Matti Tainio (Finland) is a visual artist and researcher, currently working as a University lecturer of Fine Arts at the University of Lapland (Rovaniemi). Tainio’s research interest deal with the aesthetic experience in various settings. His approach to aesthetics can be described as applied aesthetics with a pragmatist perspective. At the moment, his work deals with the significance of aesthetics in contemporary physical activities and the aesthetic experience of darkness. Tainio’s work with the aesthetics of physical activities continues his doctoral research that focused on the connections between art and sport in contemporary culture. Tainio’s work as an artist takes place in an interdisciplinary setting where the themes of the work often intertwine with his research practice.