Kick-off

Usually, a research project ends with a seminar, where the research results are outlined for interested parties outside of the research team. But since we do not yet know how to do things with performance, the How to Do Things with Performance? project decided to start by hosting an event in which we asked our colleagues to give us their responses to the title: how would they do things with performance?

We received a wonderful array of suggestions from artists and researchers, who shared, through different kinds of performances and discussion, both modes of performing and of thinking about and through performance that we hope will help us answer our question: how to do things with performance. We are particularly grateful for these people for giving their time and labour at such short notice and without proper compensation – thank you for your gift, we hope this project can offer something reciprocal by 2020! We also had a great number of people in the audience both during the morning session at the Auditorium 1 and the afternoon session at Tori – thank you for attending, listening, commenting, and appreciating this moment.

The event was opened by Professor Leena Rouhiainen, the Vice Dean for Research at the Theatre Academy, who explained the significance of the project for the Performing Arts Research Centre, The Theatre Academy, and the University of the Arts Helsinki. Professor Heike Roms, member of our Advisory Board, introduced her research on the history of performance art in Wales, followed by Senior Researcher Hanna Järvinen speaking of the dance performance project, Jeux, based on her earlier historical research. Two members of our Advisory Board also sent their greetings because they could not come in person: Professor Simon O’Sullivan sent a video discussing his current research on re-tooling of philosophy, and Professor Edward Scheer a presentation on how to do things with performance, translated by Postdoctoral Researcher Pilvi Porkola. Professor Esa Kirkkopelto then spoke of bodies and objects, showing two examples of objects performing. Postdoctoral Researcher Pilvi Porkola finished the first half of the Kick-off seminar by discussing translation, translatability, and meaning of ‘esitys’, the Finnish word for performance.

The afternoon session convened after lunch with Postdoctoral Researcher Tero Nauha, who exemplified thinking in performance through playing records and a theremin. The fourth member of our Advisory Board, Dr. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi then discussed an event she had co-convened, Feminist Colour-IN. Lecturer Kira O’Reilly performed her piece I came to the sea and I was scared, my heart was broken and Karolina Kucia did a lecture with a cockroach. Tuomas Laitinen played with sound and the claim he had an idea, and Henna-Riikka Halonen shared her work on labyrinths and avatars. Saara Hannula asked whether what we were up to was actually “something doing”, and Kimmo Modig asked if performance is changing something from transformative to transfigurative mode. The event was finished by the Principal Investigator of the research project, Annette Arlander, who presented a powerpoint on her video work and discussed repetition as an inherent quality of performance.

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4th October Kick-off Seminar Program

 

How to do things with performance?

The four-year Academy of Finland funded research project “How to do things with performance?” will organise its kick off seminar at University of the Arts Helsinki Theatre Academy, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke and the Finnish Network for Performance Studies.

We invite to join us in exploring and listening to what can be done with performance.

For more information about the project, see  http://www.uniarts.fi/en/howtodothingswithperformance

Time: October 4 2016, 10 am – 4 pm

Venue: Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki Haapaniemenkatu 6 Auditorium 1 / Tori

 

Preliminary Program

10:00  Leena Rouhiainen, opening words

Annette Arlander, presentation of the program

10:15  Heike Roms:  How to do history with performance

10:45 Hanna Järvinen: Jeux 1913 and 2016

11:00 Simon O’Sullivan: Performance Fictions

11:15 Coffee

11:30 Ed Scheer How to do things with performance (really)

11:45 Esa Kirkkopelto: Body and Object in Performance

12:00 Pilvi Porkola: What is ‘esitys’?

Discussion

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 Tero Nauha: Abridged thought of performance

13:45 Katve-Kaisa Kontturi: Performance and Event: The Case of Feminist Colour-IN

14:00 Kira O’Reilly: I came to the sea and I was scared, my heart was broken

14:15 Karolina Kucia: Perform and Not

14:30 Tuomas Laitinen: I have an idea

14:45 Coffee

15:00 Henna-Riikka Halonen: In the Labyrinth between explanation and experience

15:15 Saara Hannula: “something doing”

15:30 Kimmo Modig: from transformative to transfigurative

15:45 Annette Arlander: How to perform landscape by repetition

16:00 Discussion

 

As an appendix,  please find a text, how-to-do-things-with-performance-art by Ed Scheer.

4 Lokakuuta Kick-off seminaarin ohjelma

Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?

Nelivuotinen Suomen Akatemian rahoittama tutkimushanke “Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?” järjestää aloitusseminaarin Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulussa, yhteistyössä Esittävien taiteiden Tutkimuskeskus Tutken ja Esitystutkimuksen verkoston kanssa.

Tervetuloa katsomaan ja kuuntelemaan, mitä esityksellä voi tehdä sekä keskustelemaan aiheesta.

Lisätietoja hankkeesta:  http://www.uniarts.fi/howtodothingswithperformance

Ajankohta: 4.10. 2016, klo 10 – 16

Paikka: Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulu Haapaniemenkatu 6 Auditorio 1 / Tori

Alustava ohjelma

10:00 Leena Rouhiainen, avaus

Annette Arlander, ohjelman esittely

10:15 Heike Roms:  How to do history with performance

10:45 Hanna Järvinen: Jeux 1913 and 2016

11:00 Simon O’Sullivan: Performance Fictions

11:15 Kahvia ja keskustelua

11:30 Ed Scheer How to do things with performance (really)

11:45 Esa Kirkkopelto: Body and Object in Performance

12:00 Pilvi Porkola: What is ‘esitys’?

Keskustelua

12:30 – 13:30 Lounas

13:30 Tero Nauha: Abridged thought of performance

13:45 Katve-Kaisa Kontturi: Performance and Event: The Case of Feminist Colour-IN

14:00 Kira O’Reilly: I came to the sea and I was scared, my heart was broken

14:15 Karolina Kucia: Perform and Not

14:30 Tuomas Laitinen: I have an idea

14:45 Kahvia ja keskustelua

15:00 Henna-Riikka Halonen: In the Labyrinth between explanation and experience

15:15 Saara Hannula: “something doing”

15:30 Kimmo Modig: from transformative to transfigurative

15:45 Annette Arlander: How to perform landscape by repetition

16:00  Vapaata keskustelua

 

Liitteenä Ed Scheerin teksti how-to-do-things-with-performance-art

Performing Situated Knowledges

The 7th annual conference on New materialisms Performing Situated Knowledges: Space, Time, and Vulnerability 21-23 September in Warsaw (see website) was a good preparation for our coming work. Tero Nauha presented a performance: “A speculation on a body and posture in performance art practice”, which utilized prerecorded voice with a sophisticated philosophical argument and electronic sound together with their live manipulation, an experiment which he can describe better himself.

My contribution was  a small paper “Performing (with) Lichen as Situated Practice” (see performing-with-lichen, sorry for the large image files that are slow to load) in a panel in the strand New Materialism, Politics, and Organizational Experiments titled Ethics-relationality-vulnerability-violence-reconfigurations. The context was rather strange, but turned out to be interesting, in many ways. Besides papers by Karolina Kucia and Magdalena Gorska the panel included philosopher Marzena Adamiak’s discussion on Karen Barad’s thinking in relation to the problem of exclusion. My contribution was originally programmed for a panel called Situated Practices / Situated Movements on Wednesday, in the strand New Materialism Embracing the Creative Arts, where it would have fitted in better, but I could not join on Wednesday due to teaching duties, and was happy that the organizers found a place for me to join in later. The video work I spoke about, created during Easter 2016 between Sandkås and Allinge on the northwestern coast of the island of Bornholm, is publicly available for view on the Research Catalogue, Lichen and Allinge 1-2.

The theme of the conference, situated knowledges, and the classic text by Donna Haraway from 1988, which the call alluded to, seemed like a fresh and provocative choice. Reading Haraway’s witty text “Situated Knowledges: the Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective”, originally written as a comment and reply to Sandra Harding, was inspiring. Take a look at it yourself, here.

Kick off seminar on October 4th

How to do things with performance?

The four-year Academy of Finland funded research project “How to do things with performance?” will organise its kick off seminar on October 4 at University of the Arts Helsinki Theatre Academy from 10 am to 4 pm, in collaboration with the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke and the Finnish Network for Performance Studies.

We invite to join us in exploring and listening to what can be done with performance.

Professors Heike Roms, Edward Scheer, Simon O’Sullivan and Dr. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, as well as some other guests and the members of the project will present their views.

For more information about the project, see  http://www.uniarts.fi/en/howtodothingswithperformance

 

Aloitusseminaari 4 lokakuuta

Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?

Nelivuotinen Suomen Akatemian rahoittama tutkimushanke “Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?” järjestää aloitusseminaarin 4. lokakuuta Taideyliopiston Teatterikorkeakoulussa klo 10-16, yhteistyössä Esittävien taiteiden Tutkimuskeskus Tutken ja Esitystutkimuksen verkoston kanssa.

Tervetuloa katsomaan ja kuuntelemaan, mitä esityksellä voi tehdä sekä keskustelemaan aiheesta.

Projektin jäsenten ja muutamien kutsuvieraiden lisäksi näkemyksensä esittävät professorit Heike Roms, Edward Scheer, Simon O’Sullivan ja FT Katve-Kaisa Kontturi.

Lisätietoja hankkeesta:  http://www.uniarts.fi/howtodothingswithperformance

Performance artist at the conference of European Philosophy

2016-08-25 13.26.34When a performance artist or a practitioner of artistic research attends a conference organised by the Society for European Philosophy, then one should always ask: why? Not because this would implicate lower self-esteem, hierarchy, class or power relations, but one should ask why philosophy, as much as one should as why quantum mechanics?, why cerebral plasticity? Or why psychoanalysis?
However, I am not proposing a defeated or cynical positioning for thinking, but a sombre one, since it is philosophy itself, in many ways, which summons itself about the same trouble with the world, production, thinking, objects, nature or the real as does art? The world is produced through cuts of reason, wherein a process of a scalpel, and the decision, decaedere, is the way to cut off from the real. We cut off from the real, and there the performance artists, or the artists in general, are aligned with the philosopher. Again, this is not a defeated and cynical question, but a rigorous estimation of positions we produce.
Through reason and reflection, we create a distance and positions, which are the primary functions of philosophical thought, also. For instance, we think through dyad concepts, but often in the artist discourse, we do not use this kind of jargon.
So, I have been sitting and sweating in the classrooms of the Regent’s University, while the hottest day of English summer has enclosed London into a clammy bosom. I have tried to maintain a thought, where the point for all of this perspiration is not to gain more cognitive capital, but maybe to consider performance, not as an object for philosophising. A general proposition seem to become more apparent, where we should not augment practice with more up-to-date theory, but carefully pay attention, how and in what ways performance art practice needs philosophy, and philosophers? And even more so, it is important to pay attention, how performance art thinks indifferently and irreducibly with philosophy. Therefore, how to do things with performance, is a very particular question when it comes to thinking. What are the things performance does, and how?
Art is matter, and a thought of art is matter. There are no exclusive interpretations or reflections of reality. Artistic practice thinks in its right, without the philosophical representatives, but it needs to regard thinking rigorously alongside the other forms of thought.

The paper presented at the conference is here.