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Tapio Mäkelä is a researcher and a media artist based in Manchester, UK and Helsinki, Finland. He is currently an AHRC Research Fellow with department of Creative Technology, School of Art and Design, The University of Salford. He is working on a book about social and cultural uses of location based media.

Mäkelä is a co-founder of Marin Association and M.A.R.I.N. (Media Art Research Interdisciplinary Network), an art, science and ecology research residency and network initiative.

He has recently been researcher as part of a Finnish Arts Council and Academy of Finland funded project, USED, based at HIIT (Helsinki Institute for Information Technology) and m-cult, Finnish Centre for New Media Culture. In the USED project Mäkelä’s work has focused on critical contextualization of location based media in urban environments.

Mäkelä was the programme chair of ISEA2004, the 12th International Symposium of Electronic Art.  He is working mostly on new media and cultural studies research as well as research driven media arts practice.

Over the last decade, Mäkelä has presented papers at several international forums and been a visiting lecturer. In the years 1994-1997 Mäkelä was director of artist association Muu, where he established a medialab for artists, the MuuMediaBase. Mäkelä has also realized several media art works and projects, often with a focus on public spaces and networks. He also founded the Polar Circuit media arts workshop series.  With m-cult he has worked with new media arts and culture policy research resulting in three publications.