[artinfo] Call for applications and proposals: second Research Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale

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Call for applications and proposals: second 
Research Pavilion for the 2017 Venice Biennale

Proposal deadline: August 15, 2016

Sala del Camino
Giudecca 621

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Following a successful and well-received pilot 
edition in 2015, the University of the Arts 
Helsinki has decided to again realize a Research 
Pavilion within the context of the Venice 
Biennale. This new edition will last five months 
(from early May through to late September) and 
will be undertaken as a Nordic collaboration 
together with institutional partners outside 
Scandinavia (including the Academy of Fine Arts 
Vienna, Zurich University of the Arts, EARN 
(European Artistic Research Network) and SAR 
(Society for Artistic Research)). The second 
Research Pavilion will be registered as an 
official collateral event at the Venice Biennale.

Theme: The Utopia of Access
The program of the second Research Pavilion will 
focus on the current debate around access. The 
"Berlin Declaration" as drawn up by the European 
Union, states that from 2025 research funded from 
public means should be accessible for everyone 
through Open Access. What are the consequences of 
this measure for a relatively young and as yet 
not fully disciplined field such as artistic 
research? Will there be a further demise of 
originality and authenticity and an increasing 
focus on metadata? Are we at risk of encroaching 
bureaucracy that will achieve the opposite of the 
legislation/regulation's aim: Open Access as a 
pricy process for the happy few who know the 
rules and possibilities of the game? Can the 
access-rhetorics be reduced to the now dominant, 
but also questionable, neo-liberal interpretation 
of the concept of democracy as a globalized 
export product? And finally: how accessible will 
artistic research itself remain-where will 
research within the arts and about the arts, that 
traditionally has a crucial impact on theorizing 
and informing on art within education and 
criticism, stand in the artistic turn of research?

Despite all of this: can creating an 
infrastructure geared at access offer new, 
constructive possibilities for the field of 
artistic research, such as the fundamental 
demystification of the artistic (thought) process 
and the development of new links to different 
forms of knowledge production and to topical 
political perspectives (e.g. commonism)? And what 
are the consequences of the access-oriented 
agendas of mega-events such as biennials, for the 
critical potential of art and research? Moreover, 
starting from art, is it possible to develop a 
coherent critique of current access-thinking? 

Under the title The Utopia of Access the 2nd 
Research Pavilion wants to give room to all sorts 
of artistic interpretations and perspectives 
involving access-oriented thought. Leading 
question will be: how and in what way can we 
prevent that the current access-ideology results 
in the decline of human imagination and radical 
thinking? If we recognize that nowadays 
access-thought touches the very roots of 
political awareness, how can we set about 
dismantling these contemporary configurations of 
power? And what are the consequences of such 
critical reflections for the further development 
of curatorial models and display-systems?

The program, designed as a series of experimental 
exhibitions and parallel activities will harbor a 
range of diverse perspectives and viewpoints that 
can offer an incentive for the necessary and 
urgent discussion of the current politics of 

Logistics and organisation
The second Research Pavilion has a commissioner: 
Professor Anita Seppä, University of the Arts 
Helsinki, two curators: Scientific Advisor in 
Artistic Research at the Swedish Research Council 
Jan Kaila, and Dean/Professor Henk Slager, MaHKU 
Utrecht, and two guest-curators Professor Florian 
Dombois, Zurich University of the Arts, and 
Professor Renate Lorenz, Academy of Fine Arts 
Vienna. Producer of the second Research Pavilion 
is Christine Langinauer and Head of 
Communications is Eevastiina Aho, both University 
of the Arts Helsinki.

Steering group: Rector Jari Perkiömäki, 
University of the Arts Helsinki; Dean Ingrid 
Elam, Swedish Arts Universities Collaboration; 
Professor Mika Elo, University of the Arts 
Helsinki; Head of DocMus doctoral school Päivi 
Järviö, University of the Arts Helsinki; Cecilie 
Knudsen, Chair of the Norwegian Artistic Research 
Programme; Researcher Otso Lähdeoja, University 
of the Arts Helsinki; Vice-Dean Leena Rouhiainen, 
University of the Arts Helsinki; and Geir Strøm, 
Head of Administration at the Norwegian Artistic 
Research Programme. 

Responsibility for the contents and general 
outline of the Research Pavilion lies with the 
commissioner, the curators and the steering 
group. They will develop the program in 
collaboration with all partners and the 

The proposed program of exhibitions consist of 
three consecutive presentation moments:
-an exhibition made by the curators (May/June 
2017 based on a call for contributions-Call A);
-two programs by guest-curators (July-September 2017) 

Parallel to these exhibitions there is room for 
discursive activities, for which a second call 
(Call B) will be issued in October 2016.

Call A
The curators of the opening exhibition invite in 
particular (doctoral) researchers affiliated to 
Nordic institutions to send in proposals. These 
proposals will be expected to have a link to the 
thematics of the pavilion as described above. 
Artists and artistic groups from all possible 
diciplines including visiual arts, performing 
arts, music and transdisciplinary media are 
welcome to apply.  

-One-page CV plus a general research profile
-One-page project proposal for the research pavilion
-Five relevant images, soundbites and/or other relevant modes of documentation

The pavilion will not stand for production and 
other costs of the art works exhibited.
For more information about the space, available 
technology and other practical or logistic 
matters, please contact the 
producer: <mailto:christine.langinauer at uniarts.fi>Christine 

Proposal deadline
August 15 by e-mail: 
<mailto:researchpavilion at uniarts.fi>researchpavilion at uniarts.fi
In late August the submiters will be informed 
about the pre-selection. On September 16 the 
curators will have talks with the authors of the 
selected proposals (in Stockholm and/or via 

Call B
Furthermore the Research Pavilion invites 
individuals and groups from the organizing 
institutes and from the European Artistic 
Research (EARN) and the Society for Artistic 
Research (SAR), to develop proposals for the 
parallel discursive program. A final call (B) for 
the discursive program will be opened in early 
October 2016. The curators and the steering group 
will discuss these proposals in late December. 

Contact and information
Contact person: <mailto:christine.langinauer at uniarts.fi>Christine Langinauer
Information 1st edition: 
<http://www.uniarts.fi/en/research-pavilion>www.uniarts.fi or: <http://www.artandeducation.net/announcement/the-first-research-pavilion-sala-del-camino-venice/>www.artandeducation.net

The Research Pavilion project was initiated by 
the University of the Arts Helsinki-an 
international leader in artistic research and 
research in the arts. The project aims to bring 
the importance of research to the attention of 
the general art audience and the numerous 
specialists visiting the Venice Biennale, while 
offering a clear and significant platform 
for-cross-disciplinary-collaborations between 
artists and researchers.



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