Tero Nauha


Professor in Live Art and Performance Studies MA programme, Theatre Academy


I am an artist and post-doctoral researcher, and the professor in Live Art and Performance Studies (LAPS) MA programme in the University of the Arts Helsinki. In my 2016 Doctoral dissertation, my research focused on the effects of cognitive capitalism on artistic research. I followed this with two post-doctoral research projects: a one-year project at the Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki (2017) and a four-year collaborative research project funded by the Academy of Finland, ‘How to Do Things with Performance?’ Originally trained in visual arts, where I concluded my education in 2000, my artistic practice combines techniques in media art, performance and language-based artworks in researching the interstices between intangible forms and material cultures. Both my research and artistic practices highlight the experimental ethos and non-standard methods in approaching the contemporary moment. Since 2018 I have been the full Professor in Live Art and Performance Studies MA programme at the Uniarts Helsinki.


Konstnärligt aktivitet

2022 Fictioning, performance, reading and performative attire, Myymälä 2, Helsinki

2022 Tulipää, performative attire for Juha Valkeapää, Helsinki

2021 thought of performance, performative installation, Research Pavilion, Helsinki

2021 Current. Mix. Currents. Performance Protocols, Akusmata gallery, Helsinki

2021 Traje Performativo: MPR21, performative attire, Mostra de performances, Belo Horizonte

2019 Sivuhenkilöitä / Minor Characters, Minna Henriksson & Tero Nauha, Maa-tila, Helsinki

2018 Performance Thinking with Oceanique, “Squash & Stretch”, Oxford Brookes University

2017 Océanique, Night of Philosophy, Helsinki Festival, Kiasma

2017 Thought of performance,  theatre.now, Kiasma

2016 Sinä ja Minä, ARTSI Vantaa Art Museum, Vantaa

2016 Thought of performance, Turku New Performance, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum

2016 Thought of performance, Camino events, Research biennale, Venice, Uniarts Helsinki

2016 Parantola, Paimio Sanatorium, Arte ry, Turku

2015 Disappear One, actor in a film essay by Silvia Maglioni & Graeme Thomson

2015 10. Mänttä Art Festival, Mänttä, Finland

2014 Manamachine: schizoproduction, “Matters of Time”, Frankfurter Kunstverein

2014 Life in Bytom, Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki

2014 Life in Bytom, “Manifesta on Board”, Frame Contemporary Finland, Helsinki to St. Petersburg

2014 Partial drool, erotic teeth, pins and needles. Stockholm University of The Arts

2013 Life in Bytom, Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo, Brazil

2013 Astronomer: experiment, with Cássio Santiago & Juha Valkeapää. Sesc Pinheiros, São Paulo

2013 Wywrotka / Capsizing, Huuto Gallery, Helsinki

2013 Faciality. Performances Finlandaises. Le Lieu, Quebec

2012 Life in Bytom, CSW Kronika, Bytom, Poland

2012 Motor City, Potentials of Performance. LADA, Performance Matters, London

Forskning och publikationer


Peer-reviewed scientific articles

2021 “The Machinic Desire of Cinema” Machinic Assemblages of Desire: Deleuze and Artistic Research 3. Eds. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Leuven: University Press

2019 “Fictioning a Thought of Performance” Aberrant Nuptials: Deleuze and Artistic Research. Eds. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Leuven: University Press

2019 “The Experience of ‘Something’ in Performance”, Ruukku Journal, Nr. 11. http://ruukku-journal.fi/issues/11

2019 “The Expropriation of the Force-(of)-Thought in Artistic Practices” Parse Journal, 2019, Vol. 9, https://metapar.se/journal/issues

2018 “A Stranger thought: victim thinking and fictioning” Näyttämö ja tutkimus, 7. Eds. Anna Thuring, Anu Koskinen & Tuija Kokkonen. Helsinki: Teatteritutkimuksen Seura.

2018 “Aesthetic Intra-Action” Ruukku: Studies in Artistic Research, Nr 9 Eds. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Tero Nauha & Milla Tiainen. http://ruukku-journal.fi/fi/issues/9

2018 “What is Refugee?” with Will Daddario, Janhavi Dhamankar, Milton Loayza, Jon McKenzie, Yana Meerzon, Theron Schmidt and Aneta Stojnić. Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol 4, No 1 http://www.performancephilosophy.org/journal

2017 “From schizoproduction to non-standard artistic research” The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research. Eds. Paulo de Assis & Paolo Giudici. Leuven: University Press

2017 “A thought of performance” Performance Philosophy Journal, Vol. Vol 2, No 2, http://www.performancephilosophy.org/journal

2016 “Speculation on change from the posture of performance art practice” Ruukku Nr. 6/2016. http://ruukku-journal.fi/fi/issues/6/

2016 “Schizoproduction and artistic research.” The Dark Precursor: International Conference on Deleuze and Artistic Research. Edited by Paulo de Assis and  Paolo Giudici. https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/238321/238322

2013 “Plasticity and schizoanalytic performance practice: the production of subjectivity in a post-industrial town of Bytom.” Ruukku nr 1/2013.

2013 “Schizoanalysis as a Method in Artistic Research.” Journal of Artistic Research, No. 3, http://www.jar-online.net/

Non-refereed scientific articles

2022 “Aktywa praktyki artystycznej  [The assets of artistic practice] Mlode Wilki 2014-2021. Edited by Lukasz Jasztrubczak. Szczecin: Wydawnictwo Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie

2021 “The pedagogy of live art perspectivism”, Ale dlaczego ja to pytam? – But why am I asking this? ed. Tomasz Drewicz. Poznan: Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu

2017 “A Performance Entangled with Philosophy” Nivel: Poetics of Form, vol. 8. http://nivel.teak.fi/poetics-of-form. Helsinki: Uniarts Helsinki.

2017 ”Ajattelun mahdollinen talous”, Taide, Työ ja Kritiikki. Ed. Martta Heikkilä. Helsinki: Mustekala.

2017 “Performance art can’t be taught”, Performance artists’ workbook, ed. Pilvi Porkola. Helsinki: Theatre Academy

2012 “Życie w Bytomiu / Life in Bytom”, Social Works: Prace Społeczne. Ed. by Stanisław Ruksza. Bytom: CSW Kronika.

Scientific books (monographs)

2021 Activating Dissonance: 20 Years of Live Art Education in Finland. (ed.) Tero Nauha, Helsinki: Uniarts Helsinki

2020 Performanssifilosofiaa (eds.) Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen ja Pilvi Porkola. Helsinki: Theatre Academy.

2015 Provocation & Heresy. Malmö: Förlaget


2016 Schizoproduction: Artistic research and performance in the context of immanent capitalism. (Doctoral dissertation). Helsinki: University of the Arts Helsinki.


  • performance
  • artistic research
  • critical finance
  • material cultures