What is Refugee?

A collective article published at the Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol 4, No 1 (2018), with Will Daddario, Janhavi Dhamankar, Milton Loayza, Jon McKenzie, Yana Meerzon, Theron Schmidt, Aneta Stojnić and Tero Nauha.




Regurgitated Perspectives – SAR 2018

A performance by Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola
At the 9th SAR – International Conference on Artistic Research
University of Plymouth, April 11th 4 pm – 13th 6 pm 2018


This performance in four parts included A Sermon, A Wake, A Communion and A Hymn. We were dealing with the issues of sympoiesis, anthropophagy and necropolitics as forms of creation to play with critical approaches to artistic research.

In her revisiting of “Day and Night of the Dog and Year of the Dog,” from the video series, Animal Years (2003-2014) Arlander explored whether a process of regurgitation as an artistic method would produce something equally valuable as the production of honey?

A Wake included four different speeches, where gathering around the urn including the possible remains of the deceased did not reveal, who the deceased might have been? A white, male authority, a friend or an unknown heretic?

In a Communion, all four of us consumed a portion of Finnish delicatessen ‘mämmi’, while Järvinen and Nauha discussed the possible alternatives to questioning colonialism and racism in performance practice. They introduced the concepts of anthropophagy, perspectivism, necropolitics; cultural appropriation, philosophers, bears and jaguars.

At the end of a Wake, Porkola leads an intervention, where four different performance scores were written on paper, and send to the audience as paper aeroplanes. The utopian thinking is demonstrated by using event scores when asking one to do something that is more or less impossible.

As the finale of the performance there was a Hymn. The music was based on the traditional Finnish folk song, “Taivas on sininen ja valkoinen”, with new words in English proposing if and how artistic research would eat itself. With this hymn accompanied by synthesizer and Theremin, we asked, if the world will notice, when artistic research may eat itself, and proposed that only united performers and artists will guarantee that art will matter in the future.

An excerpt of this performance was presented at the TUTKE – The Spring Research Day event at Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki on April 25, 2018.



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!

Presentation at the “Digital Humanities in Nordic Countries”, March 7-9, University of Helsinki


In this presentation, the process of learning performance art is articulated in the contextual change that digital archives have caused starting from the early 1990s. It is part of my postdoctoral research, artistic research on the conjunctions between divergent gestures of thought and performance, done in a research project How to Do Things with Performance? funded by the Academy of Finland.
Since performance art is a form of ‘live art’, it would be easy to regard that the learning processes are also mostly based on the physical practice and repetition. However, the origins of contemporary performance art are closely connected with the 1960’s and 70’s conceptual art and video-art. Therefore, the pedagogy of performance art has been tightly connected with the development of media from the collective use of the Portapak video cameras.

Digital archives and the learning processes of performance artDigital Humanities in Nordic Countries, March 7-9, University of Helsinki

Panel Teaching and Learning the Digital, Friday March 9, 11-12, at the Helsinki University, P674.


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