Research Pavilion: Access to Utopia

Keskiviikko, lokakuu 11, 2017 - 00:00 - Torstai, lokakuu 12, 2017 - 23:59
Sala del Camino, Venice
Research Pavilion

A public program for a space that does not exist, yet
by students of Praxis (The University of the Arts Helsinki) and CuMMA (Aalto Arts) 

Whose utopia is it anyway? And how to occupy it? The discursive programme takes the research pavilion in Venice as a starting point to think about access and utopia from a perspective of prefiguration. The programme is based on performative, sound and material investigations and critical inquiries, which will seek to inhabit spaces that should not exist and insist in materialising impossible hopes.

A constellation of materials gathers readings and documents that situate the reflection within different histories and strategies of activist knowledge production and artistic research. A three day + two nights programme starts with a collective sound improvisation, is followed by a day dedicated to critical reflections, listening to afterlifes and imaginations of possible radical futures. The third day consists of four workshops that propose to exercise different entry points to utopias in four different strands: rituals, media, affects and conflicts.

The programme is conceptualised and organised collaboratively by students of Praxis and CuMMA – the two curatorial study contexts existing in Helsinki advised by Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Nora Sternfeld and Marko Karo.

Organised by Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki and Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture Helsinki Finland.

Event details are subject to change. See also Facebook event.


This event is part of the Research Pavilion’s Camino Events series, a cross-artistic program which consists of screenings, concerts, seminars, artist talks, performances and interventions from over 100 artists and artistic-researchers from art universities of Northern Europe.

The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by Uniarts 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.

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