Author Biographies

Outi Condit is a Helsinki-based actor/performance maker/artistic researcher with a MA in acting from the University of Tampere. Much of her work explores embodied power relations and intimacy within performative arrangements. She is currently doing her artistic doctorate on the embodied politics of the stage in the Performing Arts Research Centre, University of Arts Helsinki. Her research project investigates how performing bodies are assembled and come to make sense through different scenic configurations and artistic practices.

Sami Henrik Haapala is a Finnish actor FIA, dancer, live art maker and a dj. He is also a doctoral candidate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre Tutke in the University of the Arts Helsinki. In addition to having degrees in both acting (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, UK) and dance (North Karelia College, FIN) he also holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology (University of Helsinki, FIN). In his doctoral research Haapala focuses on how an actor, participant and environment co-create meaning in participatory and immersive performances.

Haapala’s own works cut through theatre, dance and live art. He is the artistic director of a performing arts company The Center for Everything.

Minna Heikinaho is a Doctoral student in Art University Helsinki. Her dissertation is about Community Art (interaction moment, authorship and ethics) in the Academy of Fine Arts in the University of the Arts Helsinki. She is currently working as a researcher and artist in ArtsEqual -project in Cupore, the team of Social Responsible Arts and Instutions and Artists.

Main Community Art projects:
Free Breakfast (1994), in the Hakaniemi district, Helsinki
Push firma beige (1996—2001), an action site in the district of Kallio, Helsinki
Both projects approached local residents in the urban space, rendered visible different perspectives on the city and participated in local activities and empowered and activated local residents and communities to enter into dialogue.

Other Urban Art projects include:
Ruumiillisia harjoitteita / Bodily Exercises (2013—) productions
Saa sanoa / May I say (2008—2013)
Super Structures (2008) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Of power and social bond (2001) Mois de la Photo à Montréal, Canada
The Artist-in-Akiya (2000), Kyojima, Tokyo, Japan
Momentum (2000), Nordic Festival of Contemporary Art in Moss, Norway

Joa Hug is an artist-researcher and doctoral candidate at the Performing Arts Research Centre of the University of the Arts Helsinki/Theatre Academy. His doctoral research investigates the impact of Body Weather performance training on the performer and explores its epistemic potential as a medium of artistic research. Hug studied History, Political Science and Sociology at the Universities of Freiburg and Oregon/Eugene (US), and holds a B. A. in Dance/Choreography (School for New Dance Development/Amsterdam) as well as an M. A. in Artistic Research (University of Amsterdam). Working as independent performer since 2002, he has trained and performed extensively with Body Weather Amsterdam. He co-founded AREAL (Artistic Research Lab) Berlin, where he lives with his family.

Liisa Jaakonaho is a Doctoral Candidate at Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts, Helsinki. She is an interdisciplinary practitioner of dance pedagogy, movement therapy, socially engaged art, and performance. Her qualifications include an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London; a PGCert from The University of Glamorgan; a BA from Turku Arts Academy; and a pedagogical qualification from Theatre Academy Helsinki. In the past 15 years Jaakonaho has worked in different roles across the fields of arts, social care and education. In her doctoral research she investigates ethical questions in and around her artistic-pedagogic work with differently abled adults.

Simo Kellokumpu is a choreographer and a doctorate candidate in the Performing Arts Research Center at the Theatre Academy, University of the Arts Helsinki. He received his MA in Choreography from Theatre Academy Helsinki in 2003, and since then he has been working as a choreographer in various projects. His current work moves in between choreography, performance, installation, and video. In his doctoral artistic research project Kellokumpu examines the relations in between (outer) space, place, context, atmosphere, and the human body, and the movements from the practice of a choreographer towards the practice of a choreoreader.

Esa Kirkkopelto is a performing artist, artist-reseacher and philosopher. Currently he works as a professor of artistic research and leads the Centre of Artistic Research (C-FAR) at the Uniarts Helsinki.

Tero Nauha is an artist and a postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. He is a member of the Academy of Finland postdoctoral research project ‘How To Do Things With Performance?’ He defended his doctoral research on schizoanalysis at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki in January 2016. In 2015, he published his first fiction novel Heresy & Provocation for the Swedish publishing house Förlaget. His performance art projects have been presented at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Theatrediscounter in Berlin, CSW Kronika in Bytom, Performance Matters in London, and at the New Performance Festival in Turku, among other venues.

Leena Rouhiainen is Professor in Artistic Research and Head of the Doctoral Program at the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy (TeaK) of the University of the Arts Helsinki (UNIARTS). She acts as Vice Dean in research at the same institution. She is a dance artist and movement pedagogue, whose research interest lie within artistic research, somatic practices, phenomenology and affect theory and focus especially on physical training and performing. She is on the editorial board of Nordic Journal for Dance, Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and is member of the executive board of the Society for Artistic Research.

Vincent Roumagnac is a French-Basque artist and researcher. Challenging definitions of genre, he explores different medium from and within the broad notion of stage, from performance and installations to video experiments. His art practice is based on time-specific explorations of the scenic mutations that emerge from the strategy of permutation between the backstage and the stage agencies at the time of a shift of representational paradigm demanded by the current climatic crisis. He is currently conducting a doctorate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre of the University of the Arts of Helsinki on “Neganthroposcenic Chronotopias, Deep Stage and Hyperdramatic Theatre” (2015—).

Lena Séraphin is a visual artist based in Helsinki. Her practice consists of — collective — writings and visual works that place emphasis on display as a dramaturgic event. She holds a Master of Arts in Fine Art from Goldsmiths’ College, University of London and a Doctor of Arts from Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her dissertation The Don Quixote Complex and Investigations into Fictionality is based on observations on the artist herself as a varying assembly of roles, analysing the double as a figuration and an artistic device. Further information on the webpage

Jana Unmüßig is based between Helsinki and Berlin. She received her choreography training at Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance and the Inter-University Centre for Dance Berlin. Her choreographic works have been shown internationally, such as at Springdance Utrecht, Impulstanz Vienna, Kampnagel Hamburg, Hebel am Ufer Berlin.