A founder member of Reality Research Center (Todellisuuden tutkimuskeskus). Graduated from the MA Degree Program in Performance and Theory at Theatre Academy of Helsinki, in 2006.
I am a performance artist and director working in the field of Live Art. I am interested in participatory performances, where the audience and its interaction with the performers are focal points. I explore how a participatory performance brings the participant in connection with one´s own perception and how one´s body is in relation with the other person. In addition I explore intimate encounters between the participants and performers.
The body of the spectator-participant
in a performance
Supervisors: Annette Arlander and Leena Rouhiainen
What follows, when a performance is based on physical experience instead of watching? What if a performance, is not made for the sense of sight, but for the body of the spectator, bodily encounter, and physical contact? What happens, when we move into the field of interactive and participatory performance, and the body of the spectator-participant becomes the scene? How does this affect the performance, performers, spectators, and art itself?
In my artistic research, I study and create theoretical principles that clarify how this kind of a performance type works. My aim is to create a spectator-derived performance theory, where the basis is the bodily encounter and perception of the spectator-participant.
The study consists of three different artistic works. My research methodology is based on practice-lead research which combines action research, ethnography and phenomenology. The main method is planning, carrying out, reflecting, and theoretical analysis of my artistic performances. Rehearsals form the basis for practice-lead research. The performance event is an experiment, which on one hand explores the material attained from the rehearsals, and on the other hand, raises questions relevant for the study.