Första delen av projektet sker under 2017 i Helsingfors vid forskarkollegiet Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies vid Helsingfors Universitet, finansierat av Kone Foundation. 

The first part of the project takes place during 2017 in Helsinki at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies at the University of Helsinki, financed by Kone Foundation.


Andra delen av projektet sker under åren 2018-2019 i Stockholm vid Stockholms Konstnärliga Högskola, finansierat av Vetenskaprådet. 

The second part of the project takes place during 2018-2019 in Stockholm at Stockholm University of the Arts, financed by Vetenskapsrådet.

Performing with Plants 

- an artistic research project by Annette Arlander

Att uppträda/samarbeta med växter

- ett konstnärligt forskningsprojekt av Annette Arlander

Tidigare arbeten (särskild exposition)

Träden talar 

Earlier works (separate exposition): 

Talking Trees 

follow the timeline

följ tidslinjen


Performing Landscape – Swinging Together or Playing with Projections”. In Body, Space, & Technology Journal Vol.16.  http://people.brunel.ac.uk/bst/vol16/  NB. Flash needed


Fotodagbok: Det första året med växter

Photo diary: Year One With Plants


Kasvien kanssa - With Plants 

Seminar on working with plants 3 May 2017, 10 am to 4 pm

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies

(in Finnish)

"Performing with plants - for a planthroposcene", paper presentation at Art in the Anthropocene Conference in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin, 7 to 9 June 2019. 


"Performing with Plants" in a workshop in Plantarium - Re-imagining Green Futurities, Linköping University 1-2 June 2017


"Practising art - as a habit? / Att utöva konst - som en vana?" In Ruukku Journal, # 7. June 2017. http://ruukku-journal.fi/en


"How to do things with performance – Performing with plants (first attempts)" in the Artistic Research Working Group at PSI#23 Overflow (Performance Studies International conference) in Hamburg June 8-11. 2017. 


"How to do things by performing with plants" in the panel organised by the research project How to Do Things with Performance at the IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) conference Unstable Geographies - Multiple Theatricalities in Sao Paulo 10-14 July 2007.


"Between Sea and Sky - With a Tree" at the seminar Between Sky and Sea: Tourist organised by Performance Art Bergen in Kvalnes, Lofoten, 18 July 2017.


"Performing with Plants" videoinstallation at CARPA 5 - Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts 31.8.-2.9.2017 https://sites.uniarts.fi/fi/web/carpa/tietoa

Text in the proceedings: http://nivel.teak.fi/carpa5/annette-arlander-performing-with-plants/

Artist-in-residence at Nida, Lithuania, during September

See work plan here:


Some videos created in Nida, here:



"Swinging at Munke Mose" - participatory performance in connection to the seminar "Sense it... don't tell it" in Odense 1-2.9. 2017

Program http://nordicperformanceart.dk/en/seminar-17/

Info http://nordicperformanceart.dk/annette-arlander/

Material recorded during the day, to be projected onto the site https://vimeo.com/232254487

Documentation of the swinging with the projection at night https://vimeo.com/232291605 

"Performing with Plants"

presentation and workshop at the doctoral symposium Transversality in Performance: (un)(dis)covering processes from what the body knows

University of Gothenburg, Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, 9-10 October 2017

With Plants

A seminar on working with plants 27 October 2017 10 am to 6 pm

Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24 A floor 1, room 136


This multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary event is aimed at artists, researchers and scholars who are  working with plants in various ways.


Call, program and abstracts  (see below)

"Resting with the Pines in Nida"

presentation including

Walking in Nida and

Sunday with a Pine

"Performing with plants"

public presentation at the seminar organised by Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, at Helsinki University Tiedekulma (Think Corner) 14.11.2017.

See here

"Att samagera med växter - Performing with plants

presentation, process, archive"

at the symposium on artistic research organised by the Swedish Research Council at Stockholm University of the Arts 28-29.11. 2017

Program here 

"The Tree Calendar or Performing with Plants in the Parks of Helsinki"

HCAS-blog 4.12.2017  here


Fotodagbok: Det andra året med växter

Photo diary: Year Two With Plants


Videos edited based on material recorded in 2017:

With a Sycamore in Humlegården 1 and 2 (44 min. 10 sec.)

With a Beech in Djurgården (44 min. 10 sec.)

details and video clips (small files) available here and here



Presentation of the project - showing "Rowan in February" - at the internal RICH/REACH seminar at DOCH 20 February 2018.

"Performing with plants as experiential challenge" 

presentation at

Open Seminar: Research in Arts and Experience

26 March at Dipoli, Aalto University, Helsinki

see program here

Performing with Plants”.

In Leena Rouhiainen (ed.) Perilous Experience CARPA 5 Colloquium Proceedings. Nivel 09 2018 

See here


"Performing with plants" - presentation at the staff meeting of Stockholm University of the Arts 9 April 2018.

Rainy Day in Rekdal (With Downy Birch), Grey Day in Rekdal, two-channel installation 15 min 20 sec. 2017

shown at the Radical Relevances Exhibition 25-27.4.2018, Harald Herlin Learning Center, Aalto University

Exhibition program, see here

"Rainy Day in Rekdal (With Downy Birch)" presentation in the panel Melting Capitalism at the Radical Relevances conference, Aalto University 25-27.4.2018 See program here

"Puiden kanssa Helsingin puistoissa"

(With Trees in the Parks of Helsinki)

presentation at the Finnish Urban Studies conference 2-4 May in Helsinki, see information (in English) and program (in Finnish)

Working with the Vegetal

A one-day seminar on working with vegetation 23 May 2018 10 am at Stockholm University of the Arts Research Centre, Linnégatan 87. See info here 

Urban Matters: Material Engagements with Communities and Borders in Times of Movement.

The 9nth Annual Conference on the New Materialisms 

June 20-22 2018, University of Utrecht


Fotografier av bark på flickr (från 1.8. 2018)

Photos of bark on flickr (from 1 August 2018)



Trees in Victoria

Exhibition in the old Telegraf on Harakka Island, Helsinki 3-12. august 2018


Utställning i den gamla telegrafen på Stora Räntan in Helsingfors 3-12.8.2018 


Rainy Day in Rekdal

installation and screen talk at the symposium Tanz der Dinge - Things that Dance organised by Gesellschaft für Tanzforschung, Karlsruhe 5-7 October 2018 

see information here

and program here

"Performing with Plants", Monday 9 October 6 pm

in the open lecture series Frank Professors organised by the University of the Arts Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki at the Exhibition Laboratory, see info here 

Participating in Alliances and Commonalities at Stockholm University of the Arts 25-27 October, with "The Spruce Revisited" as part of the performance "How to do things with performance in alliance with things, concepts, bodies or plants", see program 

"Artistic Research as Situated Practice - Performing with Lichen"

video lecture at the conference and book launch Research in the Arts - the need for artistic ideas on 27 November 2018 at Museo Arceologico do Carmo, Lissabon

Working with the Vegetal II

29 November 2018 at Stockholm University of the Arts, Linnégatan 87

see information on uniarts website

and on facebook, here


Fotodagbok: Det tredje året med växter

Photo diary: Year Three With Plants


Floating Peripheries at university of Lapland,

Rovaniemi 14-16 January 2019

"Visiting a Tree" (presentation and installation)

organisers' website

Proceedings published on the Research Catalogue as part of Ruukku Jounal 12, here, inlcuding my conribution Visiting a Tree

The Stockholm Tree Calendar in the entrance hall to Stockholm University of the Arts, Linnégatan 87 in 2019

"Performing with a Pine Tree",

presentation in two parts at Stockholm University of the Arts Research Week 22-25 January 2019

Research week website

"Resting with Pines in Nida - attempts at performing with plants"

 Performance PhilosophyVol 4, no 2 (2019):452-475 


“Performing with Plants - Appearing with Elms and Alder”. In Mika Elo, Lea Kantonen and Petri Kaverma (eds.) Etappeja - Kuvataideakatemian tohtoriohjelma 20 vuotta / Waypoints - The Doctoral Programme at Academy of Fine Arts 20 Years. 2019, pp. 33-56. 

A pdf-copy of the whole book is available here:


Presentation at Sensing the City - Salon, Coventry University 4 March 2019.


"Hanging in a Pine tree or appearing with plants" performance lecture at Performance Philosophy Research Festival and Conference, Intervention! Intoxication? Amsterdam 14-17 March 2019.



Working with the Vegetal III

Stockholm University of the Arts 4 April 2019,

Linnégatan 87 room 502



Screening of With a Beech in Djurgården as part of

"What do we mean by artistic research - some Nordic perspectives on artistic doctorates" at Per/Forming Futures Investigating Artistic Doctorates in Dance and Performance conference, Middlesex University 11 April 2019

link to recording of talk here

A Day with Old Tjikko on Fulufjället

together with Camilla Johansson Bäcklund

see brief note in English 

see blog post in English

see field notes in Swedish

"Performing with Pine and Spruces"

presentation at the conference Trees in/and/around Literature in the Anthropocene

University of Torino 21-22 May 2019

"Performing with plants  - for a planthroposcene", presentation at Art in the Anthropocene Conference

Trinity College Dublin, 7 to 9 June 2019.


Screening of Sunday with a Pine at Evolving the Forest Conference, Dartington Hall, Devon 19-21 June 2019. https://evolvingtheforest.uk

Visit to Saari manor and Seili Island

see videos

With a Yew in Dartington Hall garden on 21 June 2019

see videos

“Moving in a Pine” as part of “performance-response-extraction – elasticity of artistic research” by the Artistic Research Working Group at PSI #25 in Calgary 4-7.7.2019. 


"PAR and plants - Performing with trees?"

in the Performance as Research Working Group 

at IFTR Shanghai conference  8-12 July 2019


With a plane tree in Fuxing Park, see video

Lichen at Allinge 15.7.-11.8.2019.

at Mediabox, Gallery Forum Box Helsinki


Day with a Juniper 1-2

Utö (Finland) 3.8.2019, see videos

Participating in CARPA 6 in Helsinki with the research project HTDTWP, performing "the transformative potential of performance" in Kiasma Theatre 29 August 2019. 

See https://sites.uniarts.fi/web/carpa/carpa6

My solo part consisted of posing with a video essay, "Revisiting the Juniper" (here below without the voice-over text).

View from a Pine, video focusing on light, as part of the Performance - Response - Extraction -process of the Artistic Research Working Group of Performance Studies International.

Body on the Rocks - video works. 

Exhibition in the Telegraph on Harakka Island 10-15.9.2019


The exhibition included two works with tree trunks,

Body with a Corpse and Sitting with a Corpse 


It rains - it thinks - it dances”. In Johannes Birringer, Josephine Fenger (Hg./eds.) Tanz der Dinge/Things that dance. Jahrbuch Tanzforschung 2019. Bielefeld: transcript Verlag, pp. 187-191.

(based on the presentation at the conference in Karlsruhe October 2018)

“Performing as a tourist - with trees”. In Terese Longva and Rita Marhaug (eds.) Between Sky and Sea V: Tourist. Bergen: performance Art Bergen and PABLISH 2018, pp. 128-149.

(based on a talk in Rekdal in July 2017)

Working with the Vegetal IV

Stockholm University of the Arts

17 October 10 am Linnégatan 87, room 502

informal seminar for artists and researchers working with the vegetal in various ways,

see call here

“Authentic trees? – Artistic research, non-human collaborators and the documentary”. In Quaresma, José (ed.) Research in the Arts. Authenticity, Polymathy and Dissimulation. Lissabon: Museo Archeologico.

Presentation as a prerecorded video in the seminar 24 October 2019 in Lissabon (see below).

Installation at Kungliga Musikhögskolan 19 November in the context of the seminar on artistic research organised by the Swedish Research Council 

Video installation "Swinging - With a Pine - Hanging"

in the exhibition I Experience as I Experiment – I Experiment as I Experience. Experience and Experimentality in artistic work and research curated by Denise Ziegler at Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki. 26 November - 12 December.

including presentation of the work at Kuva Research Day 10 December 2019.


Recording of the presentation at Kuva research Days:


Performing with Plants

presentation and discussion of the project in the research seminar at Stockholm University of the Arts 11 December 2019 at 1-4 pm.

Comments by professors Ellen Roed and Rebecca Hilton

Publishing of the bilingual picture book Att Uppträda med Träd - Performing with Trees

Visiting olive trees in Ulldecona 18-22.12.2019

Blog in Swedish: https://annettearlander.com/2019/12/23/hos-olivtraden-i-ulldecona/

Blog in English:  https://annettearlander.com/2019/12/23/visiting-olive-trees-in-ulldecona/

And Australian banyan trees (Ficus Macrophylla) in Alicante 25-27.12.2019


"Year of the Pig with a Tatarian Maple", presentation at the Stockholm Uniarts Research Week 24.1.2020 including a visit to the tree with a link to a mini-version of the video https://annettearlander.com/current-projects/year-of-the-pig-with-a-tatarian-maple/ (after the official ending of the project at the end of 2019)

Publications, and  other public outputs 

are listed on a separate page, HERE