Research Pavilion 2017

The Utopia of Access

What are the consequences of “Open Access” for research in the artistic field?

The Research Pavilion will host three international contemporary art exhibitions, and it will also feature a parallel cross-artistic programme, Camino Events, set up as a collaboration between different art fields. Under the title The Utopia of Access, the university requested a variety of aesthetic, scientific and political interpretations and perspectives on current issues through the methods of artistic research. 

What are the consequences of “Open Access” for research in the artistic field? How accessible will artistic research itself remain? How can we assure that the current access-thinking has a constructive future and does not result in the decline of human imagination and its radical potential? 

Under the title The Utopia of Access, the Research Pavilion wants to give room to a variety of artistic interpretations and viewpoints involving access-oriented thought, in particular by connecting it with aesthetic, scientific and political perspectives. 

“We want to develop new kinds of cross-artistic exhibiting practices, and to bring something radically new to the surroundings of highly valuable Venice Biennale”, says Commissioner Anita Seppä.

There is free admission to the exhibitions and Camino events - all warmly welcome!

Commissioner Anita Seppä

Commissioner Anita Seppä

Anita Seppä (b. 1969), PhD, acts as Professor of History and Theory of Art at Uniarts Helsinki’s Academy of Fine Arts. Earlier, Seppä has held the position of Professor of Artistic Research at the Academy of Fine Arts and Professor of Visual Culture Studies at the University of Arts and Design (now part of Aalto University). Seppä has published several text books, academic articles and collections of articles both in Finland and internationally. She was also the commissioner of Uniarts Helsinki’s joint international debut, the 1st Research Pavilion in Venice (2015).

Steering Group

Chair: Jari Perkiömäki, Rector (Uniarts Helsinki)

Commissioner: Anita Seppä (Uniarts Helsinki)

Curators: Jan Kaila (Uniarts Helsinki), Henk Slager (Utrecht)

Members: Mika Elo, Esa Kirkkopelto, Päivi Järviö, Otso Lähdeoja (all from Uniarts Helsinki), Ingrid Elam (Konstex), Geir Strom and Cecilia Knudsen (NARP)

Producer and secretary of the steering group: Christine Langinauer (Uniarts Helsinki)

Communications: Eevastiina Aho (Uniarts Helsinki)


Research Pavilion 2015

Uniarts Helsinki (the University of the Arts Helsinki) organised the pilot edition of the Research Pavilion in 2015 in Venice, in the context of the 56th Venice Biennale.

It was the first pavilion in the history of the biennale to be dedicated to research and consisted of an international contemporary art exhibition and a platform for events that featured artistic research. The dynamic between artistic research and contemporary art was explored through the theme of experimentality.

Visit the Research Pavilion 2015 website.