Jussi Mäkelä (b. 1973) is a researcher, an artist and a teacher. His master’s thesis in education (University of Tampere 2002) was about Kierkegaard’s existential philosophy. After graduating as a teacher Mäkelä started to focus more on art and art education, ending up doing an arts-based hermeneutical research as a master’s thesis in art education (Aalto University 2010). Mäkelä is interested in arts-based phenomenological research as a method of understanding the complex relationship between an individual and the surrounding world. In his PhD project Mäkelä is applying Joseph Beuys’ social sculpture to the perspectives of perception, freedom and capital through which he is scrutinizing the human-world relationship. The main questions in his research deal with the fundamental responsibility of a free creative human being. Mäkelä’s arts-based oeuvre is built on various artistic techniques including making sculptures of felt, beeswax, copper and wood, acrylic paintings and small conceptual compositions.