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RUUKKU - Studies in Artistic Research, Two open calls


Responsibility intertwines with the essential questions of power, historicities, control, freedom, availability and care, which accompany the acknowledgement that we inhabit this planet with other people, species and materials. In the context of artistic research, collective or individual, responsibility can be understood as a standpoint or as an attitude that activate critical thinking and diversity of caring practices.

This issue of RUUKKU explores the various ideas, interpretations and possibilities of responsibility, as it is related to artistic research activities. The responsibility can be conceived in relation to artist-researcher themselves or to an artwork: what might it mean to revisit established ideas from a new perspective, or to produce thinking, knowledge, experience, perhaps new praxes and poetics from this perspective? Responsibility can be also considered as a topical attitude within a particular research process, or in relation to larger contexts and realms of art, politics and society. Alternatively the expositions can redefine the practices of responsibility: What might responsibility mean for everyday practices in the time when the entire life in the planet needs urgent reconsideration? What kind of caring activities the responsible life in this planet might entail? How does artistic research embrace the enmeshed relationship between humans and environment, including its difference from non-human actors? 

The RUUKKU issue Responsibility supplements the Art of Research VII conference organized on 3-4 December 2020 at Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki, Finland. We invite artist–researchers — all participants of the Art of Research VI conference as well as others interested in the issues addressed in the call — to submit theme-related research expositions for the specific issue of RUUKKU.

The issue is edited by Mira Kallio-Tavin, Bilge AktaƟ and Maarit Mäkelä.

We ask you to create your proposals for research expositions in the Research Catalogue (RC) at Note! The creation of an exposition requires registration and a complete RC user account (see ‘register'). Please submit your proposals (complete expositions) via RC ('submit to publication', 'submit unlimited publication to', and 'ruukku') no later than 30th September 2021. If you wish for additional information, please contact Maarit Mäkelä at

Draft submissions can be discussed with the editors before 31st of August. In this case, the exposition should be shared with the editors using the RC link share function. Use the ‘share' menu, keep the exposition private but select the last option (‘When enabled…'), confirm the selection and send the link via e-mail to the address above. If you need assistance, please contact Tero Heikkinen at


Making Artistic Research Public

Making something public is intrinsic to art making and artistic research. This issue of RUUKKU focuses on how art's publicity relates to artistic research.

What kind of publishing artistic research needs, in order to generate something new? What is the effect of published artworks on their immediate surroundings, neighbourhoods or environments? What relevance have the changes and traces published artworks leave in public space? How can we bring forth artistic research in its diversity and variety? How can artistic research be made public?

To display a work in public means often to leave behind a singular piece or event in order to proceed further with the work. This could also mean that development on one theme ceases and another begins. Clearly the occasion of publishing initiates reflection on how the work was received and leads to new approaches for proceeding with the research. Art and artistic research are not only made for the public; they are also informed by their own publicity.

To what extent does making something public presuppose making it identifiable? Does this something have to be named? Does addressing the public always take the form of production? Are there alternative experimental or experiential ways of relating to matters of publicity?  Could they be more relevant to publishing Artistic Research than declaring products (artworks, articles, etc.) as outcomes of research or end results of processes? Could publishing be seen as a live model, a prototype for learning processes that develop a relationship with the public?

This thematic issue of RUUKKU anticipates the Artistic Research Network (EARN) – event with exhibition, talks and happenings taking place in Helsinki in the autumn of 2022.  Being connected to this live event and exhibition, Making Artistic Research Public RUUKKU issue gives the opportunity to artist-researchers to share their thoughts on publishing through on-site extensions of the expositions. 

We invite all artist-researchers to submit research expositions which may be complemented with live and material artworks. Your exposition may include themes such as 

  • Exhibition as research
  • Changes and traces published artworks leave in public space
  • Artistic publishing as theorising in practice
  • The relationship of production and the public
  • Teaching artmaking as publishing of artistic practice and artistic research
  • Expositionality
  • Experimental publishing, publishing formats and processes

Welcome are

  • Concrete artistic research that relates to the public
  • Thoughts about the role of publishing in art and artistic research.
  • Alternative ways of presenting research
  • Expositions in English, Finnish and Swedish

Issue editors: Denise Ziegler, Saara Hacklin, Tero Heikkinen

Submit your full exposition by October 30th 2021.

Instructions for submitting and draft submissions, including links to detailed instructions, can be found at

RUUKKU is a multidisciplinary, multilingual, peer-reviewed media rich journal on artistic research launched in 2013. RUUKKU is published and supported by the University of the Arts Helsinki, Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture and the Faculty of Art and Design at the University of Lapland, with a particular focus on multi-lingual publication. The primary languages of publication are Finnish, Swedish and English.





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