1st Edition

Figurations of Peripheries Through Arts and Visual Studies Peripheries in Parallax

Edited By Maiju Loukola, Mari Mäkiranta, Jonna Tolonen Copyright 2024
    198 Pages 9 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    198 Pages 9 Color & 41 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited volume breaks new ground for understanding peripheries and peripherality by providing a multidisciplinary cross-exposure through a collection of chapters and visual essays by researchers and artists.

    The book is a collection of approaches from several disciplines where the spatial, conceptual, and theoretical hierarchies and biased assumptions of ‘peripheries’ are challenged. Chapters provide a diverse collection of viewpoints, analyses, and provocations on ‘peripherality’ through bringing together international specialists to discuss the socio-political, aesthetic, artistic, ethical, and legal implications of ‘peripheral approach.’ The aim is to illuminate the existing, hidden, often incommensurable, and controversial margins in the society at large from equal, ethical, and empathic perspectives. The book is designed to assist established researchers, academics, and students across disciplines who wish to incorporate novel, arts and practice-based research and critical approaches in their research projects, artwork, and academic writing.

    Providing both a consolidated understanding of the peripheries, visual studies, and artistic research as they are and setting expansive and new research insights and practices, this book is essential reading for scholars of arts and humanities, visual culture, art history, design, philosophy, and cultural studies.

    Part I: Sites and Sentients

    1. Performing with Trees as Shifting Attention

    Annette Arlander

    2. Nomadic Scenography and Fictional Space-Body

    Liisa Ikonen

    3. Urban Spaces between Norms and Dreams

    Maiju Loukola

    4. Spatial References of Home – Moving on the Periphery of Public Space

    Denise Ziegler

    Part II: Aesthetics and Practices

    5. Photographic Parafictions (An Aside)

    Harri Laakso

    6. Formation of Artistic Identity – Applying Themes of Narrative Identity Development in Two Artists’ Life Stories

    Mari Myllylä and Jonna Tolonen

    7. Temporal Perspectives on Arctic Peripheries

    Eimear Tynan

    8. We, A Peripheral Time-Space-Body: Notes on Encounterinvestigation, Corpo-Reality, and the Gentleness of Stones

    Christoph Solstreif-Pirker

    Part III: Visual Culture Rearticulations

    9. Something is Happening in and to the Margins: Black and Brown Cultural Interventions Changing a Multiple Northern Periphery

    Leena-Maija Rossi

    10. Touching Gestures – An Affective Reading of a Photograph of Asylum Seekers

    Mari Mäkiranta and Eija Timonen

    11. Can Artists and Lawyers See the Same Goal? Understanding the Law of Ecocide through Art, Articulations, and Creativity

    Raila Knuuttila


    Maiju Loukola is an artist-researcher and university lecturer at the Doctoral Programme in Fine Arts at the University of the Arts, Helsinki.

    Mari Mäkiranta is a visual artist and associate professor at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design, and a docent at the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Music, Art and Culture Studies.

    Jonna Tolonen is an artist and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Lapland, Faculty of Art and Design.