Artistic Research




Research on yarn and the performativity of laying out yarn


I collaborate with Norwegian visual artist Tina Jonsbu, currently artistic PhD candidate at KHIO Oslo, since 2016 on a  research project where we engage with the materiality of yarn and with the pondering on similarities and diffrences in our respect art fields and practices. We met at the Summer School for Artistic Research in Tromso, Norway.  We share an intrest in minimalism, conceptual art and the clivage of how Agnes Martin´s work was placed in a minimalist canon though she herself conceived her work as expressionist.


From my perspective as artist-researcher with a background in choreography the work contributes to an expanded notion of choreography. The collaboration is a piece of reflection that sheds light on processuality versus fixed object,  bodily perception and duration, performance understood in the first place as "doing" . In other words: How to inhabit a space with the physical body present without classifying the doing as dance or choreography or even live art but by translating performing in the first place as “doing”? 

"Keep on Threading or: a title", performed by Jana Unmüßig, CARPA6 - Conference of Artistic Research 2019, August 2019.


©Flis Holland

"Two Bodies with Yarn", performed by Tina Jonsbu and Jana Unmüßig, Floating Peripheries Conference, University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, January 2019

Here are three visuals of "Thoughts on Threads" - a performance evening at Somatische Akademie Berlin (2017). Tina and I had invited the three performers Lisa Densem, Aline Landreau and Alistair Watts to research performatively different types of wool and yarn.












MY ARTISTIC DOCTORATE (2011- 2018 / including two maternity leaves)

My artistic research project took place in the frame of a doctor in Arts (D.A.) at the Performing Arts Research Centre at the Theatre Academy  at the University of the Arts Helsinki, in affiliation with the programme in choreography. Methodological tool number 1 for exploring the research subject was the artistic doing, my artistic practice, followed by reflecting upon and contextualizing this doing  through  other artists´ work, artistic research theory, phenomenology and cultural studies. The research consisted of three artistic parts and a written component.


Artistic part 1 (2013): "Coulor, Coulor" link: , pass word: zguestz  ;

Artistic part 2 (2015): "///" link:, pass word: jana1

(plese note: correct date of performance Februray 2015)

Excerpt of artistic part 3 (2016): "see/time/composing" link: , pass word: ap3


The written component "Composition and Choreography - Critical Reflections on Perception, Body and Temporality",

published by Acta Scenica, Theater Academy Helsinki.






















Currently I work on post-doc artistic research project in the frame of my post-doc position at Cfar - Center for Artistic Research of Uniarts Helsinki.  Working title of the Project is Towards BreathingTalking about breathing is political because it entails talking about what air we are breathing. In other words: “To Breath properly requires the technically mediated protections of exclusivity.” (Brown 2019). Through the research I want to contribute ponderings on breath and breathing that does not use breath metaphorically but I aim at dispalying it materially with the help of glas and wood. The research is also informed by the breath work Perceptual Breathing that I practice since 2003. More  information on implementation of the research soon.