Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia (2019-2021)

Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia (2019-2021)

Open mic and drinks evening
12 October 2021, 19:00 CET
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About Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia

We invite artists and researchers from all fields to take part in our artistic research circle, a migratory non-hierarchical group of international participants. We welcome participants from all geographical, artistic, cultural and academic contexts and backgrounds, both outside and within universities and other institutions. Our 2019–2021 cycle is called Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia and consists of six symposia taking place during this time period. 

The circle aims to share ways artistic research can explore, play with, (mis)interpret, appropriate and perform heterotopias, which are spaces, temporalities and practices that disrupt the continuity and the norms of ordinary reality.  Heterotopias are both conceptual and physical heterogeneous spaces with layers of incompatible meanings, inner conflicts and multiple values, giving rise to new possibilities for critique, creation and transformation. The concept of heterotopia is our point of departure for questioning how such spaces are activated in contemporary artistic research practices.

In previous incarnations, the circle has been concerned with embodied knowledge, collaborative methodologies and transformative societal strategies, and over the years we have developed a culture of collective experimentation. In an outcome-driven era we appreciate generosity, playfulness and slow research. Our circle not only engages with heterotopias but aims to be a heterotopic space.

Previous events:

Experiments in collective writing & editing
Deadline 14 June

Call for participation (closed)

Winter (Dis)symposium
10, 17, 24, 31 March 2021

Programme and registration

Call for Participation (closed)

Pleasure and Playfulness
Summer (Dis-)Symposium
26 July – 2 August 2020
Distant and Dispersed

ProgrammeCall for Participation (closed)

Winter Symposium
5 – 8 March 2020
University of Wrocław, Wrocław, Poland

ProgrammeParticipants’ abstracts and biosCall for proposals (closed)

Absences and Silences
Summer Symposium 2019
28 July – 4 August 2019
Roosta, Estonia

ProgrammeAbstracts and biosCall for proposals (closed)

Departures, Deviations and Elsewheres
Winter Symposium 2019
7 – 10 March 2019
European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania

Programmeparticipants’ abstracts and biosCfP (closed)


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’.

Circle 7 Activities 2016-2018

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