The 5th Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts

31 August - 2 September 2017

At the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki


Organised by the Theatre Academy & the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki

CARPA5: Perilous Experience? 
– Extending Experience through Artistic Research

The CARPA5 programme has been published and the registration is now open!

CARPA Online Registration

Scroll down to see the programme of the three-day colloquium.

Note: If you are a Uniarts Helsinki staff member or doctoral student, please contact us at before registering  - You will get an internal Uniarts registration link. Thank you for your collaboration!

On the pre-colloquium day, 30 August 2017, The Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke celebrates its 10th Anniversary. All CARPA5 participants are welcomed to join the birthday party! More information on the Registration form.

CARPA5 is supported by Tieteellisten seurain valtuuskunta / Federation of Finnish Learned Societies.

Vision Statement

The 5th Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts organised by
the Theatre Academy and the Academy of Fine Arts of the Uniarts Helsinki


Perilous Experience? 
 - Extending Experience through Artistic Research


During the past ten years, discussions in the area of artistic research have been informed by numerous new academic trends and research areas such as post-humanism, new materialism and realism, processuality, ‘OOO’, affect theory, ‘ANT’, hybridization, cyber-culture, post-colonial and queer studies, media, science and technology studies, animal studies etc. These approaches have provided important theoretical support for artist-researchers´ attempts to relate artistic practices to the expanding ideas of reality, to its increasing otherness and strangeness.


The topic of the CARPA5 will juxtapose contemporary theorisation with more perennial questions concerning such threshold experiences and cultural practices that have framed human culture across the ages and are today typically considered pathological, paranormal, spiritual or mystic. While the arts have always been inspired and influenced by these dimensions of human existence, mainstream academic research has pushed these phenomena to the margins of reality.  Artist-researchers and art practitioners themselves have begun to initiate new experimental ways for considering these phenomena in critical discussion with the natural sciences and humanities.


CARPA5 asks: how does the research of the anomalistic, through artistic means, help us relocate experience in a world that has multiplied by extending beyond all human-centred perspectives? How do we produce experience and retrace its limits through artistic research?


CARPA5 invites artist-researchers at doctoral and post-doctoral levels to submit proposals related to the following themes: Abnormal, Anomalistic, Ascesis, BDSM, Birth, Boredom, Death, Disability, Dream, Extra-sensory, Fantasy, Healing, Hypnosis & Suggestibility, Intoxication, Magic, Mysticism, Occultism, Paranormal, Possession, Psychedelia, Psychopathology, Sensory deprivation, Trance…




Keynote Speakers


Lisa Blackman

Speculative Science, Threshold Experiences and Transubjectivities

Lisa Blackman is Professor in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London


Etzel Cardeña

From Monkey-mind to Embodied Performance Presence

Etzel Cardeña is Professor, Department of Psychology, Lund University


Ray Langenbach

“Riddle Coma”: Enthrallment at the Neuro-receptor Theatre

Ray Langenbach is Professor in Live Art and Performance Studies, Uniarts Helsinki


This is an overview of the programme. Download a more detailed programme here (pdf).
The Book of Abstracts will be published on this website in July.


Tutke 10th Anniversary Reception

Wednesday 30 August, 5 pm – 8 pm, Theatre Academy

On the day before CARPA5 begins, the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke celebrates its 10th Anniversary! All CARPA5 participants are welcomed to join the 10-yearold’s birthday party. Sign in and purchase the party ticket when registering to the colloquium!


CARPA5 presents more than 20 different lectures, demonstrations, workshops or installations. This three-day colloquium has no parallel sessions - all participants can attend all sessions. We are aiming at a complete, coherent and shared (perilous?) experience.


Thursday 31 August

09.00 – 09.30

Colloquium Opening

9.30 – 10.30

From Monkey-mind to Embodied Performance Presence

10.45 – 12.30 SESSION 1

Falk Hübner, Nirav Christophe, Henny Dörr, Marieke Nooren & Joris Weijdom
Transforming Absence. Re-creating Experience through Artistic Research

Zosia Holubowska
Creating Queer Safer Spaces through Music

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch & Coffee

13.30 – 15.15 SESSION 2

Kristina Junttila Valkoinen & Liisa Jaakonaho
Becoming Disabled - A Lecture Demonstration

Azadeh Fatehrad
You Are Conditioned

15.30-17.15 SESSION 3

Outi Pulkkinen
Workshop on the Boundary of Conscious and Subconscious Mind

Pia Lindman
Memo: Nose Ears Eyes

17.30 – 18.30 Presentation and discussion: ADiE project

Vida Midgelow, Jane Bacon, Camilla Damkjaer & Leena Rouhiainen
Artistic Doctorates in Europe: Experiences and Perils

This roundtable will share and debate research emerging from the ‘Artistic Doctorates in Europe’ (ADiE, a 3-year EU funded project)


Friday 1 September

9.15 – 9.30

Opening the Colloquium Day 2

9.30 – 10.30

Speculative Science, Threshold Experiences and Transubjectivities

10.45 – 12.30 SESSION 4

Leena Rouhiainen
Exposing breath: Nascent Experience and Experimental Writing-Reading

Outi Condit
Remote Control Human

Susanne Martin
Searching for the Fountain of Age – A Danced Lecture

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch & Coffee

13.30 – 15.15  SESSION 5

Elina Saloranta
Transparencies from the Past

Tero Nauha
An Advent of Performance

Taneli Luotoniemi
Dimensional Claustrophobia – Evoking the Occult Form

15.30 – 17.15  SESSION 6

Pauliina Hulkko
Minimalism, Mysticism and Dramaturgy

Mariana Terra
Learning about the Intensity of Light by the Almost Invisible


Saturday 2 September

9.15 – 9.30

Opening the Colloquium Day 3


“Riddle Coma”: Enthrallment at the Neuro-receptor Theatre

10.45 – 12.30  SESSSION 7

Jonathan Priest
The Following Circus is False, The Preceding Circus is True.

Marja-Liisa Honkasalo, Irene Kajo, Teemu Päivinen & Riku Saastamoinen
Presentation: Connecting Phone Booths – Sharing Perilous in an Intersubjective Space

Esa Kirkkopelto
Paranormal Performance: Researching, Playing or Hallucinating?

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch & Coffee

13.30 – 15.30 SESSION 8

Gretchen Jude
Attending to the Everyday Mystic: A Critical Workshop in Deep Listening

Vappu Jalonen
Noise Time: 3


During all three colloquium days in the Lobby area of the Theatre Academy:

Gabriele Goria
Sharing Silence     –     Experiment in a Meditation Room

Annette Arlander
Performing with Plants      –       Installation

Honkasalo, Kajo, Päivinen & Saastamoinen
Connecting Phone Booths – Sharing Perilous in an Intersubjective S
pace   –       Installation






The online registration will be open from 20 June until 20 August 2017.

Colloquium Fees

  • 90 EUR (+ banking costs)
  • Doctoral students (valid student ID required) : 50 EUR (+ banking costs)

Lunch buffet

  • 45 EUR

Including lunch on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

Register here: CARPA5 Online Registration

Practical information

Colloquium venue

Theatre Academy
Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki





Accommodation possibilities


  • There are multiple accommodation possibilities within a short distance of the colloquium venue. You can reserve a hotel room directly from the hotel of your choice.

  • Special offer for CARPA5 attendees:Scandic Paasi
    Scandic Paasi website

    This hotel is located within 1 km walking distance from the Theatre Academy

1-person standard room 128 EUR / night
2-person standard room 148 EUR / night

Book here:

  • For more accommodation possibilities: List of hotels within a short distance of the colloquium venue.


Cancellation policy

  • If you cannot attend the colloquium, please inform CARPA Team at Please do so, so that we can open up your place to someone else.
    Unfortunately, we cannot offer any refunds of the registration fee.


What is included in the registration fee?

  • The registration includes:Participation in all sessions: keynotes, presentations, demonstrations and workshops.

  • The registration does NOT include:
    Banking costs (4-5 EUR)
    Travel and accommodation costs
    • You will need to purchase the Lunches for 45 EUR.
      This includes the lunch buffet on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.


Registration & Information desk

Wednesday 30 August                  13.00 – 16.00
Thursday 31 April                          08.00 – 18.00
Friday 1 September                       08.00 – 18.00
Saturday 2 September                  08.00 – 18.00

Colloquium registration & Info desk is located in the entrance hall of the Theatre Academy

You may ask at the Info desk about displaying publications or other materials during the colloquium, for instance a sample copy of your new publication.


Book of Abstracts
Book of Abstracts
Call for Proposals

CARPA5: Call for Proposals

We kindly encourage you to submit a proposal for presentation addressing one or more of the topics of CARPA5. The call for proposals is open until 2 May 2017.


The CARPA5 theme is Perilous Experience? – Extending Experience through Artistic Research

CARPA5 asks: how does research of the anomalistic through artistic means help us to relocate experience in a world that has multiplied by extending beyond all human-centred perspectives? How do we produce experience and retrace its limits through artistic research?


The colloquium approaches its topic area without specific disciplinary framings, collaboratively, and performatively, in an attempt to support the fruitful meeting of various points of view. It seeks common points of contact, resonating surfaces, and rhythmic interference between its heterogeneous but constituent parts.

Like in the previous colloquia, the focus is on artistic / pedagogical practice.


Before submitting your proposal, please see the Vision Statement above.

To submit your proposal, fill in the submission form.


The proposals can include:

  • Practical workshops
  • Lecture-demonstrations
  • Paper presentations
  • Visual presentations
  • Installations
  • Video projections
  • Other artistic research arrangements.


Please note that

  • Maximum duration for paper presentations is 30 minutes including discussion.
  • Maximum duration for other types of presentations is 60 minutes including discussion.
  • In your proposal, please describe the format of your presentation.
  • The maximum length for submitted proposals is 2500 characters (about 300 words).
  • The maximum length of the bio is 500 characters.
  • A refined version of the proposal is required after acceptance.


The call for proposals is open until 2 May 2017, 23:59 (Helsinki time).

  • Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by 24 May 2017.
  • Presenters are asked to confirm their participation by 1 June 2017.
  • The final abstracts need to submitted by 18 June 2017.
  • Registration for the CARPA5 colloquium is open 20 June – 20 August 2017 (23:59 Helsinki time)


About the available venues

The venues available are a black box theatre space and an open foyer with natural light. You may also propose an outdoor presentation. The foyer is a large public space at the entrance of the building.

Please let us know in advance the equipment you need, even if it is just a video projector for your computer. This way are able to provide you with necessary technical equipment and help. Please keep in mind that we cannot provide resources for large, full-blown performances. Please, also note that there are limitations of using any stuff, liquids or materials that can damage the floors and the walls.

We will take into account the type of presentation you have proposed and allocate the limited venues accordingly, but if you have specific needs please let us know.