Camino Events

Camino Events – which lend their name from the Research Pavilion's venue, Sala del Camino – consist of screenings, concerts, seminars, artist talks, performances and interventions from over 100 artists and artistic-researchers from art universities of Northern Europe.

Camino Events

Research Pavilion in Venice

Accessing Performance
Tero Nauha, Pilvi Porkola, Hanna Järvinen, and Annette Arlander.


A workshop, a seminar, performances and screenings addressing accessibility and performance, performing materiality past and present, as well as technology and mediation of performance. Organised by the Academy of Finland funded research project “How to do things with performance?"

Project exposition:

Vincent Roumagnac, Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou and Esa Kirkkopelto

The two-hour presentations & discussion session is proposed as a critical amplification of Vincent Roumagnac's artistic research project 'Backdrop' shown in the exhibition. It is generated from the interest to diffract the research focus on expanded theatre and time ecology by discussing assumptions, perspectives and prototypes on the theme of 'Future Stages / Stage Futures', under the umbrella-topic of the Research Pavilion 'The Utopia of Access' and on the intersection of artistic research, performing arts, philosophy and architecture. The session will consist of two presentations and one collective exercise followed by an open discussion.

Photo credit: Aurélie Pétrel

Photo credit: Matthew Cowan

Matthew Cowan, Leena Kela, Ilya Orlov and Anssi Pulkkinen

As artistic researchers we are engaged with the process of exposing our research. These processes of exposition are naturally uncovered as documents of many kinds. This project is an attempt to grasp these processes as impermanent presentations, a kind of intervention and temporary counterpoint to the Research Pavilion. Antitheses is a project by doctoral researchers Matthew Cowan, Leena Kela, Ilya Orlov and Anssi Pulkkinen from Uniarts Helsinki (the University of the Arts Helsinki) in collaboration with Doctoral researchers in the arts from the University of Auckland.

Outi Condit, Simo Kellokumpu, Paula Kramer and Vincent Roumagnac


2nd artistic part of Simo Kellokumpu's doctoral artistic research project.

#CHARP is a choreographic work and video installation in the Theatre Space. The work shares the specific choreographic practice that is developed through the artistic processes and works done in Kellokumpu’s doctoral artistic research project. Kellokumpu calls this practice ‘Choreography as a reading practice’. #CHARP exposes, and experiments with, the choreographic reading practice, its embodiment, and its materialization with three performers.


#CHARP forms with planetary and intergalactic movements and extends the history of site-specificity towards interplanetary scale. The work explores the contextual, situational, planetary, and intergalactic movements that set the conditions for the choreographic embodiment to emerge. How to take place in and with the movements that extend from microscopic beyond telescopic vision? How to embody (hyper-)reading of the planetary movements that set conditions for the choreographic to emerge? What happens to movement when it is mediated to choreography?

Emanuel Almborg, Talking Hands/Говорящие руки, 2016

Open Access - in and through Desire and Touch
Mara Lee, Emanuel Almborg, Maria Chehonadskih

Kungl. Konsthögskolan/Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm presents artistic research projects providing entries into wider notions of open access. Writer and researcher Mara Lee elaborates on ways to imagine agency and accountability through the inscription of desire. PhD candidate Emanuel Almborg screens Talking Hands, a film about pedagogy at the Zagorsk school for deaf-blind children, and PhD candidate Maria Chehonadskih lectures on communist individuation in Soviet Marxism and beyond.

Encounters in Virtual (Display) Environments
Mireia c. Saladrigues and Mario Santamaría

When institutions digitize their exhibitions, should also analogue conventions be (re)produced? How do agreements and tacit rules translate into replication of (gallery) spaces, online (re)presentation of artworks, and (simulated) autonomy of access?


While approaching Google Arts & Culture from singular methodologies, Mireia c. Saladrigues and Mario Santamaría revolve around the (potential and non-potential) pitfalls, gaps, and epistemologies of encountering art in virtual environments.

Photo credit: Mario Santamaria

"Becoming Disabled" a performative workshop and installation
Liisa Jaakonaho & Kristina Junttila

Workshop around the theme of disability and access, seeing disability as a category that can be explored creatively, rather than as a biological ‘fact’. We offer an opportunity for participants to reflect on one’s own (potential) disability through simple and accessible exercises that leave traces to the space. We want to explore how disability might suggest different affective and relational experiences in relation to oneself, others and the environment. The workshop is influenced by performance theory, critical pedagogy and post-humanist, critical disability studies; notions of performativity, embodiment, materiality, dependency, relationality, and normativity.

Blog post

IssueX article

"Seeing with" workshop in the courtyard
Jana Unmüßig

Jana Unmüßig’s workshop invites distance as a productive agent for encounter. It is a practice of kindness, not intruding into the place of a thing, person, wind. In the workshop, we do seeing with things from everyday life while focusing on the experience of time and practicing remaining with a somatic body that we tune into through somatic bodywork at the beginning of the workshop. No previous body training required. Different references (e.g. Byung-Chul Han, Susan Rethorst) will be shared.

Left: Event description and abstracts (pdf)

Below: Poster (pdf)

Norwegian Artistic Research Programme

"reSite" is the contribution of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme by 6 artists and research fellows, curated by Serge von Arx and Ellen Røed. Its endeavor is to create an open space across the city, consisting of various distinct locations where specific artistic research practices engage with the Venice Biennale. The respective projects inquire and question relationships between art and power as primordial agents in Venice. By subverting the notion of the biennale as an exposition, and rather enhancing it as a context of and site for research, the artists and researchers aim to raise awareness of local and temporal environments where art and finance meet and collide.

Photo credit: Serge von Arx 2010

„… to say ‚I prefer not to‘ (and continue working)“
SARN – The Swiss Artistic Research Network

In a theatrical space in Venice SARN invites colleagues and the public to work on stage during three days and discuss and investigate the notions and practices of work and collaboration in the field of artistic research. Related to the particular architectural typology of the theatre and its role as theoretical staging in ancient Greece, we want to reflect work in terms of theatrical and theoretical staging and sharing. With regard to artistic research, the assumption is that theory understood not as knowledge but as touching defines the modes of collaboration in artistic research. The work in Venice will function as a model for a restaging at the SARN Conference in Zurich from 8 to 9 December 2017.

Photo credit: Zhong Hao

Staking the inventory: the “Jakarta Madrasah Process”
Organised by Professor Ray Langenbach / LAPS (Live Art & Performance Studies) program, the Theatre Academy of Uniarts Helsinki

Building on the embodied “prototypes” of Eleanor Rosch, in 1987 George Lakoff proposed a reconfiguration of classic categorisation theory with four new "Idealised Cognitive Models": Propositional, Metonymic, Metaphoric, and Image-Schematic. In a Jakarta Islamic madrasah in 1990 one could observe how categorisation theory was being used to help children recognise and perform their own categories and domains. The kids negotiated with each other and sorted a heap of objects into categories that seemed logical to them. Through this performance they were made aware of how to organise the world in-line with their own embodied experience, rather than according to classical semantic hierarchies taught to them by adults. 

Contemporary Research Intensive
Jacob Lund, Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa, Michael Birchall

Contemporary Research Intensive is a two-part event - an international workshop involving 14 researchers from around Europe and a Research Intensive Faculty, held at the Research Pavilion during 3-4 October 2017, and a public talk by Simon Sheikh held at IUAV University of Venice on 2 October.

Photo credit: SARN

Left: Event poster (pdf)

Sami van Ingen

This unhinged and precarious spectacle is re-orchestration of a “cinematic event” and “the narrative” with the help of strips of found footage film and by using deconstructed elements of the cinematic projection process. This assemblage is combined with some live micro camera feed, which will slowly unravel itself.

Walking Sonic Commons
Heikki Uimonen

Walking Sonic Commons is carried out by introducing an open workshop on the Venetian sonic environment. Two-day documentation of sounds by the participants will be followed by an afternoon of editing the gathered materials and uploading them to an open platform. During the discussion and presentations the acts of listening are contextualized to the concept of sonic commons, archiving, accessibility and the researchers’ contribution to preserving cultural heritage.

Information at RP blog

Sound documents at Soundcloud

Photo credit: Sami van Ingen

Photo credit: Heikki Uimonen