Uniarts Helsinki to host a Research Pavilion in Venice

Three contemporary art exhibitions and over forty multidisciplinary events offer varied perspectives on the theme of Utopia of Access

Uniarts Helsinki is set to open a Research Pavilion in May in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale. During a span of five months, the Pavilion will host three contemporary art exhibitions and over forty multidisciplinary events. Under the theme Utopia of Access, the Pavilion calls for a variety of interpretations on urgent topics of debate using experimental methods. Over a hundred artist-researchers from European art universities will introduce their own contribution to the Pavilion in the field of contemporary art, music, performing arts, and curating.

“The purpose of the Research Pavilion is to increase the dialogue between contemporary art and research and to bring about new kinds of multidisciplinary exhibition practices. During the summer of 2017, the Pavilion will present a remarkably skilled and diverse community of European experts in contemporary art, which will bring an outstanding addition to the programme of the Venice Biennale”, says Professor Anita Seppä, the Research Pavilion’s commissioner.

The Research Pavilion is a follow-up to the pilot project that took place in Venice in 2015, and thanks to the enthusiastic reactions from the international art and research field, the university was encouraged to develop the concept further. Uniarts Helsinki has invited Konstex and the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (NARP) as its main partners for the Research Pavilion. The networks represent a large number of Norwegian and Swedish art institutions of higher education. In addition, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and Zurich University of the Arts will also produce one exhibition each for the Research Pavilion.

The programme of the Research Pavilion consists of three 6-week contemporary art exhibitions and 46 multidisciplinary art events activities called Camino Events.

The inaugural event at the Research Pavilion in May is an exhibition curated by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access, which shows a diverse cross-section of how Nordic artist-researchers from higher art institutions view topical themes such as the openness of art, geopolitics, capitalisation of knowledge and new visual techniques.

In July–August, the Research Pavilion will host Galleria del Vento, an exhibition by Florian Dombois. Dombois will build a wind tunnel during the exhibition’s run. He will bring along the machine from his transdisciplinary research laboratory at the Zurich University of the Arts and will collect all other material by going out into the lagoons of Venice on a boat with golden sails. 

The final exhibition at the Research Pavilion, Hauntopia/what if, runs from September to October and is produced by the Phd-in-practice programme of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In the exhibition curated by Anette Baldauf and Renate Lorenz, the artists bring unresolved forms of social violence of the past back to the present, and invite these ghosts to leave their trace in the here and now, and to envision potentially more ethical futures.


Address: Research Pavilion, Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo, Giudecca, 621 Venice.

Open from Tue to Sun between 10:00 and 18:00.

Admission is free of charge.


The Pavilion is closed for take-down and set-up between 3 and 7 July, 14 and 16 August, and 28 August and 7 September 2017. 


You Gotta Say Yes to Another Access 11 May – 2 July 2017

Curators: Jan Kaila and Henk Slager

Artists: Andrea Coyotzi Borja & Sinem Kayacan, Andre Alves, Behzad Khosravi-Noori & Rene Leon-Rosales, Bull.Miletic, Eva Weinmayr, Mireia Saladrigues, Niran Baibulat, Stacey Sacks, Tao G.V. Sambolec and Vincent Roumagnac.

Producer of the exhibition: Uniarts Helsinki

Several Camino Events take place during the exhibition, including the Nordic symposium Encounters, Discussions, Experimentations: Art, Research and Artistic Research in Music organised by the Sibelius Academy from 16 to 17 June and the choreography-centred event Embodied Practice and Artistic Research, coordinated by the Theatre Academy and running from 29 June to 1 July.

Florian Dombois: Galleria del Vento 8 July –13 August 2017

 The exhibition will include five Palaver discussions and workshops that will be held every Saturday in a Palaver-setup of the show. The artist will be present throughout the exhibition.

Producer of the exhibition: Research Focus in Transdisciplinary at Department of Cultural Analysis, Zurich University of the Arts

Hauntopia/what if 8 September – 15 October 2017

Curators: Anette Baldauf and Renate Lorenz

Artists: Aline Benecke, Katalin Erdodi, Zsuzsi Flohr, Sílvia das Fadas, Till Gathmann, Moira Hille, Zosia Holubowska, Hristina Ivanoska, Janine Jembere, Ruth Jenrbekova, Belinda Kazeem-Kaminski, Mihret Kebede, Annette Krauss, Sandra Monterroso, Rafal Morusiewicz, Lisa Nyberg, Reading Group, Naomi Rincon-Gallardo, Masha Seligerus, Keiko Uenishi

Producer of the exhibition: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna



The Research Pavilion’s programme consists of 46 events; discussions, performance art, music, dance, theatre, screenings, symposia. Event details will be updated during spring, and the information will be available at www.researchpavilion.com and www.uniarts.fi/en/calendar

The Research Pavilion 2017 The Utopia of Access consists of three contemporary art exhibitions and a parallel cross-artistic programme called Camino Events. The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by the University of the Arts 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.

In 2013, the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy Helsinki merged and became Uniarts Helsinki. The total number of students is about 2,100, and the personnel’s combined work input is the equivalent of 700 full-time employees. The academies of Uniarts Helsinki have a long tradition of doctoral education. The first doctoral degrees were awarded in 1990 at the Sibelius Academy, 1991 at the Theatre Academy, and 2001 at the Academy of Fine Arts. About 20 doctoral degrees are awarded each year.


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Further information:
Anita Seppä (anita.seppä@uniarts.fi)