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

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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.

 

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How to Do Things with Performance in Turku?

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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.

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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).

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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?

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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.

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Photos: Pilvi Porkola and Elisa Band

Accessing Performance at Research Pavilion 17-18.5.2017, Venice

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Programme

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
Discussion

(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
Journal.
Discussion

(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)

Welcome!

 

 

HTDTWP Travels the World!

Our project is presenting at Society of Artistic Research conference Please Specify! in Helsinki on 29 April 2017.

We will be performing in Venice during the Biennale at the University of the Arts Research Pavilion’s Camino events 17-18 May 2017.

In June, we will present our work at Performance Studies international #23 at Hamburg in the Artistic Research Working Group.

In July, we’ll be in São Paulo for the International Federation for Theatre Research conference Unstable Geographies: Multiple Theatricalities.

Lentämisen alkeet

Tutkimukseni ”Esitys ja instituutiot” kouluun sijoittuvien projektien ensimmäinen osa oli TOTEM-teatterille käsikirjoittamani ja ohjaamani 6-12 vuotiaille suunnattu luentoesitys Lentämisen alkeet – esitys lentämisen arvoituksesta ja supersankaruudesta.  Esityksessä koululle saapuu kaksi luennoitsijaa, joilla on hallussaan tietoa lentämisestä. Luennoitsijat havainnollistavat lentämistä fyysisten harjoitteiden ja erilaisten esineiden, kuten hiustenkuivaajan ja muovipussien avulla. Lopuksi alkaa sataa ja luennoitsijoista paljastuu uusia puolia.

Tutkimuksen kehyksessä tässä projektissa minua kiinnostivat erityisesti performanssi esityksen lähtökohtana, scoret (eli toimintakäsikirjoitukset) ja luentoesitys kouluympäristössä. Mitä tapahtuu, kun otetaan opetusympäristöstä tuttu muoto (luennoiminen) esityksen rakenteeksi ja yhdistetään siihen esityksellisiä elementtejä? Miten scoret toimivat esityksen rakenteena? Esitystä ei ole tehty pedagogiaa ajatellen, vaan taiteellisista lähtökohdista käsin, mutta silti voi miettiä millaista oppimistapaa/opetustapaa esitys ehdottaa? Miten opettaa jotain absurdia?

Taiteellisessa tutkimuksessa keskeistä on prosessi. Omasta tekemisen prosessista oli kiinnostavaa havaita, että vaikka taiteilija- minää ja tutkija-minää ei voikaan erottaa toisistaan, taiteilija haluaa välillä eri asioita kuin tutkija. Taiteilija haluaa jotain vähän villiä, ehdottomasti jotain absurdia, ei halua lyödä kaikkea lukkoon ja tietää, että joskus ele tai asenne esityksessä kertoo paljon enemmän kuin parikymmentä sivua tekstiä. Tutkija miettii, miten kirjoittaa ne parikymmentä sivua, kenen ajattelijoiden tai tekstien kanssa keskustelisi. Tutkijalle projektissa on aina ihan liikaa asioita, kaikesta ei voi kirjoittaa vaan tutkijan pitää valita ja rajata. Tutkija on aina vähän huolissaan ja tarvitsee kaikkeen paljon aikaa.

 

Lentämisen alkeet – esitys lentämisen arvoituksesta ja supersankaruudesta kiertueella alakouluissa 2017.

Tarkemmat esitystiedot:

http://www.totemteatteri.com/ohjelmisto.html

Pilvi Porkola Totemin blogissa ”Mikä on luentoesitys?”

http://www.totemteatteri.com/blogi

Anneli Tuominen-Halomon esityskritiikki Länisväylässä:

http://www.lansivayla.fi/artikkeli/477340-totem-teatteri-vie-lentotunnille

Maria Säkön esityskritiikki Helsingin Sanomissa:

http://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/art-2000005144484.html

 

 

Performance Artist’s Workbook – Call for exercises

There are not too many books about teaching performance art – some people may even say performance art can’t be taught. We believe performance art can be taught, at least by encouraging people to practice. For this reason, we are working on a book project entitled The Performance Artist’s Workbook which focuses on performance art practice via exercises. The aim is to collect 100 performance art exercises from 100 artists. Would you like to take part in this?

There will be two parts to the book; the first includes a few longer articles about teaching performance art. The second part consists of 100 performance art exercises. The book is done in collaboration with Live Art and Performance Studies (Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki) and the New Performance Turku festival. It will be published by Uniarts Helsinki. The book is part of the artistic research project How To Do Things with Performance and is edited by Pilvi Porkola. The book will be published also as an open access version.

If you would like to join, please

  1. Write down one performance art exercise. If you like you can also add a few thoughts about teaching performance art (optional).     Altogether the text should be max 350 words.
  1. Write a short bio of yourself (max 3 sentences).
  2. NOTE, this is important:  The publisher expects contracts so we cannot accept any texts without contracts. Please write to paworkbook@gmail.com and the contract will be send to you.
  3. Please send your text and the filled contract to paworkbook@gmail.com

The deadline is 15th February 2017.

Unfortunately we are not able to pay for your text, but your name will be mentioned in the book and you will receive a copy.

Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

We hope to hear from you!