‘Esitys’ sanan kääntämisestä

Artikkelini “Mistä puhumme kun puhumme ‘esityksestä’? ‘Esitys’ -sanan merkityksestä ja kääntämisestä” on julkaistu niin&näin lehdessä 1/19.

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Thank you all for joining to Research Day IV!

Again, we had a great and interesting Research Day with multiple forms of presentations and viewpoints to the topic, performance and feminism. Thank you for all presenters as well as to the audience! The link for video documentations will be published here as soon as we get them edited.

The keynote Irin van der Tuin was really inspiring! Read an interview of her here.

Greetings from Research Day II!

Last week we had Research Day II at Theatre Academy, Uniarts, Helsinki with plenty of interesting papers and experiments! Thank you for all presenters and the audience!

Find more information from here http://www.uniarts.fi/en/events/wed-31012018-1135/research-day-ii-materiality-and-performance

and here https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/281037/281038/1677/1168

We are also happy to announce that Research Day III will be held 23.11.2018!

PERFORMANCE ARTIST’S WORKBOOK! The book launch Wed 11th Oct at Muu


Pilvi Porkolan toimittama teos Performance artist’s workbook: on teaching and learning performance art: essays and exercises julkistetaan Helsingissä Muugalleriassa 11.10 klo 18. Tilaisuudessa kirjan artikkeleiden kirjoittajat Ray Langenbach, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha ja Pilvi Porkola kertovat teksteistään. Ennen tilaisuutta on mahdollisuus tutustua Annette Arlanderin näyttelyyn.
Performance artist’s workbook: on teaching and learning performance art: essays and exercises edited by Pilvi Porkola will be launched in Helsinki in Muu gallery 11 October at 6 pm. The writers of the articles included in the book, Ray Langenbach, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola will talk about their texts. Before the event there is a possibility to enjoy Annette Arlander’s exhibition.
More information about the book


You will find an online version here.

You can buy it here.


How to Do Things with Performance in Turku?


Last weekend we visited Turku; our seminar “How to Do Things with Performance?” was part of the New Performance Turku -festival programme (www.newperformance.fi). Turku was autumnal but nice, and the festival as enchanting as usual.

I started the seminar with a performance, “Some Things”. Hanna Järvinen talked about the project Jeux and asked the seminar participants to do a walking exercise. Annette Arlander showed us a video essay, “Year of the Goat Revisited”. Tero Nauha had a presentation with the title “Some Thoughts on Actualizations and Becomings” and played a theremin.



Besides the seminar I had my project “The Nomad Library” in the main library in Turku and Tero had his performance “An Advent of Performance” in WAM (Wäinö Aaltosen Museo).



We were also very happy to have a book launch for our new publication Performance Artist’s Workbook: Essays on teaching and learning performance art (ed. Pilvi Porkola) on Friday at HULLABALOO – club. As part of my speech I asked people to actualize one exercise from the book. For this situation I chose Helge Meyer’s exercise “Walking in Somebody Else’s Shoes” (well, we didn’t have time to do it for 30 minutes, but already 7 minutes in a club context worked very well.)

Walking in Somebody Else’s Shoes
Ask the participants to take off their shoes. Let them put their shoes into the middle of the space. Tell them about the meaning of clothes: on the one hand, clothes have a practical need. On the other hand, worn clothes have a deep personal meaning to their owners.
Ask the participants now to take one pair of shoes from the middle, but not their own shoes. Ask them to put them on and take a walk for at least half an hour, preferably one hour. Tell them to do normal things in the public space, maybe going shopping or just strolling around.
After their return, do a reflection of the experience: did their way of moving change? Did they feel different? Did they think of the owner of the shoes?
Explanation of the exercise: on the one hand, this exercise has a body-centered meaning, which is important in the teaching of Performance Art (in my opinion). The participants create a physical experience, which is maybe even a painful experience. On the other hand, this exercise might have a more poetic value: the participants “walk in somebody else’s shoes”, which can mean that they change their perception and perspective to take an empathic position through the eyes (here shoes!) of another human being.

by Helge Meyer, Performance Artist’s Workbook page 113.


The first photo: Pilvi Porkola

Other photos: Jussi Virkkumaa


How to Do Things with Performance in São Paulo?


The research group participated in the IFTR conference Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities 10.-14.7.2017 in São Paulo, Brazil.

On Tuesday 11th July 11.7. Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander ja Hanna Järvinen had a panel titled  ”Performance Philosophy”.

Tero Nauha: The Unstable ’Fictioning’ in Performance and Philosophy.

Annette Arlander: How to Do Things by Performing with Plants?

Hanna Järvinen: On the Historical Materiality of Performance, Past and Present.

My paper was on Thursday:  Library Essays – from Representations of Space to Performative Space. Beside of that I had a performance installation The Nomad Library in the yard of the University on Wednesday.

With Tero and Annette we also participated in the “Performance as Research” working group meetings. There were 20-30 artistic researchers from all over the world. The idea of the working group was to share methods of practice as research by doing. The following images are from the working group meetings and from the curated panel “Performance as Research” which was quite performative as well.





Photos: Pilvi Porkola and Elisa Band

Accessing Performance at Research Pavilion 17-18.5.2017, Venice



A workshop, a seminar, performances and screenings addressing accessibility and performance, performing materiality past and present, as well as technology and mediation of performance. Organised by “How to do things with performance?” research project with Tero Nauha, Pilvi
Porkola, Hanna Järvinen, and Annette Arlander.

Wed 17.5.2017
10-12 Open Workshop of Writing ( Järvinen & Porkola)

(12-14 Lunch break)

14-16 Seminar, part 1
Annette Arlander: How to do things with performance?
Hanna Järvinen: From Document to Performance to Document to
Performance to — What?
Tero Nauha: Superposition of performance?
Pilvi Porkola: The Library Essays – between different spaces

(16-18 break)

18-21 Performances and screenings
Tero Nauha: A thought of performance?
Pilvi Porkola: Fragments of Library Essays
Annette Arlander: Annette Arlander: Animal Years I (2003-2009)

Thu 18.5.2017
10-12 Open Workshop (Arlander & Nauha)

(12-14 Lunch break)

14-16 Seminar, part 2
Annette Arlander: How to do things with documentation?
Hanna Järvinen: From Document to Performance to Document to
Performance to — What? (a re-performance of yesterday’s performance)
Tero Nauha: Performance thinking.
Pilvi Porkola: Presentation of the online magazine ICE HOLE – Live Art

(16-18 break)

18-21 Performances and screenings
Tero Nauha: A thought of performance?
Pilvi Porkola: Fragments of Library Essays
Annette Arlander: Animal Years II (2010-2014)