Dr. Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a Vienna-based performance and installation artist, theatre scholar and Lecturer-Researcher at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. In his projects, Lahtinen explores urban environments, site-specificity, participatory strategies and the possibilities of artistic research. He is especially interested in the politics and poetics of space and the everyday, questions about individualism, consumerism and authenticity, and collaborative forms of artistic practice. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions.
Joonas’s recent works include the exhibition project out there in public space in Vienna with Miriam Laussegger (2019, commissioned by the SHIFT funding program, City of Vienna, participation in the exhibition “Earth and Water” at MUDS, Italy 2021), the performance/installations R.I.P. SERVICES at WUK performing arts Vienna (2019) and at URB 16 Festival (Kiasma Theatre/Finnish National Gallery); YOYO – You are On Your Own at URB 14 Festival (Kiasma Theatre/Finnish National Gallery), brut Wien (Vienna) and HomeFest (Bucharest); I BLAME YOU, TONY BLAIR! at imagetanz 2014 festival (brut Wien) and in the Kiasma Theatre (Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki 2016); and EIN.KÜCHEN.BAU that toured internationally as part of the Freischwimmer-festival (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, 2012-2013) and was invited to STAGE Helsinki Theatre Festival 2013 and to SOHO in Ottakring Festival 2016 (Vienna). Joonas also realized the sound installations What’s your Take on Mad House? (Mad House Helsinki 2017) and Wie stehen Sie zum brut? (brut Wien 2015). He also devised the solo performance trackings performed in London, Helsinki and Vienna (at the Underground City 21 Vienna festival, in LABfactory, and in Lust Gallery in 2010) and directed the lecture performance Love! Inspiration! Innovation! (2011) by the Helsinki-based Mysteeriteatteri.
Since March 2017, Joonas has been working as a Lecturer-Researcher (Universitätsassistent) in Art and Education at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Joonas studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he successfully defended his performance analytical and epistemological doctoral dissertation in Theatre research at the University of Helsinki in December 2020. Joonas has published several research and popular articles in Finnish and English. He has also taught courses on performance analysis and art theory at the University of Helsinki.
Joonas’ artistic and research projects have featured on TV, in newspapers, magazines and on the radio, e.g.: ORF1 TV/Wien Heute (Austria), W24 TV (Austria), Radio Ö1 Kulturjournal (ORF/Austria), Radio FM4 (ORF/Austria), RBB Kulturradio Berlin-Brandenburg (Berlin), YLE Radio 1/Kultakuume (Finland), YLE Radio Puhe/Puheen Aamu (Finland), Der Standard (Vienna), Die Presse/Schaufenster (Vienna), Tages-Anzeiger (Zurich), Westdeutsche Zeitung (Dusseldorf), tanz.at (Vienna), Teatteri&tanssi+sirkus (Helsinki), Nyt-liite/Helsingin Sanomat (Helsinki), Kansan Uutiset (Helsinki), esitys (Helsinki), Aamulehti (Tampere), mustekala.info (Helsinki)
Joonas’s artistic projects have been endorsed by the SHIFT Funding programme (Basis.Kultur.Wien/City of Vienna), the Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Frame Visual Art Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation/Uusimaa Regional Fund, the City of Vienna Department for Cultural Affairs (MA7), Austrian Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture (BMUKK), Austrian Federal Chancellery (BKA), Austrian Cultural Forum Bucharest, the Finnish Institute in Germany, Austrian Embassy Helsinki, ESKUS Performance Center Helsinki, City of Helsinki Cultural Office, ASFINAG (Austrian federal agency for motorways and expressways), and the European Union Youth Program.
Joonas’s research work has been endorsed by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, The National Doctoral Program of Music, Theatre and Dance in Finland, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, and University of Helsinki Celebration Fund.
Selected performance videos available on vimeo:
TIMELINE OF ARTISTIC PROJECTS (selection):
Love Letters… (ongoing)
2022 Featured as part of the performance/installation “Soup Session” (May 2022) within the framework of the artistic research project “Tactics for a Collective Body”, Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp
2021 Short videos in the WUK performing arts “Facebook Lockdown Calendar” (January and March 2021), WUK performing arts Vienna
out there (with Miriam Laussegger)
2021 Group Exhibition “Earth and Water”, MUDS/La Contrada Trieste
2019 Altes Landgut U1/Verteilerkreis Favoriten, Vienna, commissioned by the SHIFT funding programme, City of Vienna
2019 WUK performing arts at KEX Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna
2016 URB 16 Festival, Kiasma Theatre/Finnish National Gallery
What’s your Take on Mad House?
2017 Mad House Helsinki Season 4
2016 SOHO in Ottakring Festival, Vienna
2013 STAGE Helsinki Theatre Festival
2012-2013 Freischwimmer-festival: Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Hamburg
I BLAME YOU, TONY BLAIR!
2016 Kiasma Theatre/Finnish National Gallery
2014 imagetanz 2014 festival/brut Wien
YOYO – You are On Your Own
2015 HomeFest festival, Bucharest
2015 brut Wien, Vienna
2014 URB 14 festival/Kiasma Theatre, Helsinki
Wie stehen Sie zum brut?
2015 Soweit, so brut festival, brut Wien, Vienna
Love! Inspiration! Innovation!
2011 Post Museum, Helsinki
2010 Underground City XXI Festival, Vienna
2010 Lust Gallery, Vienna
2010 Underground City XXI Festival, Vienna
2010 Labfactory, Vienna
2010 Café Aaltopelti (Suvilahti), Helsinki
2010 Leppävaaran raittikarnevaali festival, Espoo
2009 MAy Festival/QMUL, London
2005 Käytetty sukupuoli (Used Gender) Mini-festival, Mysteeriteatteri at Kahvila Soihtu, Helsinki
Photo: Luzie Stransky