Tables of Thought - exhibition and seminar; 28.-29.4.2010, Helsinki

European Artistic Research Network in Helsinki
Tables of Thought
-Exhibition and Seminar 28.-29.4.2010

Auditorium and Gallery
Finnish Academy of Fine Arts
Kaikukatu 4, 00530 Helsinki

Tables of Thought is an exhibition and symposium organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) and the European Artistic Research Network (EARN). The exhibition takes place in the gallery of the FAFA. Participating artists include: Maria Finn, Daniel Jewesbury, Susan Pui San Lok, Katrin von Maltzahn, Lauren O'Neal, Michael Stevenson, Nina Stuhldreher and Lars Wallsten.

Keynote speaker Denise Robinson will start the seminar by screening and discussing Susan Hiller's work The Last Silent Movie. The program continues with both theoretical and performative inputs.  Tim Stott, Janine Marchessault and Keynote speaker Ekateria Degot will provide critical and contextual presentations, and artists Jeremiah Day and Johan Thom will make performative interventions during the symposium.

Tables of Thought has been developed by Jan Kaila and Henk Slager, and focuses on the paradoxical tension within current debates on artistic research between the urge for disciplinary knowledge and the constant subversion of this by artistic thinking. The exhibition and symposium programme of Tables of Thought plays both with the taxonomic impulse integral to disciplinary practices and with the mercurial and destabilising flows of artistic thinking and research.

Tables of Thought is part of an ongoing and unique trans-European experiment in arts research organised by EARN in association with Centrifugal and led by GradCAM, Ireland. This second phase of the project builds upon, and extends, the examination and critical contestation of the archival paradigm in artistic research and curatorial practice initiated at the exhibitions Critique of Archival Reason  (curated by Henk Slager, RHA Gallery, Dublin, 2010) and Re: Public (curated by Daniel Jewesbury, TBG, Dublin, 2010) which were held in conjunction with the conference Arts Research: Publics and Purposes  (, Dublin, February 2010).

The Helsinki phase of the Artist as Citizen project is co-organised by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in collaboration with EARN (European Artistic Research Network). Further phases of the project will take place in Brussels (Sint-Lukas) and Zagreb (Centrifugal) in summer 2010.

EARN (European Artistic Research Network) was established in 2004 and exists to share and exchange knowledge and experience in artistic research; foster mobility, exchange and dialogue among art researchers; promote wider dissemination of artistic research; and enable global connectivity and exchange for artistic research. Tables of Thought will also see the launch of EARN's new website resource for artistic research

This project is in part funded by the EC-EACEA Culture 2000–2007: Artist as Citizen project coordinated by Mick Wilson (GradCam, Dublin).


Wednesday 28th of April

10.00- Jan Kaila, Professor at Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (FAFA) and Mick Wilson, Dean of Graduate School in Creative Arts and Media: (GradCAM), Dublin: Opening Words

10.30-12.00 Keynote Speaker Denise Robinson, Curator, Writer and Lecturer and Visiting Fellow,Tate Britain, London: On Susan Hiller Including the Screening of The Last Silent Movie –moderator Jan Kaila

12.00-13.00 Janine Marchessault, Research Chair at York University, Toronto: Archiving the Human: Erkki Kureniemi’s Post-Humanist Vision - moderator Sami van Ingen, Doctoral Student at FAFA

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Susan Pui San Lok, Artist and Writer, London: Archives, Tactics, Gestures -moderator Mick Wilson

14.30-15.00 Johan Thom, Doctoral Student at the Slade School of Fine Arts, London: Decoy –moderator Henk Slager, Dean at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design)

15.00-15.30 Nina Stuhldreher, Artist, Germany: Counter-Intuitive, Pre-Visual, Extra-Territorial: Why Artistic Research Needs (Natural) Sciences to get the Whole Picture -moderator Gertrud Sandqvist, professor at Malmö Art Academy, Lund University

15.30-16.00 Lars Wallsten, Doctoral Student at Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg: Lack of Evidence -moderator Tuula Närhinen, Doctoral Student at FAFA

16.30- Jeremiah Day, Doctoral Student at the Utrecht Graduate School of Visual Art and Design: MAQUI, slide-show Performance at the opening of the exhibition

16.30- Opening, Gallery Kaiku at Fafa

Thursday 29th of April

10.00-10.30 Tim Stott, Associate Researcher at GradCAM : And What if We Too See Nothing? Thoughts towards a Generic Archive -moderator Terike Haapoja, Doctoral Student at FAFA

10.30-11.00  Lauren O`Neil, Doctoral Student at FAFA: Sensorial Archives: Subjectivity beyond Visuality – Counter-Choreographic Practices in the Work of Xavier Le Roy, Nell Breyer, and Anna Schuleit -moderator Roger Palmer, Professor, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds

11.30-12.00 Coffee

12.00-12.30  Michael Stevenson, Artist, New-Zealand/Germany: The Library of Man -moderator Mika Hannula, Professor at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg

12.30-13.00  Maria Finn, Doctoral Student at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen: Images between the Word and Film -moderator Annette Arlander, Professor at the Theatre Academy, Helsinki

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.30 Daniel Jewesbury, Visiting Fellow at the GradCAM,: Approaches to Narrative and Place in Experimental Film Practice -moderator Mika Elo, Researcher, Aalto University, School of Art and Design, Department Art and Media, Pori

14.30-15.00 Katrin van Maltzahn, Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig: Drawing as Data-Collection -moderator Päivikki Kallio, Professor at FAFA

15.00-16.00 Keynote Speaker Ekateria Degot, Curator at the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow: Speaking in Archives -moderator Kimmo Sarje, Research Coordinator FAFA, Helsinki

16.00-16.30  Henk Slager and Jan Kaila: Closing Words