Circle 7: The experiential in artistic practice and research: methods, knowledges and reflective processes

Circle 7: The experiential in artistic practice and research: methods, knowledges and reflective processes

Circle 7 is comprised of international researchers working in the fields of art and artistic research, and it was developed within the Nordic and Baltic framework of the Nordic Summer University. Its primary aim is to provide a forum for experimentation and cross-disciplinary collaboration, welcoming members from inside and outside academia. Circle 7 2022-2024 cycle is called ‘The experiential in artistic practice: methods, knowledges and reflective processes’. Throughout its series of symposia, Circle 7 will document research and findings, which will be published in an anthology, on-line journal or other publishing platforms. 


Where: Palanga, Lithuania 

When: Arrival 27th of July 2023, Departure 3 August 2023


– single rooms for 575 euros per person. 

– double/twin rooms for 425 euro per person. 

– family rooms for 950 euros (family of 4).

– scholarship and grant recipient in a twin room: 175 euros.

The cost includes accommodation for the week, 3 meals and 2 coffee breaks a day, and access to the symposia. Participation in the summer session requires NSU membership, which is included in the fee. If you paid the membership fee for 2023, please let the coordinators know so you can receive a discount code to deduct 25 euros from your payment.

Scholarship and grant programme: 

– Scholarship: exclusively for Nordic/Baltic students

– Grant: inclusive for all other students and people in need, also non-Nordic participants. Criteria for each are described in detail here:

If you would like to apply for a scholarship and/or grant, the relevant documents need to be sent to coordinators (see link above). The deadline for all applicants is 1st June 2023.

 For more information about how a summer session works, please visit: 

Theme of the symposium: Experiential Cognition in Artistic Research

Using as a starting point the idea that artistic research can provide other knowledges and other ways of cognising the world and each other, this symposium proposes a collective exploration of how the experiential in artistic research can help in making sense of the world around us. To that extent, we will be considering the relevance of the ‘not yet’ (Rogoff, I. 2021) in the artistic research process, as artists work from conditions rather than from inherited knowledges, positioning practice research towards the not yet known or the not yet articulable. Thus, based on the idea that artistic experience is an active process, which differs from other knowledge-making processes (Dewey 1934), we intend to create spaces for exploring artistic methodologies with the aim to develop understanding of cognitive processes.  This is done in the belief that critically investigating the artistic research process will promote understanding of the role of the experiential in artistic practices and will provide a framework from where to explore other forms of cognising.  


We welcome proposals that respond to the themes explained above. As this will be a research symposium, please consider the following research questions when creating your presentation. Your presentation can be in any format that suits your work, which can be anything from the traditional PPT paper to a participatory seminar or a performance. We also welcome applications for participation only.

Research Questions:

  • How do knowledges emerge in artistic research practices through the experiential? 
  • What kind of knowledges are they?  
  • What methods and methodologies are employed in this work/paper/seminar/collaborative project?
  • How is experiential learning and learning-by-doing significant for art practices and artistic communities?

Proposal submission:

Submissions must be related to the theme of the symposium. Submissions can be of any genre, any mix of genres, disciplines and media. 

Submissions must include your name, your country of residence, your email, a short bio about you (200 w max), the title of your presentation and a short abstract (300 w max). You can include up to 3 photographs. Should you need a projector please state this in your submission. Please also send us your CV in one document file. 

Submissions must be emailed in a PDF no larger than 10 Mb to 

Deadline for submission of abstracts 15th May 2023. Accepted and rejected submissions will be communicated on the 22nd May 2023.

Once your application is accepted, you will be required to pay the participation fee by 1st June 2023. 


Heidi Seppälä
Coordinator Study Circle 7

Heidi Seppälä is a dancer, choreographer, dance researcher and pedagogue. 

Born in Finland in 1987 but since lived in 10 countries around the world, Heidi’s artistic work is rooted in multiculturalism and explores the complexities of freedom and imprisonment in both mental as well as societal level. 

Heidi holds a BA in dance pedagogue (Tartu University 2009), BA Dance Theatre (London 2012) and MA in dance anthropology (2019). She is currently a student of Uni-arts Helsinki’s pedagogical studies for teachers in the arts, and runs a new international initiative for de-colonising the art of dance.

Marina Velez Vago
Coordinator Study Circle 7

Dr Marina Velez Vago is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher based in Cambridge. UK. She was born in Argentina, lived in Spain, The Netherlands and the UK and travelled extensively. 

Marina is the founder and organiser of Cambridge Sustainability Residency  and the founder and curator of Sustainability Art Prize at Cambridge School of Art. 

Marina has co-edited two books about art and sustainability, MILK. and ROAR. She is a member of the Dalvazza Group at the Swiss Artistic Research Network and a member of the British Art Network. 

Marina holds a BA, a Masters and a Ph. D.  in Fine Arts and she lectures at Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral research title is ‘Exploring value, meaning and worth through five art projects in rural Spain’.

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