Monday, 30 March 2009

CFP: Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts (Helsinki)

19 - 21 NOVEMBER 2009

Artistic research, art-based research, practice-based research, practice-led research, performance as research – these are just some of the terms and approaches that have been developed to describe knowledge production originating from artistic concerns. This colloquium is the first in a series of biannual colloquia, organised by the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, aimed at addressing the problems and possibilities of artistic research, particularly those involving the performing arts. The term ‘performing arts’ is here understood in a broad sense that encompasses a variety of different creative practices. The purpose of these colloquia is to contribute to the development of research practices in the field of the performing arts and to foster their social,pedagogical and ecological connections.

The question we wish to begin with is:
How does artistic research change us? Artistic research does not only produce knowledge; it also changes us as individual and collective beings – artists, pedagogues, spectators, citizens, consumers. In what ways can this kind of change be the object of research? Could the change itself serve as a criterion for the relevance of the research?

We invite researchers to join the colloquium and to participate in the discussion by sharing their experiences on the transformative dimensions of their artistic research practice.

The colloquium will be organised to take account of the special features of various artistic research practices: research can realise itself in its own concrete set up; cooperative action and collective reflection can function as a means of producing knowledge; the definition of the role and place of the observers or participants in a situation can be an essential part of the research arrangements, etc. The colloquium can also serve as the site of the research itself.

The colloquium will take place over three days. On Thursday, presenters will have the possibility to hold day-long workshops for other colloquium participants and the doctoral students of the Performing Arts Research Centre. Friday and Saturday are reserved for all kinds of presentations,including the possible presentation of the workshops, and discussions.

We kindly encourage you to submit presentation, demonstration and workshop proposals on your practice and your experience with artistic research related to the performing arts. Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and should include 50 words of biographical detail on the presenter.

We suggest that you outline the ideal format for your presentation (research arrangement,workshop, installation, paper etc.) including length, venue and mode of participation. The language of the colloquium is English.

Please send proposals via email to Research Coordinator Annika Fredriksson at no later than 15.5.2009.

Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 15.6.2009 and asked to confirm their participation by 1.9.2009.

The Colloquium Venue:

The colloquium will be held at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. The Academy is situated near the centre of the city. It is well served with public transport from the airport and the main railway station and is easily reached by metro, tram or bus.

Further Information:

For further information on the colloquium, please contact:
Professor Esa Kirkkopelto or
Professor Annette Arlander

The Performing Arts Research Centre (Tutke), Theatre Academy, Helsinki
Teatterikorkeakoulu Teaterhögskolan Theatre Academy
Haapaniemenkatu 6, PL 163, FI-00531 Helsinki
tel. +358 (0)9 431 361, fax. +358 (0)9 4313 6200

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