Looking Back at the Year 2021

Looking back at the year 2021, my second year working on the project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees, see also Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees it is difficult to distinguish what was really important. One important turn took place already in November 2020, when I spent a month on Örö island in Öres residency. As a consequence I began working with the pine trees there and returned to the island several times during 2021. During the year I spent April in Päiväkoti residency in Hailuoto, two weeks in June in ArsBioarctica in Kilpisjärvi and July in the Post and Customs house residency on Eckerö. I could finally return to Stockholm after more than one year of covid exile, and spent quite some time there in the autumn. The final events by the research project How to Do Things With Performance (HTDTWP) in the spring were of course an important milestone, although there remains some work to be done with publications and the report. This autumn I was also teaching a little bit in Stockholm and in Helsinki, and the courses will continue in 2022: Concepts and Discussions around Artistic Research, a doctoral seminar with Mika Elo at University of the Arts Helsinki, and Developing an Artistic Research Project, a course with Synne Behrndt at Stockholm University of the Arts, online. Besides the completed performances, exhibitions, lectures and publications, which are listed below, there have been other things and some of the things that are in the making might prove important in the future.
Projects completed in 2021
How to do things with performance? – Miten tehdä asioita esityksellä?, a four-year (five year) research project funded by the Academy of Finland, with Hanna Järvinen, Tero Nauha and Pilvi Porkola (2016-2021). More info on the Uniarts website of HTDTWP with links to blog and living archive on the RC.
Residency at Eckerö Post och Tullhus in July 2021.
Ars Bioarctica residency at the biological station in Kilpisjärvi for two weeks in June, see
here and here.
Residency in
Kulttuuritalo Päiväkoti in Hailuoto in April 2021

Exhibitions, events and performances
On the Edge (2020) in Öres exhibition on Örö Island 19.6.-31.9.2021. See here and here
Dear Spruce – Kuusi Hyvä 1-7
(2020) and July with a Pine (2020) in the exhibition Artists’ Island on Harakka Island 9.8.-26.9.2021. See taiteilijoidensaari_tiedote_en and here
Open studio on Harakka as part of Konstrundan 4.9. and 5.9. 2021.
“Performance with a Pine” (in the barracks area near the restaurant on Örö) 2.9. 2021. See here.
The Tide in Kan Tiang (2016) in LiikKUVAT exhibition in Harjavalta hospital 18.6.-16.8.2021.
On the Edge II-IV shown in a screening of short films by Örö residency artists at Norpas festival 7.8.2021.
“Swinging in a pine”, participatory performance as part of the Öres 2021 exhibition on Örö 26.6.2021. See here
HTDTWP: epilogue, exhibition in the Research Pavillion 22-24.6.2021 with a Longtable performance 23.6.2021. See here
The Tree Calendar – Puukalenteri – Trädkalendern. Exhibition in the Telegraph gallery on Harakka Island, 19-30.5.2021. See here
Contributing a provocation to “Designing the Pluriversity”, see here .
“HTDTWP: Grande Finale”, University of the Arts Helsinki Theatre Academy (online) 6-7.5.2021 see here
“Swinging in a Pine in Hailuoto” as part of Be-coming Tree Spring Event online 24.4. 2021.
Sitting on a Birch (2006) in MIRRORED – photo performance exhibition, 10.3-16.5. 2021, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Cable Factory. See here and here
“Holding Hands with a Pine” in Be-Coming Tree Live Art Event, online 9.1.2021.

“Calling for Zoe as a Utopian Gesture” in Ruukku – studies in artistic research #17 Everyday Utopias and Artistic Research, see here and here
“A dialogue about performance, artistic research and trees”, interview by José Quaresma in RIACT no 3, see here and as a separate pdf AA-interview-from RIACT_3
“Dear Olive Tree.” Journal of Embodied Research, 4(2): 5 (19:40). 2021. DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/jer.70
“With Mountain Birches on the Tree Line”, Ars Bioarctica Blog 23 June 2021, here.
Working with the Vegetal, 16th issue of Ruukku Journal, see here.
Annette Arlander, Jerry Määttä, Malin Lobell “Engaging Vegetation in the Arts”, editorial for Ruukku #16 Working with the Vegetal, see here
“Kertaa ja koosta” eli märehtiminen menetelmänä [“Repeat and combine” or regurgitating as a method], Taide 3/2021, p 26.
Radio interview in Finnish in the series Kuusi Kuvaa [Six images] and adjacent abbreviated text, here
“With Spruce Stumps and Old Tjikko – On the Individuality of Trees” in Daniela Fargione and Carmen Concilio (eds.) Trees in Literature and the Arts: Humanarboreal Perspectives in the Anthropocene. Lexington Books, 211-228.
“Islands in Time” and “The Feather” in Paula Kramer Suomenlinna / Gropius. Two contemplations on Body, Movement and Intermateriality, Dorset UK: Triarchy Press 2021, pp 35-39 and 61.
Pre-examination statements (in Finnish) for Tuula Närhinen and Elina Saloranta, in Mika Elo and Denise Ziegler (eds.) Yhä Osuvammin / More and More to the Point. The Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Helsinki 2021. (pp. 70-73, 75-78, 81-84, 87-89, 92-95 and 226-229, 233-235, 239-242, 247-248, 252-255, 258-260, 267-269, 280-283).
”Day with a Bog Birch – Vegetalising”, available online as theme essay on the Peripheries in Parallax website, here
“Beyond the Saturation Point – Bortom Mättnadspunkten”, VIS #5 2021, see here
“Diffraction, Mixture and Cut-ups in Performing with Plants” in Performance Research 25:5, 31-38. DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2020.1868835
“Dear Spruce – Dear Deceased”, available online as theme essay on the Peripheries in Parallax website, here
Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees in Johannesburg and Environs Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, downloadable here: http://wiredspace.wits.ac.za/handle/10539/30395

Talks, papers and presentations
“Kasvidemokratia ja esitys tutkimuksena” [Vegetal democracy and performance as research] at the symposium Theatre and Democracy organised by the Finnish Association for Theatre Research 17.12.2021.
“Meetings with trees – repetition as a tool in artistic research” online lecture as part of Video and painting: parallell movements, Artistic research into the unstable condition of the image, International lectures, University of Lisbon 30.11.2021. See here
Lecture about performance studies in a series by Marja Silde at Helsinki University 10.11.2021.
“In the Disappearing Forest” online-presentation at a workshop in Saint Etienne 22.10.2021. See here
Project presentation as part of a lecture series on ecodramaturgy by Katri Tanskanen at Helsinki University 15.10.2021
“Notes on performativity”, lecture in a seminar led by Marjaana Kella at Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki 24.9.2021.
“Holding nature: Meetings with Trees” online talk as part of the program related to the exhibition New Nature in St. Petersburg 22.9.2021
“Planning and Sharing a Process – Some Nordic Approaches to Artistic Research” as part of the seminar Different Temporalities in Artistic Research, RESCAM, Grenoble, 16-17.9.2021 see here
“Writing to Your Chosen Tree – a Workshop” and “Writing Letters to Trees with the Trees” at CARPA 7 – Elastic Writing in Artistic Research 25.8.and 27.8.2021.(online) See here
“Meetings with Trees in Cities”, talk as part of ”Nature in the City. Nonhuman Heterotopias” (online) 6-8.8.2021 St. Petersburg, see here
”Becoming a Tree – a documented workshop” in IFTR PAR (Performance as Research) Working Group online event 12-16.7.2021.
“Examples of text on video when writing to trees” in Constellate 2021 PSi Artistic Research Working Group online event 7-9.6.2021. See here.
“Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees as Artistic Research” 16.6.2021, as part of the International lectures, Faculdade de Belas-Artes Universidade de Lisboa.
“Monday Lecture: Working with Spruces – On the Strange Individuality of Trees” at the Art Academy, Bergen (online), 26.5.2021, see here
Contribution to the fragments of the “lost” SAR conference 2020 published at the SAR conference 2021, see overview and my part
“Day with a Bog Birch – Vegetalising”, presenting the thematic essay in the context of the conference Peripheries in Parallax 9.4.2021, see here
“Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees”, online talk
Knowledge in the Arts #2: Annette Arlander, 30.3.21, see here
Opponent for Oona Tikkaoja’s doctoral dissertation “Reality Tinkering. An Artistic Approach to the Abundance of the Familiar” at Aalto University 12.3.2021.
The ARA (Arts Research Africa) publication event of Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees in Johannesburg and Environs 18.2.2021.
Opponent at Nathalie Fari’s 50% seminarium on “Situated Agencies: an embodied and documentary approach to site-oriented performance practice”, University of Gothenburg 17.2.2021.
Member of the “Prüfungskommission” for Michael Karlg’s Doktoratstudium on performative materiality, University of Applied Arts Vienna 16.2.2021
Presentation of “Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees” at Kuva Research Club 15.2.2021.
Unfold and Articulate, seminar with doctoral candidates in Norway 3-5.2.2021.
Discussing digital possibilities at Tutke post doc event 28 January 2021.
Online lecture at KISS, Colloquium on Kinetics in Sound and Space, Hamburg 27 January 2021.
Presentation of “Dear Spruce – Dear Deceased” as part of the Peripheries in Parallax event, Aalto University 22 January 2021, available online (scroll down) here

Completed engagements
Member of the Committee for Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council 2018-2021.
Member of the editorial board of Ruukku – Studies in Artistic Research 2012 – 2021.

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