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.

null PDA event 16.10.2019: Silences and Noises: about the conditions of collaboration in artistic research

Welcome to the post-doc gathering organised by Centre for Artistic Research (CfAR) at Uniarts Helsinki on Wednesday 16.10.2019 at 15:00–18 at the Theatre Academy, Room 535, Staircase C (Haapaniemenkatu 6, Helsinki).

This collaboration of artistic research has its origin in praxis, since instead of talking, we – the Silence Ensemble – started to explore the notion of silence through moving, playing, and drawing/videoing. Various views and ways of speaking about silence and artistic research have emerged and intersected through years, and new practical forms of collaboration and conceptual findings have evolved that we will open. Instead of merging with specific common approach, the distinct nature of each member of the ensemble has emerged, and some openings of the pathways taken by each member of the ensemble will be introduced. 

Some conditions of carrying out research like issues related to profit responsibility, pressure to produce faster and more, as well as competition have become focal issues in our sessions and will be taken into common discussion. Instead of offering answers about how to carry out collaborative artistic research, we invite you to discuss and vision together. Or just to breathe, listen and to get know some colleagues.

Refreshments will be provided – Welcome!

SILENCE ENSEMBLE: dancer Kirsi Heimonen, artist in fine arts Petri Kaverma and pianist Anu Vehviläinen