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.
Research Pavilion explores artistic research in the context of the Biennale
The Venice Biennale is one of the most prominent contemporary art events, drawing professionals in the field of arts from all over the world. During the Biennale, Venice will serve as a vibrant meeting place for diverse professionals in the arts sector. The University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) contributes to the event in an important way by hosting the third-ever Research Pavilion in the Biennale’s context.
The Research Pavilion, hosted by Uniarts Helsinki, will be organised for the third time this year. The Research Pavilion brings artistic research and important global themes to the forefront in Venice. For example, the project Traces from the Anthropocene examines soil contamination and mass animal deaths, while Disruptive Processes highlights the ethics and politics of gathering. The Korean group’s Shelters delves into disaster shelters and the concept of home. Cemetery Archipelago deals with migration and death.