Altti Kuusamo is a professor in Art History at the University of Turku, Finland. Kuusamo has been known in Finland mainly of his contribution to semiotic studies (semiotics of everyday life), especially in the visual field.
The main areas of Kuusamo’s scholarly work are: theories of art, contemporary Finnish art, semiotics of visual culture, the research of the visual perception and theories of art criticism. Numerous publications comprise also art critique and other generally comprehensible writings within the field of art and culture.
Culture is full of so called binary thinking or dichotomies, like nature / culture, man / woman, high art / Kitsch, black / white, sun / moon, intelligible /sensitive, Father / Mother. We can say that culture “develops” when it tries to find the third way and lighten the burden of oppositions.