CFAR





Centre for Artistic Research

CfAR – the Centre for Artistic Research – is a profiled research centre at the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki). Its principal aim is to develop and support activities in Artistic Research (AR) at the postdoctoral level, both in the Academies (Academy of Fine Arts, Sibelius Academy, and Theatre Academy) and in the Uniarts Helsinki as a whole.
 
CfAR was created in order to form a community where artistic practice and practitioners, research and researchers can interact in varied and fruitful ways. It gathers all postdoctoral artist-researchers, whether they work in professional fields outside universities or within them, by contract or as visiting researchers, with or without external funding, in Finland or abroad.  The staff members at Uniarts Helsinki who have a degree in the arts or conduct artistic research are automatically part of the CfAR community regardless of their unit or cycle. In addition, CfAR is open to other researchers interested in the study of artistic practices and processes who may benefit from artistic interaction and collaboration with artists and artist-researchers.
 
Introduction to Uniarts’ research as a whole, including AR, other types of research, and doctoral research: Uniarts Helsinki research
 
CfAR maintains the Portal for artistic research activities in Finland, which gathers information about artistic research in this part of the world.
 
AR is one of the three profiled/featured research areas at Uniarts. Each area has a centre within the Uniarts Helsinki Research Hub. The other two centres are Taideyliopiston historiafoorumi (HiFo) - Uniarts Helsinki's History Forum - and Center for Educational Research and Academic Development in the Arts (CERADA). There are strong links between the three, and we complement each other. We collectively form the Research Hub to showcase all the research activities at Uniarts.
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Article: IRL: A lamentation on photography, intimacy, and the extreme present



Visiting Researcher at CfAR, David Ashley Kerr, has recently published an article regarding his current research, titled IRL: A lamentation on photography, intimacy, and the extreme present.
 
The article is a melancholic and playful insight into digital culture and the role of the photographic image today. It is hosted by Island Island, an online platform for arts and writing aiming to foster critical engagement with visual culture across borders, facilitated by Bus Projects and the Australia Council for the Arts.  
 
The article can be accessed HERE