Dr. Katve-Kaisa Kontturi is a McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellow in the Victorian College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests spread across material-relational philosophies of the body and art, new materialist research practices, contemporary art-making, craftivism, fashion and fabrics. The key question of her work, both research and curatorial, is how the political in art is inseparable from the affective and material qualities of art.
Her current project "Affective Fabrics of Contemporary Art: Stitching Global Relations" studies the ubiquity of fabrics in today’s art world, and encompasses craftivism as well as the political use of fashion and textiles in art- and exhibition-making. It looks, for example, into fashion exhibitions travelling from a country to another, knitted and crocheted demonstration banners, and multi/cross-cultural craft collectives.
Katve-Kaisa co-convenes the Matters of the Body Research Cluster at VCA-MCM. She is also a founding member of the European New Materialist Network funded by the ISCH-COST (2014-2018), and co-leads its working group “Embracing Creative Arts”.
'Networking European Scholarship on "How Matter Comes to Matter"', ISCH-COST action 1307, EU (mobility funding), 2014-2018 PI: Iris van der Tuin, Utrecht University
'Affective Fabrics of Contemporary Art: Stitching Global Relations', The Kone Foundation, Finland, (mobility funding) 2014-2017 PI: Katve-Kaisa Kontturi
'New Materialism: From Theoretical Turn to Multidisciplinary Methodologies', School of History, Culture and Arts Studies, University of Turku (project grant, postdoctoral fellowship) 2013-2014 PIs: Katve-Kaisa Kontturi, Ilona Hongisto, Milla Tiainen
Education and training
University of Turku 2012
University of Turku 2002
University of Turku 2001
Awards and honors
Doctor of the Year in the Humanities, University of Turku,
Available for supervision
I'm interested in supervising projects around new materialisms, materialist philosophies and methodologies, feminist art and theory, fashion, clothing, and textiles.