A New Performance Turku Seminar: Collaborate! Performance Art – Society – Science

The New Performance Turku Festival seminar on Tuesday 29th of September addresses processes of collaboration between performance art, science and society. It is organised as part of New Performance Turku Festival. The speakers will approach the theme through their practices as art curators, academics and artists, all acting in different areas of collaboration. The seminar takes place at Kaivokatu 12 (Seminar room Minerva E321, 3rd floor) from 1.30 pm to 4.45 pm.


13:30-14:15 DA Mari Krappala (Floating Platforms, Turku):
In Between: Floating Platforms in Process

14:30-15:30 Prof. Ray Langenbach (University of the Arts, Helsinki):
Performance Art and Society: Fabricating the Real Real

15:45-16:45 PhD Rob La Frenais (curator/researcher, London):
Accidental Utopias – Analogues of an Uncertain Future

The seminar is organized in collaboration with the Department of Art History, New Performance Turku Festival and the Floating Platforms project.

Mari Krappala is a curator, a writer and a researcher in contemporary art. She is a docent of cultural studies in the Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Helsinki. Her PhD work dealt with contemporary art processes, photography and Luce Irigaray’s philosophy of the ethics of sexual difference. In the Floating Platforms collaboration project she acts as a mentor and a dialogical partner of the researcher-artist -collaboration pairs.

Ray Langenbach is Professor of Live Art and Performance Studies at the Helsinki University of Arts. He has also served as a professor in the Faculty of Creative Industries at the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Kuala Lumpur, as Associate professor at the department of Performance and Media at Sunway University Gollege in Malesia and as a professor of Artistic Research, Art History and Theory at the Department of Postgraduate Studies at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.

Rob La Frenais is an independent contemporary art curator, working internationally and creatively with artists such as James Turrell, Marina Abramovic and Isaac Julien. He believes in being directly engaged with the artist’s working process as far as possible, while actively widening the context within which the artist can work. For the last 17 years he was based at The Arts Catalyst, a UK Arts Council National Portfolio organisation in London, where he developed an ambitious artistic programme based on interactions between art and science.

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