Floating Peripheries
mediating the sense of place


Floating Peripheries Conference 2019 – Sites and Situations


is an international conference on artistic research organized by the research consortium “Floating Peripheries – mediating the sense of place” between Aalto ARTS Department of Film, Tv and Scenography and University of Lapland’s Faculty of Art and Design. The conference and its manifestation of experimental and situated artistic research practices “Sites and Situations Art Event” take place on 14 – 16 January 2019 at the University of Lapland in Rovaniemi. The consortium is funded by the Academy of Finland during 2017–2021. (See more:  https://floatingperipheries.fi/about/)

The conference focuses on the notion of periphery/peripheries in relation to the varied methods, materials, concepts, questions and ideas accurate in the fields of artistic research and visual studies. During the 3-day international event, taking place at the heart of arctic periphery, a multitude of peripheral sites and situations are speculated as multi-layered and complex phenomenon – as conceptual, spatial and site-responsive domains, aesthetically and spatially shaped and experienced associations, representations and practices through different mediums in arts and epistemologies. The conference includes presentations, artistic interventions, discussions and installations. Artistic researchers, scholars and students on arts and visual studies across disciplines, aesthetics and activities are all invited.


Kristen Kreider + James O’Leary
Kreider + O’Leary are a poet and an architect who collaborate to make work in relation to sites of architectural and cultural interest such as prisons, military sites, film locations, landscape gardens, protest sites and desert environments. Combining visual, spatial and poetic practices, they develop performance, installation and video work and instigate architectural interventions directly on-site. Their work has been exhibited widely, including at the Tate, the Royal Academy and The Whitechapel in London as well as in gallery venues and sites across the UK, USA, Europe, Australia, South America and Japan. They have co-authored two books: Falling was published by Copy Press in 2015 and Field Poetics was published by Ma Bibliothèque in 2018. Current research focuses on two sites from the upcoming ‘Ungovernable Spaces’ series. The first is the route of Gandi’s infamous Salt March in Gujarat, India. The second is a cluster of contested spaces around the so-called ‘peacewalls’ of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Dr. Kristen Kreider is Professor of Fine Art and Director of the PhD Programme at Goldsmiths College, London. James O’Leary is Associate Professor of Architecture & Situated Practice and Director of the MA Situated Practice programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London.
Presentation title: KITES, CLOUDS, FILTH, ORDER – Conditions of a Situated Practice

Dorita Hannah is an artist, performance designer and theatre architect aligned with the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and UTAS (Australia). Her creative practice focuses on designing and curating live events, installations and exhibitions, as well as performance venues. Hannah co-chairs the Perfomance+Design Working Group for Performance Studies international, co-convenes the Theatre & Architecture Working Group for International Federation of Theatre Research, sits on several editorial boards and has created exhibitions and events for the Prague Quadrennial as design director, architectural commissioner and theory curator. Concentrating on performance space and spatial performativity, Dr. Hannah co-edited Performance Design in 2008 and authored EventSpace: Theatre Architecture & the Historical Avant-Garde in 2018.

Presentation title: Island  Acts  &  Complex  Ecologies  in  a  Critical  Spatial  Practice



14:00–18:00     Guided Minibusd tour to Art Event works around Rovaniemi. Transportation leaves at the front of the university (Yliopistonkatu 8) at 14/ 2PM.

18:00–20.00     Get together party  (Restaurant Petronella, Yliopistonkatu 8)


Tuesday January 15, 2019

Conference, Day 1

Chairs: Maiju Loukola and Mari Mäkiranta


09:00–10:00 Registration

09:30            Coffee

10:00      Welcome note by Vice Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design, Jaana Erkkilä (University of Lapland)

10:05      Floating peripheries – mediating the sense of place ‐project, Liisa Ikonen and Mari Mäkiranta (Aalto University/University of Lapland)

10:15      Keynote: KITES, CLOUDS, FILTH, ORDER. Conditions of a Situated Practice, Kristen Kreider + James O’Leary (Goldsmiths College, London/UCL, London)

11:15      Icephery and the Icy Score ‐ concepts for multi sensory approach, Eija Timonen (University of Lapland)

11:45            Lunch break (at own cost)

13:00            Space of the Abnormal – Domesticated, Liisa Ikonen (Aalto University)

13:30            The tough and the cute dancer: Choreographic strategies for visual arts’ perception of space, Esthir Lemi (Athens School of Fine Arts)

14:00            Carriance of Breath – On the Peripheric Praxis of Becoming‐towards‐Birth, Christoph Solstreif‐Pirker, Graz University of Technology

14:30            Coffee

15:00      The study of the functionality of climate art activism and outlining the affecting features of art activism, Sonja Salomäki (University of Lapland)

15:30            Visiting a Tree, Annette Arlander (Stockholm University of the Arts)


19.00–21.00     Dinner at Arctic Boulevard (Valtakatu 18, Rovaniemi) Requires advance registration.

Wednesday January 16, 2019

Conference, Day 2

Chairs: Liisa Ikonen and Eija Timonen


09:00–15:00 (room F2066)

Two bodies in Space (with yarn), Tina Jonsbu (Oslo National Academy of the Arts) and Jana Unmüßig (Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki) performance


09:00–10:00     Registration 09:30        Coffee

10:30            Keynote: Island Acts & Complex Ecologies in a Critical Spatial Practice, Dorita Hannah (University of Auckland)

11:30            Lunch break (at own cost)

12.30            God is in the bubbles. Exercises on polyspherical spatiality, Maiju Loukola (Aalto University)

13:00            Representations of demographic shrinkage within growth: developing a graphic language for a peripheral context, Tine Segers (Hasselt University)

13:30            Political artists at the periphery of street art, Jonna Tolonen (University of Lapland)

14:00            Coffee

14:30            Dialogical Spaces – Spaces of Communication, Gabi Schillig (Berlin University of the Arts)

15:00            Sounding out Arctic coastlines, Eimear Tynan (Oslo School of Architecture and Design)

15:30            Emerging affectivity and materiality in ‘Possible worlds’ short film, Mari Mäkiranta (University of Lapland)

16:00            Closing words, Liisa Ikonen and Mari Mäkiranta (Aalto University/University of Lapland)


Sites and Situations Art Event

Sites and Situations Art Event takes place in Rovaniemi on 14 January 2019, and is elementary part of the artistic research project Floating Peripheries – mediating the sense of place, funded by the Academy of Finland (2017–2021). The event presents artworks that are in direct and sentient relation with the situation surrounded – the height of the Arctic Circle in the darkest time of the year. The art event is curated by Pia Euro, the artist-in-consortium of Floating Peripheries project and a university lecturer in Visual Cultures, Curating and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) MA program at Aalto ARTS.


The art event takes place in three locations in Rovaniemi, between the University of Lapland and center of Rovaniemi and Ounasvaara hill: the area between Harjulampi and Kemijoki, Juhannuskallio and Grill kiosk. The artworks lean physically or conceptually on the structures of the locations that are visible in the landscape during the entire year, but being unused during the winter.


A MINIBUS TOUR through the art projects is organised on Monday the 14th of January at 2-6 pm. The tour starts from the University of Lapland (main lobby of the Faculty of Art and Design, Yliopistonkatu 8) at 2 pm.


Participating artists:

Oscar Dempsey / Pia + Laura Euro / Dorita Hannah / Liisa Ikonen / Pilvi Keto-Leblanc / Kristen Kreider + James O’Leary / Maiju Loukola / Esthir Lemi / Adrian McGrath / Ulla Nagy / Aila Price / Naya Soulein Panagiota / Mirka Sulander



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *