, Pasi Petteri (2019). To Wrest Something Magical from the World. Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation.  ISSN 1540-4544.  (17), s 195- 200
  • Väliaho, Pasi Petteri (2018). In the Cutting Room of History, In Diego Cavallotti; Simone Dotto & Leonardo Quaresima (ed.),  A History of Cinema Without Names/3.  Mimesis International.  ISBN 9788869771354.  chapter.  s 263 - 268
  • Väliaho, Pasi Petteri (2018). The Brain’s Labor: On Marxism and the Movies, In Tom Conley & Hunter Vaughan (ed.),  The Anthem Handbook of Screen Theory.  Anthem Press.  ISBN 9781783088232.  chapter.  s 13 - 32
  • Väliaho, Pasi Petteri (2017). Animation and the Powers of Plasticity. Animation.  ISSN 1746-8477.  12(3), s 259- 271 . doi: 10.1177/1746847717740093 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Väliaho, Pasi Petteri (2017). Shadows of Expectation: Robert Hooke's Picture Box and the Visual Economy of Projection. Grey Room.  ISSN 1526-3819.  (68), s 6- 31 . doi: 10.1162/GREY_a_00225 Full text in Research Archive.

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