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.


Secondment destination:

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)

SPACE-X RISE Visiting Researcher Talks, Wednesday 8 February 2023 @12pm

Please join us for two talks from the visiting SPACEX RISE Researchers – Andri Christofides & Georgia Perkins.

Andri Christofides is the director of Home for Cooperation (AHDR/H4C), based in Cyprus.

Georgia Perkins is a curator working with SIRIUS, Cork and a PhD candidate at Goldsmiths.

Both visitors are spending 31 days with the ArtSpaceCity research theme at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures at Coventry University as part of the SPACEX RISE project.

The talk will take place at the Institute for Creative Cultures, Coventry University and online

Join Zoom Meeting: https://coventry-ac-uk.zoom.us/j/6979025653

SPACEX Training Event 3: Behavioural Economics and Commoning Practices; From Cultural Value to Social Wealth

The third SPACEX training event will take place in Dublin from 2-3 March 2023. The focus will be on Behavioural Economics and Commoning Practices. It is being delivered by SPACEX researchers from the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) in conjunction with the Geary Institute, School of Economics at University College Dublin (UCD) and Project Arts Centre, Dublin.

This is a draft schedule which may change slightly, but starting and finishing times will remain the same.

Day 1: Thursday 2nd March

Locations: Estelle Solomons Room, Grace Gifford House, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas St, Dublin 8; and Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Registration and Coffee

SESSION 1: Basics of Behavioural Economics, hosted by Kevin Denny (SPACEX Researcher, UCD)

SESSION 2: World of Work, Cooperative Board Game, designed and hosted by Michelle Browne (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD)

Lunch around Our Table

SESSION 3: Behavioural Economics, Pro-social Behaviour and the Commons, co-hosted by Kevin Denny and Paul O’Neill (SPACEX Researchers, UCD)

Coffee Break

SESSION 4: Walking Tour of The Liberties led by Seoidín O’Sullivan (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD) and Anthony O’Brien

Curated dinner by Luncheonette 

: Exhibition tour of Being Horizontal at Project Arts Centre, hosted by Sara Greavu (SPACEX Researcher, Project Arts Centre)

: Performance of What Does He Need? at Project Arts Centre, which forms part of a long term collaborative project by Fiona Whelan (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD), Brokentalkers, Rialto Youth Project and a Dublin city network of individuals and organisations, www.whatdoesheneed.com  

Move to a local pub for drinks and conversation

Day 2: Friday 3rd March

Locations: Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre and NCAD Gallery, NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

SESSION 1: Theories of the Common, Speakers Stavros Stavrides (TBC); Casco Art Institute Working for the Commons (TBC), hosted by Emma Mahony (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD)

: Elevenses for the “Hungry Months”, hosted by Gareth Kennedy (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD) and NCAD FIELD students

: Performance Intervention by artist Irina Gheorghe in NCAD Gallery, hosted by Anne Kelly (SPACEX Researcher, NCAD)

.00-2.00pm: Curated Lunch for Hungry Souls by Luncheonette

: SESSION 2: Commoning as Care Practices in the Community, hosted by Michelle Browne (SPACEX researcher). Speakers include: Fiona Whelan; Rosie Lynch, Callan Workhouse Union; Siobhan Geoghegan, Common GroundEvelyn Broderick, A People’s Shed; Ellie Kisombe, Our Table

: SESSION 3: Trad Around Our Table: Closing Event in NCAD Gallery and Foyer with a live Trad music session led by Evelyn Broderick; and sustenance by Our Table run by Ellie Kisombe as a social enterprise which focuses on producing an inclusive community through food and campaigning to end direct provision in Ireland.

: Move to local pub for more Trad music, drinks and foot tapping conversation

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.


Secondment destination:

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.


Secondment destination:

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