Research Pavilion #3: Research Ecologies

Research Pavilion
Torstai, toukokuu 9, 2019 - 10:00 - Keskiviikko, elokuu 28, 2019 - 18:00
Research Pavilion, Sala del Camino
The perspectives of artistic research challenge the established art biennale context in the third edition of Reserach Pavilion.

Instead of being focused on a curated exhibition, Research Pavilion #3 offers a view on the manifold practices of artistic research. The overarching title of the Pavilion, “Research Ecologies”, refers to the rich network of approaches involved.

The Pavilion, situated in the Sala del Camino on Giudecca, will be a vibrant, changing space that presents the multiple methods and practices of conducting artistic research. The artist researchers will also work together in residency periods in Venice as well as organise events, workshops, performances and discussions open to the public. Each opening day the Pavilion will offer moderated hours, inviting visitors to have a conversation with artist-researchers involved.

The Research Pavilion is an ongoing project created and hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki. Research Pavilion #3 is created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation and international partner institutions: Aalto University, Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Interlab Hongik University Seoul. The conveners of the project are Mika Elo, Professor from the University of the Arts Helsinki, and Henk Slager, professor and curator from the Netherlands.

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Research Pavilion #3: Research Ecologies


9 May – 28 August 2019, 10am–6pm. Moderated hours 10–12am. Closed Tuesdays.


Address: Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo 621, Giudecca, Venice. Free entry.






Opening on May 8 2019, 5.30pm until 8.30pm, Electronic Chamber Music will perform a concert-installation



9 May at 1–4pm & 10 May at 1–4pm
Foaming Exercise

A performative installation by Maiju Loukola and Paul Cegys, using the term foam as both noun and verb (foaming) in order to explore foam-like spatial formations at the intersection of physical, imaginary and virtual space, as well as in terms of space as socio-political construct.


9 May at 6-7pm
Insect Karaoke

The audience is invited to listen to sounds produced by insects and to imitate and interpret them using contact microphones and DIY instruments of kitchenware. A playful happening facilitated by Tuula Närhinen, Esa Kirkkopelto and Otso Lähdeoja. Visit also Tuula Närhinen’s exhibition “Entomological Encounters” and “Memorial to an Earthworm” in the courtyard.


13 May
Research Practices on Place  

This event will introduce different forms of inquiry on places, spaces, environments and habitats, through three basic formats ⎯ lectures, workshops, and live research ⎯ by focusing on the following topics: awareness/perception, notation/registration, narratives/gestures. Sign-up will be opened later.


22 May
Climate Change, Globalization and the Art World

The aim of the gathering is to discuss and analyse the city of Venice and its fragile ecological history, the system of the international art world and mega-shows like the Venice Biennale and to search for new and sustainable ways to work as an artist today in this context.


Workshops in June


Disruptive Processes are constituted as non-hierarchical open workshops in which knowledge is reciprocated and embodied. The Disruptive Processes research cell initiates methods that make societal, communal and artistic collaboration possible in five workshops. Sign-up will be opened later.

3–14 June: Temporary Agora

6 June: Feminist Gathering

10, 12 & 15 June: Where Did Art Go? / Get Lost!

12, 13, 14 & 15 June: Ajauksia: Sensory Experiences in Urban Space.

12–14 June: Wording — Collaborative Writing in Public Space.



16–18 June
Convocation | on Expanded Language-based Practices

Convocation – a call to come together, a gathering of expanded language-based practices. Weaving between artistic research and phenomenological approaches, this three-day event will include open workshops, live research, collective writing/reading exercises, and performative lectures. 


20 June
AIRA Re-Born

AIRA Re-Born is about the speculative future of one of the research cells in the pavilion, the Artistic Intelligence Research Alternator (AIRA). In this event, AIRA's evolution and transformation towards a more independent creature will be performed, demonstrated and discussed.


20–21 August
Material Encounters

A two-day programme, including a concert-lecture that showcases the outcomes of a residency period, during which musicians and ceramists worked side-to-side forming a parallel discussion of musical and gestural rhythms. The audience is welcomed to work with local clay. The event also includes discussions and presentations on materiality, archipelagic thinking, and the intertwined relationship between humans and soil.