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February 22, 2017

Research Pavilion: “Utopia of Access”

University of the Arts Helsinki

Courtesy University of the Arts Helsinki.

Three contemporary art exhibitions and over forty multidisciplinary events offer varied perspectives on the theme of “Utopia of Access”

Uniarts Helsinki is set to open a Research Pavilion in May in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale. During a span of five months, the Pavilion will host three contemporary art exhibitions and over forty multidisciplinary events. Under the theme “Utopia of Access,” the Pavilion calls for a variety of interpretations on urgent topics of debate using experimental methods. Over a hundred artist-researchers from European art universities will introduce their own contribution to the Pavilion in the field of contemporary art, music, performing arts, and curating.

“The purpose of the Research Pavilion is to increase the dialogue between contemporary art and research and to bring about new kinds of multidisciplinary exhibition practices. During the summer of 2017, the Pavilion will present a remarkably skilled and diverse community of European experts in contemporary art, which will bring an outstanding addition to the programme of the Venice Biennale”, says Professor Anita Seppä, the Research Pavilion’s commissioner.

The Research Pavilion is a follow-up to the pilot project that took place in Venice in 2015, and thanks to the enthusiastic reactions from the international art and research field, the university was encouraged to develop the concept further. Uniarts Helsinki has invited Konstex and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP) as its main partners for the Research Pavilion. The networks represent a large number of Norwegian and Swedish art institutions of higher education. In addition, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts will also produce one exhibition each for the Research Pavilion.

The programme of the Research Pavilion consists of three 6-week contemporary art exhibitions and multidisciplinary art activities called Camino Events.

The inaugural event at the Research Pavilion in May is an exhibition curated by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access, which shows a diverse cross-section of how Nordic artist-researchers from higher art institutions view topical themes such as the openness of art, geopolitics, capitalisation of knowledge and new visual techniques.

In July–August, the Research Pavilion will host Galleria del Vento, an exhibition by Florian Dombois. Dombois will bring along a wind tunnel machine from his transdisciplinary research laboratory at the Zurich University of the Arts and will collect all other material by going out daily into the lagoons of Venice on a boat with golden sails. The artist will be present and furthermore discussions and workshops will be held every Saturday in a Palaver-setup as part of the show.

The final exhibition at the Research Pavilion, Hauntopia/what if, runs from September to October and is produced by the Phd-in-practice programme of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In the exhibition curated by Anette Baldauf and Renate Lorenz, the artists bring unresolved forms of social violence of the past back to the present, and invite these ghosts to leave their trace in the here and now, and to envision potentially more ethical futures.

The Pavilion is closed for take-down and set-up between July 3 and 7, August 14 and 16, and August 28 and September 7.

Exhibitions
May 11–July 2, 2017 
You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access 
Curators: Jan Kaila and Henk Slager
Artists: Andrea Coyotzi Borja & Sinem Kayacan, Andre Alves, Behzad Khosravi-Noori & Rene Leon-Rosales, Bull.Miletic, Eva Weinmayr, Mireia Saladrigues, Niran Baibulat, Stacey Sacks, Tao G.V. Sambolec and Vincent Roumagnac.
Producer of the exhibition: Uniarts Helsinki

July 8–13 August 13, 2017
Florian Dombois: Galleria del Vento 
Producer of the exhibition: Research Focus in Transdisciplinarity at Department of Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts

September 8–October 15, 2017
Hauntopia/what if 
Curators: Anette Baldauf and Renate Lorenz
Artists: Aline Benecke, Katalin Erdodi, Zsuzsi Flohr, Sílvia das Fadas, Till Gathmann, Moira Hille, Zosia Holubowska, Hristina Ivanoska, Janine Jembere, Ruth Jenrbekova, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, Mihret Kebede, Annette Krauss, Sandra Monterroso, Rafal Morusiewicz, Lisa Nyberg, Reading Group, Naomi Rincon-Gallardo, Masha Seligerus, Keiko Uenishi
Producer of the exhibition: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Camino events
The Research Pavilion’s programme consists of 46 events; discussions, performance art, music, dance, theatre, screenings, symposia. Event details will be updated during spring, and the information will be available at www.researchpavilion/caminoevents and www.uniarts.fi/calendar 

The Research Pavilion 2017 The Utopia of Access consists of three contemporary art exhibitions and a parallel cross-artistic programme called Camino Events. The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki, and realized together with the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme and the Swedish Art Universities’ collaboration Konstex in co-operation with the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts.

In 2013, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki merged and became Uniarts Helsinki. The total number of students is about 2,100, and the personnel’s combined work input is the equivalent of 700 full-time employees. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki have a long tradition of doctoral education. The first doctoral degrees were awarded in 1990 at the Sibelius Academy, 1991 at the Theatre Academy, and 2001 at the Academy of Fine Arts. About 20 doctoral degrees are awarded each year.


Further information: Anita Seppä / [email protected]

 

University of the Arts Helsinki to host Research Pavilion in Venice

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