Research group

Kammari-association and research group is an independent collective of researchers and artists, based in Finland and Cyprus. The group consists of the core people portrayed below and a collaborating network of researchers and artists around the world.

Our general aim is to combine critical academic research to contemporary art practices, as well as, to create art projects and spaces that aim to discover inclusivity and sustainability.

We have ongoing collaborations with several arts organisations, companies and artists in Cyprus, such as NiMAC, NeMe Art Centre, Pelma Lia Haraki, etc.

Apart from our individual projects and artistic work, we work collectively on mutual research projects. More information on the projects:

In terms of documentation and publications, we aim to create and support continuous long-term research, critical dialogue and public exhibition of contemporary art and research combined.

Kammari Research Group:

Sakari Laurila, Master of Arts in film, main coordinator of the residency, works mainly in performing arts and cinema, as a producer, performer, writer, filmmaker and musician. Facebook profile here.

Niklas Toivakainen is a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Helsinki. His research interests spans from ancient philosophy and history of philosophy, to philosophy of culture, technology, and politics, to philosophy of mind, language and psychoanalysis. He is the main coordinator of the research initiatives of the residency.

Lau Lukkarila is a dancer and performance artist. Lau’s praxis includes improvisation, dialogue, fantasies and disobedient strategies. Currently Lau lives in Vienna, initiated a performance art collective and is working on a movement research projects and performances. She is coordinating international collaborations of the residency. For more information:

The official administrative body of the Kammari project is the not-for-profit cultural association: Kammari – elävän filosofian ja taiteen ry, based in Helsinki.

Any questions, proposals etc. in relation to the residency, please email to: residency (at)

Information in general by email: kammari (at)