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Artistic Research Week participants

Beatrice von Bismarck

Beatrice von Bismarck is professor at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig for Art History, Visual Culture and Cultures of the Curatorial. 1989 – 1993 Städel Museum, Frankfurt/Main, dept. 20th Century art. 1993 – 1999 Lüneburg University, co-founder and -director of the project-space “Kunstraum der Universität Lüneburg”. 2000-2012 program director of the Leipzig Academy’s gallery. Co-founder of the project-space “/D/O/C/K-Projektbereich”. 2009 initiator of the MA-program “Cultures of the Curatorial”. On research leave from April 2015 to April 2017 funded by the “Opus Magnum” program of the VWStiftung.

Current research areas: The curatorial; effects of neo-liberalism and globalization on the cultural field; postmodern concepts of the “artist”.

Henk Borgdorff

Henk Borgdorff is a philosopher and music theorist. He studied music theory in The Hague and philosophy and sociology in Leiden.

Borgdorff is professor at the Royal Conservatoire / University of the Arts The Hague and at the Academy of Creative and Performing Art, Leiden University (The Netherlands). He was professor in Art Theory and Research at the Amsterdam School of the Arts (until 2010), visiting professor in Aesthetics at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg (until 2013), and editor of the Journal for Artistic Research (until 2015).

He has published widely on the theoretical and political rationale of research in the arts. A selection was published in May 2012 as The Conflict of the Faculties: Perspectives on Artistic Research and Academia.

Jason E. Bowman

Jason E. Bowman is an artist with a curatorial practice. He is MFA: Fine Art Programme Leader at the Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg. Funded by the Swedish Research Council, he is the principle researcher on Stretched, a curatorial enquiry into artist-organisation via exhibitionary practice. Consequently, Accidentally on Purpose: the Theatre of Mistakes will open at London’s Raven Row gallery in June 2017. Recent exhibitions of his art works include, Watched! Surveillance, Art and Photography (2015). Previous edited anthologies include Esther Shalev-Gerz, The Contemporary Art of Trusting Uncertainties and Unfolding Dialogues (2013).

Victoria Browne

Victoria Browne draws on the language of printmaking by appropriating material research to explore post-digital print processes. As the Associate Professor of Printmaking and Drawing at the Kunsthøgskolen I Oslo, she is currently researching reduction to multi-plate printmaking.

Her studio practice is influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement and her richly coloured linocuts, bordering on abstract expressionism, take inspiration from suburban topiary and chintz in the home.

She is also the founder of KALEID editions and represents European-based artists who do books; whose publications are acquired by leading institutions for academic research and future public access.

Darla Crispin

Darla Crispin is a pianist, scholar, lecturer and academic leader who has worked in all these fields in a variety of countries including Canada, the UK, The Netherlands, Belgium and Norway. She is currently Director of the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART) at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), Oslo.

Darla’s research focusses on musical modernity, and especially on the music of the Second Viennese School. Her most recent work examines this repertoire through the prism of artistic research in music, a process which has been reinforced through her work as a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music [ORCiM] from 2008 to 2013.

She is currently working on a book entitled The Solo Piano Works of the Second Viennese School: Performance, Ethics and Understanding (Boydell & Brewer).

Jeremiah Day

Jeremiah Day (1974, US) graduated from UCLA and later attended the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He lives and works in Berlin. Day’s work is in the collection of Frac Champagne Ardenne and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

His Doctoral work has been conducted in collaboration with the Vrije University of Amsterdam and the Utrecht Graduate School for Art, and was supported by the National Research Foundation of the Netherlands as a pilot project to establish a new model for the PHD and artistic practice.

Karen Disen

Karen Disen is a jeweller and metal artist. She got her Diploma in 1985 from Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Metal and Jewelry department, and has been teaching drawing and composition at the Design and Art and Craft departments since 1987. Among her favourite subjects are rhythms, improvisation, ornaments and visual abstractions from imagination. She has given lectures at National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design and directed by Norwegian Crafts.

Since “Jugend Gestaltet” in Munich in 1987 Karen has been internationally known and the same year she established her own studio. She specializes in weaving and welding stainless steel thin as paper. The visual language, possibilities in techniques, and the capability of the stainless steel fascinate and challenge. She is represented at all three museums of applied art in Norway. In Karen’s work with jewelry the anatomy and the movement of the body and gravity is central to the designs.

Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk

Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk holds an MA in Performance Studies from New York University. She has been active as an artist, curator, writer and teacher within both the performing arts and visual arts. She trained as a performer at École Jacques Lecoq in Paris between 1990-92, and worked as performer and director in the independent theatre scene in Norway until 1997, when she followed up an academic career. Between 1996-99 Eeg-Tverbakk was the artistic and administrative director of Forum for Exchange Between Performing Artists (f.u.s.k.), curating and producing festivals and international guest performances in Oslo as well as workshops and seminars.

In 2002, Eeg-Tverbakk was the director of Oslo Kunsthall, an independent project gallery. In 2003 she held a position as Consultant of Information at the National Touring Exhibitions Norway, and between 2004-05 she was head of Interpretation and Information at the site-specific project Artistic Interruptions – Art in Nordland. As a scholar and performance theorist Eeg-Tverbakk has taught in national art schools, written articles for the magazines Morgenbladet, Billedkunst and KUNST.

Anne Grete Eriksen

Anne Grete Eriksen is currently working as an independent choreographer and professor in choreography at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

She is engaging in research projects involving a wide range of art at laboratory platforms, in design, costume, and opera.

Eriksen has extensive experience in leading choreographic works in nature, with dance, movement and design both independent projects and commissions for theatres, festivals and venues in Norway and abroad. She is also a supervisor for fellows in the Norwegian Programme for Research in the Arts.

Artistic research publications include “Action towards Articulation”, “Koreografi ute”, “Moving Memory” (2014) and ongoing is “Choreographic Memory” (2017). She is educated in the UKs at among others Dartington College of Arts, and Laban Centre for Movement and Dance.

Noel Fitzpatrick

Dr. Noel Fitzpatrick is Head of Research at the College of Arts and Tourism and Dean of the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is currently supervising a number of Artistic Research projects at doctoral level and involved in international research projects which promote Artistic Research. He is also a founding member of the international network Digital Studies Network which is based at the Institut de Recherche et Innovation (IRI) at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Noel has doc es lettres form the university of Paris 7 (Denis Diderot) which obtained with distinction in 2005. He has extensively published in the areas of Aesthetics, Performance Studies and most recently in the area of Philosophy of Science and Technology. He has a particular interest in the influence of Digital Technologies on Aesthetics and Epistemology.

Most recent Publication 2017: “The question of fiction and non-existent objects: Paul Ricoeur a possible world solution”, Kairos Journal of Philosophy and Science, issue 16.1, 2017.

Rike Frank

Rike Frank studied communication and media science, art history and philosophy, with a focus on film and media history and theory at the University of Salzburg.

Her main field of interest is curating and exhibition making with a focus on contemporary artistic practices. Over the last several years she has researched on textiles as well as the temporal dimension of exhibiting.

As a curator and researcher at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig (2010-2012) she has programmed the Academy’s gallery space and founded the exhibition and lecture series «Studio International». In 2010, she also initiated in collaboration with the curator Grant Watson the long-term research and exhibition project «Textiles: Open Letter», which looks at textiles in contemporary art and at their history, materiality and language; presentations include the exhibition «Abstractions, Textiles, Art» at the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, the conference «The Haptic Space» at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna as well as a series of seminars at bulegoa z/b in Bilbao. She was previously a member of the Program Team for the European Kunsthalle in Cologne, and Ludlow 38, New York. Recently, she has edited the publications «Constanze Ruhm. Coming Attractions» (2012), “Sketches of Universal History Compiled from Several Authors” by Sarah Pierce (2013) and the upcoming “Timing–On the Temporal Dimension of Exhibiting” (2014, co-editor) as well as “Textiles: Open Letter” (2014, co-editor). As a writer she has contributed to a variety of publications including Afterall, Artforum, Texte zur Kunst, Camera Austria and springerin.

Bart Geerts

Bart Geerts is an artistic researcher and teacher in visual arts at LUCA School of Arts (Belgium) where he is currently working as Vice Dean, responsible for international relations and LUCA Art Office. He is working on contemporary painterly practices, drawing, spatial models of representation and the rhetoric of artistic research. He is involved in the research project “Drawing is Thinking - Thinking is Moving” and has recently organized the 2016 EARN conference That Art Exhibits. Bart Geerts holds an MA in languages/linguistics and in fine arts. In 2012 he was awarded a PhD in the arts by KU Leuven on the topic of The Painterly: Painting Revisited.

Kerstin Hamilton

Kerstin Hamilton is a PhD candidate at Valand Academy at Gothenburg University, Sweden. Her artistic practice based research project is based in nano science laboratories. Hamilton’s dissertation explores experimental approaches within documentary lens-based work. Her film Zero Point Energy is part of the exhibition The New Human at Moderna Museet (2016-2017) and is currently on show at The Stockholm School of Economics as part of their Art Initiative. Previous exhibitions include Fotohof in Salzburg, Austria and Gävle Konstcentrum, Sweden.

Hamilton has published the book The Hambantota Connection: Constructing Landscapes, Contesting Modernity (2014, Glänta förlag) in collaboration with sociologist Karl Palmås and cultural geographer Jonas Lindberg.

Jan Peter Hammer

Jan Peter Hammer studied at City University of New York, and has shown his works in Paris, Berlin, Stuttgart, Hamburg, New York, San Francisco, London, Istanbul, Zagreb, Montreal.

His research project “The Art of War” is a project whose objective is to map the global order emerging on the margins of the nation state, under the conditions of globalization and digitalization. The project will take as its case study the illegal trade in stolen antiquities originating in Syria or Iraq, whose revenue is used to finance extremist groups. By tracking these artefacts journeys from Nimrud or Hatra to the freeports of Geneva or Dubai, “The Art of War” will attempt to map the entanglements of underground
economies, digital platforms, clandestine insurgency, and transnational finance.

Gianluca Iumiento

Gianluca Iumiento is an Italian actor, theatre and film director, and acting coach. He graduated from the Italian national film school, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome.

Iumiento has worked since 2000 as both an actor and a director in several ensemble theaters, festivals, film and TV, while concurrently creating and then curating two acting festivals: the Metodi Festival in Italy and the Oslo International Acting Festival in Norway. Since 2012, he has worked as the head of the acting department at KHiO where he also teaches classes on acting technique. He led the group of pedagogues that developed the plan of studies for the acting department in 2012.

Iumiento’s area of research and competence, Interaction Technique for Theater and Film, is an innovative acting method for actors, directors and playwrights where human interaction is the center of study. Iumiento has participated in numerous conferences and led many workshops at festivals nationally and internationally. Iumiento has also specialized himself in the work between the actor and the camera.

Finn Iunker

Finn Iunker is playwright and reasearch fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. His works include «The Answering Machine» (1994), «Iphigeneia» (1996–2003) and «Dealing With Helen» (2003). He is currently working on, among other things, making theatre accessible for the visually impaired.

Iunker is also a Brecht scholar, and in 2014 he defended his thesis «'Der Jasager' (erste Fassung). Text, frühe Rezeption und Einverständnis als Einwilligung» (2017, forthcoming).

Maryam Jafri

Maryam Jafri is an artist working in video, expanded sculpture, performance and photography, with a specific interest in questioning the cultural and visual representation of history, politics and economy. She has exhibited extensively, including solo presentations at Kunsthalle Basel, Van Abbe Museum (Eindhoven) and Institute of Modern Art (Brisbane).

She is currently Professor of Contemporary Art at Oslo Academy of Fine Arts, Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Anne Szefer Karlsen

Anne Szefer Karlsen is a curator, writer and editor, and is currently Associate Professor for MA Curatorial Practice at Faculty for art, design and music, University of Bergen (2015–21). Szefer Karlsen was Director of Hordaland Art Centre in Bergen, Norway (2008–14); curator for The Norwegian Sculpture Biennale 2015; Lofoten International Art Festival – LIAF 2013 and Associate Curator for Research and Encounters for Biennale Bénin 2012. Szefer Karlsen's writing has appeared in journals such as Afterall, Billedkunst, Kunstjournalen B-post,, as well as in anthologies such as Making Biennials in Contemporary Times (eds. Galit Eilat et. al., 2015) and Condition Report (ed. Koyo Kouoh, 2013). Szefer Karlsen was series editor for Dublett (2012–2016), co-editor of Self-Organised (with Stine Hebert, 2013) and Lokalisert/Localised (with Arne Skaug Olsen and Morten Kvamme, 2009).

Lara Khaldi

Lara Khaldi is an independent curator living in Jerusalem, Palestine. She currently teaches art history and theory at the International Academy of Art, Palestine, Ramallah and at Dar Al-Kalima University College of Arts and Culture, Bethlehem and is the interlocutor for the upcoming Sharjah Biennial 13 project in Ramallah.

Toini Kristensen

Toini Kristensen received her dance education at The Hammond School of Dance in England and she holds the Teaching Diploma from The Royal Academy of Dance. She also studied choreography at Statens Balletthøgskole (KHiO) and currently she is a Master Student at NTNU completing a Nordic MA in Dance in 2017. Toini has worked professionally with dance since 1990, teaching, choreographing and performing, for 11 years in Bodø, and since 2001 in Oslo. She is Associate Professor in Dance and served as Head of the Bachelor Degree Programme in Classical Ballet at KHiO for 12 years. In addition to her MA studies she teaches ballet and dance history and serves as Tutor for the Royal Academy of Dance´s CBTS Programme. Her interest in preservation of Norwegian ballet history made her create the documentary website . This project was financially supported by KHiO.

Carle Lange

Carle Lange studied sculpture at Norwegian National Academy of Arts (Statens kunstakademi) and architecture at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He has worked as scenographer and costume designer since 1984.

From 1999 to 2006 he was Associate Professor of Scenography at the Norwegian Theatre Academy at Østfold University College, first as the Head of Scenography and from 2006 as artistic director/Dean. From 2015 he’s Associate Professor at the Design department of Oslo National Academy of the Arts, and is the subject specialist for the scenography specialization of the Master’s programme in Theatre Arts.

As architect, scenographer, and costume designer Lange has been responsible for design and execution of more than a hundred transdisciplinary productions within the fields of theatre, film, dance, performance, art exhibitions, and architecture.

Maria Lind

Maria Lind is a curator, writer and educator based in Stockholm, where she was born in 1966. She is the director of Tensta konsthall, Stockholm, and the artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale. She was director of the graduate program, Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (2008-2010) and director of Iaspis in Stockholm (2005-2007). From 2002-2004 she was the director of Kunstverein München where, together with a curatorial team including the curator Sören Grammel, she ran a program including artists such as Deimantas Narkevicius, Oda Projesi, Annika Eriksson, Bojan Sarcevic, Philippe Parreno and Marion von Osten. From 1997-2001 she was curator at Moderna Museet in Stockholm, responsible for Moderna Museet Projecs with 29 commissions with among others Simon Starling, Apolonija Sustersic, Koo Jeong-a and Matts Leiderstam, and, in 1998, co-curator of Manifesta 2. She has taught widely since the early 1990s, for example at the Art Academy in Munich and the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm. Currently she is professor of artistic research at the Art Academy in Oslo. She has contributed widely to newspapers, magazines, catalogues and other publications. Among her recent co-edited publications are Contemporary Art and Its Commercial Markets: A Report on Current Conditions and Future Scenarios, Performing the Curatorial: With and Beyond Art, and Art and the F Word: Reflections on the Browning of Europe, all at Sternberg Press. She edited Abstraction as part of MIT’s and Whitechapel Gallery’s series Documents on Contemporary Art. She is the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement. In the fall of 2010 Selected Maria Lind Writing was published by Sternberg Press.

Christina Lindgren

Christina Lindgren (b.1968) is a scenographer and costume designer based in Oslo. She studied at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (MA) and Universität der Künste Berlin (BA).

She has designed costume and scenography in more than 40 stage performances of all genres. Most projects she has worked on are strongly multidisciplinary and process oriented. Many of the projects are experimental with a high risk for failure.

Christina has a special interest in music theatre/ new opera and works in close collaboration with composers and musicians: Maja Ratkje, Erik Dæhlin, Julian Skar, Atli Ingolfsson,Tony Blomdahl, Liv Kristin Holmberg, Amund Sjølie Sveen, Einar Nielsen and Silje Aker Johnsen. She has also worked in performances with music by Hindemith, Milhaud, Reimann, Nørgård and Kagel. Sound generating scenography and composed theatre are of her favourite interests.

Together with the theatre critics Anette Therese Pettersen and the art theorist Boel Christensen-Scheel, she currently works on a larger publication on scenography and costume design. She was a curator for the Norwegian contribution in the National Section of the Prague Quadrennial 2011.

Martin Lundell

Martin Lundell (b. 1979) is professor and head of Graphic design and Illustration at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO). He is an award winning graphic designer, working mainly with books. He has recently presented and published The Molt of the Book together with Theodor Barth, a research project exploring the role of the book in Oslo’s Public Library. He is currently working on a research project together with Merete Røstad investigating possibilities in artistic research publications and publishing. Lundell has been central in establishing a publishing workshop at KHiO. He holds an MA from Konstfack in Stockholm.

Jørn Mortensen

Jørn Mortensen is currently the rector (since August 2015) at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. From 2011 to 2015 he acted as the dean at the Department of Art and Craft at the same institution. Previous jobs include Associate director at Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA) (2007-09), Head of communication and programming at Public Art Norway (KORO) (2005-07), Director at Momentum – Nordic Festival for Contemporary Art (2001-05), Director at Young Artists Society (UKS) (1993-01).

In 2011 he edited “Visual Art in the Oslo Opera House” (Press Publishing 2011) with essays from amongst others Marta Kuzma, Hans-Ulrich Obrist and Jürg Heisser. He also chairs the art selection committee responsible for establishing two national memorial sites after the July 22 attacks in Oslo.

Jørn Mortensen is educated from the University of Oslo in media and communication, history of ideas and musicology.

Anne Helen Mydland

Anne Helen Mydland (1971, Norway) is based in Bergen as Professor in Clay and Ceramics at the Faculty of Art, Music and Design, UiB, (KHiB). She finished her MA in Ceramics in 2000, and has since been working since as a visual artist, curator, lecturer and teacher.

She is part of the artist and curator group Temp. Currently she is the initiator and project leader of the PKU funded AR project Topographies of the Obsolete, running since 2012, resulting in a series of residencies, exhibitions, seminars and publications. Latest publication is ‘Topographies of the Obsolete: Site Reflections’ (2015)

Irene Nordli

Irene Nordli is a Norwegian visual artist and sculptor living and working in Oslo and in Heestrand, Sweden.

Irene Nordli works with ceramic sculptures and larger scale works where she among other themes works with animal and human hybrids in various degrees of abstraction. She has had a number of solo exhibitions and has been part of a large number of group exhibitions both in Norway and internationally. She has also been commissioned to produce a number of public works in Norway - in Asker, Lillestrøm, Halden prison and Bodø amongst others.

Irene Nordli graduated from Bergen Academy of Art and Design in 1996 and currently teaches at the Art and craft department at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts in Oslo. She was awarded a Norwegian Government Grant for Artists in 2010.

Tale Næss

Tale Næss Lysestøl (b.1969) is a playwright, author and dramaturge based in Oslo and Tromsø. She writes under the name Tale Næss.

She has studied at the NTNU (MA in film science) at the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen. She has written and published collections of poetry, novels and two collections of dramatic text for stage and radio. She has also written opera librettos, film manuscripts and worked collaboratory across the field with musicians, composers, performers and visual artists. Tale Næss has made several dramatic installation works for the voice, the web, and the stage. Many of her projects are experimental in nature and challenges the border between the performative, the visual and the literary.

She is currently developing several texts for the stage, a series of installation pieces and two audio plays as a part of her position as an Artistic Research Fellow at the Theatre Department at KHiO. Her focus as a researcher is on the connection between the collective and the individual in texts written for the stage. Her research project goes under the title “1:100”.

Natalie Hope O’Donnell

Dr Natalie Hope O’Donnell (b. Lørenskog, 1979) is a British-Norwegian curator based in Oslo. She is currently the curator of Munchmuseet on the Move (2016–2019) and chairs the Norwegian Association of Curators. Her PhD dissertation Space as Curatorial Practice: the exhibition as a spatial construct (Oslo School of Architecture and Design, 2016) examined three exhibitions at Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in the period 1970–1972. She retains an interest in curating as a spatial process, queer performative art practices, and the exhibition as an historical and cultural text. (

David Panos

David Panos is a London-based artist who produces videos, objects and music. He has worked in collaboration with Anja Kirschner to produce long form film works referencing TV and genre cinema tropes and they were winners of the Jarman Award in 2011. His solo practice adopts a post-cinematic approach deploying contemporary moving image technologies and choreographic methods to explore the representation of bodies, objects and spaces in relation to an era dominated by the abstractions of financialisation and digital mediation. He is represented by Hollybush Gardens, London.

Recent solo shows include: Albert Baronian, Brussels, 2015, Liste, Basel 2014, ICA, London 2014, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, 2013; Secession, Vienna, 2012; Artist Space, New York, 2012; castillo/corrales, Paris, 2011; Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2011; Kunsthall Oslo, Oslo, 2011.

Selected group shows: Nemocentric, Galerie Charim Vienna, 2016, Whose Subject am I?, Kunstverein Dusseldorf, 2014, Acting Truthfully Under the Circumstances, Tenderpixel, London, 2014, Metal: AV Festival 14, 2014, The Magic of the State, Lisson Gallery, London 2013; Liverpool Biennial, 2012 and British Art Show 7.

Alistair Payne

Professor Alistair Payne is an artist, educationalist and researcher and is currently the Head of the School of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art, he was recently awarded a Professorship in Fine Art Practice by the University of Glasgow.

In 2017 his book chapter ‘On Painting: The Discipline, Interdisciplinarity, Indisciplinarity: Teaching Painting Now’ will be published in ‘Teaching Painting: How can Painting be taught in Art Schools?’ During 2015 he published the book chapter ‘The Virtual, alternate spaces and their affects upon artwork’, in the ‘Handbook of Research on Digital Media and Creative Technologies’ and in 2013 he published the book chapter 'The Virtual and Interdisciplinarity' in 'Digital Media and Technologies for Virtual Artistic Spaces' through IGI Global. He has exhibited his artistic practice/research in the UK, across Europe and in the US, including ‘Ebb and Flow’, RAID Projects, Los Angeles, ‘Indisciplinary Behaviour’, Rom8, Bergen, Norway and ‘The Ends of Art’, Beton7 Gallery, Athens, Greece. His artistic practice operates across different media, including painting, installation and video focusing upon the expansion of painting as a material and conceptual practice.

Sarah Pierce

Since 2003, Sarah Pierce has used the term The Metropolitan Complex to describe her project. Despite its institutional resonance, this title does not signify an organization. Instead, it demonstrates Pierce’s broad understanding of cultural work, articulated through a personal methodology involving performance, video, papers, interviews, archives, talks and exhibitions. Pierce holds a PhD from Goldsmiths College and an MFA from Cornell University, and is a past participant of the Whitney Museum ISP in New York. She is based in Dublin, where she is Lecturer and Degree coordinator in Visual Cultures at the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. She co-leads the COOP Academy “I left my pdf in Arnhem” with Tirdad Zolghadr, at the Dutch Art Institute/ArtEZ in the Netherlands, and was a 2016 resident artist at the Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard College) in New York.

Maziar Raein

Maziar Raein is currently completing his 3 year research project Radical Interpretations – A Norwegian Artistic Research project in conjunction with Kjell Tore Innervik (percussionist), Ivar Frounberg (composer) at NMH. Moreover, he is developing his research into typographic forms based on the KHiO Typographic Archive, in cooperation with Glasgow School of Art. He has recently delivered a keynote speech to the Parrhesia research group at the Being Political in Art & Design conference at the Minerva Art Academie, Groningen.

Maziar has been a lead researcher in the Higher Education Funding Council for England project Writing Purposefully in Art & Design, and more recently a Senior Advisor to CEMPE. He has also published in amongst others in Typographics, Graphic, Eye Magazine as well as academic journals such as the Journal of Writing in Creative Practice etc. As well as contributing to books such as the Dark Side of Creativity, MAK etc.

He has taught design internationally in Europe and the USA and, holds a BA in Fine Art and an MA in Independent Film from St. Martins School of Art in London.

Toril Redalen

Toril Redalen is currently exploring how dust can help establish an understanding of today’s post-industrial landscape. She is interested in the material’s cultural content, not as refuse, but as an active, inclusive material; dust as the basis for a place’s composition, resources and identity. In her recent soloexibithion STØV at RAM gallery in OSLO (2016), she showed dust collected from Spode Factory (GB), Porsgrund Porcelain factory and her hometown Todalen (N).

Toril is also the head of the ongoing nordic interdisciplinary craftproject called HUNGER and one of the participant in the artistic research project Topographies ofthe Obsolete: Exploring the Site Specific and Associated Histories of Post-Industry initiated by Professors Neil Brownsword and Anne Helen Mydland at KHiB in collaboration with partner universities/institutions in Denmark, Germany, France, and the UK (2012-2019).

Tania Rodríguez

Tania Rodríguez was born in Mexico City. She studied Classical Ballet at the National Institute of the Arts and complemented her training attending summer courses with the Cuban ballet school (Cuballet) in La Havana, Cuba, and with Harlem ballet school (Comboloi) in Mexico City.

Tania started dancing professionally with Mexico City’s Ballet in 1991. In 1994 she joined Mexico‘s National Ballet where performed both classical and contemporary repertoire. With the National Ballet she had the pleasure to tour all over Mexico and several international dance festivals and gala performances.

In 2006, after obtaining Canada's National Ballet School’s Teacher Training Program diploma TTPPD (DIP), Tania moved to Oslo to teach at the Oslo Academy of the Arts as guest teacher joining KHiO’s faculty in 2007. Associate Professor since 2011, she teaches in the Academy of Dance BA programs and works with Artistic Research.

Johan Sandborg

Johan Sandborg is professor in photography and Pro Dean / Head of Research at the faculty of fine arts, music and design, University of Bergen. Current and ongoing research In a Place Like This can be accessed at Publications include “biography of a photograph” (2007), “in a place like this” (2014).

Giaco Schiesser

Giaco Schiesser studied philosophy, cultural studies and German literature studies at Freie Universität (Free University) in Berlin, Germany. Afterwards he became an associate lecturer at Free University and assistant lecturer at University of Basle / Switrzerland, a scientific editor and, 1983-1993, a co-publisher of the scientific-political-cultural journal “Widerspruch” (Zürich). From 1997 to 2002 he conceptualized and realized the establishment of the department “New Media (since 2008: Media Arts)” at the University of Art and Design Zurich as head of that department. From 1999 to 2002 he was a member of the direction of the department (together with Knowbotic Research and Margarete Jahrmann). 2002 appointment for professor. From 2002 to 2007 he was head of Department Media & Art at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Zurich/School of Art and Design Zurich (Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst Zürich, HGKZ). Since the founding of Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) in 2007 he has been head of its Department of Art & Media (DKM).

In addition, since 2007 he holds a visiting professorship for artistic and scientific Ph.D. at University of Arts and Design Linz (Kunstuniversität Linz), Austria. Since 2012 he runs a PhD group for artistic research at ZHdK within a PhD cooperation ZHdK- Kunstuniversität Linz. Since March 2013 he has been a member (since 2005: vice-president) of the Executive Board of Society for Artistic Research, SAR.

Veerle Van der Sluys

Veerle Van der Sluys is vice dean research of the Luca School of Arts, Belgium. She has an interest in interaction design, playful design and the interplay between design and technology. She’s involved as coordinator or researcher in several national and international projects (Traders (, JamToday (, PLAI (, GameHUB (

Veerle Van der Sluys holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Gent (Belgium).

Mike Sperlinger

Mike Sperlinger is Professor of Writing and Theory at the Oslo Academy of Art. Before that, from 2001-2013, he was Assistant Director of LUX, a London-based agency for artists working with the moving image. He written for magazines and journals including frieze, Art Monthly, Radical Philosophy and Afterall, as well as numerous exhibition catalogues, and is the editor of several books, including Here is Information. Mobilise – Selected Writings by Ian White (2016) and TRACKS: An anthology of artists’ writings (forthcoming).

Lucy Steeds

Lucy Steeds is Senior Research Fellow for Afterall at Central Saint Martins (CSM), University of the Arts London (UAL). She manages the Exhibition Histories strand of Afterall’s research and publishing, teaches on the MRes Art: Exhibition Studies course at CSM and convenes the training programme for doctoral students in art and design across UAL. Her recent books include: The Curatorial Conundrum: What to Study? What to Research? What to Practice? (co-edited with Paul O’Neill and Mick Wilson), The MIT Press, 2016; and Exhibition (for the Documents of Contemporary Art series), Whitechapel Gallery and The MIT Press, 2014. Her curatorial experience is anchored in six years of work at Arnolfini in Bristol (1998–2004), and includes more recent initiatives such as the 'Magiciens de la Terre': Reconsidered film programme at Tate Modern. She has a PhD in Cultural History from Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Amanda Steggell

Amanda Steggell studied dance (London College of Dance and Drama) and choreography (National College of Ballet and Dance, Oslo). In 2003-06 she was Fellow of the National Programme for Research Fellowships in the Arts at the Norwegian Theatre Academy, Østfold University College, where her subject was synaesthesia and contemporary live art practices.

Since the mid 1990’s, when she also co-founded the live art project Motherboard (1996-2008), Amanda has investigating how a body copes with information flowing between digital, natural and lived worlds, grappling with how these flows affect perceptions of time, space and place. The outcomes have taken on many live forms, from performances and installations in the black box and white cube to interventions in urban, rural and marine environments. As a writer she has contributed to journals such as Dance Research Journal (CORD) and Performance Research Magazine (Routledge Press). As curator she is currently working on a marine-based research project for artists in Norway and the UK.

Jelena Vesić

Jelena Vesić is an independent curator, writer and editor. She was co-editor of Prelom—Journal of Images and Politics (2001–2010) and co-founder of the independent organization Prelom Kolektiv. Active in the field of publishing, research and exhibition practice that intertwines political theory and contemporary art, she is also co-editor of Red Thread journal and a member of editorial board of Art Margins. Vesić explores relations between art and ideology in the field of geopolitical art history writing, focusing on experimental art and exhibition practices in former Yugoslavia and Eastern Europe. She holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary studies from the University of Arts, Belgrade and currently is Goethe Institute fellow at Haus der Kunst Munich, working on the research topic "Postcolonial: 1955-1980".

Gina Wall

Dr Gina Wall is a visual practitioner, writer and teacher with many years of experience in academic management. The mutual encounter of these fields of practice has led her to her current position of Deputy Head, SchooI of Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art. As a visual practitioner she explores the relation between photography and text, often playing in the interstice opened between the two.

Gina is involved in a number of research networks: LAND2 (led by the University of Leeds), PLaCE International (led by the University of Dundee), Arctic Sustainable Art and Design Thematic Network of the University of the Arctic (led by Lapland University) and she participated in the AHRC funded Northern Peripheries Network (led by University of Northumbria). She previously acted as Convenor for Between Places, a Visual Research group led by the University of the Highlands and Islands. Gina holds a practice-led PhD from the University of Dundee/DJCAD, an MLitt by research in Aesthetics from the University of Aberdeen and an undergraduate degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. "

Mick Wilson

Mick Wilson is currently working as a researcher and first head of Valand Academy at Gothenburg University, Sweden. He has been active in the establishment of the PARSE platform and journal (2015-ongoing). Publications include The Curatorial Conundrum (2016) co-ed. with L. Steeds and P.O’Neill; Curating Research (2014); Curating and the Educational Turn (2010) co-ed. with P. O’Neill; and SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education (2013) co-ed. with S.v. Ruiten. His education comprises: PhD in Visual Culture (NUI/NCAD, 2006); MSc. IT in Education (Trinity College Dublin, 2001); MA History of Art & Design (NCAD, 1992); and a joint BA Fine Art Sculpture & BA History of Art & Design (NCAD, 1990).

Edvin Østergaard

My interdisciplinary field of profession comprises musical composition, research and science education. After having completed a master’s degree in applied science in 1984, I studied composition at the Norwegian Academy of Music (Oslo) and with Jan W. Morthenson (Stockholm). In 1998 I defended my PhD dissertation and presently I hold a position as professor in science education at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Since my debut as a composer in 1988, my pieces have been performed in a number of European countries, as well as in the USA and Canada. In 2010 I received “Spellemannsprisen”, the Norwegian Grammy Award, for Die 7. Himmelsrichtung (LAWO Classics).

My research interests are: (i) the interplay between art and science, with emphasis on performative and educational aspects, (ii) qualitative research methodologies, including methods in artistic research, and (iii) phenomenon-based science education, with emphasis on epistemological and ontological issues. During the academic year 2008-2009 I was visiting scholar at Harvard University, Boston. Currently I live in Berlin where I have my sabbatical at Humboldt University, Department of Philosophy, working with questions related to the philosophy of science.