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May 5, 2015

First Research PavilionExperimentality

University of the Arts Helsinki

Tuula Närhinen, PROTOSCOPES—Looking through the Glass, and What I Found There, 2015.

University of the Arts Helsinki organizes a Research Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. This first Research Pavilion consists of an international contemporary art exhibition and a platform for events featuring artistic research. Deploying the theme of “Experimentality,” the dynamic between artistic research and contemporary art will be articulated.

The exhibition in the first Research Pavilion features artists from Finland and other European countries: Tiong Ang & Alejandro Ramirez (The Netherlands), Magnus Bärtås (Sweden), Henna-Riikka Halonen (Finland), Dirk Hoyer (Estonia), Simo Kellokumpu (Finland), Matts Leiderstam (Sweden), Antti Nykyri (Finland), Maija Närhinen (Finland), Tuula Närhinen (Finland), Janis Rafa (Greece), Heli Rekula (Finland), and Hito Steyerl (Germany).

Parallel to the exhibition, the first Research Pavilion will host a series of events: lab projects, discussions, screenings, interventions, seminars and performative situations:

May 6: 6-9pm:
Opening performance: HUMAN COMPUTER DISTRACTION by Chicks on Speed (Melissa Logan, Alex Murray-Leslie, Tina Frank, Mathias Brendel and Kroot Juurak, starring Richard Bell). Opening reception in collaboration with FRAME Visual Art Finland and Alvar Aalto Pavilion (after party).

May 7: PowerPoint: Instices of Art making and Artistic Research” by TAhTO Doctoral Research group, University of the Arts Helsinki.

This symposium consists of series of events, workshops and performances by the researchers of TAhTO throughout the day. These events offer reflections on the nature of artistic research both on individual and general level. By demonstrating fragments of their own artistic research the TAhTO group also ponder what were their misconceptions and illusions about artistic research in early stages and what are the means, possibilities and outcomes of the research process.

11–13h: SPATIAL–TEXT–SPEECH: Henna-Riikka Halonen, Dirk Hoyer, Esa Kirkkopelto and Itay Ziv.
14–16h: BODY–EXPLICIT–RHYTHM: Tero Nauha, Elina Lifländer, Julius Elo, and Kirsi Törmi.
16–17h: MUSIC–NOISE–VOICE: Kiril Kozlovsky, Sirkka Kosonen and Pasi Lyytikäinen.

PowerPoint publication.

May 8: “Be-Longing: Sense of Belonging in relation to Locality and Escapism as Artistic Techniques” symposium by Itay Ziv, Doctoral student, Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki.

This symposium will deal with questions arising from the concept of “belonging” to place, nationality, language or identity. The key speakers will deal with the issue of “sense of belonging” from different and interesting points of views; personal perspective, social-political, artistic, historical, and will deliver knowledge and discussions, referring to their subject.

10:30-11h: Welcome gathering and opening remarks: Itay Ziv 
11–11:45h: “Dreamers’ Congress”: Pindera Agnieszka (Poland)
noon-12:45h: “Is this my home? What should it look like?”: Dr. Edna Barromi Perlman (Israel)
13–14h: Lunch
14–15h: “Through my eyes; Belonging and identification through the point of view of Ibtisam Mara’ana’s films”: Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin (Israel)
15–16h: A workshop, discussions: “Self-Erasing Mechanism”: Itay Ziv

More information and comprehensive programme here.

During the entire exhibition period the Research Pavilion will also harbour a special reading room for topical publications in the field of artistic research.

Commisioner: Anita Seppä
Curators: Jan Kaila and Henk Slager
Project Coordinator (Pavilion Venice): Seppo Salminen
Technical Support: Sami Kustila
Coordination Academy of Fine Arts: Henri Wegelius and Michaela Bränn
Communication: Laura Manhinnen, Kirsi Korhonen and Evastiina Aho

Press and communication: [email protected]

The first Research Pavilion is organized by University of the Arts Helsinki, in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network), Valand Academy of the Arts (Gothenburg University), MaHKU Fine Art (Utrecht University of the Arts), GradCAM (Dublin), Università IUAV di Venezia, JAR (Journal for Artistic Research) and Frame Visual Art Finland.

 

University of the Arts Helsinki, opening of the first Research Pavilion, Venice

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