Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The students become familiar with current experimental phenomena in the spatial, performing, mediated and visual arts as it impacts on scenography. The students learn to question their own preconceptions and existing performance conventions and traditions in a constructive and creative manner. The students learn to investigate, produce and develop new styles of expression and work methods. The students learn to apply their scenographic competencies in new fields.

Credits: 2

Schedule: 05.10.2020 - 10.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Liisa Ikonen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Pia Euro, Liisa Ikonen, Maiju Loukola

Contact information for the course (valid 26.08.2020-21.12.2112):


Responsible teacher, professor Liisa Ikonen 050-5771042

Course teachers: post doctoral researcher Maiju Loukola, / univeristy lecturer Pia Euro / professor Liisa Ikonen

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: Finnish, Swedish, English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Workshops with variable content.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The Experimental Scenography Workshops 2020-21 focus
    on the phenomenon of ´peripheries´ through the means of artistic research
    and approach the research conference as a place for exploratory art.

    On the course ´periphery´ is considered
    as something spatial, aesthetic and material, as well as a philosophical,
    societal and political phenomenon and concept related to various artistic and scientific
    fields. In the beginning of the course the students set up an art and
    research project related to the subject, set the research questions and define
    their approach and methodologies tied to artistic work. The research will
    be carried out individually or in small groups. The aim of the research is
    to unravel and understand the multidimensionality of peripheries and
    make them visible and experiential through artistic work.

    The students’ research processes and/or results will
    be displayed as part of an international art and research event that will take
    place in the surroundings of 
    Otaniemi campus either in week 3, 7, 10 or 14. The event will be
    organized as part of the ending year events (PERIPHERIES IN PARALLAX:
    Conference + Art Event + Hybrids) of the Floating Peripheries –
    Mediating the Sense of Place 
    research project (2017–2021) by the
    department of Film, Television and Scenography. Along with making their
    art and research project, the students take part in designing and realising the
    conference environment (it may be partly or fully physical, or partly or fully virtual).
    Their task is to design the “spatial and functional body” that the event requires,
    considering its various needs. It forms a relation to the concept of periphery/peripherality and
    contain its own argument about the phenomenon.

    The students take part in the artistic research
    conference and the art research event at least 26.2 and 9.4.

    NOTE. Because of the pandemic, we proceed in a
    situation-specific way: we take the current situation and the spaces/sites/conditions
    it creates both as a delineation, as well as an opportunity to experiment with
    something completely new and exceptional. The pandemic has sparked a desire to
    explore how art and artistic research live and materialize at different
    interfaces and situations between the physical and the virtual. In other words:
    the spatial and temporal frameworks of the course and event (s) will be shaped
    in relation to the prevailing circumstances and guidelines.

    The student will learn to manage the different stages
    of a research process within the framework of artistic research. They will
    learn to set up a research question and/or determine the starting points for
    their project. The student will learn to choose the suitable working methods as
    well as an artistic and/or theoretical framework for their project. They will
    learn to develop new perspectives to the phenomenon they are researching
    through artistic work, and bring the different phases of their research
    process into a visible and shareable form.

    The student will learn to understand the different
    phases of organizing an international conference and an art research event, and
    to act in a responsible role in designing and coordinating the practical
    arrangements and content of the event.

    The student will learn to develop their own idea of
    the broad artistic and theoretical material and see different kinds of
    relations and connections between the works and presentations presented at the
    conference and the art and research event.


Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Assessment is based on attendance and active participation.Attending the first lessons is required.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Contact teaching 30-40%, independent work 60-70 %. 

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The course is worth 6-10 credits,
    depending on the level of participation. The course includes a
    common contact teaching period worth 4 credits for all
    students, and the additional 2-6 credits consist of the art and research
    project and/or designing the conference environment. The course consist
    s always the part A
    and part B and/or part C.

    A) The
    common study period, 4 credits:

    contact teaching 48 hours (workload 108 hours)              

    B) Art and research project, 2-3 credits: 

    2-3 x 27 h partly guided, partly independent and/or
    group work in an art and research project, 54-81 h in total

    C) Designing
    and realising the conference environment, 2-3 credits:

    2-3 x 27 h of partly guided, partly independent and/or
    group work in a design project, 54-81 h in total



Registration for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:


  • Applies in this implementation:

    Kurssin opetuskieli on suomi, sillä kaikki ilmoittautuneet ovat suomenkielisiä.

    Suomenkielinen kurssiesite löytyy kurssin Materiaalit -kansiosta.


Further Information
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Minimum and maximum amounts of participants depends on the implementation of the year.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    Kurssin opetuskieli on suomi, sillä kaikki ilmoittautuneet ovat suomenkielisiä.

    Suomenkielinen kurssiesite löytyy kurssin Materiaalit -kansiosta.

Details on the schedule
  • Applies in this implementation:

    In addition to contact teaching, the
    students’ research projects require independent work between the meetings
    listed in the schedule.

    5 Oct Monday 10am-5pm 

    6 Oct Tuesday 10am-5pm 

    9 Dec Wednesday 10am-5pm 

    10 Dec Thursday 10am-5pm 

    23 Feb Tuesday 9.15am-5pm 

    24 Feb Wednesday 9.15am-5pm 

    25 Feb Thursday 9.15am-5pm 

    26 Feb Friday 9.15am-5pm 

    6 Apr Tuesday 9.15am-5pm 

    7 Apr Wednesday 9.15am-5pm 

    8 Apr Thursday 9.15am-5pm

    9 Apr Friday 9.15am-5pm