Annette Arlander: Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees, 30.03.21
In our series Knowledge in the Arts we are this time turning to artistic research that deals with the urgent topic of changing relations between humans and nature. The groundbreaking artist and researcher Annette Arlander will be presenting and engaging in a conversation on her latest artistic research project "Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees".
The lecture and conversation took place on Zoom, March 30, 2021 and was moderated by Kristoffer Gansing, professor and director of The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts.
Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees
How to rethink our relationship to other life forms that we share this planet with is one of the core questions for art today. In her artistic research project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees, Annette Arlander encounters individual trees that are remarkable in their context or rather unremarkable and spend time with them alone or together with the public in order to create video works and video essays. Although we are often accused of “not seeing the forest for the trees”, the project wants to look at the opposite danger, not seeing the trees for the forest, and focus on individual trees as a first step towards decolonizing our relationship with “nature”.
The project is further developing experiences from the artistic research project “Performing with Plants” funded by the Swedish Research Council at Stockholm University of the Arts in 2018-2019 and is during 2021 realized with the support of the Finnish Cultural Foundation.
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Annette Arlander is an artist, researcher and a pedagogue, one of the pioneers of Finnish performance art and a trailblazer of artistic research. She is educated as theatre director, Master of Arts and Doctor of Art. She was the first to be awarded a doctorate from the Theatre Academy, Helsinki (in 1999). In 2001 she was invited as professor of performance art and theory to create the MA program in Live Art and performance studies, which she led until 2013. In 2015-2016 she was professor of artistic research at University of the Arts Helsinki and visiting professor at Stockholm University of the Arts. She was professor of performance art and theory at Stockholm University of the Arts 2018-2019 and is currently visiting researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. She is a member of the editorial boards of the artistic research journals JAR and Ruukku.
Arlander’s research interests relate to artistic research, performance-as-research, performance studies, site-specificity and the environment. Her artwork is focused on performing landscape, in recent years performing with trees, by means of video or recorded voice, moving between the traditions of performance art, video art and environmental art.