Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia

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


Vilnius 2019 preliminary schedule

Call for Proposals (closed):


About Circle 7 Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia

We invite artists and scholars  from all fields  to take part in our artistic research study circle, a migratory non-hierarchical group of  international researchers. The 2019–2021 cycle is called  Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia  and consists of six  symposia taking  place in a different Nordic or Baltic country.

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 is a heterotopic space.


Alia Zapparova and Elina Saloranta


Elina Saloranta (Finland)
Coordinator Study Circle 7
elinasaloranta [at]
Study Circle 7: Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia

Alia Zapparova (Russia /UK /Germany)
Coordinator Study Circle 7
alia.zapparova [at]
Study Circle 7: Artistic Research | Performing Heterotopia


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