Tero Nauha

Short residency presentation

With Tero Nauha and guests (to be confirmed)
Rijksakademie Reading Room
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During January and February, researcher and performance artist Tero Nauha, will have a short residency at the Rijksakademie. As a conclusion of his stay, he will share his ongoing research practice: 

‘My interests in this research residency are twofold. On the one hand, I will be focusing on issues of economics, financialisation and art, which is part of a longer research project I have been undertaking in collaboration with artists and political economists. On the other hand, I will be exploring the materiality of garments and clothing, which has been a practice-led strand of my performance research. However distant these two ideas may seem; I see a clear connection between the market and materiality - the speculative and the productive. There is an obvious connection between the production, consumption and waste, as well as the value creation, appropriation and labour associated with the clothing industry. Finally, there is the material-discrusive and affective connection, where the wearing, tearing, mending and crafting is always intertwined with the speculative aspect of finance, because the materials that we carry with us are linked to the options of the market that link the future to the present. We don't know the future, but we are asked to act as if we do, and in this process the future is linked to the materiality of the present.’

Tero Nauha

Tero Nauha is a professor in Live Art and Performance Studies at Uniarts Helsinki, and a performance artist. He was Rijksakademie resdident in 1999 and 2000. In 2007 he co-created with political economists and artists the mollecular organization, which researched for experimental forms to rethink value and organization in the context of cognitive capitalism and knowledge production. 

He defended his doctoral thesis on schizoanalysis and artistic practices at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts in Helsinki in January 2016. He was a postdoctoral fellow in the Academy of Finland funded postdoctoral research project, How To Do Things With Performance, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies in 2017. 

In 2015 he published his first fiction novel, Heresy & Provocation, for the Swedish publishing house Förlaget. Since 1995, he has worked in various fields of contemporary art and has presented extensively in Europe, America and Asia, including at the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Theatrediscounter in Berlin, CSW Kronika in Bytom, Poland, and Performance Matters in London. He is a member of the Performance Philosophy Network, the Performance Studies International Association, and the International Federation for Theatre Research. 

His main research interests are the relationships between economics, artistic research, performative practices and writing. He has actively collaborated with sound artists, performance artists and in theatre in various contexts worldwide. His artistic practice focuses on the interstices between immaterial forms and material cultures. Nauha's research explores the complex narratives that link global financialisation, its social impact and the production of cultural knowledge within institutions.

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