Research Pavilion #3 in Venice 2019: “Research Ecologies”

Research Pavilion #3 in Venice 2019: “Research Ecologies”

University of the Arts Helsinki

Courtesy University of the Arts Helsinki.

March 14, 2019
Research Pavilion #3 in Venice 2019: “Research Ecologies”
May 9–August 28, 2019
The Research Pavilion
Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo
Giudecca, 621 (Vaporetto stop Palanca)
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The perspectives of artistic research challenge the established art biennale context as the third Research Pavilion, hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki, opens in Venice in May 2019.

Instead of being focused on a curated exhibition, Research Pavilion #3 offers a view on the manifold practices of artistic research. The participating researchers will showcase their work in parallel processes of exhibiting, performing, exposing and discussing artistic research. 

The overarching title of the Pavilion, “Research Ecologies,” refers to the rich network of approaches involved. How can a band work as a transdisciplinary research group, or in what way do artists research contaminated soil? Emerging topics in this year’s Pavilion are related to ecology, humans’ relationship to nature, other modes of agency, phenomenological methodologies, and speculative fictions.

The Pavilion, situated in the Sala del Camino on Giudecca, will be a vibrant, changing space that presents the multiple methods and practices of conducting artistic research. Some sections will be arranged as exhibitions, some build on participation or performative research. The artist researchers will also work together in residency periods in Venice as well as organise events, workshops, performances and discussions open to the public. Each opening day the Pavilion will offer moderated hours, inviting visitors to have a conversation with artist researchers involved.

The high season in Venice, however, is just one dimension of the Research Pavilion project. Research Pavilion #3 uses the international research database Research Catalogue as a collaborative space for documenting and archiving the activities of the research cells, forming a living archive of their work.

The Research Pavilion is an ongoing project created and hosted by the University of the Arts Helsinki. Research Pavilion #3 is created in cooperation with the Louise and Göran Ehrnrooth Foundation and international partner institutions: Aalto University, Valand Academy of Arts at the University of Gothenburg, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and Interlab Hongik University Seoul. The conveners of the project are Mika Elo, Professor from the University of the Arts Helsinki, and Henk Slager, professor and curator from the Netherlands.

Research Pavilion website / Research Catalogue

Research Pavilion #3: Research Ecologies
May 9–August 28, 2019, 10am–6pm. Moderated hours 10–12am. Closed Tuesdays. Free admission.
Opening on May 8, 2019 at 5:30–8:30pm, including concert-installation by Electronic Chamber Music.

Research Pavilion May programme

May 9–10, 1–4pm

A performative installation by Maiju Loukola and Paul Cegys, using the term foam as both noun and verb (foaming) in order to explore foam-like spatial formations at the intersection of physical, imaginary and virtual space, as well as in terms of space as socio-political construct.

May 9, 6–7pm

The audience is invited to listen to sounds produced by insects and to imitate and interpret them using contact microphones and DIY instruments of kitchenware. A playful happening facilitated by Tuula Närhinen, Esa Kirkkopelto and Otso Lähdeoja. Visit also Tuula Närhinen’s exhibition “Entomological Encounters” and “Memorial to an Earthworm” in the courtyard.

May 13

This event will introduce different forms of inquiry on places, spaces, environments and habitats, through three basic formats⎯lectures, workshops, and live research—by focusing on the following topics: awareness/perception, notation/registration, narratives/gestures.

May 22
Climate Change, Globalization and the Art World—UNIARTS HELSINKI

The aim of the gathering is to discuss and analyze the city of Venice and its fragile ecological history, the system of the international art world and mega-shows like the Venice Biennale and to search for new and sustainable ways to work as an artist today in this context.

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