Jana Unmüssig

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Jana Unmüssig katsoo kameraan.

I am a Helsinki-based artist and artist-researcher, working at Uniarts as lecturer in Choreography. 2020/2021 I was a research fellow and scholarship holder of the Berlin Artistic Research Program. My research interests linger around visuality, vision, visibility and their opposites, the educational turn in the arts/more-than-human education studies and theories and practices of artistic research. 

Education

2018, Doctor of Arts (dance), Theater Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

2010, Master of Arts (choreography), Inter-University Center of Dance (HZT), Berlin Germany

2008, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD), Salzburg, Austria

2002, D.E.U.G. Arts du Spectacle, theater, Sorbonne-Nouvelle, Paris, France

Other education

Since 2020, Studies in the bodywork of Marion Rosen

2018/2019, Studies in Art Education, Pedagogical University Freiburg

2014, Guest student in class of Prof. Ursula Neugebauer, University of the Arts Berlin

2014, Studies in French, German and Pedagogy at Free University Berlin

Former employment

January 2020 – April 2020 part-time teacher in MA choreography, Theater Academy Helsinki

May 2019 – April 2020 post-doctoral researcher (50%) at the Center for Artistic Research (CfAR) of the University of the Arts Helsinki

March 2015 – August 2015 research associate at the Performing Arts Research Center (TUTKE) of the Theater Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki

Research outputs

Performative assemblages

February, 2022 Currents of Breath (working title), Performance, Radialsystem, Berlin, collaboration with Miriam Jakob

December, 2021 Motherhood and Art, Long Table Performance, KUTOMO Turku

June 2021, Loooooooooooong Title, painting, reading, writing, performance, MADHOUSE Helsinki, collaboration with Pie Kär and Salla Salin

April 2021, Breathing Nearby, lecture performance, Artistic Research Program Berlin, collaboration with Miriam Jakob

December 2020, Abécédaire of Breathing, lecture performance, SODA Lecture Series Breathe, Inter-University Center Berlin, collaboration with Miriam Jakob

September 2020, Breathing With_1, painting and writing, Exhibition Vertigo, Tanznacht Berlin

September 2020, Walking on Questions of Higher Art Education, performative walk at the LAPSody Festival, Life Art Program Theater Academy Helsinki, collaboration with communication studies scholar Francisco Trento

December 2019, A Room for Artistic Research – Attempt of a miniature-theatre, performance-lecture-aperitif, E-Werk Freiburg, Germany

January 2019, Two Bodies in Space (with Yarn), installation-performance, Floating Peripheries Conference, University of Lapland, collaboration with visual artist Tina Jonsbu

September 2017,  Thoughts on Threads, collaboration with Tina Jonsbu, Somatic Academy Berlin

June 2017, Seeing – the utopia of access, workshop-performance, Research Pavillion, Bienale Venice.

June 2016, seeing, time, composing, workshop-exhibition, Exhibition Laboratory, Fine Arts Academy Helsinki.

February 2015, ///, reading-performing-speaking, Institute for artistic research /Uferstudios, Berlin

December 2013, Something in the way she sees, lecture performance, tanz.tausch Festival, Cologne

November 2012, In front of the eye, lecture performance,  e-werk Theatre Freiburg

June 2011, What do I do when I do what I do?, lecture performance, Artistic research Lab, Berlin

Choreographies for stage in black box theatre

April 2015, Gesellschaft  und Trio mit Tanz – ein zweigeteilter Abend (engl. Compagny and Trio with Dance – a twofold evening), Kampnagel Hamburg

February 2014, glk, Kampnagel Hamburg

March 2013, Colour, Colour, Zodiak –Center for New Dance, Helsinki

August 2012, White Throw, Tanznacht/Tanz im August Berlin

March 2012, Strich/ Chrysantheme/ Haar fällt, Hebbel am Ufer 2, Berlin

July 2011, Morgen ist ein Tag, k3- Choreografic Center Hamburg

March 2011, Der Himmel hängt weit, Festival Based in Berlin, Berlin 

March 2011, Ast im Auge, Hebbel am Ufer 3, Berlin                           

July 2010, Zausend. Hoch., Opera de Monte Carlo, Monaco

January 2010. HAUS, Sophiensaele, Berlin

June 2009, linie, fisch, BAT, Berlin

May 2009, SoloTryptichon, BAT, Berlin

January 2009, Ich bin Baum, Sophiensaele, Berlin

August 2008, Nervous dance, Movement Research, New York

August 2008, Without subtitle ́ ́, Nuorta Verta, Khumo, Finnland

June 2008, Without subtitle ́, SEAD Theater, Salzburg

June 2008, Some water is poured onto the table, SEAD Theater, Salzburg

May 2008, Fragen setzen/stellen/legen, PACT Zollverein, Atelier, Essen

March 2018, I see her I see you, Tanzfabrik, Berlin

January 2008, This is a chewing gum or: is there still milk I the fridge?, Republic, Salzburg

July 2007, It is difficult to talk about feelings, SEAD Theater, Salzburg

February 2007, Things and Solo, SEAD Theater, Salzburg

Publications

Monograph

Breathing Nearby. Errant Bodies Press, 2022

Composition and Choreography: Critical Reflections on Perception, Body and Temporality, Helsinki, Acta Scenica, 2018

Essay

Of Interest (tba). In: Holte/Kongssness/Sortland (Eds.): Choreography 2018, S.42-47

Abécédaire of Breathing. Co-authored with Miriam Jakob, In: Jansa/Noeth (Eds.): Breathe 2022

Blind Peer-Reviewed Article

Ponderings with Breathing with Ponderings. Choreographic Practices, Intellect Books, 2022

Video based publications

April 2018, Arbitrary Title, TUTKE Spring Dance 2017, Kiasma – Museum for Contemporary Art Helsinki

July 2017, Choreography, Choreography, Nivel 08, Poetics of Form

Talks, conference presentations, panels

October 2021, DSA conference, Chicago, collaboration with Hanna Järvinen

May 2021, Talk on Breath and Dance and Art and, Lake Studios, invited by Marten Spangberg

January 2021, Panelist, Post-Research Conference, EARN working group VALUE, HKU, Utrecht    

September 2020, Choreography Pedagogy, Teak Research Day, How to do Things with Performance, collaboration with Hanna Järvinen

August 2019, Keep on Threading or: a TITLE, Collaboration with visual artist Tina Jonsbu, Conference for Artistic Research (CARPA), Helsinki

June 2019, A pedagogy of choreography, Nordic Forum for Dance Research, NOFOD

November 2015, Bodily and contemplative Seeing and TIME, 1st Parse Biennale Research Conference on time, University Gothenburg

November 2013, No title, no end,6 th International Conference of Doctoral Studies of Theater Schools, Brno

July 2012, wenn der Wald still ist. Aesthetics of embodiment, KW- Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin.

Assignments

2019- 2023, Member of Research Council at Theater Academy, Helsinki

November 2020, Moderating artist talk with Sonja Jokiniemi, Moving in November Festival, Helsinki 

October 2020, Peer-reviewing for JAR (Journal of Artistic Research)

May 2020, Jury member for one-to-one-mentoring program, Tanznetz, Freiburg,Germany

Teaching

Teaching Courses at BA / MA level

Expanded Choreography, BA/MA, 2022, Joint Studies Uniarts Helsinki

Ecologies of Becoming, course P2-Seminar, transdisciplinary seminar, MA students from Fine Arts, Art Therapy, Dance, Social Work, 2022, University of Applied Sciences Ottersberg, Germany

Artistic Research, MA Choreography, four programs from the Nordic Choreographic Platform, 2022, Uniarts Helsinki

Walking towards no thing, course MA Choreography/MA Dance/MA TILIS, 2022, Uniarts Helsinki

Modes of Collaboration, course MA Choreography/MA Dance/MA TILIS, 2022, Uniarts Helsinki

Score-based Working, course MA Choreography/MA Dance/MA TILIS, 2022, Uniarts Helsinki

Artistic Methods, course BA Inclusive Education, 2022, University of Applied Sciences Freiburg

Breathing With, workshop MA Gender Studies, 4 students, University of Freiburg

Dramaturgy and Choreography, workshop, MA Dance Studies, 2021, Free University Berlin

Artistic Methods, course BA Inclusive Education, 2021, University of Applied Sciences Freiburg

Karen Barad´s Intra action, Seminar at the MA Choreography, 2021, Theater Academy Helsinki

Minor Teaching, Seminar at the MA Dance Pedagogy, 2021, Theater Academy Helsinki

Temporality in Time-Based Art, workshop within the course Situation LAB, 2020, Fine Arts Academy Helsinki

Performative Choreography, course MA Choreography, 2020, Theater Academy Helsinki

Breathing Differently, course P2 Seminar, transdisciplinary seminar,  MA students from Fine Arts, Art Therapy, Dance, Social work, 2020, University of Applied Sciences Ottersberg, Germany

Breathing With Speaking, course MA Swedish Acting, 2020, Theater Academy Helsinki

Artistic Methods, course BA Inclusive Education, 2020, University of Applied Sciences Freiburg

Artistic Methods, course MA Inclusive Education, 2019, University of Applied Sciences Freiburg

Artistic Research, course MA Choreography, 2019, Theater Academy Helsinki.

Composition, Seeing, Time, course BA dance, 2013, Theater Academy Helsinki

Artistic Research in Performance, or: this is how my working feels like, workshop, MA Choreography, University of the Arts Antwerp

Composition, 3rd year, 25 students, Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD)

Composition, course BA dance, 13 students, Theater Academy Helsinki

Composition, 3rd year, 25 students, Skolen for Samtidsdans, Oslo

Supervising, mentoring, examiner at BA and MA leves

Mentoring of MA Choreography students, Teak, 2021/2022

Supervising solo projects of MA Choreography students, Teak, 2021

Eeva Juutinen, examination of written part of MA Choreography, Teak, 2021

Maya Olivia, supervision of written and artistic part of MA Choreography, Teak, 2021

Anna Biehler, Körpererleben im Kontext von Künstlerischen Therapien (Engl. Bodily Experience in the context of artistic therapies), examination of written thesis, BA Inclusive Pedagogy, University of Applied Sciences Freiburg, 2021

Tero Hytönen, Appearing Choreography Performing Perception, supervision of written part of MA Choreography, Teak, 2019

Stine Frandsen, mentoring artistic research, artistic-practical work and written assignments, BA Dance, Context, Choreography, HZT Berlin, 2014

Ellinor Ljungkvist, mentoring artistic research,artistic-practical work and written assignments, BA Dance, Context, Choreography, HZT Berlin, 2017-2018

Lisa Densem, mentoring artistic research, artistic-practical work and written assignments, MA Solo / Dance/ Authorship, HZT Berlin, 2014

Juan Harcha, mentoring artistic research, final practical work, artistic-practical work and written assignments, BA Dance, Context, Choreography, HZT Berlin, 2011-2013

Teaching Interventios in third cycle

Minor Teaching, research presentation to doctoral candidates of the Performing Arts Research Center of Uniarts Helsinki in the frame of Post-Doc Seminar, 2022

Infinite Titles: Nearby Breath, research presentation to doctoral candidates of the Performing Arts Research Center of Uniarts Helsinki in the frame of Post-Doc Seminar, 2020

Continuous Excerpt of an artistic research project in-making, presentation to doctoral candidates of the Performing Arts Research Center of Uniarts Helsinki in the frame of introduction week to doctoral studies, 2019