How to do things with performance? 

In this project, we ask what can be done with performance - what actualises when a performance takes place, when it is documented, and when it is written about. Through these epistemological questions, we address the ontology of performance: in what ways can we understand 'performance' today, as a new materiality, as presence, and in the international, multilingual context where words, documents, and practices connote differently but are shared in online environments. We seek to update the theory of performativity vis à vis new materialist theories of agential realism and non-philosophy. 

Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä? 

Projektissa kysymme, mitä esityksellä voi tehdä - mitä aktualisoituu kun esitys tapahtuu, kun se dokumentoidaan tai siitä kirjoitetaan. Näiden epistemologisten kysymysten kautta pohdimme esityksen ontologiaa: millä tavoin 'esitys' voidaan ymmärtää juuri nyt, uutena materiaalisuutena, läsnäolona, ja kansainvälisessä monikielisessä kontekstissa, jossa sanat, dokumentaatiot, ja käytänteet ymmärretään eri tavoin mutta jaetaan internetin välityksellä. Tavoitteenamme on päivittää performatiivisuuden teoriaa suhteessa uusmaterialistiseen teoriaan. 

Abstract 

How to Do Things with Performance? brings together four views on artistic research in performance. By asking what can be done with performance as research, the project partakes in recent discussions in artistic research, in performance philosophy, and performative and performance writing as well as in the emergent discussion of performance studies in Finland.
Through performing research, artistic research defines what is the context or the world where this performance takes place. Hence, a critical attitude towards the political, social, economic, and philosophical premises of research is inherent in the process – not as given, but as produced and articulated in and as the acts of research. Moreover, artistic research does not produce only postulations about the world; rather, its processes and performances will actualise in the world as real and material events.
By focusing on such material-discursive practices, the project tests and develops further ideas related to the agency of matter and to performance, refuting the separation of the material and the textual-discursive. The project therefore continues the critique and rethinking of the meaning of performativity developed by Karen Barad in the tradition from Foucault to Braidotti, albeit with a focus on practical investigations and experiments as well as texts and academic performances. An inherently collaborative project, the project seeks to enact changes in the institutions in which the project takes place: in academia, in art, in archives and museums, in public spaces like libraries, and in relation with the larger socio-economic changes, such as migration and labour. The practical working method of creating performative writing (in the expanded sense) together will lead to joint presentations as well as solo work, to performances and workshops as well as academic publications and symposia. 

How to Do Things with Performance? 

Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?

The research team:

 

Annette Arlander

 

Hanna Järvinen

 

Tero Nauha

 

Pilvi Porkola

2016

kick off seminar 4th october 2016

First "hoppings" (internal working session) on Monday 10 October, led by Pilvi Porkola and Annette Arlander. 

  Jeux, uudelleen kuviteltu, re-imagined

  choreography Liisa Pentti, 

  advisor Hanna Järvinen

  Performances in Turku 19-21.10.2016

  Performances in Helsinki 4-6.11.2016

  see website

  Conference presentation on the Jeux

  project at Congress on Research in

  Dance & Society of Dance History

  Scholars Conference Beyond

  Authenticity and Appropriation,

  Pomona College, CA

Second "hoppings" (internal working session) on 14th November, led by Tero Nauha and Hanna Järvinen

Pilvi Porkola: Kirjastoesseet osa 1.

(The Library Essays, part 1.)

Thursday 15.12. 2016 at 6 pm and 6.45 pm

Thursday 12.1. 2017 at 6 pm and 6.45

Consept, text, performance, space: Pilvi Porkola

Technical realization: Pauli Riikonen

Place: The Old Library of Maunula

A Thought of Performance

Tero Nauha


Published in the Performance Philosophy online journal, Vol. 2, No 2 (2017).

2017

Annette Arlander: "Mitä tekijä voi tehdä?" [What can an author-maker-factor do?]

published in Annette Arlander, Laura Gröndahl and Marja Silde (eds.) Tekijä - teos, esitys ja yhteiskunta [Author - Work, Perfromance and Society] 

http://teats.fi/tekija-teos-esitys-ja-yhteiskunta/

Hoppings 6.2.207 10 am - 12 noon

room 512 Theatre Academy

presenting: Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander

Annette Arlander:Performing Landscape – Swinging Together or Playing with projections”.

Body, Space & Technology Journal. Vol.16http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol16/  

(NB. flash needed)

 "Lentämisen alkeet" [Learning to Fly] 

TOTEM-teatteri, käsikirjoitus ja ohjaus [script and directing] Pilvi Porkola. 

Kouluissa kiertävä esitys 6-12 vuotiaille. Ensiesitys 17.1.2017 Kausi 2017.

A performance for children aged 6-12 touring in schools. First performance January 17, 2017.

Information (In Finnish)

http://www.totemteatteri.com/ohjelmisto.html

Hoppings 6 March 10 am to noon at Theatre Academy, room 526.

Hanna Järvinen presented the working process of Jeux - re-imagined.

Mitä esityksellä voi tehdä? [What can be done with perfromance?]

short interview about the project on the Academy of Finland website by Suvi Ruotsi

http://www.aka.fi/fi/akatemia/media/Ajankohtaiset-uutiset/2017/mita-esityksella-voi-tehda/

Hoppings 24 April 10 am to noon at Theatre Academy, room 525.

Annette Arlander invited the participants to create a voice over to her video Year of the Monkey - Tomtebo. Hanna Järvinen invited to re-imagine and play with a historical photo from Jeux.

What is Given?

A three-hour collaborative session by Nauha, Porkola, Järvinen & Arlander at the SAR (Society for Artistic Research) Conference Please specify! at the University of the Arts Helsinki 28-29 April 2017 

 

See conference website



Ice Hole - Live Art Journal Issue # 6

edited by Pilvi Porkola, based on presentations at the kick off seminar in october 2016

http://www.icehole.fi

(remember to update the link!)

Hoppings 8 May 2017 from 9 to 11 am at Theatre Academy, room 615

Pilvi Porkola presented her recent  works, Library Essays and Learning to Fly and invited a discussion about them.


Accessing Performance

A two-day event with contributions by Arlander, Järvinen, Nauha & Porkola at the Artistic Research Pavilion on Giudecca in Venice 17th and 18th May 2017


program research-pavilion-accessing-performance

schedule here

blog post on accessing-performance


Annette Arlander: Practicing Art - As a Habit?

Ruukku Journal Issue 7, 2017.

https://www.researchcatalogue.net/view/292065/292066

Pilvi Porkola:

paper at....

Tero Nauha: "A Critical Posture of Performance" at the Dialogues on Dance, Philosophy, and  Performance in the Contemporary Neoliberal Moment, June 1-2, University of Coventry.

Tero Nauha: “Fictioning a performance” performance and lecture, ADiE: Talking Thinking Dancing, June 6-8, Dance4, Nottingham.

Presentation at Performance Studies International PSI in Hamburg


As part of "Excess and Abundance of Artistic Research" organised by the Artistic Research Working Group. See program on the working group blog

Images, here.

PSi PERFORMANCE AND PHILOSOPHY WORKING GROUP: Philosophy of the Refugee

Amir Aharon, Sara Zaltash (UK), Hilan Bensusan  (BEL), Will  Daddario, Milton  Loayza, Jon McKenzie (USA), Janhavi Dhamankar (IN), Yana Meerzon (CAN), Rima Najdi (DE), Tero Nauha (FIN), Theron Schmidt (AUS), Aneta Stojnic ́ (SRB)

Audio recordings: 

Presentation at the Sao Paulo Escola del Teatro

6.7. 19.00 


Pilvi Porkola: 

Hanna Järvinen:

Annette Arlander: Performing with Trees? (introduction) with screening of The Tide in Kan Tiang

Tero Nauha:

Performance by Pilvi Porkola Finlandia

12.7. 12.30 Prainha

at IFTR conference Sao Paulo

Presentation at IFTR conference Sao Paulo


Performance Philosophy 11.7. 14.00 

Tero Nauha: The unstable 'fictioning' in performance and philosophy

Annette Arlander: How to do things by performing with plants?

Hanna Järvinen: On the Historical Materiality of Performance, Past and Present.

**

Presentation at IFTR conference Sao Paulo

Body, Space and Performativity 13.7. 14.00

Pilvi Porkola: "Library Essays - from representation of space to performative space."

2018

Tero Nauha: Article "Fictioning and Fabulating the Real" with Ilona Hongisto for the Emerging Affinities: Possible Future of Performative Arts, published by Jagiellonian University Kraków, Poland. Coming out in 2018.

2019

2020