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University of the Arts Helsinki

Research Pavilion in Venice operates throughout the summer

The University of the Arts Helsinki’s contribution to the art biennale context, the third Research Pavilion, hosts an interesting programme of workshops, conversations, exhibitions, lectures, and research during the summer.

The Research Pavilion #3, situated in the Sala del Camino on Giudecca, is a vibrant, changing space that presents the multiple methods and practices of conducting artistic research.

A three-day event called Convocation will activate the Research Pavilion on 16–18 June. Weaving between artistic research and phenomenological approaches, the event will include open workshops, live research, collective writing/reading exercises, and performative lectures. Participants can attend the whole three-day event or just specific sessions. See the full programme and sign up here

In June, the Research Pavilion also hosts a series of free workshops open to all, conceived by the Disruptive Processes group that consists of ten researching artists from Finland and Sweden. The themes of the workshops vary from feminist gatherings to sensory experiences in urban space, and from building a shared meeting space, the Temporary Agora, to exploring whether and how art these days is a market economy product that can be transported from one place to another. More information on the workshops

One of the workshops, Wording on 12–14 June, can also be attended from outside Venice: In this experiment, writers will go to any public space, observe their environment and write down their observations during a 72-hour period. The exercise is open to everyone at any location.

Research Pavilion #3 uses the international research database Research Catalogue as a collaborative space for documenting the activities of the research cells, forming a living archive of their work. In the Research Catalogue, you can follow for example Tuomas Laitinen's durational performance Notes of an audience member, or take a look at Tuula Närhinen’s project Insects among us. 

Call for Contributions

Research Pavilion #3 sparks off discussion concerning artistic research also in the form of a peer-reviewed issue of the RUUKKU journal. RUUKKU is a multidisciplinary, multilingual, peer-reviewed rich media journal on artistic research. As an extension of the current edition of the Research Pavilion, and spurred on by a general ecologization of thinking, this issue of RUUKKU is entitled "Ecology of Practices" and will highlight ethico-political issues on the level of artistic research practices. The deadline for RUUKKU proposals is 1 October. See the call here.

Upcoming events at the Research Pavilion

Workshops in June by Disruptive Processes

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.

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.

Read more about the Disruptive Processes workshops

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. 
Read more about Convocation | on Expanded Language-based Practices  

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.

26 – 31 August
The 5th Nida Doctoral School: ‘Fight The Power 2019/1989: We, the Ungovernable’

The Nida Doctoral School (NDS) will be held at the Lithuanian Pavilion, the Research Pavilion and additional environments in Venice. Entitled ‘Fight The Power’, this year’s Nida Doctoral School is energized by the 30th anniversary of Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ and its opening credit sequence soundtrack-ed by Public Enemy. Convinced by the radical potentialities of research-as-praxis, NDS utilises this 30th anniversary to ask: what does it mean to do the right thing? The open call to join this year’s NDS has closed in March and the participating students have been selected.
Read more about the Nida Doctoral School in Venice


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: Aalto University, Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Interlab Hongik University Seoul.

Hours: 10am–6pm. Moderated hours 10am–noon. Closed Tuesdays. See the full programme here. Free admission.

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