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University of the Arts Helsinki

The Research Pavilion gathers artist-researchers in Venice

Once more, the University of the Arts Helsinki brings the issues of artistic research to the context of the Venice Biennale. The Research Pavilion in Venice will be realised for the third time in 2019.

Uniarts Helsinki’s Research Pavilion highlights the points of view of artistic research in the context of the world’s best-known contemporary art event in spring and summer 2019. Set up now for the third time, the Research Pavilion has cemented its position as the focal point in artistic research, drawing international artists and researchers to Venice every two years. 

With the Research Pavilion, Uniarts Helsinki offers a platform for thinking, discussion and collaboration arising from artistic research. This time, the Pavilion’s programme is focused around international research cells. Almost fifty artist-researchers in seven research cells will participate in an almost year-long process where the themes and programme of the Research Pavilion will sprout and take shape in joint discussions.  

“The Research Pavilion brings together researching artists from different countries. This creates a whole that is more than the sum of its parts. The starting point is the collaboration stemming from the operations of the research cells and the themes taking shape during the process, including human impact on the environment and the varied methods of artistic research,” Mika Elo and Henk Slager, the convenors of the Pavilion explain.

“There are no simple solutions to the complicated global challenges we face today. Art and artistic research introduce new perspectives on phenomena that would otherwise be hard to grasp. Uniarts Helsinki is a pioneer of artistic research, and we want to actively create international networks in the field”, says Jari Perkiömäki, Rector at Uniarts Helsinki.

The Research Pavilion will operate from May to the end of August 2019. As in previous years, the Research Pavilion will take place at the old monastery Sala del Camino, a charming oasis on Giudecca, some distance away from the masses of the biennale.

The Research Pavilion is an ongoing project created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki. Research Pavilion #3 is created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation and international partner institutions. The main partners are Aalto University, Valand Academy of arts at the Gothenburg University, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Interlab Hongik University Seoul, and Taipei National University of the Arts.

Research cells and Switchboard

The Research Pavilion #3 project proceeds towards the high season in Venice through a series of research cell assemblies in September 2018, November 2018, and February 2019. A group of international experts – Esa Kirkkopelto, Sunjung Kim, Ellen J Røed, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger and Giaco Schiesser – have been invited to facilitate this self-reflective and collaborative process. Due to its decisive role in articulating interconnections between the Research Cells, this group of experts is called the Switchboard.

Research cells in the Research Pavilion project


Cemetry Archipelago: On the imaginaries of human and non-human death

Disruptive Processes + Artistic Intelligence Research Alternator AIRA


Territories :: Dialects

Through Phenomena Themselves: Exploring new possibilities of mutual enhancement between artistic and phenomenological research practices

Traces from the Anthropocene: Working with Soil & Insects among Us


Further information:

Professor Mika Elo, Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts, or +358 (0)50 347 3969



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