tuija kokkonen

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curriculum vitae (selected)

Education

  • Doctor of Arts, Theatre Academy of the Universitys of the Arts Helsinki.
  • MA, Theatre Studies, University of Helsinki.

Art

  • Performances

  • As a writer and director, since 1996 as the artistic director of Maus&Orlovski performance collective:

  • Chronopolitics with Dogs and Plants in Hamburg. 2014. Nordwind/ Urban Species Festival.
  • Chronopolitics with Dogs and Plants in Berlin. 2014. Nordwind/Urban Species Festival.
  • Chronopolitics with Dogs and Plants in Helsinki. 2014. Esitystaiteen keskus, Helsinki.
  • Chronopolitics with Dogs and Trees in Stanford. 2013.
    In collaboration with Alan Read, Performance Studies international #19 Conference, Stanford University, California.
  • A Performance with an Ocean View (and a Dog/for a Dog). A video installation. 2012.
    performance platform. body affects –festival, Berlin.
  • Chronopolitics — III Memo of Time. An endless performance began in March 2010.
    Kiasma Theatre/Museum of Contemporary Art, Finnish Zoological Museum, Observatory of Ursa Astronomical Association.
  • A Performance with an Ocean View (and a Dog/for a Dog) — II Memo of Time. 2008.
    Two outdoor performances in Helsinki. Kiasma Theatre / Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltic Circle Festival.
  • Mr Nilsson — I Memo of Time. 2006, 2007.
    Kiasma Theatre/ Museum of Contemporary Art and Sweden in 2006, the Finnish National Theatre and Norway in 2007.
  • Catchment Area — III Memo of Freedom. 2003. Kiasma Theatre/ Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Catchment Area — II Memo of Freedom. 2001, 2003. Kiasma Theatre/ Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Catchment Area — I Memo of Freedom. 1999, 2003. Kiasma Theatre/ Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Maus and Orlovski — Memo of Change. 1998. Finnish Broadcasting Company.
  • Maus ja Orlovski — Memos of Love in the City. 1997.
  • Three outdoor performances around the city. Center for Experimental Performance Art, Helsinki Act Festival.

  • Isämme Kremlin muurissa. 1995. Museum of Contemporay Theatre, Helsinki Act — Performance Festival.
  • äMMä. 1992. Art Gallery of Old Student House. Helsinki, Moving in November Dance Festival.

Plays / performance texts:

  • Ofelia. 1996. Text based on Heiner Müller´s Hamlet Machine, to the choreography of Kirsi Monni. Stoa/Itä-Helsingin Cultura Centre, Helsinki Festival.
  • Minä — virtauksia valkoisessa salissa. 1991. Dir. Juha-Pekka Hotinen, Helsinki.
  • Minä, hysterian herra. 1990. Dir. Pieta Koskenniemi, Kemi City Theatre.

  • Yö sadan korttelin kaupungissa. 1989. Dir. Pieta Koskenniemi, Theatre Pieni Suomi.

  • Hiljainen Paviljonki/Alue. 1988. Venus Theatre, Helsinki.
  • EPT 981 (series of 20 performances). 1986—87. In collaboration with Marja Louhija, dir. Pieta Koskenniemi, Oulu City Theatre.
  • Petolinnut eivät laula. 1986. Dir. Hannu Raatikainen, Kajaanin City Theatre.

Other artistic action:

  • Catchment Area - Memo of Disappearence. 2003.
    An installation in Kiasma at the Process Exhibition 2003, in collaboration with the film director Mika Taanila.

Publications

Research publications

  • Esityksen mahdollinen luonto – suhde ei-inhimilliseen esitystapahtumassa keston ja potentiaalisuuden näkökulmasta. (The Potential Nature of Performance: The Relationship to the Nonhuman from the Perspective of Duration and Potentiality.) Doctoral Thesis. Acta Scenica 48. Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki 2017.
  • Tuija Kokkonen & Alan Read: ”Chronopolitics with Dogs and Trees in Stanford.” Performance Research 19.3, 2014.
  • ”Kun emme tiedä: Keskustelemassa ”meitä” uusiksi. Lajienväliset esitykset ja esitystaiteen rooli ekokriisien aikakaudella.” An anthology on posthumanism. Ed. Lea Rojola & Karoliina Lummaa. Eetos 2014.
  • ”Kronopolitiikkaa esityksessä robottikoiran, jäkälän ja tähden kanssa.” (“Chronopolitics in Performance with a Robodog, Lichen and a Star.”) In Esittävien taiteiden metodologiset haasteet. Näyttämö ja tutkimus 4. Eds. Liisa Ikonen, Hanna Järvinen, Maiju Loukola. The 4th Yearbook of the Society for Theatre Research 2011.
  • “Non-Humans and Performance. A Performance with an Ocean View (and a Dog/for a Dog) – II Memo of Time.” Journal for Artistic Research 0/2011. http://www.jar-online.net
  • ”Esityksen mahdollinen luonto.” In Nykyteatterikirja - 2000-luvun alun uusi skene. Ed. Annukka Ruuskanen. Helsinki: Like 2011.
  • Hanna Johansson and Tuija Kokkonen: ”Esitys merinäköalalla, paikan pysyvyys ja ajallinen moneus.” In Ankaraa ja myötätuntoista kuuntelua. Keskustelevaa kirjoitusta
paikkasidonnaisesta taiteesta. Ed. Lea Kantonen. Helsinki: Academy of Fine Arts 2010.

Other publications (selected)

  • "Muistioita ajasta: kolme näkökulmaa toisiin eläimiin ja esitykseen." ("Memos of Time: Three perspectves on other animals and performance.") Esitys 2/2013.
  • "A performance for a non-human." Performance Platform: body affects. Catalogue 2012.
  • “Aristoteleesta veteen, videoon, simpanssiin ja laventeliin. Henkilökohtainen historia suhteesta ei-inhimilliseen.” (“From Aristotle to Water, Video, Chimpanzee and Lavender. An Intimate History on the Relationship to Non-Human”). Finnish Theatre Journal 6/2006.
  • “Kuinka kertoa jäniksestä taiteelle?” (“How to Explain a Hare to the Art?”). Finnish Theatre Journal 7/2001.
  • "Notes about Love in the City." Theatre Academy Magazine Act/1997.
  • ”En (enää) tiedä identiteetti. Ruumis poliittisena alueena: 12 kohtaa vallasta, vaikuttumisesta, liikkeestä ja nautinnosta.” ("I do not know (any more): Body as a field of politics: 12 points about power, being affected, movement and pleasure.") In Moniääninen 60-luku. Ed. Hanna-Leena Helavuori. Helsinki: Theatre Museum 1996.
  • “Ruumis esityksenä. Esityksen äänensävyä kuuntelemassa.” (“Body as a Performance. Listening to a Tone of Performance”). Finnish Theatre Journal 3/1995.

Conference presentations, keynotes and lectures (in English, selected)

  • "Weak actors in interspecies performances." The 3rd Biennial Performance Philosophy conference, Prague 2017.
  • "How to create sustainable artistic practice." Keynote in Norteas Seminar, Icaland Academy of the Arts, Reykjavik 2017.
  • "Acting with the weather." Weather and Imagination Seminar, ANTI Festival, Kuopio 2016.
  • "When we do not know: Conversing with Other Species, renegotiating ́Us ́". Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts, Helsinki 2015.
  • "Performance, ecology and relationships: One history from the anthropocentric performance to the interspecies performance." A keynote lecture in Performance and Ecology: Case Finland Seminar, Berlin 2015.
  • "Conversing with other Species." Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts, Helsinki 2015.
  • “Non-human agency in performance.” Seminar on Actor-Network-Theory, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2015.

  • "Interspecies performances." A lecture in the Visual Performance Seminar, Theatre Acedemy Helsinki 2015.
  • "Performance and ecology." A lecture and a workshop, DISKURS festival 8.12.2014, Justus-Liebig-Universität/ATW, Giessen.
  • “When We Do Not Know: Conversing with other species, renegotiating ‘us’.” Symposium on Interspecies Performance. Theatre Academy/University of the Arts Helsinki 2013.
  • A lecture on my work for Creative Sustainability students in Aalto University 2013.

  • ”A visitor amongst millions of non-humans.” Performance Studies international 18. Conference, University of Leeds 2012.

  • Artist’s response in change the climate: Alternative Scenarios in Art, Ecology and Economy Symposium/ Homo Alibi Festival, Riga 2012.
  • ”Technologies of belonging: Performance and political ecology.” A lecture in performance platform. body affets – festival, Berlin 2012.
  • “Performances with, for and by non-humans.” A presentation in the seminar Nature in Arts, Culture and History by Kirsi Saarikangas, University of Helsinki 2012.

  • “Liveness, Chronopolitics and performance.” Performance Studies international 17. Conference, Utrecht 2011.
  • “Widening human time perspectives with a performance with/for nonhumans - a presentation & an experiment/workshop.” Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts, Theatre Academy 2011.
  • ”On the third shore - Exposing artistic research.” A key note lecture, Society for Artistic Research, Bern 2011.
  • "The ethics of performance and non-human co-actors.” Art and Technoscience, A conference by the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki 2010.
  • ”Acting with the weather – performance and non-human actors” / A Cloud Committee session. Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts, Helsinki 2009.
  • “The Question of non-human and exits from the performative society — A misperformance for a dog.” Performance Studies international 15. Conference, Zagreb, Croatia 2009.
  • ”Acting with the weather — challenge of perceptability, politics of (im)potentiality and time.” Performance Studies international 14. Conference, Copenhagen 2008, and Nordic Summer University, Winter Seminar, University of Tampere 2009.

Conference presentations, keynotes and lectures (in Finnish, selected)

  • “Approaches to the question of ecology and performance.” Theatre Academy Helsinki 2016.
  • “Art and ecology.” (Together with art historian Hanna Johansson) Theatre Academy Helsinki 2015.
  • "Performance and ecology." A lecture on my work in a seminar on theatre and ecology, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2014.
  • "Live performance as an exploration and making of futures: the case of non-humans." Keynote, The Finnish Theatre Research Society 2014.
  • “On conversing with dogs and plants.” Animal Studies Event, Helsinki 2014.
  • “Bodies, stems, trunks: On the meanings of the interspecies interaction.” Body and Society discussion series, Turku 2014.
  • “Memos of Time – performances with and for non-humans.” Theatre Studies, University of Helsinki 2014.
  • A presentation in the seminar on posthumanism, University of Turku 2013.
  • Memos of Time – Three perspectives on animals”. Seminar on Animals, Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki 2012.
  • “Ei-ihmiset ja esitys.” ("Non-humans and performance.") In Colloquium on Contemporary Theatre, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2011.
  • “Sää, esitys.” ("Weather, performance.") In Praktikum on Bio and weather art, the Academy of Fine Arts and Department of art history, Helsinki University 2011.
  • ”Performatiivisuus.”("Performativity.") MA students, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2011.
  • ”Esityksen suhde paikkaan.” ("Site-specific performance.") Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki 2009.
  • ”Esitys, dokumentaatio ja aika.” ("Performance, documentation and time.") Theatre Academy Helsinki 2008.
  • ”Sää, aika ja esitys.” ("Weather, time and performance.") Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki 2008.
  • Herra Tossavaisen inhimilliset ja ei-inhimilliset esiintyjät.” ("The human and non-human actors of Mr Nilsson.") Finnish Association of Theatre Research. Helsinki 2007.
  • ”Postdraamallinen teatteri.” ("Postdramatic theatre.") Seminar for writers from the arctic area, Rovaniemi 2007.
  • ”Esityksen mahdollinen luonto.” (The potential nature of performance.") Christine Institute, University of Helsinki 2007.
  • ”Esitysteni lähtökohdista.” Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Arts 2007.
  • ”Esitykset ja teoria.” Tulevaisuus on nyt —seminar, Theatre Academy Helsinki 2007.
  • ”Mahdolliset tulevaisuudet: esitys, teknologia, etiikka ja suhde luontoon.” ("Potential futures: performance, technology, ethics and relationships to nature.") Utopia presentation at theatre.now/ —festival, Kiasma Theatre 2005.
  • “Weak dramaturgy”. Helsinki University/Theatre Studies and Theatre Museum 2003.

  • “Place/Environment as a Starting Point for a Performance”. Seminar on Place/Kiasma Theatre 1999.

Organizer

  • ”Renegotiating ”Us”: In Performance with Other Species.” International, transdiciplinary symposium September 16th-17th 2013, Performing Arts Research Centre/ Theatre Academy/ University of the Arts Helsinki.
    http://www.teak.fi/symposium_on_interspecies_performance_2013
  • Member of the organizing team of CARPA, Colloquium on Artistic Research in Performing Arts, Theatre Academy 2008-13.

Teaching

Since 1991 workshops, courses, lectures on dramaturgy, theatre and performance theory and art in several art academies and schools, e.g. Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Arts Academy/University of Applied Sciencies Turku, Theatre Academy Helsinki, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciencies, University of Art and Design, Helsinki. Supervising MA degree students in Theatre Academy Helsinki and the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki.

Awards and grants

  • Finland Prize for Art, 2003, Cultural Ministry of Finland
  • Kone Foundation, grant for artistic research 2008-09, 14-15.
  • Since 1989 tens of grants from the Cultural Ministry, Art Councils of Finland, Alfred Kordelin Foundation, Niilo Helander Foundation, Finnish Cultural Foundation, Samuel Huber Art Foundation and Helsinki City Cultural Office

Expert tasks and memberships in boards

  • The Editorial Board of Tiede & Edistys, a Finnish interdisciplinary journal 2016–.
  • The Advisory Board of the Saari Residence, Kone Foundation 12/2014–.
  • The Board of the Finnish Society for Human-Animal Studies 2014–15.
  • The Board of the Finnish Theatre Research Association 2013–14.

  • The Board of the Theatre Journal 1997–1998.

  • The Board of Artists’ Association MUU, Muu ry, 1991–1993.

  • Publications on my artistic practice

  • Otso Kantokorpi : "Vertaus, liha ja mieli." ("Metafore, flesh and mind.") Issuex 2015. http://www.issuex.fi/vertaus-liha-ja-mieli/
  • Sari Havukainen: “Tuija Kokkonen: Relationships Between Humans and Non-Humans as a Space for Performance.” Theatre and Ecology. Tinfo News 2012. http://www.tinfo.fi/dokumentit/tinfo_news_2012_theatre_and_ecology_web_3105121111.pdf
  • On the Theatre Ruins, Catchment Area – Memos of Freedom. Ed. Virve Sutinen, Helsinki: Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and Maahenki, 2005.
  • Petri Tervo: ”Disintegration of Theatrical Performance in the Museum of Contemporary Art”. Theatre, History, and National Identies, eds. Helka Mäkinen, S.E.Wilmer and W.B.Worthen, Helsinki: Helsinki University Press, 2001.
  • Hanna-Leena Helavuori: "Pitää itseään näytteillä julkisesti maksua vastaan. Nainen roolina näyttämöllä.” (To Show Onself Publicly for Fee. Woman as a Role on Stage.) Kurtisaaneista kunnian naisiin. Näkökulmia Huora-akatemiasta, Ed. Taava Koskinen. Helsinki: University Press 1998.
  • For articles in journals and magazines, please see http://www.tuijakokkonen.fi/?page=11