Tutkimuspäivä lähestyy – Research Day Approaching

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TERVETULOA viidenteen tutkimuspäiväämme, joka keskittyy esityksen ja instituutioiden suhteeseen. Tule mukaan 1 marraskuuta 2019  Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakouluun, Auditorio 1:seen (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki).

Instituution esitys, esitys instituutiossa ja esitys instituutiona

Miten ajatella erilaisia esitysten ja instituutioiden välisiä suhteita? Esityksiä tehdään enemmän tai vähemmän esityksille soveltuvissa tai niille omistetuissa instituutioissa. Instituutiot esittävät ja panevat toimeen omia  linjauksiaan ja strategioitaan esitysten suhteen. Esitys ja performanssi ovat itsessään instituutioita.

Neljässä keskustelussa kukin tutkimusryhmän jäsenistä keskustelee kutsumansa vieraan tai tutkijakollegan kanssa aiheesta, joka on olennainen heidän erityiselle tavalleen lähestyä esitystä. Vieraamme ovat Jana UnmüssigSuvi Salmenniemi, Mari ToivanenJussi Koitela ja Kira O’Reilly. Jokainen vuoropuhelu avautuu myös keskusteluksi aiheesta yleisön kanssa. Toivomme kriittisiä kommentteja ja aktiivista osallistumista jokaiselta, joka on kiinnostunut keskustelemaan esityksistä instituutioissa, instituutioiden esityksistä ja esityksestä tai performanssista instituutiona. Keskustelut käydään englanniksi. Alustava ohjelma tässä alla…


WELCOME to our fifth research day, which focuses on performance and institutions. Join us on 1 November 2019 at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Auditorium 1 (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki).

Performance of/in/as an Institution

How can we think of the various relationships between performances and institutions? Performances are created in institutions more or less devoted or conducive to performance. Institutions also perform their various policies and strategies regarding performance. Performance is, in itself, an institution.

In four conversations, each of the members of the research project discuss with their invited research partners topics relevant for their particular approach to performance. Our guests are Jana UnmüssigSuvi Salmenniemi, Mari ToivanenJussi Koitela and Kira O’Reilly. Each conversation opens to a discussion on the topic with the audience. We welcome critical comments and participation from anyone interested in discussing performance in institutions, the performance of institutions, or performance as an institution.


The preliminary programme (see updated info)

9.30 Welcome and introductions

10.00 Jana Unmüssig with Hanna Järvinen: Critical Choreographies of Art Institutions

11.00 Suvi Salmenniemi and Mari Toivanen with Pilvi Porkola: Political Imagination and Alternative Futures

12.00 (lunch break at your own expense)

13.00 Jussi Koitela with Tero Nauha: Exercising Hospitality

14.00 Kira O’Reilly with Annette Arlander: Performance with Non-Human Others

15.00 Plenary discussion with all participants

Please register no later than 25 October by email to pilvi.porkola@uniarts.fi. We also welcome suggestions as to special interests or topics you would wish to raise in relation to the question of performances and institutions.


The sixth CARPA (Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts) took place at the Kiasma Theatre and in collaboration with the ADIE (Artistic Doctorates in Europe) research project, with a very broad and multi-faceted theme “Artistic research performs and transforms: Bridging practices, contexts, traditions & futures”, which we responded to by proposing  a lecture performance called “The transformative potential of performance”.  Each of us prepared one section, playing with our own themes and tools, and then we ended by performing together as a quartet. Here is the introductory text, based on the abstract, that I read at the beginning, (above photo by Hanna Järvinen, other photos by Mia Jalerva):

Today the research project How to do things with performance? will examine the transformative potential of performance in a practical and experimental manner, from a critical, social, environmental, and aesthetic perspective, in this lecture performance, which consists of talks, a participatory dance event or office disco, and a quartette or sound performance. The questions explored are the following:

  • Tero Nauha: How do practices, institutions, and potentialities correlate futures? By building bridges between traditions and futures, what do we reclaim for our use?
  • Pilvi Porkola: How do public space and private space overlap and intersect in the context of an institution, like an office? How to perform “the office”?”
  • Annette Arlander: Could expanding the idea of who or what performs assist in decolonizing our relationship to the environment, to everything else around us?
  • Hanna Järvinen: Is what makes performance performance an aesthetic quality and if so, what differentiates it from the not-aesthetic?

Let’s begin.

And then we began, with Tero, who presented a theoretical paper called “The End”, without visuals this time:

Then Pilvi  told about her work with institutions and invited everybody for an office disco, which turned out to be the transformative and participatory highlight of the show:

Then my video essay with voice-over text “Revisiting the Juniper” was screened, while I posed next to it:

Then Hanna read and showed some code, and talked about the performativity of code and the aesthetics involved:

As a grande finale we performed a sound score with papers, the core idea and starting point for the whole lecture performance:

Much of the positive feedback we received (that came to my ears) had to do with the ‘gaps’ between our individual parts, which all stood in a rather stark contrast to each other. Here we suddenly had the productive gaps that we did not really get at during our session at the SAR conference in Zürich. In some sense the gaps between our diverse approaches, which we did not try to bridge or explain in any way, probably invited the audience members to consider what the connection was or could be. For me those ‘gaps’ provided space, literally a place for the multiplicity of approaches to performance, a feeling that  in those gaps there is a space for almost anything or everything, and thus also  space for me and you and all kinds of things…  Well, looking at the images I nevertheless realize I should have chosen a black skirt.

Elasticity in Calgary – Elastisuutta Calgaryssa

HTDTWP valmistautuu kuumeisesti PSI #25-konferenssiin Calgaryssa 4-7 heinäkuuta. Siellä järjestämme avoimen performatiivisen paneelikeskustelun  “pitkän pöydän” muodossa, kehitelmänä Louis Weaverin Long table formaatista, otsikolla “Elastic Connections – Creativity, Resistance, Resilience: Long Table”. Osa tutkimusryhmästä jää Euraasiaan muihin tehtäviin  – ja helpottaa samalla hiukan hiilijalanjälkeämme. Onneksi heidän aliaksensa rientävät avuksi (katso kuva yllä).

HTDTWP is feverishly preparing for the PSi #25 conference in Calgary 4-7 July. We are organizing an open performative panel as a version of the long table, developed by Louis Weaver, with the title “Elastic Connections – Creativity, Resistance, Resilience: Long Table”. Part of the research group will stay in Eurasia with other duties – mitigating thus our carbon footprint a little  as well. Luckily their aliases will join in to help us out.  (see image above)


Ruukku Journal at Publics 25 May 6 pm

Welcome to celebrate the publication of Ruukku Journal on How to do things with performance at Publics on 23 May at 6pm. Sturenkatu 37-41.

Tervetuloa juhlimaan Ruukku 11 Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä numeron julkaisemista, Publics 23.5. Klo 18. Sturenkatu 37-41. Tilaisuus on englanniksi.

More information / lisätietoja here

How to do things with performance?

Not only what should be done, but how it should be done is today a question as relevant as ever. And some argue we should actually do less, and think a bit more, for example how we do what we do. In the research project How to do things with performance, we have focused on performance in a broad sense, asking what can be or could be done with performance and how.

How to do things with performance? -research project is proud to present the 11th issue of Ruukku – Studies in Artistic Research devoted to the theme. How to do things with performance? And we are proud to collaborate with Publics in organising a seminar-party to launch it.

Contributors to the issue include Mieko Kanno, Anu Vehviläinen, Elisabeth Belgrano, Lea and Pekka Kantonen, Elina Seye, Stephen Bain as well as the editors Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola.

Come and celebrate the publication of How to do things with performance? Ruukku 11 with us at Publics on 23 May at 6 pm, address: Sturenkatu 37-41 4b 00550 Helsinki

For more information about Ruukku – studies in artistic research and this issue, see http://ruukku-journal.fi/en/issues/11/call

For more information about the research project, How to do things with performance? see https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/281037/281038 or https://www.uniarts.fi/en/howtodothingswithperformance

For more information about Publics, see https://www.publics.fi/

The Expositions in Ruukku 11 How to do things with performance?

Stephen Bain: Strategies of Fiction.

Mieko Kanno: Algorithmic Thinking and Musical Performance.

Anu Vehviläinen:  Quest for a Breathing Performance.

Elisabeth Belgrano: A Singing Orna/Mentor’s Performance or Ir/rational Practice.

Lea and Pekka Kantonen: Indigenous Knowledge. Performance Art and the Faltering Act of Translation

Elina Seye: Practices of Performing at Senegalese Sabar Dance Events.

Hanna Järvinen: Re-imagining: A Case-study of Exercises and Strategies

Pilvi Porkola: Objects that matter – performance art and objects

Tero Nauha: The experience of ’something’ in performance

Annette Arlander: Return to the site of the Year of the Rooster


Research Day IV with Iris Van der Tuin 20 March – program

The program for the Research Day IV Performance and Feminism with Iris Van der Tuin on March 20 is now published:

10-10.10. Auditorium 1. Opening and Welcome. Annette Arlander

10.10-11.30 Iris Van der Tuin: “Doing in feminist research in the algorithmic condition”


Pilvi Porkola:“Situated knowledges – Artistic research and feminism”

Hanna Järvinen:“Intersectional Histories, or Decolonize Your Canon.”

Tero Nauha: “Some feminist strategies of the Polish avant-garde”

Annette Arlander: “Revisiting the Rusty Ring – ecofeminism today?”

13.00-13.45 Lunch (at your own expense)

13.45-14.45 Room 525 moderator Hanna Järvinen

Tanja Tiekso:“Listening Batsheba”

Zhenya Mukha: “Documentary puppet performance as an attention-getting mechanism to the problem of LBT women in the North Caucasus of Russia.”

Katie Lee Dunbar:“And I still want to work in demolition – Classism from a femme queer feminist perspective”

(14.45-15.00 Coffee Break)

15.00-16.00 Room 525 moderator Pilvi Porkola

Kim Modig and Marina Valle Noronha: Performing professionalism: Why do we travel for art and what does it do to us?

Minna Harri: “How time shapes us, how we shape time”

Lim Paik Yin: In[formal] Interchange

(16.00-16.15 Coffee Break)

16.15-17.30 auditorium 1 moderator Tero Nauha

Elina Saloranta:“Correspondence with the past”

CRI (Teresa Albor, Lara Bufford, Moa Johansson):“CRI” (via skype)

Amble Skuse: “Balancing Act” (via skype)

Grace and Grace and Grace: “Louise” (via skype)

Louise Vind Nielsen: “Tongue reads Philomela”

17.30-18.00 Discussion, moderator Annette Arlander

The day is free and open for all, welcome! We would like you to register in advance, however. For updates and registration, se here https://www.uniarts.fi/tapahtumat/pe-01032019-1502/reseach-day-iv-performance-and-feminism


Call for Research Day IV: Performance and Feminism

Welcome to present or participate in our fourth Research Day on 20 March. We are excited to have Iris van der Tuin as our keynote speaker. See more about her and the full call here.

There is a long tradition of feminist performances, feminist studies of performance and debates on how to perform feminism. From “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman” (1792) to Queer Ecologies (2010), from Alexandra Kollontai to intersectionality, feminist theorizing has been foundational for epistemological critique and utopian political thinking. And feminism has been performed, in provocations against patriarchy like Carolee Schneemann’s “Interior Scroll”, Valie Export’s “Genital Panic” or Pussy Riot’s punk rock as well as in subtle autobiographical gestures or collective consciousness raising like Meetoo. How else is feminism performed today?

We invite everybody interested in the connections of feminism and performance, performance art, live art, performance-as-research, research on and in performance, or performance studies to join us in exploring various approaches to feminism and performance. How, in what various ways, is feminism performed today? What aspects of feminist thought are important for contemporary performance art? How can performance art contribute to feminist struggles? How to do feminism with performance?

Deadline for proposals is 20 February. Welcome!

In the year 2018…

… HTDTWP published a few texts together – not articles but reports – which are worth listing here. The serious, peer reviewed stuff each one of us published individually, but these reports describe probably much better what we have been up to:

Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola “Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä – tutkimushanke Sao Paulossa” [How to do Things with Performance – the research project in Sao Paulo] in Anna Thuring, Anu Koskinen and Tuija Kokkonen (eds.) Esitys ja Toiseus, Näyttämö ja Tutkimus 7, Teats Teatterintutkimuksen seura 2018, pp 204-214. See here

Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola “Regurgitated Perspectives – Performance”. In Geoff Cox, Hannah Drayson, Azadeh Fatehrad, Allister Gall, Laura Hopes, Anya Lewin, Andrew Prior, (eds.) Proceedings of the 9th SAR International Conference on Artistic Research, University of Plymouth, April 11th-13th, 2018, pp. 299-311. See here

Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola “How to do things with performance in relation to what is given?”. In Ruukku Journal issue 8 (voices) 2018. See here

And we made some joint conference panels and performances:

“How to do things with performance in alliance with things, concepts, bodies or plants?”, performance with HTDTWP (How to Do Things With Performance) at the conference Alliances and Commonalities,  Stockholm University of the Arts, see here, 25-27.10. 2018.

“Migrating concepts in performance”, panel at IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) conference Theatre and Migration in Belgrad  (see program) 19-23.7 2018.

“Networking Finland, Malta, Korea” – a performative panel across time and space with How to do things with performance? at PSi (Performance Studies International) #24 in Daegu, Chorea 3-6.7. 2018.

“What is Performativity in Finnish?”  panel at Cultural Mobility of Performance and Performativity Studies, Kraków 28-30.5. 2018.

“Regurgitated perspectives – an excerpt”  at The Spring Research Day at Kiasma, 25.4. 2018.

“Regurgitated Perspectives” performance at the 9th SAR conference – International Conference on Artistic Research Artistic Research will Eat Itself at University of Plymouth 11-13.4. 2018.

And then we had our own research days, of course:

Research Day II: Materiality of and in performance 2.3.2018

Research Day III: Performance Pedagogy 16.11.2018

So let’s see what will happen in 2019!