Research is one of the core activities at Uniarts Helsinki. Research at the university focuses on the arts and art pedagogy; it can be artistic or developmental.
Art and research in dialogue
Uniarts Helsinki carries out internationally acclaimed academic and artistic research that has societal impact. The special nature of the research carried out at the university is based on direct and rich interaction between research and art.
Uniarts Helsinki invests in research particularly within its three profile areas, which are music history, artistic research and arts education. Researchers and doctoral trainees from different fields form an internationally unique research community that works together with a global network.
The high-quality research sector sets a basis for Uniarts Helsinki’s education and practice-oriented development work.
Academy of Fine Arts
At the Academy of Fine Arts, research is closely linked to the academy's disciplines and related theories, methodologies, and teaching as well as the development of tools, materials, and ways of expression. Research, as such, is considered the starting point for contemporary art. Interaction between different forms of art and the relationship between art and society is the domain for ongoing experimental research. In addition to contemporary art's dialogical relationship to its audience, performance practices and spatiality are linked to research both methodologically and pedagogically.
Research is an essential part of the creative work carried out at Sibelius Academy. As a result of the versatile expertise of the faculty, different theoretical approaches, methodologies, and research methods are in constant coexistence and interaction. Interaction between research and music is lively. Research at Sibelius Academy focuses on the following areas:
- Making, teaching, and learning of music
- History of musical practices and structures of music
- Relationship between music and the mind, musical interaction, and
- Philosophy and aesthetics of music.
Artistic research into performing arts is an important part of the development of Theatre Academy's disciplines and their descendants. With its vast international networks, Theatre Academy is an inspiring research community that is committed to communal values. The researchers are in active dialogue with the academy’s degree programmes and outside art and research communities as well as society at large. The objective of research at Theatre Academy is to develop and renew the arts and related methods and teaching and, by doing so, to provide an artist-led contribution to knowledge.
The university’s three academies have numerous ongoing research projects. Several of the projects employ doctoral students and post-doc researchers. The University also conducts projects through collaboration with other universities and partners working in the field of arts and research. Below you will find information on ongoing research projects at Uniarts Helsinki.
Opera on the move (2013–2016, Anne Kauppala)
Rethinking “Finnish” Music History: Transnational construction of musical life in Finland from the 1870s until the 1920s (AF and FCF 2011–2016, PI Vesa Kurkela)
Music as a Cultural and Economic Enterprise in Jyväskylä 1837–2000 (FCF 2015–2016, PI Olli Heikkinen)
(research projets coordinated by Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts CERADA)
ArtsEqual – The Arts as Public Service: Strategic Steps towards Equality (Academy of Finland 2015–2020, Heidi Westerlund)
Learning in and through the Arts in higher education: Developing shared leadership (funded by CERADA, 2014–2017), PI Professor Gaunt (Visiting professor in CERADA/Professor, Principal, and Director of Academic Affairs of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, UK)
Active Acoustics – Smart Audio objects at the Interface of the Material and the Digital (AF, 2016–2018, PI Otso Lähdeoja, MuTri, SibA)
Modeling a Virtual Violin (UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, 2015–2016, PI Mieko Kanno, DocMus, SibA)
Queering Musicianship: Sexual Otherness in the Changing Field of Classical Music (Kone Foundation 2016–2018, PI Laura Wahlfors, DocMus, SibA)
Structure-borne sound and composite aural spaces in music and intermedia creation (2014-2017, Otso Lähdeoja)
Foucault´n kanssa näyttämölle: Kuinka ruumiillistaa ekokatastrofi? (Koneen Säätiö, 2015-2017 Anu Koskinen)
Tuula Närhinen: For Your Eyes Only (2017-2021)
Timo Heino: Ruoka - Food (2017-2018)
Annette Arlander: Esiintyä kasvien kanssa – Performing with Plants (2017-2020)
Completed research projects
Completed research projects
- Shifting Dialogues: Research Project on Asian Performance and Fine Arts (Suomen Akatemia 2011–2014, joht. Esa Kirkkopelto ja Ray Langenbach)
- Rethinking "Finnish" Music History. Transnational construction of musical life in Finland from the 1870s until the 1920s (Suomen Akatemia 2012–2014, joht. Vesa Kurkela)
- Havainnosta ilmaisuun: Merleau-Pontyn fenomenologia ja Wilhelm Reichin luonneanalyysi nykytanssijan ruumiillisten prosessien fasilitaattoreina (2010–2012, Suomen Akatemia akatemiatutkija Leena Rouhiainen)
- Articulations of Identity in Finnish Opera (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Liisamaija Hautsalo 2011–2014)
- "Suomalaisen sävelkielen" synty (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Olli Heikkinen 2012–2014)
- Liveology – Practices and Ideologies of Live Music in Finland (joht. Heikki Uimonen)
- PWGL - tietokoneavusteiseen säveltämiseen, äänisynteesiin ja musiikin opetukseen tarkoitettu multimediaohjelmointiympäristö (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Mika Kuuskankare 2011–2013)
- Att utforska demokratin: Föreställningar om invandrarelevers utveckling av musikaliskt aktörskap (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Sidsel Karlsen 2009–2011)
- Liikkuvaksi mosaiikiksi Tanssinopettajien kollegiaalisuus ammatillisen opetuskulttuurin vahvistajana ja uudistajana (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Teija Löytönen 2008–2010)
- Musiikkiesitys vuorovaikutuksena (Suomen Akatemian tutkijatohtori Taina Riikonen 2008–2011)
- ENP Ekspressiivinen nuotinkirjoitusohjelma (Suomen Akatemia 2007–2010, joht. Mikael Laurson)
- Suomalaisen teatterin lauluosasto (1873-1879) mikrohistoriallisesta perspektiivistä kertomusten, esityskäytäntöjen ja äänten polyfoniana Suomen Akatemia 2010–2013, joht. Anne Kauppala)
Uniarts Helsinki and its three academies operate in several national and international research networks.
Below you can find information on the most important networks:
Heads of Doctoral Schools
Professor Vesa Kurkela (Sibelius Academy MuTri Doctoral School)
Lecturer Päivi Järviö (Sibelius Academy DocMus Doctoral School)
Professor Leena Rouhiainen (Doctoral Studies in Artistic Research of Performing Arts)
Professor Esa Kirkkopelto (Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research TahTO)
Professor Mika Elo (Academy of Fine Arts Doctoral Programme)
Shared Doctoral School and Research Services
Academy-Specific Doctoral School and Research Services
Research Coordinator Annika Fredriksson (Theatre Academy)
Academic Affairs Coordinator Elina Raitasalo (Theatre Academy)
Senior Advisor Riitta Pasanen-Willberg (Theatre Academy)
Academic Affairs Coordinator Laura Viertola (Theatre Academy)