Paula Kramer

  • Vieraileva tutkija, Taiteellisen tutkimuksen tk CfAR, Taideyliopisto


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I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) of the University of the Arts in Helsinki, focussing on intermateriality in site-specific movement practices.

I explore contemporary outdoor movement in the light of new materialist thought and collaborate with materials of many different orders as active agents in the creation of movement and performance making.

My artistic practice is rooted in contemporary outdoor movement practices and I work with performance making and movement laboratories in rural and urban outdoor locations, often in combination with writing, drawing and photography.

In 2015 I completed my practice-as-research PhD at Coventry University, available for download here.

Site-specific performance, awareness based improvisation, somatic practices and a postgraduate degree in political science (FU Berlin) all influence my work. Bettina Mainz (Berlin) and Helen Poynor (UK) have been (and are) significant teachers and mentors for me. Both are connected to Amerta Movement and have trained intensively with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Java and Europe.

I have been a member of the AHRC research network ROCK/BODY – Performative interfaces between the geologic and the body (2016) and Performance Footprint, the AHRC network project “Reflecting on Environmental Change through Site-Based Performance” (2010 – 2011). I am further a board member of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and have been editorial assistant of the journal between 2010 and 2012. In 2014 I was selected for a scholarship to participate in the Mellon Dance Summer Seminar at Stanford University (US).

I am deeply committed to develop and participate in research structures that allow for collective thinking and provide spaces for testing and discussing practice-based and qualitative research methods. I have thus co-initiated AREAL (the artistic research lab Berlin) as a platform for professional movement artists and artistic researchers to co-practice, adapt and disseminate practice-as-research in dance.