A meta-educational program by Rogério Nuno Costa

“(…) in a very litteral sense, Kantian university is a fictional institution. Reason can only be institutionalized as far as institution itself can remain a fiction, if it can only work ‘as if’ it was not an institution. When the institution becomes real, reason turns away.” [Bill Readings, The University In Ruins, Harvard, p. 68]

UNIVERSITY | YLIOPISTO is a durational meta-project of a virtual, trans-national and trans-artistic multiversity. A school where we can learn how to annul Art by the means of art itself. A laboratory to test Pop as the ultimate cultural appropriation. A masterclass titled “Laziness as the new avantgarde”. An intensive workshop aboyt Kopimism. A cooltural magazine. And a very demagogic, finlandized and prophyl(arctic) political party to fund the whole thing.

The project proposes the building of a collaborative platform for inter-disciplinary thinking throughout 5 “school” years, thus operating, both virtually and physically, between two European “extremes”: Portugal and Finland. Fluid and nomadic work groups will meet in temporary spaces driven by one major goal: to elaborate a hybrid model for artistic learning based on “non-artistic” methodologies, or how can one reach Art without being through art? A self-referential academy that offers one program only — the “academic studies” program —, structured in a rhyzomatic and taxonomical dialogue between all Arts and all Sciences, within a discursive system that is non-hierarchical and post-capitalist. For that purpose, new educational paradigms will be tested, new modes of subjectivation and share of knowledge will be experimented, new ethical (therefore, aesthetic) models for the relation “master/apprentice” will be foreseen. Ultimately, some of the premises that originated the mission behind Western university will be recycled, those same premises that (post-)modernity, quantitatively entrepeneur and business-oriented (education as a product, student as a client), has been extinguishing for the last two decades.
After the proto-laboratory that took place in Bucharest (Romania) in July 2015, in a partnership with E-motional | rethinking dance, ODD Gallery and Modulab, the Year One was officially launched in October 2016 in Espoo (Finland), in a symbiotic dialogue with Visual Culture and Contemporary Art (ViCCA) program at Aalto University’s School of Art, Design and Architecture. A new series of lectures, workshops, think tanks and publications will be launched this year, all around the subject of NON-ART, the structuring core-theme for Year Two.

Next activities:

THE ACADEMY AS PERFORMANCE. Experimental Laboratory at Porta33, Funchal (Madeira island), Portugal.
18 November 2017
REALPOLITIK™ (magazine). Launching of the issues concerning the Year Zero and Year One of University | Yliopisto. At Aalto University School of Arts, Design & Architecture, Arthouse (Espoo, Finland).
February 2018.
Production: Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte.



Written and performed by Rogério Nuno Costa, THIRD WAY™ aims to establish a political party that is trans-universal, post-dogmatic and “Finlandized”: the art of neutrality turned into a spiritual dogma. Or a man falling in love by a country (Finland) for aesthetic reasons only. THIRD WAY™ transforms something very personal and almost irrational into a discursive process of identification and “culturalization”, leading to an aestheticization of the will to be part of, as if it was possible to turn Finland into a concept, or rather an operation — a lens through which we can perceive, in a particular yet utopian way, the world we live in. During 60 minutes, Rogério Nuno Costa speaks to an audience of “Mediterranean doomed human beings”, proposing a conceptual loophole through which they can escape the end of times, traveling to a brand new Nordic world where the End (“Fim”, in Portuguese) is lifted to the category of Land.

Next Presentation: Balcão Cristal/Teatro Feiticeiro do Norte, Funchal (Madeira island), Portugal.
17th November 2017

THIRD WAY™ | KOLMAS TIE™  — The art of bowing to East without mooning the West | A lecture-performance by Rogério Nuno Costa

Concept, Text & Performance: Rogério Nuno Costa | Special Participation: Kirsi Poutanen | Styling: Jordann Santos | Artwork & Video: Diogo Mendes | Morphing “Mannerheim” Picture: António MV, in collaboration with Cátia Pinheiro | Translation (English): Vanessa Kowalski | Translation (Finnish): Mika Christian Tissari | Support to Finnish Vocalization: Siina Levonoja.
Production: Ballet Contemporâneo do Norte (Associated Artist) | Support to the artist-in-residence (Porto): Núcleo de Experimentação Coreográfica | Support to the artist-in-residence (Lisbon): EIRA | Co-production: Circular Associação Cultural, Curtas Metragens CRL, Solar Galeria de Arte Cinemática, with financial support from Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian | Tour: Clube Ferroviário (Silly Season), Galeria ZDB (Rabbit Hole), TAGV/Coletivo 84 (Festival END), mala voadora, CAAA, Rua das Gaivotas 6, Teatro Construção, Armazém 22, Teatro Sá da Bandeira, Mosteiro São Bento da Vitória (desMOSTRA), Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Espoo), Là-Bas/Itse Kolmantena Festival, Kaapelitehdas (Helsinki).
Performance spoken in Português, Finnish and Novilingua. Originally created for the program “Intensive Care”, curated by Joclécio Azevedo within the frame of Circular – Performing Arts Festival (Vila do Conde, 2013).



Vou A Tua Casa — Projecto de Documentação” [Going To Your Place — Documentation Project] is a portable, shareable and spreadable concept-book, a video-documentary and a compilation of documents and texts collected from/produced for the performance “Vou A Tua Casa” [Going To Your Place], by Rogério Nuno Costa (2003/2006). More than “just” an artist’s catalogue, this book comprises an editorial “think tank” based on a transversal reflection about performance documentation practice and theory, while critically addressing other major concepts related to the “Going To Your Place” performance itself:  ephemerality, memory, intimacy/privacy, autobiographical discourse, etc. Project’s direction: Rogério Nuno Costa; Editorial coordination: Mónica Guerreiro. Graphic Direction: Nuno Coelho. More info:

ONLINE PREPRINT [Portuguese Only]:



DOCUMENTATION PROJECT | Seminar + Publication

2018, in Aalto University’s School of Arts Design & Architecture.
More info soon…