The year 2020 has been a crazy year for many of us, for me as well, and has involved all kinds of transformations and restrictions. The picture above is a prohibition sign painted on a tree trunk, marking the border of a nature reserve. It reminds me of not being able to visit my apartment in Stockholm since January, and of not being accepted to any of the two professorships that I applied for, but at the same time also of being able to spend time not only on Harakka Island but in three great residencies, in Johannesburg in South Africa, in Mustarinda in Hyrynsalmi and on Örö in Kimito archipelago. And most importantly, I have begun a new project, Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees. At the end of the year I usually summarise what I have done, and therefore I add here a list of almost everything I have accomplished this year, both small and bigger things:
Residency in Örö in November, Öres
Mustarinda residency during September see here
ARA (Arts Research Africa) residency in Johannesburg 10.2.- 23.3.(orig. 10.4.) 2020
Performing with Plants – Att uppträda/samarbeta med växter. More here and the living archive here
“Remembering the Year of the Tiger – Image, Memory, Site”, in Marja Silde, Outi Lahtinen & Tua Helve (eds.), Näyttämö & Tutkimus 8: Muisti, Arkisto ja Esitys [Stage & Research 8: Memory, Archive and Performance] 2020, 292-318. See here
“Miten tehdä asioita tutkimuspäivillä – Katsaus ‘Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?’ -tutkimushankkeeseen” [How to Do Things with Research Days – Review of the research project How to do things with performance] by Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha, Pilvi Porkola, in Marja Silde, Outi Lahtinen & Tua Helve (eds.), Näyttämö & Tutkimus 8: Muisti, Arkisto ja Esitys [Stage & Research 8: Memory, Archive and Performance] 2020, 428-432. See here
“Dearest Pine”, in Jack Faber and Anna Shraer (eds.) Eco Noir: A Companion for Precarious Times. Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki Publishing 2020, 105-112. See here
“The Shadow of a Pine Tree. Authorship, Agency and Performing Beyond the Human”, in Ewa Bal & Mateusz Chaberski (eds.) Situated Knowing. Epistemic Perspectives on Performance London & New York: Routledge 2020, 157-170. See here
“HTDTWP presents: The Transformative Potential of Performance” by Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola, in Leena Rouhiainen (ed.) Proceedings of CARPA 6 Artistic Research Performs and Transforms: Bridging Practices, Contexts, Traditions & Futures Nivel 13 (2019) here
“Revisiting the Rock – Self-diffraction as a Strategy”, Global Performance Studies 3.2. (2020) here.
“Performing with Plants in the Ob-scene Anthropocene” in Nordic Theatre Studies< vol 32 2020, 121-142 https://tidsskrift.dk/nts/issue/view/8763
“Behind the Back of Linnaeus – Bakom ryggen på Linné.” Ruukku – Studies in Artistic Research, Issue #14 Ecologies of practice. Here.
ARA-Podcast – Performance as research: a discussion with Annette Arlander https://www.iono.fm/e/822054
“Revisiting the Rusty Ring – Ecofeminism Today?” PARtake Journal here
“The City Skyline Revisited – From networks to trans-corporeality”, Research in Art Education 1/2020, pp 37-55 here
Viisi vuodenaikaa – Harakan taiteilijayhteisön 30-vuotisjuhlajulkaisu (Harakka artist community 30 year celebration publication) small pdf:19 Harakan_julkaisupienversio
Performanssifilosofiaa – esitysten, esiintymisten ja performanssien filosofiasta performanssiajatteluun (eds.) Tero Nauha, Annette Arlander, Hanna Järvinen and Pilvi Porkola. Nivel 12. Teatterikorkeakoulu 2019.
online version https://nivel.teak.fi/performanssifilosofiaa/
downloadable pdf version https://helda.helsinki.fi/handle/10138/311478
Exhibitions, events and performances
Dear Firethorn Rhus (with text) shown at Muu Gaala in Helsinki 19-22.11.2020.
“With a Pine” as part of Be-coming Tree, a collective online performance 31 October 2020, see here
”With a Rowan”, as part of ABLE happening by Island Rehearsals on Harakka Island 20.8.2020 from 6 pm see here
Prforming with a pine in a collective performance Be-coming Tree via zoom on 1 August 11 am to 12 pm (UK time), see here
Mantereelta – Från Fastlandet – From the Mainland. Exhibition with video works in the Telegraph on Harakka Island 14-26 July 2020
Performance with an apple tree as part of SUSUKÄKE (Sumatrantien Suomalaisugrilainen käsitekesä) Fri 17. July 7 pm. See documentation here
Performing with my Juniper friend on Harakka Island as part of ISLAND REHEARSALS on Friday 5 June at 4 pm.
Visiting Nirox Arts 16-20 March https://www.niroxarts.com/
Day with a Juniper as part of the Video Weeks in gallery Sinne 21-26.2020. See here
Papers and presentations
Conversation about peer review in artistic research with Mika Elo, Maarit Mäkelä, Otso Huopaniemi and others at Kuva Research Days 9 December 2020.
Presentation of the outcomes of the project Performing with Plants at the autumn day of Society for Theatre Research 4.12.2020
Conversation with Antti Salminen to celebrate the publishing of the Finnish translation of Emanuele Coccia’s The Life of Plants by Tutkijaliitto, 29 October 2020 at 6 pm at Kääntöpöytä, see here
“Precarious Playground”, introductory walk and screening of “Returning to the Stairs” at NSU (Nordic Summer University) meeting 26-27.7.2020 see program
“Meetings with trees and the metaphysics of mixture”, at the event organised by Performance-as-Research Working Group / International Federation for Theatre Research CONTINUITIES in PRACTICE – a virtual exchange in order to continue the conversation Tuesday 14th July, 4pm-6pm (BST).
“Chronicles of Confinement: Europa”, conversation with performance artists 10 July 1 PM New York time, 8 pm Eastern European time, organised by Canongeproductions. See https://www.facebook.com/events/947715079006591/
“Principles of Artistic Research in Performance Doctorates”, in Visioning the Future: Artistic Doctorates in Ireland. Online Seminar Series 2020, 9 July 11 am to 12 pm. http://artisticdoctorateireland.com/events/. See details here
“Writing to Trees with Trees as Performance for Camera”, presentation at the PSI Artistic Research Working Group’s virtual summer meeting 7 July 2 pm UCT/GMT.
“Exposition and/ as Method”, lecture via zoom at SKH 22 June 2020 at 2 pm Stockholm time. https://www.uniarts.se/english/news/events/open-lectures
Presentation with HTDTWP at Tutke Spring Days 28-29 April, see here
Workshop with HTDTWP for doctoral candidates at University of the Arts Helsinki (online) 14-15 April 2020
ARA-seminar (online) 9 April 4-6 pm
ARA (Arts Research Africa) seminar 12 March 2020 1 pm to 4 pm Wits Theatre, Johannesburg.
Presentation via Skype at “Asking for Advice: Artistic Research in YouTube, Home videos and Conversation” 27.2. at Centre for Artistic Research, University of the Arts Helsinki, see here.
Seminar with artistic doctoral candidates organised by DIKU in Oslo 5-7.2.2020.
”Year of the Pig with a Tatarian Maple” presentation at the Research Week of Stockholm University of the Arts 24.1.2020. See programme here