Saturday 26 August 2017
Exhibition Laboratory, Merimiehenkatu 36, Helsinki

The Centre for Artistic Research (CfAr) at the University of the Arts Helsinki presents “A Day at the Gallery” on Saturday 26 August 2017, from 11:00 –18:00, during which the artists Jyrki Siukonen, Kirsi Heimonen and Paula Kramer use a moment to reflect on and share their working practices with the public. All three artists have been post-doctoral researchers during the academic year 2016–2017 at CfAr.



11:00–14:00 Working phase in the Exhibition Laboratory gallery with Kirsi Heimonen and Paula Kramer. We invite you to witness, observe, contribute and challenge. 

16:00–18:00 Short presentations by all three artists and a discussion 

Description of a Bridge (Jyrki Siukonen)
The installation is a research experiment on presentation. By using a miniature train track, Description of a Bridge seeks to portray without words the appearance of a complex real-life construction without actually showing it.

Still (Kirsi Heimonen)
The video Still is a part of the on-going study that focuses on the silence of corporeality in the context of a somatic practice, the Skinner Releasing Technique. This process – to pause and to listen the ungraspable silence – has led to question the ways of perceiving as well as the known ‘I’. 


.peek (Paula Kramer)
.peek is a conversational moment on the wider artistic research project moving with currently taking place on two sites - the South Side of Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin and a coastal area of Länsi-Mustasaari, one of the Suomenlinna Islands in Helsinki.
.peek consists of films, drawings, photographs, live activity and conversations with the artist.
.peeks seeks to take stock, pause, converse and continue.  


Biographical Information
Kirsi Heimonen is a postdoctoral researcher in artistic research at the Centre for Artistic Research, Uniarts Helsinki. At present, her research interest is the notion of silence in communication and art-making. She received the degree of Doctor of Arts (Dance) from the Theatre Academy, Helsinki and Master of Arts (Dance studies) from the Laban Centre/City University, London. 

Paula Kramer is a post-doctoral 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 and a founding member of AREAL (Artistic Research Lab Berlin). More info: www.paulakramer.de

Jyrki Siukonen is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Artistic Research of the University of the Arts Helsinki. After receiving his doctoral degree from the Academy of Fine Arts he has worked as an artist, teacher and researcher in University of Helsinki, University of Lapland and University of the Arts Helsinki. His research topics range from historic avant-garde to embodiment of knowledge in sculpture-making. He has published several books, among them Hammer and Silence. A Short Introduction to the Philosophy of Tools (2015). 

The current exhibition in the gallery, Deutsches Lager and Other Post Doc Stuff, is the first exhibition to focus on the art produced by postdoctoral researchers of the Academy of Fine Arts