Professor Mika Elo, University of the Arts, Helsinki

“Ecologies of Artistic Research Practice”

28 November from 4:30-5:45pm

Aula Magna of the Universitat de Barcelona


Mika Elo is professor of artistic research and the head of the doctoral program in fine arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki. The areas of his research interest include photography theory, media aesthetics and epistemology of artistic research. He participates in discussions in these areas in his capacity as a visual artist, educator, curator and researcher. His most recent project is the Research Pavilion #3 (2019) in Venice ( Elo's recent publications include the book chapter "Ineffable dispositions" (2018) in Transpositions: Aesthetico-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research (ed. Michael Schwab) and Figures of Touch (2018), a book co-edited with Miika Luoto. In 2012-2013 Elo co-curated the Finnish exhibition Falling Trees at the Biennale Arte 2013 in Venice. He is also a member of the editorial board of tiede & edistys, JAR and RUUKKU.

Prof. Dr. Alexandra Murray-Leslie, performer and artist, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, Norway

“Gesamtkunstwerk: Thinking Through Making and Performing (computer enhanced footwear prototypes)”

30 November from 12:30 to 1:45pm

Aula d’Orquestra of the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC)


Honorary Industry Fellow, Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology Sydney

Alexandra Murray-Leslie is an artistic researcher, performer, poly-artist and co-founder of the international art collective Chicks on Speed. Her current artistic research & practice explores art-science collaboration & designing, fabricating & performing computer enhanced footwear for a new theatrical, audio-visual expressivity of the feet in the air, on land and underwater. Alex’s work has been discussed in books such as Creating Artscience Collaboration, by Claudia Schnugg (2019), Explorations in Art & Technology, L. Candy and E. Edmonds (2018), Awkward Politics by C. Smith-Prei and M. Stehle (2017), as well as periodicals such as The New Yorker (2006), The Wire (2015), Artforum (2013), The Financial Times (2013) and The New York Times (2002). Her work has been shown in major biennales, festivals and art institutes such as: Ars Electronica, ZKM Centre for Art and Media, 56 & 57 Venice Biennale, MoMA NY, Centre Pompidou, Museum of Modern Art Australia, Turner Prize Tate Britain, ArtScience Gallery Dublin and ArtScience Museum Singapore.

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