The Kone Foundation awarded the Body and the Other: Lived Impossibilities in Art and Science a grant of 275.000 euros for the period 2018–2020. The research project is hosted by the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki and led by the responsible leader Professor in Artistic Research Leena Rouhiainen.

Body and the Other is a continuation of the research project the Mind and the Other led by Docent Marja-Liisa Honkasalo at the University of Turku. Besides Rouhiainen and cultural researcher Honkasalo, researcher Sami Santanen, lecturer in theatre pedagogy Irene Kajo and Live Artist Teemu Päivinen also work in the research project. In addition, artists Ursula Hallas, Riikka Theresa Innanen, Thomas Hamberg, Miro Mantere, Janne Mäkinen, Satu Mäkinen and Antti Nykyri take part in the artistic working groups within the research project. The international expert in the research project is Professor in Media and Communications Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths University London).

Body and the Other at the University of the Arts Helsinki website.


The research project Body and the Other aims at outlining corporeal strangeness, focusing particularly on the uncanny (das Unheimliche), as phenomena and as experience. It is studied through the perspective of the pathic with the investigation directed towards the effects of the unexpected, i.e. strange, and leading thus towards the borders of perception. It also illustrates the ethics and the aesthetics of experiencing strangeness. Three questions are investigated: what kind of corporeal experience is resulted by strangeness, what kind of understanding of the intercorporeality is thus created, and how art can function as the paradigm for experiencing the uncanny. The questions are studied in a collaborative process of artistic research and three artistic productions. The intention of the research project is to bring the concept of uncanny forth to the borderlines of scientific and artistic research, and art.


Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama) Teemu Päivinen is a Live Artist and theatre pedagogue, who embraces an interdisciplinary approach in his work in the fields of Live Art and teaching. In addition to the research project The Body and The Other he works within the theatre Höyhentämö in Helsinki. In his art, Päivinen has worked on e.g. the relationship between the human being and the language, and the emergence and loss of the subject.


Master of Arts (Theatre and Drama) Irene Kajo is a performance artist and lecturer in theatre pedagogy at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She has developed artistic activities derived from the unknown as part of the activities of Ida ho, a performance group working on the fringes of making art.


Dancer, choreographer and researcher Leena Rouhiainen is Professor in Artistic Research within the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki. In her previous research she has studied issues related to the performer, corporeality, somatic methods and choreography.

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo is a cultural researcher and a medical doctor. In her research her interests focus in the body, the vulnerability and the agency in the contexts of death and illness. The theoretical interests of Honkasalo have centred around pragmatism, phenomenology, and the ethnographic traditions based on these. She has lately held professor’s titles at the University of Linköping and the University of Turku.


Sami Santanen is an independent researcher in aesthetics and philosophy in Helsinki. Since mid-1980’s he has taught aesthetics and contemporary philosophy at the University of Helsinki, University of the Arts Helsinki and the Aalto University. His interests include contemporary continental philosophy, phenomenology, German idealism, and psychoanalytic tradition. He has studied e.g. the evil, the body, space, aesthetic thinking and the concept of touch.

 KOKEMUKSEN PUNTAROINTIA: Vieras - Ruumis - Kosketus seminar

by Iitula Foundation and the Body and the Other research group

 14th December 2019, Iitula Foundation, Helsinki

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Marja-Liisa Honkasalo as the co-chairwoman of the scientific symposium
Mitä taide saa aikaan? Havainnossa, hoidossa, hyvinvoinnissa?
Miten taiteesta tulee totta? with Saara Jäntti and Riku Laakkonen in the symposium
6th of November 2018,
The Finnish Medical Society Duodecim

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's invited paper: Tresholds: Facing art from the researcher’s point of view
10th of December 2018, Massey University of Wellington, New Zealand

Bergroth  Harley,  Andell Kia and Honkasalo Marja-Liisa:
Uncanny Experiences as Therapeutic Events

 In: Assembling Therapeutics, (edits. Suvi Salmenniemi et al), Routledge 2019

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, editor-in-chief and introduction of Haavoittuvuus-antologia anthology
Suomen Antropologi, Journal of the Finnish Antropological Society
Vol 43 No 3 (2018): Special Issue: How Does Vulnerability Matter?


Unfamiliar Dialogues performance

by Teemu Päivinen, Miro Mantere and Ursula Hallas

6th and 7th March 2020, Universum, Helsinki

 Spirit Radio - yhteys esivanhempiin performance by Teemu Päivinen,

Miro Mantere, Jenni Kokkomäki and Marja-Liisa Honkasalo

26th & 28th April 2019, Höyhentämö - Pluckhouse, Helsinki

Teemu Päivinen co-directed the performance

Losing the Concepts of Self - but Still Talking for Höyhentämö / Pluckhouse Theatre

Performed 28th February - 4th March 2020 at PerformanceSirkus, Helsinki

Performance Tresholds based on the letters collected by the Mind and the Other- research project (Academy of Finland)

14th - 17th of November 2018, Baltic Circle Festival


Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Vieraan outo tuttuus
In: Psykoanalyyttinen psykoterapia 2020, 16-26

 The Pathic Body and the Uncanny in the Performing Arts and Research -seminar

 28th February - 1st March 2019, Theatre Academy, Uniarts Helsinki

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's presentation How to make truth trough improvising?

5th - 7th of December 2018, Improvising lives -Conference, Massey University of Wellington, New Zealand

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Kumman ja käsittämättömän jäljillä
In: Kummastus blog, 22.5.2020

Pirjo Virtanen and Marja-Liisa Honkasalo:
New Practices of Cultural Truth Making. Evidence Work in Negotiations with State Authorities

In: Anthropology of Consciousness 31 (1), 63–90. Spring 2020.

Heimonen, Kirsi and Rouhiainen, Leena: “Notes on and Examples of Embodiment in Artistic Research of Dance and Performance.” In editors Rebecca Hilton, Paula Kramer and Vida Midgelow,

Research in/as Motion, Nivel 10. University of the Arts Helsinki

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo: Vieras ja tuttu

Presentation at CfAR post-doc seminar 20.4.2020

 Olet likainen huora Charme Asserdal performance by IdaHo

 25th April - 8 th May 2019, Götan maailma, Helsinki

Leena Rouhiainen's presentation
Hengittäminen ja ruumiidenvälisyys taiteellisen tutkimuksen suunnan näyttäjinä

 the Muis­toi­hin kai­ver­tu­neet ti­lat -sym­po­sium: Ele­tyt ti­lat ja af­fek­tii­vi­suus,
30th of August 2018, Jyväskylä University

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's Ilmeisen vaikutuksen jäljillä
in the anthology THEATRE, Saara Jäntti (ed.)

Academy of Finland and the University of Jyväskylä 2018

Teemu Päivinen and Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's
participatory performance the
Phone Booth
with the Suomen Moniääniset ry members

8th & 9th of August 2018 at the Tampere Theatre Festival's

Off programme / MindSpaces -Festival

Leena Rouhiainen's presentation and workshop
Exploring Breath and Air with Reading and Writing

 at the Researching in/as Motion ADiE Stockholm Practice Week,
22nd of March 2018, DOCH University of the Arts Stockholm

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's Losing fear, getting peace
in the Scandinavian Psychoanalytic Review, volume 41, 2018 - issue 1

Ida Ho's Power Farm website launched at

Kumman äärellä -seminar.

26th - 27th November 2021, Theatre Academy, Uniarts Helsinki.

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Body and the Other -seminar
30th of May 2018 at Kallio-Kuninkala, the Sibelius Academy Music Centre, Tuusula

Saara Jäntti, Riku Laakkonen and Marja-Liisa Honkasalo (2021): Yhteisö, taide ja tutkimus. Eettisiä mahdollisuuksia tietämättömyyden tilassa.

In: Yhteisötaiteen etiikka: tilaa toiselle, arvoa arvaamattomalle. - Taju (, eds. Lea Kantonen and Sari Karttunen, 279-318.

Performance with the members of Suomen Moniääniset ry
19th of May 2018 at the association's support event

Director: Teemu Päivinen
Music: Miro Mantere

Sami Santanen's presentation Good and Evil - Good or Evil
 at the Schellings Frihetsskriften -Symposium,
21st of September 2018, Södertörns högskola, Stockholm

Sami Santanen's Dimensions of Touch published in April 2018
Mika Elo & Miika Luoto (eds.) Figures of Touch. Sense, Technics, Body
Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Arts Helsinki, 213-309

Teemu Päivinen, Jenni Kokkomäki, Miro Mantere and Marja-Liisa Honkasalo's
performance demo
Techno spiritistic séance

2nd of February 2019 at Höyhentämö


Honkasalo Marja-Liisa and Teemu Päivinen (2020): Esitetyn ja eletyn välissä. Teatterintutkimuksen Seura: Näyttämö ja tutkimus 8: 204 - 229.

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Kuulumaton 2-channel video installation

Teemu Päivinen, Jenni Kokkomäki, Miro Mantere & working group

20th November - 12th December 2021, Gallery 3H+K, Pori.