Pre-Symposium I, 2018

Pre-Symposium for Doctoral Candidates

August 21, 2018

Åhuset, seminar room, Åbo Akademi


The Pre-Symposium comprised:

A training session lead by Professor Pilvi Porkola (University of the Arts Helsinki). Porkola introduced methods of performance arts in research. The session also included practical exercises. (See below for further information)

Presentation training by Porkola. The Doctoral Candidates presented a pitch-talk (max 3 minutes) on their presentation and were provided feedback by Porkola and the other participants.

The Doctoral Candidates presented their work in an academic workshop in the ABOAGORA Symposium on August 23.

The Aboagora Pre-Symposium was organized by the Graduate School at the University of Turku in cooperation with the Aboagora organizing committee and Åbo Akademi University.

Professor Pilvi Porkola: On Artistic Research – Between Practice and Theory

What does artistic research mean? What does it look like?

Why is an artist interested in doing research? What kind of knowledge art produces?

In this lecture, I will talk about artistic research and combining practice and theory. I will also focus on performance studies, so performance as a concept to make observations and a method for a study. Moreover, I will talk about art; empty frames, miniature skeletons reading books, pink balloons and imagined spaces.

The lesson is divided in two parts; first, there will be a lecture and a discussion. The second part will be held in Turku City Library, where we will try out the topic in practice.

Pilvi Porkola is an artist and writer. She is Professor in Artistic Research at Uniarts, Helsinki. She is also a post doctoral researcher in the project (funded by the Academy of Finland) “How To Do Things with Performance?”. Porkola is interested in feminism, production of knowledge, libraries, art, and life.