Theatre Academy

Haapaniemenkatu 6



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Register for the conference here. See also the Conference Programme.

Conference Publications

Proposals in the conference follow these presentation formats: Performative Presentations, Text-based Working Groups, Interventions and Collaborative Sessions.


The language of the conference is English.


All proposals are peer reviewed. There is a possibility of working towards a peer-reviewed exposition to be published in the thematic issue on Specificity of RUUKKU – Studies in artistic research, which is a Research Catalogue journal hosted by the UNIARTS Helsinki. Possible publication languages are English, Finnish and Swedish. Submission deadlines are communicated at the conference and at this conference website.

The 8th International Conference on Artistic Research in Helsinki will be held on 28 & 29 April, 2017 at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki, Finland.


Registration opens on 20 Februrary 2017 at 8:00 CET

Registration closes 13 April 2017 at 23:59 CET

Register here: [link]

The Conference Programme: [link]

Tip: Before registering, familiarize yourself with the programme and choose the sessions you wish to follow.


SAR members: 100 €

Non-members: 160 €

Reduced student fee

There are 50 places reserved for students and for non-affiliated SAR members for a reduced 60-euro fee. Once the 50 places have been sold, the student/non-affiliated fee is 100 euros. Valid student ID card must be presented at the registration desk at the conference.

To get the reduced fee, use this campaign code when registering: SAR2017Specify06

The use of campaign codes is monitored, so please be careful and use a correct one. You will find more instructions on the use of campaign codes on the registration form.

The conference registration includes:

-Participation in all plenary sessions

-Participation in three different group sessions

-Lunch on Friday and Saturday

-Helsinki City Reception and buffet on Friday 28 April

The registration does NOT include:
-Banking costs
-Travel and accommodation costs

See the FAQ [link] for accommodation offers.

in case of cancellation, unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds of paid conference fees.


14 February 2017 at 8:00 o'clock CET

This option is open for both our individual members and all officially affiliated to one of our Institutional members.

However, in order to use this opportunity for pre-registration and get your reduced SAR membership conference fee, please be aware that the membership fee for 2017 must have been paid before the registration! 

Please, find more about how to become a SAR member at the panel to the right.

Sharing Artistic Research Across Disciplines

Do you have a question
about the conference?

Click here for the FAQ.

Call for contributions    --- CLOSED ---

Artistic research is maturing. The period of inauguration characterized by multi-faceted discussions concerning institutional and disciplinary questions has, in many contexts, reached a saturation point. Diverse perspectives have emerged. Artistic research consists of a variety of approaches and solutions and often functions as a multi- and transdisciplinary venture. As a developing multi-methodological research culture artistic research enriches methodological innovation and cross-over projects.


Furthermore, research activities are structured with regard to some kind of specificity. A group of researchers might come together to work on a distinct object of study, through a specific question, with a certain methodology, and in a particular context. Depending on circumstances, specificity thus can appear as a socio-cultural parameter, a disciplinary variable or it can become a question of the medium of research. The Please Specify! Conference explores new perspectives on conditions of sharing research in the artistic field. How can specific interests, methods, discourses, positions and ways of knowing be more widely disseminated and made useful within and beyond artistic research?


The traditional frameworks for sharing research have been built on ideas about the research object, method, context or medium. We ask if the conditions of sharing research can be thematised in other terms? What if these conditions relate to provocation, excess, limited resources, reduction, mise en abyme, absurd argumentation, populism, conspiracy, amateurism and the like? How do these or other invented specificities inform your take on artistic research? How can these issues be shared?


The Please Specify! conference offers an opportunity for presenting and reflecting upon specific research constellations in which artist-researchers engage. How can such specificities be shared, presented and disseminated both in and out of academia? We invite proposals for presentations and workshops that examine the questions of specificity and sharing. We especially encourage the participation of postdoctoral researchers.



Riitta Pasanen-Willberg

Conference Manager, Senior Advisor, D.A. (Dance)

Theatre Academy at the University of the Arts Helsinki  

The Conference Committee includes members from SAR and Uniarts Helsinki:


  • Co-Chair: Professor Mika Elo (Uniarts Helsinki)
  • Co-Chair: Professor Leena Rouhiainen (Uniarts Helsinki/SAR Executive Board)
  • Dr. Alexander Damianisch (Zentrum Fokus Forschung at the University of Applied Arts Vienna, SAR Executive Board)
  • Vice-President Johan A Haarberg (SAR Executive Board)
  • Professor Kristiina Ilmonen (Uniarts Helsinki)
  • Professor Mieko Kanno (Uniarts Helsinki)
  • Associate Professor Anya Lewin (Plymouth University and SAR Executive Board)
  • Conference Manager Riitta Pasanen-Willberg (Uniarts Helsinki)

Society for Artistic Research - How do I become a SAR member?

The Society for Artistic Research (SAR) is an international, non-profit organisation, that is based in Switzerland and seated in Zürich. SAR nurtures, connects and disseminates artistic research as specific practices of creating knowledge and insight. SAR facilitates a range of encounters for its community of artistic practitioners in the pursuit of transformative understanding that impacts on political and societal processes as well as on culture of research and learning.

As a SAR member, you will receive a reduced conference registration fee!

Please, read more about SAR and become a SAR member here.

Previous Conference (2016) website

Keynote speakers

Simone Douglas

Associate Professor, Dr

Director MFA Fine Arts

School of Art, Media & Technology

Parsons School of Design, The New School (USA)


Esa Kirkkopelto

Professor in Artistic Research, Docent

Theatre Academy at the Uniarts Helsinki (FIN)


Catherine Laws

Dr, Senior Lecturer, Department of Music, University of York (UK)

and Senior Artistic Research Fellow, Orpheus Institute, Ghent (BE) 


Sean Lowry

Dr, Head of Critical and Theoretical Studies in Art

Victorian College of the Arts

Faculty of VCA and MCM

University of Melbourne, (AUS)


Victoria Pérez Royo

Dr, Faculty of Philosophy

University of Zaragoza (ESP)

Vicente Arlandis


Independent Artist (ESP)

Hans-Jörg Rheinberger 

Director emeritus, Dr

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (GER)