Performance Pedagogy … and the post-punk condition

Much is going on next week. The third Research Day with performance pedagogy as the theme is taking place on Friday 16th November at University of the Arts Theatre Academy. See program and link to registration here.

Our key note speaker professor Gavin Butt and the newly appointed professor of performance art and theory Tero Nauha will discuss performance art and the post-punk condition in an event organized in collaboration with Muu at Huuto gallery on Saturday 17th November at 5 pm. See more information here.

Both events are open to everybody, welcome!

(photo of Tero Nauha by Antti Ahonen)

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Let’s Talk about Performance!

Conversations on Performance Art continue at Muu gallery on Monday 1 October at 6 pm. The guest this time is Tomasz Szrama, and the topic we begin with is the question of audience participation, or collaboration with the witnesses or whatever you prefer to call your mode of engagement. Tomasz calls his actions “Social encounters of despair” because “they are sort of a social gathering, and ‘despair’ describes their character and reasons to be committed.” More information about Tomasz and his performances is to be found on his website. More information about the event on the Muu webpage or the event on facebook, here.

Please come and share you views!

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

Welcome!

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. 

The call will be published soon!

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

Research Day II: Materiality of and in Performance

The research project How to do things with performance? organises a second research day with Rick Dolphijn as keynote speaker, on 2 March 2018 at University of the Arts Theatre Academy.

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The research project How to do things with performance? organises a second research day with Rick Dolphijn as keynote speaker, on 2 March 2018 at University of the Arts Theatre Academy, Auditorium 1.

What is the matter of performance?
What is the matter with performance?
What matters in performance?

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) In this context, we are especially interested in the materiality of performance.

In her influential text “Posthumanist performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter” (2003) Karen Barad wrote: “The ubiquitous puns on ‘matter’ do not, alas, mark a rethinking of the key concepts (materiality and signification) and the relationship between them. [–] There is an important sense in which the only thing that does not seem to matter anymore is matter.” (Barad 2003, 801) Today, the situation has changed. Feminist theorizing has turned to matter with a vengeance (Alaimo & Hekman 2008; Coole & Frost 2010) New materialist research (e.g. Barad 2007; Dolphijn & Van der Tuijn 2012; Van der Tuijn 2015) has emphasized the inseparability of materiality and discursivity. Through posthumanist research (e.g. Ó Maoilearca 2015; Braidotti 2013) performativity widens to concern more-than-human dimensions; performance is not only a human activity.

The main speaker of the day is Dr. Rick Dolphijn, who has a background in philosophy and art theory and is interested in the theoretical humanities at large, media and performance theory in particular. He wrote (with Iris van der Tuin) New Materialism: Interviews and Cartographies (Open Humanities Press 2012), has written on new materialism, ecology/ecosophy and art and is interested in the developments in continental philosophy and speculative thought. His academic work has appeared in journals like Angelaki, Rhizomes, Collapse and Deleuze Studies. He edited (with Rosi Braidotti) This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life (Brill/Rodopi 2014/5) and Philosophy after Nature (2017).

In the research project How to do things with performance? (2016-2020) funded by the Academy of Finland we have looked at the materiality of and the material-discursive practices involved in the performance, by engaging with a wide variety of materialities, like historical performance descriptions, with laundry, with scores, with a Theremin, with vinyl records, with old video works, with plants… These are of course not the only matters that can be crucial for performance and performing.

We invite everybody interested in performance-as-research or research on and in performance, performance art and live art to debate these questions and ponder how and in what way materiality matters in performance.

Please send abstracts (max 250 words) of proposals for 15 min. presentations and a brief bio, no later than 15 February 2018 to annette.arlander@uniarts.fi

Welcome!
Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha, Pilvi Porkola

Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella? – How to do things with performance art?

MUU Galleriakeskiviikko – Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola

Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella, osa II
Keskustelu Tero Nauhan ja Pilvi Porkolan kanssa
Keskiviikkona 1.11. Klo 18 
MUU galleria, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki.

Performanssitaiteilijat ja tutkijat Pilvi Porkola ja Tero Nauha keskustelevat aiheesta ”Miten tehdä asioita performanssitaiteella” Annette Arlanderin emännöimänä, 1 marraskuuta klo 18.00! Tapahtuma on osa Galleriakeskiviikkoa.

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MUU’s Gallery Wednesday – Tero Nauha & Pilvi Porkola

How do to thing with performance art, part II
Conversation with Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola (in Finnish)
Wednesday 1.11. at 6pm
MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33, Helsinki.

Performance artists and researchers Pilvi Porkola and Tero Nauha discuss the topic “How to do things with performance art” (in Finnish), hosted by Annette Arlander, on 1 November at 6 pm in MUU gallery, Lönnrotinkatu 33. The event is part of Gallery Wednesday.

more info in English