Short CV/Education and training

  • 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 visiting researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki.

Selected publications

Most recent (April 2022) publications:

  • “Calling for Zoe as a Utopian Gesture”. Ruukku – studies in artistic research #17 Everyday Utopias and Artistic Research,

  • “Dear Olive Tree.” Journal of Embodied Research, 4(2): 5 (19:40). 2021. DOI:

  • “With Spruce Stumps and Old Tjikko – On the Individuality of Trees” in Daniela Fargione and Carmen Concilio (eds.)Trees in Literature and the Arts: Humanarboreal Perspectives in the Anthropocene. Lexington Books, 211-228.

  • “Beyond the Saturation Point – Bortom Mättnadspunkten”, VIS #5 2021

  • “Diffraction, Mixture and Cut-ups in Performing with Plants” in Performance Research 25:5,(2021) 31-38. DOI: 10.1080/13528165.2020.1868835

  • Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees in Johannesburg and Environs Arts Research Africa, The Wits School of Arts, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, 2020, here:

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Performing with Plants (2017-2019)

  • How to do things with Performance (2016-2021)

  • Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees (2020-2021)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

current memberships:

  • Member of the Executive Committee of IFTR (International Federation for Theatre Research) 2017 –

  • co-convenor of Artistic Research Working Group of PSI (Performance Studies International) 2015 ¬–

  • member of the editorial board of JAR – Journal for artistic research, 2010 –

Additional qualifications

  • publication comparable to habilitation:

    Performing Landscape – Notes on Site-specific Work and Artistic Research. Texts 2001-2011. Acta Scenica 28. Theatre Academy Helsinki 2012.


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