Annette Arlander

Professor, KuvA/Doctoral Programme


Annette Arlander is an artist, researcher and a pedagogue, one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and a trailblazer of artistic research. She is educated as theatre director, Master of Arts (philosophy) and Doctor of Art (theatre and drama). She was the first to be awarded a doctorate from the Theatre Academy, Helsinki (in 1999). In 2001 she was invited as professor of performance art and theory to create the MA program in Live Art and performance studies, which she led until 2013. In 2007-2009 she was head of Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke) at the Theatre Academy. During the years 2015-2016 she was professor of artistic research first at theatre Academy, then at Academy of Fine Arts.

Arlander's research interests relate to artistic research, performance-as-research, performance studies, site-specificity and the environment. Her artwork is focused on performing landscape by means of video or recorded voice, moving between the traditions of performance art, video art and environmental art. 

For more information and a CV with publications, see

Job description

Visiting researcher, Academy of Fine Arts

Right now Arlander teaches "Writing in Artistic Research" for doctoral candidates. 
Artistic activities

Principal investigator of the research project How to do things with performance? funded by the Academy of Finland.

Artistic research project Performing with Plants - Att sam-agera med växter at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

The most recent peer reviewed articles:

“Repeat, Revisit, Recreate—Two Times Year of the Horse”. PARSE Journal Issue #3 Repetitions and Reneges. 2016, 43-59. Also online:

“Blogin pitämisen performatiivisuus” [The performativity of blogging]. In Annette Arlander, Helena Erkkilä, Taina Riikonen & Helena Saarikoski (eds.) Esitystutkimus [Performance Studies] Partuuna, Helsinki 2015, 205-232.

“Working with a Witches’ Broom / Att Arbeta med en Markvast” Ruukku Studies in Artistic Research 3/2014.


Other publications, see