Dr Olli Tapio Leino is an Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. In his research, Olli examines the overlap of computer games and new media art. Situated within the emerging discourses of game studies and philosophy of computer games and building on post-phenomenology and existentialism, his research addresses questions of interpretation and experience in relation to computer games and playable art and media. Click here for a list of Olli’s publications.
Olli earned his PhD from the Center for Computer Games Research at the IT University of Copenhagen in 2010. His PhD dissertation Emotions in Play: On the constitution of emotion in solitary computer game play, supervised by Dr. Espen Aarseth, is a phenomenological analysis of the relationship between a computer game’s materiality and the player’s emotional experience. During his studies Olli tutored game design projects at the Danish Academy of Interactive Entertainment, collaborated with a large mobile phone manufacturer on a mobile games research project, did a contracted research project for a large multinational game developer and publisher, was a visiting scholar at the Play Research Group of the University of the West of England, and had a 6-month residency at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, UK.
At School of Creative Media Olli teaches courses and advises both theoretical and practice-based student projects on computer games and philosophy of technology in undergraduate, postgraduate, and doctoral programmes. In 2014, he curated the “New Playable Art” exhibition for IFVA’14 Festival at Hong Kong Arts Centre.