Research Day: How are things done, produced or effected with performance?

fredag, november 16, 2018 - 10:00 till 18:00
Teatterikorkeakoulu, Auditorio 1
The research project How to Do Things with Performance? and the Finnish Network for Performance Studies organise a joint Research Day at Uniarts Helsinki


We invite everybody interested in performance studies, research on and in performance art and live art and in performance as research to join us in debating these topics!

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Download the Programme (pdf) and the Abstracts (pdf).


The main speaker

Bojana Cvejic: Imagining and Feigning

Bojana Cvejic is a performance theorist and performance maker whose most recent work Choreographing Problems (2015) discusses the relationship of philosophy and experimental choreographic practices by analysing some central works of contemporary dance. Her approach can be linked to performance philosophy as well, the aim of which is to bypass and overcome the abyss between making and thinking, art and philosophy (Laruelle, Ó Maoilearca, Cull, O’Sullivan). Cvejic is one of the founding members of the group Walking Theory, which represents the new critical theory of the former Eastern European countries. She is professor in dance at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.



Download the Programme in pdf here.
Download the Abstracts in pdf here.


Opening by Pilvi Porkola
Welcome by Annette Arlander


Bojana Cvejic: Imagining and Feigning

12.00-13.00: 1st Panel

Katariina Numminen: Open Rehearsal with Students from MA in Comparative Dramaturgy and Performance Research
Natalie Waerden: Transition and Transformation

13.00-14.00: Lunch (at own expense)

14.00-15.15: 2nd Panel

Hanna Järvinen: Democratic Bodies in Contemporary Dance
Elina Seye: Practices of Performing at Senegalese Sabar Dance Events
Lea Kantonen: Performance as a Methodology in Indigenous Studies?

15.15-15.30: Break with Coffee & snacks

15.30-16.45: 3rd Panel

Mieko Kanno: Musical Performance and Algorithmic Thinking
Elisabeth Belgrano: An Orna/Mentor’s Performance
Susanna Hast: Musistance – Musical Resistance

16.45-17.00: Break with Coffee & snacks

17.00-18.15: 4th Panel

Tero Nauha: Fictioning and Performance Thinking
Annette Arlander: The Cliff Revisited
Pilvi Porkola: Tools for Teaching - Perspectives of Performance Pedagogy and Live Art

We will be serving coffee and refreshments during the Research Day.

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Performance studies can be understood as the study of various practices and processes besides cultural and artistic performances. As art making in artistic research in performance studies performance or performing can function as a central research method or as one way of presenting research results. (Allegue et al. 2009; Hunter & Riley 2009; Kershaw & Nicholson 2011; Nelson 2013)

In the research project How to Do Things with Performance? (2016-2020) funded by the Academy of Finland we ask what can be done with performance - what actualises when a performance takes place, when it is documented, and when it is written about. We have looked for answers with the help of some concepts like fabulation, fictionalising, framing, reimagining and repeating. Fabulation refers here to the social way we are creating shared meanings. Fictionalising, on the contrary, is a mode of thinking which does not strive to any kind of equivalence in relation to the real or reality. Repeating with variation can be linked on one hand to learning, the stabilizing of impact, and on the other hand to the production of difference.

Read more on the project's website & the Research Catalogue page.