The spring season of Kuva/Tila opens with a comprehensive exhibition of artistic research

In January and February, the first full-scale exhibition of artistic research at the Academy of Fine Arts will take place in Kuva/Tila. The exhibition highlights the artistic and intellectual contribution of the research field and its connections to society.

Exhibition view of a gallery space with a handcart full of various objects in the front.
Petri Summanen Claws and Connections –All the World's Senses, 26.1–25.2.2024, Kuva/Tila

What is artistic research? The exhibition Claws and Connections – All the World’s Senses in Kuva/Tila 26.1.–25.2.2024 presents research through the works of 34 artist-researchers and working groups. The exhibition features doctoral and post-doctoral researchers and alumni from the Academy of Fine Arts and other academies of the University of the Arts. Installations, sounds, paintings, videos, performances, interventions, exercises, excerpts, workshops, sculptures, and scores will have a chance to show their claws and suggest new ways of connecting. The weekly changing exhibition invites the visitor to discover how art’s own peripheral conditions and potential for unconventional thinking, as well as its connections to social issues, are addressed from the perspective of artistic research.

“The contemporary world needs new perspectives and approaches. Artistic research has the potential to address this. Artistic research is free to find new ways of working, while artistic processes create connections with society,” says Denise Ziegler, one of the four curators of the exhibition. The accompanying Event Week from January 30 to February 4 is packed with performances, talks, and workshops. See the event calendar for a more detailed program.

The exhibition features works by Ajauksia group, Jan-Erik Andersson, working group Ari Björn, Outi Autti, Alix Varnajot, Thora Herrmann & Albina Pashkevich, Mireia c. Saladrigues, Matthew Cowan, Jack Faber, Miklos Gáal, Siiri Haarla, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Mari Helisevä-Miyamoto, Heidi Hänninen / KAS! collective, Iiris Kaarlehto & Klaus Maunuksela, Kiiveri & Euro, Anni Laakso, Santtu Laine, Veli Lehtovaara, Nina Liebenberg, Lauri Lähteenmäki & Maarit Laihonen, Zagros Manuchar, Heini Nieminen, Tuula Närhinen, Ilya Orlov, Simo Ripatti, Jaakko Ruuska, Elina Saloranta, Mia Seppälä, SubaruSisters, Katja Syrjä, to kosie, Katja Tukiainen, Timo Tähkänen, Hanna Vahvaselkä and Rut Karin Zettergren.

Later in the spring, Kuva/Tila will host the bi-annual Praxis exhibition, which delves into secrets. At the end of spring, from May 4 to June 2, the eagerly awaited Kuvan Kevät exhibition will fill the exhibition space and other Mylly spaces with art.

Kuva/Tila ja Tasku, Sörnäisten rantatie 19, 00530 Helsinki. Open Tue-Sun 11-18. Free entry.