Annette Arlander

  • Visiting researcher, Kuvataideakatemia, Academy of Fine Arts

Job description

Visiting researcher, Academy of Fine Arts


Annette Arlander is an artist, researcher and a pedagogue, one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and a trailblazer of artistic research. She is educated as theatre director, Master of Arts (philosophy) and Doctor of Art (theatre and drama). She was the first to be awarded a doctorate from the Theatre Academy, Helsinki (in 1999). In 2001 she was invited as professor of performance art and theory to create the MA program in Live Art and performance studies, which she led until 2013. In 2007-2009 she was head of Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke) at the Theatre Academy. During the years 2015-2016 she was professor of artistic research first at theatre Academy, then at Academy of Fine Arts. At present (2018-2019) she is professor at Stockholm University of the Arts.

Arlander’s research interests relate to artistic research, performance-as-research, performance studies, site-specificity and the environment. Her artwork is focused on performing landscape by means of video or recorded voice, moving between the traditions of performance art, video art and environmental art. 

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Artistic activities


Research and publications

Principal investigator of the research project How to do things with performance? funded by the Academy of Finland.

Artistic research project Performing with Plants – Att sam-agera med växter at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

The most recent peer reviewed articles:

“Dune Dream – Self-imaging, trans-corporeality and the environment” Body Space Technology Journal (forthcoming)

“Performing with the Weather”. Global Performance Studies Issue 1.2. Performance Climates

“Ekologinen näkökulma taidetutkimukseen” [An Ecological Perspective on Research in the Arts]. Annette Arlander and Mika Elo. Tiede ja Edistys 4/2017, 335-346.

“Calling the dragon – The five avant-gardes today?” Synnyt 3/2017, 1-12.

“Maisema, materia ja muutos. Harakan saaren luontokulttuuria dokumentoimassa.” [Landscape, Matter and Change. Documenting the Natureculture of Harakka Island] In Mari Mäkiranta, Ulla Piela and Eija Timonen (eds.) Näkyväksi sepitetty maa. [The Land Narrated Visible] Kalevalaseuran vuosikirja 96. Helsinki: SKS 2017, 23-39.

“Practising art – as a habit? / Att utöva konst – som en vana?” In Ruukku Journal, # 7. June 2017.

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