Thank you 2022 – Welcome 2023!


Looking back, my first impression of the past year was that besides the slow return to ‘normal’ life after the pandemic restrictions or the shock and horror of the war in Ukraine not much happened to me, personally. Some recently received rejections to various applications created the impression that I did not accomplish that much. When I look back at the list of events, talks and publications, the opposite is the case; I have to be grateful for the many invitations and opportunities during the year. Perhaps the main achievements, considering what I promised to do in my work plan for the TAIKE grant, are the exhibition in Forum Box in February and the publication of the book Performing and Thinking with Trees in December, both related to my previous project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees. The podcast Talking with Trees, which I experimented with already the previous year I have now actively worked with as part of my current project Pondering with Pines. Other exciting experiences, gifts of the year, were the Wood Art Residency Bodafors, the group residency In Light of Plants and performing in Epidermis by Sanna Kekäläinen. And yes, participating live in conferences in Weimar and Reykjavik and in the Bang Bang performance art festival in Basel and Seven of Sevenin Myymälä2 in Helsinki and yes, and many other events…Thank you to all of you!
 
I have listed the various activities in groups here below, in chronological order rather than with the latest on top as usual in a blog, mainly for the records, so to speak. When getting older I very easily forget what happened, when and where…
 
Solo exhibitions
Meetings with Spruces and Birches. Gallery Forum Box 11.2.-6.3.2022. See here
Dear Deceased in Mediaboxi, Gallery Forum Box 11.2.-6.3.2022. See here.
Revisiting the Pine and other video works. Telegraph gallery, Harakka Island 25.5.-5.6.2022. See here
Furorna i Bodafors [The Pines in Bodafors]. Malmsten school gallery in Stockholm 22.11.- 4.12.2022.
Works in Group shows
Year of the Pig with a Tatarian Maple (mini). Muu Media art fair 10.-25.9.2022. See here
Works in screenings and compilations
Dear Deceased at Vision Forum Helsinki – Emergence, Microbes, Governing bodies mini festival. See here in SOLU space 2.6.2022.
Konstrundan, open studio on Harakka Island 3-4.9.2022
Year of the Pig with a Tatarian maple (mini) in Muu’s compilation at Film Front festival, Novi Sad 29.10.2022. See here
Participating in Seeds-planting-art web collection, see here
 
Performances
“Practicing with Pines”, performance and videos as part of the event Seven of Seven, Myymälä2 26.4.2022. See Seven of Seven organised by Myymälä2 25.4.-1.5.2022. Documentation of streaming on Myymälä2 youtube channel, here.
“Pondering in the Park”, performance in Museum Tinguely Park, Basel 23.7.2022.
See program and documentation here
Performing in “Epidermis” by Sanna Kekäläinen 28.10.-6.11.2022. See here
 
Residencies
Wood Art Residency Bodafors (July-August 2022). See here (in Swedish) and experiments on the RC here
“In Light of Plants”, group residency at Saari, Mynämäki 2-14.7.2022. See plan here
and an updated presentation here.
 
Podcast episodes
Talking with Trees – Puhetta Puille – Talar med Träd on Soundcloud. See playlists:
Talking to a Pine (HEL) (11 episodes), Talking to a Pine (STO) (11 episodes), Pondering with Örö Pines (6 episodes), Furorna i Bodafors (in Swedish, 7 episodes), Silakkarin männylle (in Finnish, 3 episodes)
 
Publications

The book Performing and Thinking with Trees, Art theoretical writings from the Academy of Fine Art 15, University of the Arts Helsinki. Online here: https://taju.uniarts.fi/handle/10024/7666
 
Peer reviewed articles
“Looking at (Overlooked) Lichen – Visual journaling as part of meetings with remarkable and unremarkable trees” Research in Arts and Education vol 1 (2022) pp. 75-82 https://doi.org/10.54916/rae.116978
“Kasvien performanssit: kasvit, esittäminen ja esiintyminen kasvien kanssa” [The performances of plants: plants, performing and appearing with plants] in Jukka Mikkonen, Sanna Lehtinen, Kaisa Kortekallio & Noora-Helena Korpelainen (eds.) Ympäristömuutos ja estetiikka [environmental change and aesthetics] Suomen Estetiikan Seura ry, Helsinki 2022, 470-497. Online for free download here
“Returning to the Stairs – on temporality and self-portraiture”. PARtake: The Journal of Performance as Research Vol.5 No.1 (2022), see here
 
Other texts
“Writing with Trees.”
Proceedings of Carpa 7 – Elastic Writing in Artistic Research edited by Pessi Parviainen, Nivel 17 2022, see here
“Teaching Performance Art with Fluxus.” In Aapo Korkeaoja (edit) Performance Art in Practice – Pedagogical Approaches, Worthwise 2022, p 66-85. See here
“How should I write about my work? Notes on publishing artistic research.” jar-online.net. 29/12/2022. https://doi.org/10.22501/jarnet.0059
 
Talks and presentations
Seminar for doctoral candidates (Norwegian national program), Oslo 2-4.2.2022
On Artistic Research (for doctoral candidates), SKH Stockholm 10.2.2022
On Documentation (for MA students), SKH Stockholm 9.2.2022
On Collaboration and Networking, post doc circle of Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke, University of the Arts Helsinki 3.3.2022
“Kasvit ja esitys” [Plants and Performance], talk at the seminar on environmental aesthetics organised by the Finnish Society for Aesthetics at TSV house (and online) 17.5.2022.
Contribution to the online symposium Designing the Pluriversity organised by Arizona State University 19.5.2022.
Contribution as part of the Artistic Research Working Group presentation at the Performance Philosophy conference in Helsinki 16.6.2022
“Shifting the focus in performance as research”, contribution at the Performance as Research Working Group meeting at the IFTR conference in Reykjavik 21.-24.6.2022.
“Attending to remarkable and unremarkable trees”, workshop at the SAR (Society for Artistic Research) conference in Weimar 30.6.-3.7.2022.
“Pondering with Pines”, contribution at the Artistic Research Working Group meeting 6-7.7.2022 as part of the PSI online conference 6-9.7.2022.
Conversation on performance as research, Museum Tinguely Park, Basel 24.7.2022
“Planting Ideas for Vegetal Humanities and Art Research” as part of Environmental Humanities Month at Helsinki University, 11.10.2022
“Revisiting the Pines on Skifferholmen” in the workshop composting methodologies at SSAM (Speculative spaces for artistic methods) 3.11.2022
“Furorna i Bodafors”, talk at the Malmsten school 22.11.2022
“Voiko puita puhutella?” [can you address trees?] at the autumn days of the Finnish Society for Theatre Research 25.11.2022
Presentation at the book launch, Kuva Research days, University of the Arts Helsinki 14.12.2022.

One thought on “Thank you 2022 – Welcome 2023!”

  1. All this looks so great and impressive! Keep going and best luck in 2023!!!

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