News and Current Projects

What next?
“In the Disappearing Forest” online-presentation at a workshop in Saint Etienne 22.10.2021. See here.
Out right now
Arlander, A. 2021. Dear Olive Tree. Journal of Embodied Research, 4(2): 5 (19:40). DOI:
Upcoming / ongoing events
Upcoming talks and presentations
Lecture about performance studies in a series by Marja Silde at Helsinki University 10.11.2021
“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.
Concepts and Discussions around Artistic Research, doctoral seminar with Mika Elo at University of the Arts Helsinki, autumn term 2021.
Developing an Artistic Research project, seminar with Synne Behrndt at Stockholm University of the Arts, autumn term 2021.
Forthcoming publications
“Calling for Zoe as a Utopian Gesture” in Ruukku – studies in artistic research #17 Everyday Utopias and Artistic Research
”Teaching Performance Art with Fluxus”, text for a book on performance art pedagogy edited by Aapo Korkeaoja
Research and other projects in progress

Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees. with archive on the RC here.

Current engagements
Visiting researcher at Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki, see
Member of the Committee for Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council. See


Recently finished projects
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 Tull och Posthus 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
Residency in Örö in November 2020, Öres
Mustarinda residency during September 2020 see
(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

Recent 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. 1 pm to 5 pm.
“Performance with a Pine” (in the barracks area near the restaurant on Örö) 2.9. 2021 klo 21.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, see here.
“Swinging in a pine”, participatory performance as part of the Öres 2021 exhibition on Örö 26.6.2021 at 3 pm. See
HTDTWP: epilogue, exhibition in the Research Pavillion 22-24.6.2021 with a Longtable performance 23.6.2021 at 6 pm. See here
The Tree Calendar – Puukalenteri – Trädkalendern. Exhibition in the Telegraph on Harakka Island, 19-30. May 2021. See here
Contributing a provocation to “Designing the Pluriversity”, see here
The exhibition “Mirrored” was back at MUU, until 16.5. Sitting on a Birch (2006) in MIRRORED – photo performance exhibition, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Cable Factory 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 April 24, at 14.15-15.15 GMT
Sitting on a Birch (2006) in MIRRORED – photo performance exhibition, 10–21 March 2021, MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre, Cable Factory see here
“Holding Hands with a Pine” in Be-Coming Tree Live Art Event, online 9 January 2021 at 12.15 – 1.15 pm GMT.

Recent publications
“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 with Vegetation”, editorial for Ruukku #16 Working with the Vegetal
“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.
“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
“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, here:

Recent talks, papers and presentations
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
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 event (online) 12-16.7.2021.
“Examples of text on video when writing to trees” in Constellate 2021 PSi Artistic Research Working Group event (online) 7-9.6.2021. See here.
“Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees as Artistic Research” 16 June 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 April 2021, see here
“Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees”, talk 30.3.21, 15.00-17.00
Knowledge in the Arts #2: Annette Arlander, see
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 on 18 February 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 here

Recent engagements
Professor of performance, art and theory at Stockholm University of the Arts Research Centre (2018-2019),
Blog about activities in Stockholm 2015-2019,
Member of the board of the Norwegian Artistic Research Program (2015-2018)
State Prize for multidisciplinary art 2018
info in Finnish and in Swedish, with photo, here


%d bloggers like this: