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Hooray! We are celebrating our 10-year anniversary in 2023! The celebrations will be themed around the future of arts.

Artistic research in the freelance field

Panel discussion with Jenni-Elina von Bagh, Francesca Bertolotti-Bailey, Taru Elfving, Leena Kela and Tuuli Lindeberg.

With its overarching theme “puzzled together”, the fifth Research Pavilion seeks to emphasize the continuum between experimental artistic practice and artistic research, as well as create spaces and opportunities for pluralistic research-oriented work within the arts. Collaboration with the artist residencies HIAP and Saari Residency with international open calls to artist-researchers have been a focus area of the 2023 Research Pavilion. 

The motivation stems from an observation of a certain divide in the artistic research field between institutional (University programs) and the freelance experimental and research-oriented arts field(s). Artistic research is firmly attached to academic research cultures, whereas the arts hold a long and strong tradition in research-oriented approaches. The aim of this panel discussion is to open insights into the dynamics in between these two “scenes”, and question the lively “grey zone”, as well as to articulate the situation, its questions, challenges, tensions, synergies, bridges, and ways to go forward.


Jenni-Elina von Bagh, choreographer, artistic director of Zodiak  

Franscesca Bertolotti-Bailey, producer, curator and editor  

Taru Elfving, curator, co-founder of the Contemporary Art Archipelago, curator of the Research Pavilion 2023 Augusta Gallery exhibition  

Leena Kela, performance artist and curator, executive director of the Saari residence  

Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano, artistic director of the Musica Nova Helsinki  


Mika Elo, Professor of artistic research, Fine arts academy, Uniarts Helsinki  

Leena Rouhiainen, Professor of artistic research, Theater Academy, and Director of the Uniarts Helsinki Research Institute

The event is part of Uniarts Helsinki’s Research Pavilion.


13.6.2023 at 19:00 – 20:30


Black Box

Mannerheimintie 13

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


Free entrence.

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