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Henry Bacon

George Henry Aslak Bacon
Born December 4, 1957, Helsinki

BA and Phil.lic. 1990 (Theatre Studies), PhD 1994 (Theatre Studies) University of Helsinki

Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki (2004-)
Head of Projects, Finnish Film Archives 2003-04
Finnish Film Archives, researcher (1999-2003)
Theatre Studies docent, University of Helsinki  (1995-)
Film and Television Studies programme, Study Co-ordinator (1996-), acting Senior Assistant (1994) and acting Adjunct Professor, University of Oulu’s Arts and Anthropology Department (1995-98).

Bacon has also been a University teacher in the University of Helsinki and the Sibelius Academy, as well as a freelance journalist.

Publications, research projects and other academic activity

Research areas: Audiovisual narratology, film’s relation to other art forms, transnational film history, the appeal of filmic violence, the actor in film, and the history of opera.

Awards and achievements
The State Award for Public Information  2006 for Seitsemäs taide – elokuva ja muut taiteet (’The seventh art. Film and other art forms’)
Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland (6.12.2007)

Photo: Mika Federley
Authors: Henry Bacon and Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta (ed.).
Translated by John Calton, Mira Apell, Anna-Maria Jukarainen and Henry Bacon. Revised by John Calton.

Visual literacy

Professor Henry Bacon delivered a lecture (video, in Finnish) as part of the Open University Studia Generalia lecture series, autumn 2014.

The central theme of the lecture was to demonstrate that in order to understand visual perception – or life as a whole, for that matter – we need approaches that derive both from the natural sciences and the humanities. Above all, we have to learn how to bring these two together. Visual literacy can mean many things. Perhaps the most important is the ability to estimate the internal condition of things on the basis of their appearance. This ability may take various forms: predicting natural phenomena, determining the condition of various materials or body language.

The lecture is available in the Danish Film Institute’s online journal Kosmorama, no. 258 (Accessed 22.12.2014)

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