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.


The Silence Ensemble starts the CfAR Academy-based Artistic Research Project

The Silence Ensemble – Kirsi Heimonen, Petri Kaverma and Anu Vehviläinen – has started CfAR’s Academy-based Artistic Research Project Silence, Practicing and Transformation Processes on 1 September 2018.

The Silence Ensemble is a multidisciplinary artistic research project which orientates towards and around the notion of silence. The project began 2.5 years ago and it has guided our praxis from which the notions of practicing and different transformation processes have emerged for further study.

Pausing, questioning, and attuning to various atmospheres and realities around describe their way of working. By listening and perceiving the environment, human and non-human, the (artistic) acts will emerge. Their collaboration has also brought noise, slowness and it has questioned our stance towards our art genres. Furthermore, this collaboration has questioned the need for fast productions and showings, as well as profit responsibility altogether.

They believe in the slow process, in committing oneself to an open process entailing fuzziness, obscurity and negotiations. What kind of resonances emerge from these starting points? How to share them not only within academia but also with wider audience?

In May 2018 their project was selected for CfAR’s program Academy-based Artistic Research Project, which is running for the first time. The program lasts 12 months. It aims to strengthen cooperation between the Uniarts Academies and invigorate Artistic Research beyond the customary borders.