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.


on the surface of time/Paula Kramer, 14. and 17.–19.08.2018, Suomenlinna

on the surface of time

Workshop and performance with Paula Kramer on Länsi-Mustasaari (Suomenlinna)

WORKSHOP on Tues 14.08.2018, 15:00 - 19:00

PERFORMANCE on Fri 17.08., Sat 18.08. and Sun 19.08.2018, 18:00

The performance has a duration of ~ 50 min, is free of charge and open to all. Followed by a post-performance conversation on Sunday.

Moving from physical contact, moving through exposure, moving in resonance – skin of the earth, deep time, found objects, changing atmospheres. How do materials of different orders meet and co-create movement / choreography / art / life?

Meeting point for the performance: 17:40 near the ferry quay of Suomenlinna. As you walk off the ferry there is a map of Suomenlinna, right by the tourist info and next to bicycle racks. >>> A guide will meet you there and take you to the performance site. If you come by ferry: HSL ferry from Kauppatori at 17: 20 on Fri and at 17:25 on Sat and Sun, or come any time earlier and have time to wander.

The workshop is open to movement artists and anyone interested in outdoor movement practice. It is free of charge but you need to register, places are limited:

on the surface of time is part of a wider postdoctoral research project on intermateriality in the emergence of movement and choreography. More info:

The site is not wheelchair accessible. If you have any questions please get in touch:

The performance will take place in any weather condition and involves walking across rock surfaces, please dress accordingly and wear suitable shoes.


Supported by CfAR – the Centre for Artistic Research


Paula Kramer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Artistic Research of the University of the Arts Helsinki. She holds an M.A. in Political Science (FU Berlin) and a practice-as-research PhD in Dance (Coventry University). She explores artistic research and site-specific movement practices, considering the implications of intermaterial confederations in dance as well as daily life. She is on the editorial board of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, a founding member of AREAL (Artistic Research Lab Berlin) and part of the research team of ADiE – Artistic Doctorates in Europe.