Mika Elo

Uniarts Helsinki, Finland

Since 2015 I work as professor of artistic research and as the head of the doctoral program in Fine Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki. My research interests include philosophical media theory, epistemology of artistic research, and spatial practices. I am participating in discussions in these areas in the capacity of curator, visual artist and researcher. I am one of the founding members of Space + Practice Working Group active in the frame of EARN network. In 2012–2013 I co-curated the Finnish exhibition Falling Trees at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. During 2018–2019 I was working as co-convenor of the Research Pavilion #3 and during 2019–2022 as the PI of one of the research projects in the consortium Post-digital Epistemologies of the Photographic Image. I am also active in editorial boards of Tiede&Edistys (2010– ), RUUKKU (2012– ) and JAR (2010–2019).

Secondment destination:
MayDay Rooms

Frances Yeung

Coventry University / UK

Frances Yeung is an AHRC M4C funded Collaborative Doctoral first year student and an artist. Her research project is a collaborative between the Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), Coventry University and NN Contemporary Art (NNCA), based in Northampton.

Post-pandemic, like many other art organisations, NNCA is more than ever invested in digital curation and online programming, finding innovative ways to disseminate art and culture. My research focus will be utilising the NNCA’s Library Stack Archives and open-source digital resources, platforms and infrastructures, to articulate digital engagement programmes for the public, with a more caring, inclusive and socially-just approach, and therefore benefit the local communities.

Secondment destination:
Home for Cooperation, Cyprus

Carlos Noronha Feio

A Reserva (Portugal)

Carlos Noronha Feio (1981) holds a PhD from the Royal College of Art in London, he lives and works in Oeiras and Moscow. Noronha Feio exhibits internationally, selected locations include the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art – Moscow; Nada Miami Sculpture Park; CCA Vilnius; Nottingham Contemporary; National Museum of Contemporary Art Lisbon; CCA Londonderry/Derry; Sazmanab Contemporary Art Tehran; Centro Cultural Helio Oiticica Rio de Janeiro.

Noronha Feio is included in “The Art of Not Making” as well as in “Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life Tradition”, published by Thames & Hudson. His work is present in selected collections: MAAT—Lisbon; Saatchi Collection-London; MAR—Museu de Arte do Rio.

From 2009 to 2014 he was a director of The Mews Project Space in London.

From 2020 until 2022 he was a core member, and the coordinator for Art and Creativity, of Oeiras’ bid to European Capital of Culture 2027.

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Maiju Loukola

Academy of Fine Arts Doctoral Programme for Artistic Research at UNIARTS Helsinki

Maiju Loukola is an artist-researcher, Doctor of Arts, and a university lecturer at the Doctoral programme at the Academy of Fine Arts / UNIARTS Helsinki. Maiju works with site and situation sensitive urban space installations and interventions. Her research focuses on the aesthetics, politics and speculative practices of urban space examined in relation to democratization of space, peripherality and senses.

Secondment destination:
PAC Dublin (2+ weeks in autumn 2023 and 2+ weeks in spring 2024, dates tbc)

Kevin Denny

School of Economics

Kevin Denny is an Associate Professor in the School of Economics, UCD of which he is also the head.  He is also a fellow of the UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy. He studied Economics in University College Dublin (1980-1984) and Nuffield College, Oxford (1984-86, 1987-1989). He had research posts in Oxford University 1986-87 and the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London (1989-1992). He took up a position in UCD in 1992.  His research interests are in applied microeconomics, particularly education and labour markets. He has also published in health, political science, psychology and health journals.

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Paul O’ Neill

ADAPT Centre, University College Dublin, Ireland

Paul O’ Neill is an artist-researcher currently based in Dublin, Ireland.

His practice and research are concerned with the implications of our collective dependency on networked technologies, infrastructures and spaces. He has exhibited and presented his work at various cultural institutions and events including Science Gallery (Dublin), Ars Electronica festival (Linz) and Inspace (Edinburgh) and his writing has featured in publications from the Institute of Network Cultures (Amsterdam) and ANNEX – Ireland’s representative at the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale.

Paul is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ADAPT Centre for AI-Driven Content Technology, University College Dublin.

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Dion Ellis-Taylor

Coventry Biennial

I am an artist, experienced tutor and researcher starting a 4-year AHRC-funded PhD in Cultural Policy at the University of Warwick in collaboration with Coventry Biennial. The research project is entitled Beyond Evaluation: Legacy and the Cultural Ecosystem – post City of Culture. The project explores notions of culture, city, citizens, policy, contemporary visual arts, Coventry, influencing factors, infrastructures, modes of evaluation, people, and legacy. This research project addresses legacy in the widest sense, pressing into questions surrounding future-oriented plans emerging from the UK City of Culture 2021.  

With a Masters in Interactive Media and Cultural Theory (Goldsmiths, University of London), and BA(Hons) Fine Art, I have over 25 years’ experience in the Arts and Creative Industries. As Digital Artist exploring socio-political issues, creating public-facing, engaging experiences using video, interactive media, text, sound, objects and installation, I have received awards, bursaries, residencies and site-specific public commissions. Passionate about contemporary arts, culture and collaboration, in 1996 I co-founded a publicly funded arts organisation working with video, archives and collections, building partnerships across sectors, and managing and co-producing a series of residencies across the South East.  I am interested in Helsinki Biennial for many reasons, not least its “desire to be a pioneer in sustainability matters in the field of art” (Impact Study of the Helsinki Biennial 2021, p.47). 

Secondment destination:
University of the Arts, Helsinki, Finland, June / July 2023

K Yoland

Royal College of Art, UK

K. Yoland is a transdisciplinary artist and practice-based PhD student.
Current research explores site-specific art interventions as modes of
resistance to territoriality and future forms of colonisation.

Recent work has focused on the Southwest deserts of the United States,
visiting sites of military training, interplanetary observation, surveillance and
data farms in these regions. Navigating state and corporate geographies,
Yoland’s installations and performative actions reveal and test the existing
spatial controls and search for opportunities for free movement inside these
systems. Working on private and public land, Yoland’s working methods
instigate encounters between systems of control and instances of spatial
complexity in which empathy might emerge. Research is influenced by
fictioning, absurdity, spatial theory, radical ecology, critical race studies, and
contemporary readings of hospitality across public space.

Incorporating installation with live-performance, video, photography, objectmaking
and text, Yoland has worked with both trained professionals and
volunteers (including soldiers, border patrol and oil riggers). Yoland has also
lectured in socio-politically engaged art practice and expanded cinema (US/
UK/French universities). Supporting free education and open dialogue,
Yoland produced/hosted Constructive Forces (Resonance FM London) and
Talk at Ten (NPR affiliated Marfa Public Radio, West Texas), interviewing
artists, politicians, activists, and scientists.

Secondment Destination
Berlin – September 2023

Francesco Chiaravalloti, Dr.

University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Dr Francesco Chiaravalloti is Tenured Assistant Professor of Cultural Policy and Management, Director of the Bachelor Programme in Cultural Studies (BA Cultuurwetenschappen), and Co-Chair of the research group Artistic Knowing: Research in and on Art and Cultural Practices.

The focus of Dr Chiaravalloti’s work is on the enhancement of the appreciation of arts, culture, and creativity by individuals, organizations, and communities. He pursues this long-term objective by conducting systematic interdisciplinary research on consumer behavior in the arts, on the relation between artistic, administrative and technical rationalities in arts organizations, and on accountability relationships and performance evaluation in the cultural sector. His approach acknowledges and respects the differences between research traditions and methods and is based, according to a new pragmatic agenda, on the conviction that synergy between them can lead to new insights into the challenges we face in contemporary society. Among his recent research projects, Dr Chiaravalloti has been coordinator and principal investigator of the NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) funded project ‘In Dialogue with Users: The Relevance of Opera for Society’, aiming at gaining a first understanding of the (non-)value of opera for specific non-audience target-groups. He is coordinator of a AFK-funded audience research project at Summer Dance Forever – International Hip Hop Dance Festival, and evaluator of the Creative Europe-funded project Opera Vision Next Generation. With his publications in arts policy and management journals, Dr Chiaravalloti is an authoritative voice in the field of performance evaluation in the arts.

Secondment Destination:
Coventry Biennial, Coventry, UK: July and October 2023

Paul Jackson

University of Northampton, UK

Paul Jackson is Professor in the History of Radicalism and Extremism at the University of Northampton who specializes in the history and contemporary dynamics of fascism and the extreme right. He is the curator of the Searchlight Archive at the university, which is one of the UK’s largest collections of material related to the recent history of extreme right groups. He has engaged widely with the media, including national and international press, as well as for BBC radio and television, and he has written articles for the Guardian and the Huffington Post. He has engaged widely with policymakers, professionals and activists, including creating bespoke training packages related to risks posed by the extreme right.

Secondment destination:
Prague City Gallery, Czech Republic, 2023