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