Call for proposals: Performance pedagogy 16.11. 2018

Research Day III: Performance Pedagogy

Call for proposals

The research project How to do things with performance? organises a third research day focusing on performance pedagogy with professor Gavin Butt as key note speaker on 16 November 2018at University of the Arts Theatre Academy, Auditorium 1.

What are the pedagogical dimensions of performance? Lectures and demonstrations are performances in themselves, but what about the pedagogy of performance and performance art? What can be done for, in, and with performance in a pedagogical situation and what could pedagogy give to performance practice? If performance is a site for learning, how does learning take place in it? What do we learn in performance?

In the research project How to do things with performance? (2016-2020) funded by the Academy of Finland we have looked at pedagogy and performance mainly in the edited collection Performance Artist’s Workbook. On teaching and learning performance art – essays and exercises(Porkola 2017). Influential studies of the pedagogy of performance art such as Performing Pedagogy – Toward an Art of Politicsby Charles Garoian (1999), The Analysis of Performance Art – A Guide to its Theory and Practiceby Anthony Howell (1999) or “Some Thoughts on Teaching Performance Art in Five Parts” by Marilyn Arsem (2011) as well as anthologies such as Stucky and Wimmer’s Teaching Performance Studies(2002) form the background to our discussions.

Despite our interest in performance art we understand performance in a wide sense. Performance studies, performance research and performance-as-research can be understood as the study of various practices and processes besides cultural and artistic performances. As art making in artistic research, performance or performing can function as a central research method or as one way of presenting research results. (Allegue et al. 2009; Hunter & Riley 2009; Kershaw & Nicholson 2011; Nelson 2013; Arlander et.al.2018) Here we are especially interested in the links between pedagogy and performance.

Our key note speaker, professor Gavin Butt,is a transdisciplinary scholar working across the areas of performance studies, queer studies, visual culture, and popular music. Before taking up the Attenborough Chair in Drama: Theatre and Performance at Sussex in September 2016, he was Professor of Visual Cultures and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. Butt was the co-director of Performance Matters (2009-2013), a creative research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, bringing together artists, curators, activists, performance organizers, and academics to investigate the cultural value of performance. He is co-editor of Post-Punk Then and Now, Repeater, 2016. Butt is currently completing a book Being in a Band: The Leeds Art Experiment and the Making of Alternative Culture 1972-1985, which explores the generative nature of collective creation on the eve of neoliberalism. It focuses on the post-punk scene in 1970s and 1980s Leeds, and on group-belonging in theatre and performance, visual art and music making. It is a case study of the radical potential of higher education at a time when access to art school and university was free to all.

We invite everybody interested in the connections of pedagogy and performance art, live art, performance-as-research, research on and in performance, or performance studies to debate these questions and ponder how pedagogy and performance are entangled. How and in what way are things done with performancepedagogy? What can be done with performance art that cannot be done with other forms of performance within a pedagogical situation? What kind of change does performance pedagogy generate?

We are especially interested in performance lectures, demonstrations, interventions, pedagogical experiments, that is, performance pedagogy in action! Please, send abstracts (max 250 words) of proposals for 15 -20 min. contributions and a brief bio, no later than 14 October 2018 to annette.arlander@uniarts.fi

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Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola

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Performance Pedagogy 16.11.2018

Research Day III: Performance Pedagogy

The 3rd Research Day organized by the Academy of Finland funded research project How to Do Things with Performance? will take place on the 16th of November 2018 at the Theatre Academy, Auditorium 1. The theme of the day is Performance pedagogy.

The keynote speaker professor Gavin Butt (University of Sussex) is a transdisciplinary scholar working across the areas of performance studies, queer studies, visual culture, and popular music. Before taking up the Attenborough Chair in Drama: Theatre and Performance at Sussex in September 2016, he was Professor of Visual Cultures and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London. 

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Migrating Concepts in Performance

One month ago, 9-13 July 2018, HTDTWP participated in the IFTR World Congress in Belgrade, Serbia. The IFTR website is already focusing on the next 2019 conference in Shanghai; the conference program and book of abstracts can nevertheless be found – with a little digging – in the archive, here https://www.iftr.org/conference/past-conferences/2010s The theme of the conference was “Theatre, Nation and Identity: Between Migration and Stasis”. The panel we proposed, a further development of the one we prepared for Krakow, was titled “Migrating Concepts in Performance”, a title so difficult to translate into Finnish (esityksessä vaeltavat käsitteet?) that I decided to write this short post in English only.  We were scheduled for the very first day: Pilvi Porkola began with “Questions of Translating in Library Essays”, Hanna Järvinen continued with “Restaging, remaking, reconstructing, reimagining“, Annette Arlander followed with “Authorship, agency and performing in ‘Year of the Dog-Sitting in a Tree’“ and  Tero Nauha concluded with “Performance as thinking or performance philosophy?” We had quite an audience, at least compared to some other occasions, which was inspiring. And it was nice to have the presentation in the beginning of the conference, in order to be able to join the working group sessions (Performance as Research for Pilvi Porkola and me, Choreography and Corporeality for Hanna Järvinen) or follow the general conference program. All in all, the organizers were very serious about making this congress a memorable event, and I guess they succeeded in many ways. – Our abstracts and some images are available on the RC, here https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/281037/281038/7484/1305

Performance as Network – Esitys verkostona

Networking: Finland, Malta, Korea

The Psi #24 conference was organized in Daegu, South Korea 3-7 July with the theme “Performance as network: Arts, City, Culture” http://www.psi2018-daegu.com/eng/

HTDTWP (How to Do Things With Performance) wanted to participate, of course, and proposed a panel called “Networking: Finland, Malta, Korea” – a performative panel on connections across time and space. Our purpose was to create a performative and performance-like panel playing with connections across time and space or place, where Hanna Järvinen would participate from Malta (where a conference on dance studies took place at the same time), Tero Nauha from Finland and Pilvi Porkola and Annette Arlander would be on site in Korea. The title evoked expectations of descriptions of networking by artists from these three countries or of a roundtable discussion rather than traditional individual presentations. Because the organizers had not published descriptions or any material like a book of abstracts, this type of guessing was understandable. We proposed a network of four performances, two live and two mediated by different digital technologies. The panel is choreographed as a connection between different technologies combining human bodies and voices, clusters of sound and pre-recorded video materials. That is how the panel was described in the proposal. The abstract and some images are available on the RC, here.

Actually, the panel was not very performative; it consisted of four independent presentations, which included some performative elements. Arlander began by introducing the panel briefly and continued with her presentation “Revisiting the Skyline”, which included a compilation of video works she made in 20018. After that we showed Hanna Järvinen’s pre-recorded Powerpoint presentation “Historical Materiality of Performance”, which discussed archival material remaining from the performances of Nijinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps. Then Pilvi Porkola presented her paper “A Study on Objects” contemplating the use of objects in performance art. Lastly, we played a recorded lecture performance by Tero Nauha “This is a reading”, which he continued seamlessly via Skype from Croatia.

Perhaps the most clearly performative element of the panel was the switching of T-shirt. Arlander had forgotten her HTDTWP T-shirt, and as an emergency solution she wore Porkola’s T-shirt, took it off after her presentation and handed it over to Porkola, who put it on for the rest of the session. See the video still below (here slightly manipulated).

 

Verkostoitumassa: Suomi, Malta, Korea

PSI#24 konferenssi järjestettiin Daegussa, Eteläkoreassa, 3 – 7 heinäkuuta 2018, teemanaan “Esitys verkostona: taiteet, kaupunki, kulttuuri”  http://www.psi2018-daegu.com/eng/

HTDTWP halusi tietysti osallistua, ja ehdotti paneelia “Networking: Finland, Malta, Korea – a performative panel on connections across time and space.” Tarkoitus oli luoda performatiivinen tai esityksellinen paneeli ajan ja paikan ylittävistä yhteyksistä, jossa Hanna Järvinen osallistuisi Maltalta (missä oli samaan aikaan tanssin tutkimuksen konferenssi), Tero Nauha Suomesta ja Pilvi Porkola sekä Annette Arlander paikan päältä Koreassa. Otsikko herätti kuulemma odotuksen näiden kolmen maan taiteilijoiden verkostoitumisen kuvauksesta, tai “roundtable” muotoisesta keskustelusta. Koska järjestäjät eivät siinä vaiheessa olleet julkaisseet tiivistelmiä tai mitään “book of abstracts”-tyyppistä materiaalia tällainen arvailu oli ymmärrettävää.  Ehdotimme neljän esityksen verkostoa, joista kaksi olisi live ja kaksi erilaisten teknologioiden välittämää. Paneeli on koreografioitu erilaisten teknologioiden välisiksi yhteyksiksi, jotka liittävät yhteen ihmisruumiita ja ääniä, ääniklustereita ja ennalta tallennettua videomateriaalia. Näin kuvailimme sitä ennakkoon. Tiivistelmä ja muutamia kuvia löytyy RC:ltä, täältä.

Käytännössä paneeli ei ollut kovin esityksellinen, vaan koostui neljästä erillisestä alustuksesta, jotka sisälsivät joitakin esityksellisiä elementtejä. Arlander aloitti esittelemällä paneelin ja jatkoi sitten alustuksellaan “Revisiting the Skyline”, jonka yhteydessä hän esitti vuonna 2008 kuvaamistaan videoista laaditun koosteen. Sen jälkeen näytettiin Hanna Järvisen ennalta äänittämä Powerpoint-esitys “Historical Materiality of Performance”, joka käsitteli Nijinskin Kevätuhrin esityksistä säilynyttä arkistomateriaalia. Sitten Pilvi Porkola esitti alustuksensa “A Study on Objects” pohtien esineiden käyttöä performanssiesityksissä. Lopuksi soitettiin Tero Nauhan ennalta äänitetty luentoperformanssi “This is a reading”, jota hän saumattomasti jatkoi Skypen välityksellä Kroatiasta.

Paneelin ehkä selkeimmin esityksellinen elementti muodostui T-paidan vaihdosta. Arlander oli unohtanut HTDTWP T-paitansa, joten hätäratkaisuna hän puki ylleen Porkolan T-paidan, riisui sen alustuksensa päätteeksi ja ojensi Porkolalle, joka puki sen ylleen loppuajaksi. Katso stillkuva videolta (tässä hiukan preparoituna):

 

 

Experiencing Cultural Mobility – Kulttuurista liikkuvuutta kokemassa

Summer is the busiest conference time and HTDTWP, too, has begun its tour by visiting a small conference in Crakow, with the topic and title cultural mobility of performance, performativity and the study of them, or to be more exact Cultural Mobility of Performance and Performativity Studies. Among the keynote speakers were well-known performance studies scholars like Diana Taylor and Rebecca Schneider. The participants were mainly from Poland. Our panel was dutifully titled to fit the conference theme “What is Performativity in Finnish?” but I guess we all spoke more of other things. Karolina Kucia, who presented her paper in another panel, served as our moderator. In the beginning I read a short introduction to our panel:

“Taking into account the situated knowledges of various approaches to performance and performativity, this panel asks, can we bring them into conversation with one another? We bring together approaches to performance, that are often treated in separate discussions, in order to show how the material-discursive practices linked to specific, culturally situated concepts, have a direct bearing on how we make, experience and understand performances. Situated knowledges are here understood as specific disciplinary contexts like performance philosophy, dance history, or artistic research and as the conceptual possibilities of a specific language, like Finnish. We bring them into critical conversation on the topic how to do things with performance. The panel consists of four presentations with short critical comments.”

For the first time we thus experimented with a slightly more dialogical form by preparing short comments for each other, Hanna for Tero, Tero for Pilvi, Pilvi for Annette and Annette for Hanna. Because we had not discussed it in detail the comments varied from a page-long speech to a question, and due to the replies, the conversation was in danger of becoming too long. As such the comments were supposed to help in creating connections between the papers and to form a basis for writing together, and we will surely continue experimenting with them. Details about the panel, the recording of the discussion and the program for the whole conference are available here

We are experiencing cultural mobility in other ways as well. Siiri Heino, who has taken care of our economy and of all possible and impossible travel, seminar and other arrangements, is leaving us for a long journey. Thank you Siiri, and safe travels! Luckily Johanna Rauhaniemi will come and help us. Welcome Johanna!

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Kesä on kiireisintä konferenssi-aikaa ja myös HTDTWP on jo aloittanut kiertueensa käymällä Krakovassa pienessä konferenssissa, jonka otsikkona ja aiheena oli esitysten, performatiivisuuden ja performatiivisuuden tutkimuksen kulttuurinen liikkuvuus, eli tarkemmin Cultural Mobility of Performance and Performativity Studies. Pääpuhujina oli nimekkäitä esitystutkijoita kuten Diana Taylor ja Rebecca Schneider. Osallistujat olivat pääosin Puolasta. Meidän paneelimme oli kuuliaisesti otsikoitu teemaan sopivasti, “Mitä on performatiivisuus suomeksi?” eli “What is Performativity in Finnish?” mutta taisimme kukin puhua aika lailla muista asioista. Karolina Kucia, joka piti alustuksensa toisessa paneelissa, toimi puheenjohtajana. Aluksi luin lyhyen paneelin esittelyn, tässä vapaasti suomennettuna:

“Ottaen huomioon erilaiset tavat lähestyä esitystä ja performatiivisuutta ja niihin liittyvät paikantuneet tiedonmuodostukset tämä paneeli kysyy, onko mahdollista tuoda ne keskusteluun keskenään? Tuomme yhteen tapoja lähestyä esitystä, joita yleensä käsitellään eri keskusteluissa, osoittaaksemme, miten erityisiin kulttuurisesti sijoittuneisiin käsitteisiin kytkeytyvät materiaalis-diskursiiviset käytännöt suoraan vaikuttavat siihen miten me teemme, koemme ja ymmärrämme esityksiä. Paikantuneet tiedonmuodostukset ymmärretään tässä erityisinä oppialakonteksteina kuten performanssifilosofia, tanssihistoria tai taiteellinen tutkimus ja tietyn erityisen kielen, kuten Suomen kielen,  käsitteellisinä mahdollisuuksina. Tuomme ne kriittiseen keskusteluun aiheesta miten tehdä asioita esityksellä. Paneeli koostuu neljästä alustuksesta ja lyhyistä kriittisistä kommenteista.”

Ensi kertaa kokeilimme siis myös hiukan dialogisempaa formaattia siten, että olimme sopineet valmistavamme lyhyet kommenttipuheenvuorot toisillemme, Hanna Terolle, Tero Pilville, Pilvi Annettelle ja Annette Hannalle. Koska emme olleet sopineet asiasta sen tarkemmin, kommentit vaihtelivat sivun mittaisesta puheenvuorosta kysymykseen, ja kun niihin vielä vastattiin, keskustelu oli vaarassa venyä liiaksi. Sinänsä kommentoinnin oli tarkoitus helpottaa yhteyksien luomista alustusten välille ja pohjustaa yhdessä kirjoittamista, ja sitä kokeillaan varmasti vielä jatkossakin. Paneelin ohjelma, äänitetty keskustelu ja koko konferenssin ohjelma löytyvät RC:ltä, täältä

Kulttuurista liikkuvuutta olemme kokemassa myös toisella tapaa. Siiri Heino, joka on pitänyt huolta raha-asioistamme ja kaikista mahdollisista ja mahdottomista matka-, tapahtuma- ja muista järjestelyistä, jättää meidät, koska on lähdössä pitkälle matkalle. Kiitos kaikesta Siiri ja onnellista matkaa! Onneksi Johanna Rauhaniemi tulee apuun. Tervetuloa Johanna!

 

Conversations on Performance Art II

Tonight at Muu gallery Essi Kausalainen and Sara Pathirane were having a conversation, moderated by Annette Arlander, as part of the collaboration between Muu gallery and HTDTWP. The conversation took place in the exhibition of Sara Pathirane, My Chinese Landscape. We began by discussing performance as a working method, as a strategy in producing art works, that can take other forms than a live performance. See program here. The plan was to have the conversation in Finnish, but since we were fortunate to have curator Pau Waelder with us, we discussed mainly in English, see live streaming here. Photo by Timo Soppela (?)

15.4. New deadline – Uusi päivämäärä

RUUKKU 11 call: How to do things with performance?

No problem if you missed the deadline, it is postponed until 15.4.
We invite expositions as well as short contributions (voices) related to our theme for the 11th issue of RUUKKU. The editors of this issue are Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola.
We ask you to write your proposals for research expositions in the RC catalogue at http://www.researchcatalogue.net. Please Note! The catalogue requires user rights and registration (see ‘register’). Please submit your proposals via the Research Catalogue (‘submit to publication’, ‘submit unlimited publication to’, and ‘ruukku’) no later than 15th April 2018.
The finished expositions are due by 20 June 2018.
If you have questions, please contact annette.arlander(at)uniarts.fi

Here is a link to the call http://ruukku-journal.fi/en/issues/11/call

RUUKKU 11 kutsu: Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?

Ei hätää jos et ehtinyt ajoissa, uusi ehdotusten päivämäärää on 15.4.
Pyydämme teemaamme liittyviä ekspositioita ja puheenvuoroja RUUKKU 11 -numeroon. Numeron toimittavat Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha ja Pilvi Porkola.
Ehdotukset tai luonnokset tutkimusekspositioiksi pyydetään laatimaan RC luetteloon http://www.researchcatalogue.net/ Huom. luettelon käyttö edellyttää käyttöoikeuksien hankkimista ja rekisteröitymistä (ks. kohta “register”). Ehdotukset tulee lähettää RC luettelon kautta (kohdasta “publish”, “submit” ja “Ruukku”) 15.4.2018 mennessä.
Valmiit ekspositiot toivotaan 20.6. mennessä.
Jos sinulla on kysyttävää, ole hyvä ja ota yhteyttä annette.arlander(at)uniarts.fi

Tässä linkki kutsuun http://ruukku-journal.fi/fi/issues/11/call