Seminar/Conference

Artistic Research Week 2020

Oslo National Academy of the Arts organizes a week focusing on artistic research from 21 to 24 January. The programme consists of workshops, presentations, round-table discussions, screenings, exhibitions, artist talks etc.

Featuring

Ane Thon Knutsen, Anne-Linn Akselsen, Apolonija Šušteršič, Bjørn Jørund Blikstad, Bojana Cvejić, Charlotte Bik Bandlien, Chiara Mariotti, Christina Lindgren, Danielle C. Fredriksen, Dora García, Eliot Moleba, Ellmer Stefan, Eszter Salamon, Fransesca Fargion, Hans Hamid Rasmussen, Heidi Haraldsen, Ida Falck Øien, Jan Frederik Verwoert, Joanna Warsza, Jonathan Burrows, Josephine Jewkes-Jacobsson, Lisa Charlotte Baudouin Lie, Lisa Rosendahl, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, Manuel Pelmuş, Maria Lind, Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Marte Johnslien, Matteo Fargion, Maziar Raein, Merete Lingjærde, Merete Røstad, Mette Edvardsen, Michele Masucci, Nils Erik Janbu, Olga Evreinoff, Per Roar, Petrine Vinje, Rosalind Goldberg, Sally Dean, Samoa Remy, Sarah Louise Fischer Luckow, Sara Eliassen, Signe Becker, Snelle Hall, Solveig Styve Holte, Tale Næss, Theo Barth, Victoria Browne, Øyvind Jørgensen


Programme

Tuesday 21 January

10:00: Welcome by Rector at KHiO. Project presentations with the PhD Candidates at the Dance department

Venue: Scene 4
Time: 10:00-12:00

10:00: Hans Hamid Rasmussen: Uneven transitions

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 10:00-11:00

Talk by Professor Hans Hamid Rasmussen.

About Uneven Transitions

Uneven Transitions/Ujevne Overganger is based on earlier work which has been presented publicly at the at Solo show at Martin Asbæk Gallery and lately at The Biennial at Havana the spring 2019. The presentation will be based photographical research material and presentation of visual works.

The project is based on a series of Black and White photographs taken by with 4x5 inch analogue camera in The Kasbah in Alger and in Gamlebyen in Oslo. Parts of photography is in the next step exchanged with textile fragments consisting of ceramic threads sewed on galantine fabric. The work has character of a correlative visual examination. The motivation for the project is to understand if experiences of cultural unevenness could overcome by questioning the memories of otherness as parts of on self. As a visual artist, I seek this by visually examine the possibility of what could be a memory of textile in a photography or thinking of textile in casted metal or in a ceramic object.

About Hans Hamid Rasmussen

About Hans Hamid Rasmussen

11:00: Signe Becker: Open studio

Venue: Galleri Seilduken 1
Time: 11:00-15:00 21-24 January

Visit Signe Becker at Galleri Seilduken 1.

Currently her research project revolves around embodiment and on how to give soul to apparently dead objects. What is needed to give an object soul, to bring an object to life?

During the research week Becker will have a temporary working space at Galleri Seilduken where she will display her ongoing prosess along with some works from her first year of research.

About Signe Becker

About Signe Becker

12:00: CANCELLED! Amanda Steggell: Part 1: NAVIMATION. Movement in the interface. Introducing the Amphibious Trilogies website. Part 2: OCTOPA. A toolkit for extended choreography

Part 1:
Presentation
Venue: Auditoriet
Time: 12:00-13:00

Part 2:
Workshop
Venue: Loftet 2
Time: 14:00-15:30

About Amphibious Trilogies

Introducing the Amphibious Trilogies website.

AMPHIBIOUS TRILOGIES TOOLS 2020 (working title) addresses ‘choreography as an expanded practice’ and extended ‘social choreography’. We focus on three key notions: island, pond and passage. Via making-with-analysis, we employ open source style creative and reflexive research practices to metamorph choreography, design fiction and sociology. We situate the body in the environment in dynamic movements and engagement with current societal needs, e.g. climate, migration. We enact a journey-based choreographic strategy, oscillating encounters, dialogues, experiments, iterations and reflections.

About Amanda Steggell

Read more about Amanda Steggell

13:30: Olga Evreinoff, in conversation with Josephine Jewkes-Jacobsson: On Ballet Style

Talk
Venue: Scene 4
Time: 13:30–15:00

About the talk

Shared practice with Olga Evreinoff, an international ballet teacher and coach, followed by a reflective dialogue between Olga and professor Josephine Jewkes-Jacobsson. The dialogue will reflect upon how the traditional style of classical ballet relates to and reflects current trends and developments in the art field, and how to address students’ learning of tradition in current dance education.

The dialogue can be seen in relation to the seminar Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education Wednesday 22. January 9-12.15.

About the participants

Olga Evreinoff trained in Prague, Moscow - and Leningrad as a pupil of Olga Jordan and Natalia Dudinskaya. She danced professionally in Prague, Toronto and Oslo, but considers teaching to be her true calling. As an international teacher and coach, Olga has worked with leading companies and stars worldwide. Her long-standing collaboration with Natalia Makarova has led to her staging Makarova’s productions of the classics all over the world – most recently, ‘La Bayadère’ for Norwegian National Ballet in spring 2019.

About Professor Josephine Jewkes-Jacobsson

14:00: Samoa Remy, with Chiara Mariotti and Nils Erik Janbu: Perception of Time and Distortion of Time. 

Talk
Venue: Scene 5
Time: 14:00-15:30

With PhD Research Fellow Samoa Remy and guests Chiara Mariotti and Nils Erik Janbu. Moderator Maziar Raein.

About the talk

This lecture will be centered around the topic "Perception of Time and Distortion of Time”. There will be reflections around themes like: time as an order which articulates life on earth, the human being and his perception of time, how the two units Space-Time are woven together in the Universe, and a visual artist’s work with the timeline as a means to expand perception of time and history – to expand temporal view. The idea is to initiate a discussion between three lecturers who come from different backgrounds. Initially each of the lecturers will have a short presentation, where each lecturer reflects around the relation between the human being and time / history, as seen from their particular field of knowledge. The three presentations will differ in their approaches to the theme, but will have in common the use of images for transmitting thoughts and concepts.

After the short presentations there will be a discussion where each of the lecturers will try to enter the others lecturers points of view, and try to draw connections between concepts and images.

About Samoa Remy

About Samoa Remy

About the guest lecturers

Chiara Mariotti is a Physicist at CERN in Geneva (European Organization for Nuclear Research) - Outstanding contributions to the discovery and characterisation of the Higgs Boson. She is a researcher in elementary particle physics. She built detectors and analyzed data by accurately measuring fundamental quantities of the theory and searched for and eventually discovered the Higgs boson at CERN's LHC.
As a musician she coordinates a group of science and art.
The European Physical Society (EPS) awarded her the Emmy Noether Distinction for Women in Physics in 2018

Nils Erik Janbu is a senior-geologist at Equinor Research Centre. He holds a PhD and a Post.doc in Geology. He has extensive geological field work and field lecturing experience from Norway, UK, Turkey, US, South Africa (from 1998 to present). He is specialized in main technical work within fields of stratigraphy (Earth’s rock record), particularly studies of physical processes (wind, waves, flows, etc) resulting in sedimentary deposits throughout Earth’s history.

15:30: Merete Røstad and Per Roar: Pilot: Preparing – engaging in memory research artistically, ethically and politically

Seminar
Venue: Formrommet
Time: 15:30-17:30

Pilot: Preparing is a seminar led by Associate Professor Merete Røstad and Professor Per Roar. Together with the research fellows Solveig Styve Holte, Eliot Moleba, and Manuel Pelmus, they will meet in an experimental collaboration in dialogue with the audience that explores what it might imply to engage in memory research as artists - artistically, ethically and politically.

About Pilot: Preparing

PILOT: PREPARING questions and instigates artistic research at the intersection between Choreography and Art in the Public Sphere through exploring, in dialogues with a public, the interrelationship between art and society, private and public memories, both in a local and international context. This event is the preamble of a new interdisciplinary artistic research project led by Merete Røstad and Per Roar.

About the contributors
18:00: Marte Johnslien: Hvitt til jord (Exhibition Opening)

Exhibition Opening
Venue: ROM
Time: 18:00

About Hvitt til jord

Hvitt til jord is the final presentation of Marte Johnslien’s PhD project Circumstantial Sculpture. The exhibition includes parts of the sculpture series A Square on a Sphere, accompanied by the book by the same title. And the main project White to Earth, which is a deep investigation of the material titanium dioxide through photography, text and ceramic sculpture. The project looks at how the white pigment travels our systems invisibly, and how it has affected our view of the world through its extensive commercial use in paint, plastic, paper, food, cosmetics and pharmacy products. Johnslien has followed the production of the white pigment, from the mining of the mineral ilmenite at Titania AS in Sokndal, south-west Norway, to the production of titanium dioxide from ilmenite at the factory Kronos Titan in Fredrikstad. And she has used the material in her experiments with ceramic glazes. The results will be presented as two series of sculptures, and a book with Johnslien’s photographs and text.

Read more about the exhibition in the separate event on khio.no or in the Facebook event.

About Marte Johnslien

About Marte Johnslien

Wednesday 22 January

09:00: Seminar: Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education

Seminar
Venue: Scene 4
Time: 09:00-12:15

Seminar with contributions by Heidi Haraldsen, Merete Lingjærde, Øyvind Jørgensen, Sarah Louise Fisher Luckow and Danielle C. Fredriksen, with a panel discussion.

Programme

09.00-12.15: Part 1- Symposium title: Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education (REDE).

Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education (REDE) is an overarching KUF (artistic development and research) project at the Academy of Dance. The main goal of REDE is to explore learning strategies for strengthening resilience and ethical awareness in dance; educationally, artistically, and professionally. Dance education is grounded in traditions, which are passed on directly from teachers to students in a studio-based practice, while being geared towards creating the dance of tomorrow. The interaction created by these two forces forms a contextual backdrop that can bring about new approaches, developments and methods for dance performance, pedagogy and choreography. To strengthen resilience and ethical awareness, autonomy and reflective thinking in dance, we have the future in mind. Like dance itself, resilience is a complex and holistic objective, which intersects and relates to physical and mental health and wellbeing, confidence building, and motivation in a learning situation based on embodying crafts and skills, passed on through apprenticeship learning, and supported by artistic and contextual knowledge and insights. The objective of ethics, or ethical awareness and thinking in dance education, influences any considerations or decisions regarding artistic expressions, means and practices, work life and community, both educationally and professionally. Ethics is a serious and pressing issue for an art form that ontologically has the body at its center. Discussions on discrimination, decolonization, identity politics and equality are played out and manifested as bodily realities and are as such directly interrelated and entangled with the objective of resilience. These factors are well known within dance education and are increasingly urgent to address in our global situation today.

09.00 - Resilience and Empowerment
Empowering performance addresses physical and mental health in dance. Learning focusing on resilience and empowerment will focus on developing ownership, reflection and transparency towards the learning situation. Without overthrowing the best practices in dance traditions, such as apprenticeship learning, empowered learning will encourage to further develop existing methods. The aim is to broaden the spectrum of teaching methodologies to facilitate empowered and critical thinking dance students, within the context of the highly specialized educations within the Academy. Through building communities of practice in which students and teachers are learning from, sharing, and articulating knowledge with each other, the project aim to examine how ways of empowered practices have an impact in fields with extensive use of tacit knowledge. 

09-09.45 Thriving, striving, or just surviving? The role of self-determined behavior
Assistant professor Heidi M. Haraldsen present the results of her PhD project in performance psychology focusing on self-determination in performers and hence, resilience. Reaching the top in sports and performing arts can be striving. For some elite junior performers, though, the perceived requests and stressors seem to be overwhelming, resulting in dropout, unfulfilled potential, and psychological ill-being. In order to facilitate sound and healthy talent development, identifying and avoiding negative factors might be crucial. Guided by Self-Determination Theory (SDT; Ryan & Deci, 2017) the present doctoral thesis set out to examine the interplay between personal motivational mentality (who) and contextual conditions (where) in relation to performers' maladaptive motivation, performance level, and well-being among high-achieving elite junior performers from sports and performing arts.

09.45-10.30 Masterclass and reflective dialogue on resilience and empowerment of students
Professor Merete Lingjærde and associated professor Anne-Linn Akselsen provide a short excerpt of a dance class from BA jazz and BA contempory dance, respectively. Moreover, the share their reflections on how to facilitate resilience and empowerment in their dance students.

10.30-11.10 Splintering the Mind- The Ballet Russes Project
Presentation of DHP, a dance history project of the Academy of Dance. The project represents a cross study-program educational method in development. Associated Professor Øyvind Jørgensen presents experiences and reflections from "Ballets Russes and modernity - aesthetic innovation and synthesis". With focus on dance history and a holistic pedagogical departure, the program combines theory and practice of dance history with performative, exploring/creative, and reflective approaches to learning in dance education. The student Sarah Louise Fisher Luckow shares her experiences with participating in the project.

11.10 -11.30 Reciprocal relationships between teacher and students in female elite junior ballet: A Shared Reality Theory (SRT) perspective
Master student Danielle C. Fredriksen from Norwegian School of Sport Sciences conduct her master thesis on ballet education. Grounded in Shared reality theory (Cornwell, Franks & Higgins, 2017) she share her results and reflect upon the importance of a shared reality both on an epistemologically and inter-relationally level in order to enhance the learning and development.

11.30-12.15 Panel conversation
A moderated panel discussion with the contributors Heidi, Øyvind, Sarah, Merete and Anne-Linn on how to enhance resilience and empowerment in dance education. What are the challenges, dilemmas, and areas to develop in future practices? Moderator: dean Snelle Hall.

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About the research project

Resilience and Ethics in Dance Education (REDE) is an overarching KUF (artistic development and research) project at the Academy of Dance. The main goal of REDE is to explore learning strategies for strengthening resilience and ethical awareness in dance; educationally, artistically, and professionally. Dance education is grounded in traditions, which are passed on directly from teachers to students in a studio-based practice, while being geared towards creating the dance of tomorrow. The interaction created by these two forces forms a contextual backdrop that can bring about new approaches, developments and methods for dance performance, pedagogy and choreography. To strengthen resilience and ethical awareness, autonomy and reflective thinking in dance, we have the future in mind. Like dance itself, resilience is a complex and holistic objective, which intersects and relates to physical and mental health and wellbeing, confidence building, and motivation in a learning situation based on embodying crafts and skills, passed on through apprenticeship learning, and supported by artistic and contextual knowledge and insights. The objective of ethics, or ethical awareness and thinking in dance education, influences any considerations or decisions regarding artistic expressions, means and practices, work life and community, both educationally and professionally. Ethics is a serious and pressing issue for an art form that ontologically has the body at its center. Discussions on discrimination, decolonization, identity politics and equality are played out and manifested as bodily realities and are as such directly interrelated and entangled with the objective of resilience. These factors are well known within dance education and are increasingly urgent to address in our global situation today.

About the contributors

Heidi Haraldsen

Øyvind Jørgensen

Merete Lingjærde

Danielle C. Fredriksen
Danielle Charlotte S. Fredriksen is currently a master student at the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, at the department for coaching and sport psychology, where she has been a student since 2014. Her research interests lie in the area of the reciprocal coach-athlete and teacher-student relationship in sport, examining both the coach and the athletes experience of the relationship. In her master thesis Danielle is studying dance education.

10:00: Victoria Browne: Multi-plate relief block hand-printing processes in European manufacturing

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 10:00-10:45

Talk by Associate Professor Victoria Browne.

About the talk

In 2018 Victoria Browne completed fieldwork in Sweden, France and the United Kingdom; gaining first-hand experience of historical multi-plate relief hand-blocking processes that still continue in European manufacturing today. This lecture will deliver her findings and invite the audience to consider the boundaries between studio and factory art.

How have processes from the 18th Century been modified, subsumed and transformed by technology in the 21st Century at; Zuber (France), Svenskt Tenn (Sweden) and Anstey (UK)? How has knowledge gained in the field informed my studio-led artistic development?

Victoria Browne’s art practice draws on methods of post-production and self-publishing to explore post-digital print processes. The culture of use has previously relied on print’s imitating properties to reproduce, repeat and multiply the original as copy material. Today in an era of post-production, Browne's artistic research attempts to re-interpret this definition; to master the qualities innate in print as a medium of creative expression and of recontexualisation.

About Victoria Browne

About Victoria Browne

10:00: CANCELLED! Anne Grete Eriksen, Ingunn Rimestad and Therese Skauge: Chance Modus

Workshop
Venue: Loftet 2
Time: 10:00-12:00

Chance Modus is a continuing collaboration between Anne Grete Eriksen, Ingunn Rimestad and Therese Skauge.

About the workshop

In CHANCE MODUS we investigate how discovery of responses in the moment may influence the choice making of the dance artist, and further influence the composition. In the core of the exploration, which by now is half way, we are seeking to find out how the impulses from multiple relations in space, sense information, memory and imagination color our praxis.

Through practical dance work and conversations in open sessions we test how these processes may be discovered and articulated from our different perspectives.

About the contributors

Ingunn Rimestad
Therese Skauge
Anne Grete Eriksen

11:00: Maziar Raein and Tale Næss: MONO.DIO.POLI.META.LOUGES

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 11:00-12:00

With Maziar Raein and Tale Næss Lysestøl.

About the talk

This project reflects on narratives, generated in the form of: monologues, dialogues, polilogues and metalogues that formulate the possibilities of new spaces and places at the interstices of ecological, theatre and design discourses. The nature of this project demanded degrees of reflection, both from the researchers and the intended audience and one of the problems which became quickly evident was a need to create reflective spaces for these narratives. This brought to the fore the question of how can we “exhibit” artistic research.

This presentation, will focus on how the various forms of the narratives generated during this project, demanded specific fora for the exhibiting of its outcomes. To that end Tale Næss and Maziar Raein will be joined by Martin Asbjørnsen and Alejandro V. Rojas who have collaborated in creating a data base system for a website, that can be used to not only exhibit, but also navigate the complexities of layers and processes of this artistic research project.

About the contributors

Tale Næss Lysestøl
Maziar Raein

12:00: Ane Thon Knutsen, Ellmer Stefan and Maziar Raein: Across the Wires

Discussion
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 12:00-13:00

With Ane Thon Knutsen, Ellmer Stefan and Maziar Raein.

About Across the Wires

Ane Thon Knutsen, Ellmer Stefan and Maziar Raein recently completed the publication of KUF research project Across the Wires, out of the KHiO Letter Archive. This is a presentation of the primary findings of the project’s publication.

This presentation and thematic discussion will address the role of drawing and its relationship to form giving in typography, with the publication acting as a driver for the discussions. The session will be of interest to graphic design students and staff as well as colleagues in the field of graphic design in Oslo.

About the contributors

Ane Thon Knutsen is a graphic designer & artist living and working in Oslo, Norway. The moveable type/letterpress printing and her artistic practice can be placed in-between graphic design and conceptual printmaking. In 2019 she completed a PhD in Graphic Design at Oslo National Academy of The Arts. In the project A Printing Press of One's Own, she researched Virginia Woolf's practice as a self taught typesetter and publisher through experimental graphic interpretations of the short story The Mark on the Wall (1917).

Ellmer Stefan is a type designer based in Oslo; studied graphic and type design in Vienna, Arnhem and Leipzig; runs an independent practices combining custom type design, self-initiated projects, teaching and typographic research (non-alphabets.no, thepytefoundry.net, omnigraf.no).

Maziar Raein

14:00: Reading group: What We Learn How To See

Reading group
Venue: biblioteket
Time: 14:00-15:45

Our session utilizes reading as a collective activity as a starting point, and will involve visual and auditory explorations generated in the gap between the written and the perceived, and we aim to include the conference participants in the floating principle of sharing. Petrine Vinje, Signe Becker, Rosalind Goldberg, Magnhild Øen Nordahl, and Ida Falck Øien.

About the project

A reading group was formed during a train ride from Bergen to Oslo in February 2019, on a trip from a local to a national situation (PKU -Program for kunstnerisk utviklingsarbeid). We share an interest in the work by scholars such as Catherine Malabou and Donna Haraway for their non-binary approaches to body and mind, self and others and for their epistemological probes, questioning of what it is that we know and how we have come to know it. We wanted to get to know these writers together and through each other’s different artistic perspectives. The reading group has become a transdisciplinary critter. It is tentacular, whispering, laughing and shape-shifting. It was born out of the need to self organize in a time of crisis, where the artistic practice meets science and academic status. The reading group has many mothers and co-mothers in a kind of therapeutic academy where concern for others and non-dualistic-approaches are in the center. The reading group “loves another science: the sciences and politics of interpretation, translation, stuttering, and the partly understood”.

In dialogue with conference participants, we will explore the conference format as a trans-state, from where we discuss, and inform each other on our “strong truths”, with Donna Haraways Situated Knowledges. Our session utilizes reading as a collective activity as a starting point, and will involve visual and auditory explorations generated in the gap between the written and the perceived, and we aim to include the conference participants in the floating principle of sharing.

About the participants

All members of the reading group are currently undertaking the norwegian artistic research program at KhiO and UiB in Norway. Their individual practices span across the fields of painting, scenography, design, sculpture, installation and film.

14:00: Bojana Cvejić: film screenings: Caressing Machine and ...in a non-wimpy way

Film screenings
Venue: Prøvesal 1
Time: 14:00-15:00

Professor of Dance and Dance Theory Bojana Cvejić presents two short films.

CARESSING MACHINE - A white-collar worker rehearses her daily thoughts (2017)

A film by Marta Popivoda
Text and workshop Bojana Cvejić
video; 18’

A group of individuals performs a choreography comprised of a set of bodily exercises in which relations to oneself and others, as well as rapport between work and life are physically probed. As in an inner monologue, a voice migrates from one body to another, rehearsing her day-to-day hesitance. Is it enthusiasm of an empowered performative self or fear of failure and job uncertainty, or is it competition or solidarity, which drives her performance at work? The choreographic exercises of the care of the self are shadowed by an image of a relentlessly automated, machinic work environment.

The film is derived from the materials of a workshop on “group technologies” in contemporary dance practice and business management held at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers 2012 (conceived by Bojana Cvejić in collaboration with Christine De Smedt, Siegmar Zacharias and Marta Popivoda, as part the research project Public Sphere and Performance, TkH).

“...in a non-wimpy way” (2013)

video; 19'
featuring excerpts from the videos by Contact Collaborations Inc. Courtesy of Contact Collaborations, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton

To study fighting is something we can’t be afraid to do. Steve Paxton

Before it came to be criticized as a New Age shuffleboard, “a post-hippie suburb of the soul,” Contact Improvisation was an art-sport that emerged from Steve Paxton’s training in aikido and athletics just a few years after Paxton’s explicit action-pieces against the Vietnam War (e.g. Collaboration with Wintersoldier). What aikido––the martial art that distinguishes itself by redirecting attack and blending with the attacker––did for Contact Improvisation in relation to war and engagement in a physical struggle hasn’t been an issue of political interest.

At the Mad Brook Farm in Vermont, from an idyllic place where he has been cultivating his “pessimism” during forty years in which Contact Improvisation spread worldwide and an “empire declined”, Paxton revisits Contact Improvisation with regard to physicality, violence and protection. What did it mean to be responsible for one’s own “falling well” both literally and metaphorically?

About Bojana Cvejić

About Bojana Cvejić

14:00: Charlotte Bik Bandlien: Towards an Anthropological Practice

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 14:00-14:45

Talk by Charlotte Bik Bandlien

About the talk

Converging art and everyday life through 1:1 scale projects, post-artistic practices reconfigure dialectics between disciplines, thus resembling the integrated societies anthropologists traditionally studied. Bandliens collaboration with the collectives HAiKw/, Blank Mountain College and Department for Usership constitutes the empirical backdrop for her reflections on epistemological issues related to such new forms of interdisciplinarity – and ontological issues related to post-artistic practices. «Towards An Anthropological Practice» in an artistic research project at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, with a forthcoming artist book on Uten Tittel art publishers.

About Charlotte Bik Bandlien

Charlotte Bik Bandlien is an anthropologist specialized in visual and material culture. Triangulating the roles of researcher, educator and collaborator, her interdisciplinary practice revolves around contemporary conditions for constructing criticality, currently focusing on dialectics between contemporary art, anthropology, and speculative perspectives. Work presented at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, Oxford University, Design History Society, College Art Association, Theaster Gates' Arts Incubator in Chicago, American Anthropological Association, the material culture hub at University College London, Tate Research and Learning/AAH ++

15:00: Lisa Rosendahl: The Plot as Author: GIBCA 2019-2021 and context-specific curatorial method

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 15:00-15:45

Talk by Associate Professor Lisa Rosendahl about Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art.

About the talk

Associate Professor in Exhibition Studies Lisa Rosendahl will speak about her ongoing research on context-specific curatorial methods, connecting it to her current work with the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art (2019-2021). What does situated knowledge mean in a curatorial context? How can a narrative device such as 'plot' function as a way to locate the specificity of a project in the circumstances of a particular place rather than in individual authorship? These questions will be explored in relation to an actual plot of land, which also forms the centre of Rosendahl’s current research – Franska tomten (the French Lot) in the Gothenburg harbour, which was exchanged in 1784 by the Swedish king Gustav III with the French Empire for the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy.

About Lisa Rosendahl

About Lisa Rosendahl

16:00: Sara Eliassen in conversation with Jan Verwoert on shifting grounds and material related to her Phd project Screened Visions/ National Visions

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 16:00-17:00

Research Fellow Sara Eliassen presents her PhD project.

About the talk

Conversation on material related to Eliassen’s Phd project

The conversation will have as starting point material related to an ongoing inquiry by the artist on how filmmakers, media-activists and others were responding to the Mexican government’s handling of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in 2014. Considering the proclaimed «verdad historica» by the then government regarding what had happened to the students, the investigation initially sought to examine whether the massive social mobilisation in the aftermath of the incident was leading to new and alternative ways of subverting official narratives constructed to shape public opinion. As the project expanded, the inquiry turned into a larger investigation on what tools can be used by artists, activists and others to counter dominant versions of recent histories - what would be efficient strategies in different moments of social and political urgencies? The project consists pr.today of a set of documents; mapping out the field with sound, images, video and text, a display of complexity rather than a documentation of reality; unstable elements where constellations can be shifted and various relations made and remade.

About the contributors

About Sara Eliassen

About Jan Verwoert

17:00: Eszter Salamon: On dissemination (episode 1)

Performance
Venue: Resepsjonsgalleriet
Time: 17:00-18:00

Performance with Eszter Salamon, PhD Research Fellow at the Academy of Dance. Episode 2 is performed Thursday 23 January at 16:00.

About the performance

On dissemination Episode 1 & 2 propose to experiment with artistic praxis and its dissemination by linking speculative and performative modes of researching. The presentations explore ways of creating new narratives through techniques of editing and superimposition used in reactivating my own artistic works of the past.

About Eszter Salamon

About Eszter Salamon

Thursday 23 January

09:00: Christina Lindgren and Sally Dean: Costume Agency

Seminar/workshop
Venue: Scene 7
Time: 09:00-14:30

Costume Agency is an extensive, collective, international research project, spanning from 2018 till 2022, dedicated to costume design. This seminar is led by PhD Research Fellow Sally Dean and Professor of Costume Design Christina Lindgren.

Programme:

9:00 - 12:00. Workshop with Sally E. Dean and Christina Lindgren. All backgrounds are welcome. Participants are invited to wear, move and make costumes. Observing the workshop is also possible. Bring comfortable clothes to move in.

12:00 - 13:00. Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Seminar led by Christina Lindgren, introducing the vision of the Costume Agency artistic research project. It includes recent video footage from Workshop #3 - how does a garment perform from 6 different costume designer perspectives. This sessions ends with open questions and discussion.

About the seminar/workshop

- How does a garment perform?
- How does the costumes ́touch become a portal of perception and poetic imagination?
- What is the agency of costume and how can costume be the starting point of a performance?

These are some of the questions at the centre of the artistic research of Costume Agency and will be explored during the workshop/seminar.
Future research will be explored through artistic work in a number of workshops, in the conference and exhibition Critical Costume 2020, and in several other formats. Main researchers are Christina Lindgren, Sodja Lotker and Sally Dean. The project is supported by Norwegian Artistic Research Program, KHIO and The Norwegian Arts Council. 

For more information costumeagency.khio.no.

About the contributors

Sally Dean
Christina Lindgren

10:00: Theo Barth, Bjørn Blikstad, Petrine Vinje and Lisa Lie: Progressive Interaction | Receptive Intra-Action

Venue: Formrommet
Time: 10:00-11:30 OBS: starter presis!

With Theo Barth, Bjørn Blikstad, Petrine Vinje and Lisa Lie.

About Progressive Interaction | Receptive Intra-Action

ARCHEAOLOGY: COLLAPSE – BODYWORK – RESSURRECTION

Key-words: interaction, spatial care, time of transition, violence, resurrection.

The spaces we use for conferencing in artistic research (AR) are not theatre-stages. The under-communication of conferencing-spaces as stages-of-a-kind, however, may be a problem. The spaces we use for conferencing in AR appear generic and abstract; designed for any content, yet being profoundly ideological in its cultural usage.

In a trans-disciplinary group of people with different profiles in their projects and their positions at school (KHiO), wee have attempted to gang up as ‘artistic researchers’, and initiated a process of inquiry into work-spaces to gather some impressions of these spaces by conducting simple activities there, to find a way of combining these in public space.

Bjørn Blikstad took us to the wood-workshop to link his contemporary reflections on wood-carving in art-history, in which the furniture elements are sunk into the weight of ornamentation. Petrine Vinje invited us to her studio and proposed a micro-phenomenological experiment, based on a highly structured approach, using object-tactility as a vehicle.

Lisa Lie invited the group to her office behind the scenes of the black boxes at the North End of the building, and used a card-divination game as a combined mapping device for the space and for relational memories. While Theodor Barth invited the lot to his booth at the design department, where he exposed the group to a 3-object paradigm.

In our 90’ session we will transpose this interaction into a shared conference space, based on the idea that the interaction will continue in the aftermath. We will reconfigure the panel-discussion as a genre, in using artistic methods to drive a research question: can we conceive of the conference space as a learning theatre? Can we resurrect the meme?

Contributors—Bjørn Blikstad, Petrine Vinje and Lisa Lie are PhD-fellows in design, art & crafts and theatre. Theodor Barth is an anthropologist working at KHiO.

About the contributors

Theo Barth
Bjørn Blikstad
Petrine Vinje
Lisa Lie

11:30: Apolonija Šušteršič: Suggestion for the (Next) Day

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 11:30-12:30

Why and how to re-contextualize the art project that has been created for a specific place, time and situation years later within another place, within a situation that is historically and politically divergent? Talk by Professor Apolonija Šušteršič.

About the talk

Why and how to re-contextualize the art project that has been created for a specific place, time and situation years later within another place, within a situation that is historically and politically divergent? What kind of repetition or displacement is possible when discussing the context-specific art project created 20 years ago? Is re-contextualization the method to create a new work that carry a relevant updated relationship with an existing new context and situation in time and place?

The research project will look into a specificity of an art project Suggestion for the Day (2000) which will be re-contextualized for Timisoara Biennial 2019.

About Apolonija Šušteršič

About Apolonija Šušteršič

13:00: Marie Kølbæk Iversen: Mid-way seminar

Seminar
Venue: Galleri Seilduken 2
Time: 13:00-16:00

With PhD Research Fellow Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Anna Daučíková (opponent) and Maria Lind (supervisor).

About the seminar

In her artistic research project Neo-worlds: the transformative potentiality of fright, Marie Kølbæk Iversen investigates how the immanent collectivity of ritual and active mythic thought work to activate and process fright’s transformative potential for the individual and the community s/he is part of.

The project is theoretically informed by contemporary reformulations of Claude Lévi-Strauss’ seminal study of mythology (Gow, Viveiros de Castro, Kohn, Cesarino, Reynolds), which in this project—and with the Greek-Roman Io-myth as introductory case-study—is experimentally turned into the ‘lens’ through which to regard and activate the covert mythologies of the modern West.

For her midway seminar, Kølbæk Iversen discusses how she has worked artistically with the transversal Io-character (at once moon, woman, cow, the artist herself, Galileo Galilei…) as an experiment in active mythic thinking, and also point to potential ways forward in her research.

The seminar takes place within an installation of works in the Seilduken 2 gallery.

About Marie Kølbæk Iversen

About Marie Kølbæk Iversen

16:00: Eszter Salamon: On dissemination (episode 2)

Performance
Venue: Resepsjonsgalleriet
Time: 16:00-17:00

Performance with Eszter Salamon, PhD Research Fellow at the Academy of Dance. Episode 1 is performed Wednesday 22 January at 17:00.

About the performance

On dissemination Episode 1 & 2 propose to experiment with artistic praxis and its dissemination by linking speculative and performative modes of researching. The presentations explore ways of creating new narratives through techniques of editing and superimposition used in reactivating my own artistic works of the past.

About Eszter Salamon

About Eszter Salamon

17:00: Dora García, Maria Lind, Michele Masucci and Joanna Warsza: Presentation of Red Love: A Reader on Alexandra Kollontai

Book presentation
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 17:00-18:30

A book presentation and a conversation with Dora García, Maria Lind, Michele Masucci and Joanna Warsza.

About the presentation

Alexandra Kollontai was a writer, a revolutionary, and after the 1917 October revolution the people’s commissar of social and one of the first female ambassador in the world. She worked to introduce crucial reforms for women’s liberation: such as abortion rights, secularized marriage, and for paid maternity leave; and considered “comradely love” to be a political force. Red Love is the reader devoted to her legacy stemming from research by CuratorLab at Konstfack University in Stockholm and Tensta konsthall, accompanying Dora García’s exhibition back in 2018. We will present this historical figure and ask how to read Kollontai’s vision of love today and relate it to current feminist struggles?

Read more about the book.

About the contributors

Dora García, an artist and a professor at KHIO, who developed an interest in Alexandra Kollontai since her collaboration with CuratorLab and Tensta konsthall back in 2017/2018. Read more about Dora García.

Maria Lind, curator, writer and educator, she was the director of Tensta konsthall between 2011-2018 and is a guest lecturer of CuratorLab.

Michele Masucci, writer and researcher, interested in Italian political philosophy, and feminist theory. His research examines the politics of care and forms of caregiving as political practice. In 2017-2018 a guest lecturer of CuratorLab.

Joanna Warsza, Program Director of CuratorLab at Konstfack University of Arts since 2014. She was recently the artistic director of Public Art Munich 2018 and prepares currently a public art exhibition on the antique ruins in Eleusis in Greece.

18:00: Marie Kølbæk Iversen: Magic Songs

Performance
Venue: Galleri Seilduken 2
Time: 18:00-19:00

Musical performance and new moon celebration led by artist and KHiO Research Fellow Marie Kølbæk Iversen (DK) to the accompaniment of percussionist and visual artist Diana Policarpo (PT).

About the performance

The evening is centered around the performance of magical songs inherited by Kølbæk Iversen from her great-great-great-great-grandparents, who in 1873 were the ethnographic subjects of folklore collector Evald Tang Kristensen. The songs relate to a very different cultural source than the Protestant Christian time of their collection: They are largely (and in places explicitly) feminist, apocalyptic, anti-Christian, anti-nationalist and anti-Danish.

In the Northern hemisphere, January marks the first ascent out of winter darkness—and symbolically of the dreams of an extended night. The performance therefore celebrates the power of dreaming to unsettle the fabric of reality by rendering weird—Wyrd—and contingent, the waking life of our troubled modernity.

The performance takes place within an installation of works in the Seilduken 2 gallery.

About Marie Kølbæk Iversen

About Marie Kølbæk Iversen

18:00: POSTPONED TO 7 FEBRUARY! Marte Johnslien: White to Earth (Book launch/artist talk)

Book launch/artist talk
Venue: ROM
Time: 18:00-19:30

Book launch and artist talk, with PhD Research Fellow Marte Johnslien and Dean Markus Degerman.

About White to Earth

Hvitt til jord is the final presentation of Marte Johnslien’s PhD project Circumstantial Sculpture. The exhibition includes parts of the sculpture series A Square on a Sphere, accompanied by the book by the same title. And the main project White to Earth, which is a deep investigation of the material titanium dioxide through photography, text and ceramic sculpture. The project looks at how the white pigment travels our systems invisibly, and how it has affected our view of the world through its extensive commercial use in paint, plastic, paper, food, cosmetics and pharmacy products. Johnslien has followed the production of the white pigment, from the mining of the mineral ilmenite at Titania AS in Sokndal, south-west Norway, to the production of titanium dioxide from ilmenite at the factory Kronos Titan in Fredrikstad. And she has used the material in her experimentations with ceramic glazes. The results will be presented as two series of sculptures, and a book with Johnslien’s photographs and text.

Read more about the exhibition in the separate event on khio.no or in the Facebook event.

20:00: Mette Edvardsen with Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Francesca Fargion: Music For Lectures/Every word was once an animal

Concert
Venue: Scene 5
Time: 20:00-20:45

Text by Mette Edvardsen. Music by Jonathan Burrows, Matteo Fargion and Francesca Fargion.

About the concert

In this lecture with live music Mette Edvardsen will speak about language and repetition as material in her work. What does it mean to do the same? What does it mean to do something again? Every word was once an animal is part of Burrows and Fargion's Music For Lectures series, which aims to collide academic practice with the actuality of performance and continues their recent practice of creating in proximity and collaboration with the work of other artists.

About the artists

Mette Edvardsen is currently a research fellow at Oslo National Academy of the Art and is structurally supported by Norsk Kulturråd and associated artist at Black Box teater Oslo. Read more about Mette Edvardsen.

Francesca Fargion was born in London in 1992. She studied music at Goldsmiths University and then went on to do postgraduate studies in piano performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has performed often with Jonathan Burrows and Matteo Fargion and was a close collaborator throughout their 2016 52 Portraits online project. Francesca is also currently performing with French choreographer Claire Croizé's piece Flowers (We Are). She also writes her own music and plays keyboards in an experimental rock band.

Jonathan Burrows is a choreographer whose main focus is an ongoing body of pieces with the composer Matteo Fargion, with whom he continues to perform around the world. The two men are co-produced by PACT Zollverein Essen, Sadler's Wells Theatre London and BIT Teatergarasjen Bergen. His A Choreographer's Handbook has sold over 14,000 copies since its publication in 2010, and is available from Routledge Publishing. Burrows is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.

Matteo Fargion studied composition with composers Kevin Volans and Howard Skempton. He has been a close collaborator of Jonathan Burrows for 28 years, sharing equally the conception, creation and performance of their work. He is also currently also collaborating and performing with Norwegian artist Mette Edvardsen in her pieces Oslo and Penelope Sleeps, as well as with Claire Croizé in Flowers (We Are) and Andreas Spreafico in We have to dress gorgeously.

21:00: Food and drinks at Dansens Hus

Venue: Dansens Hus
Time: 21:00-00:30

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Friday 24 January

10:00: Manuel Pelmuş: Movements at an Exhibition

Talk
Venue: Teorirommet
Time: 10:00-11:00

About the talk

Over the last decade, the increasing presence of dancing bodies in museums and exhibition spaces and the art world’s fascination with dance have been the subject of numerous debates. For this presentation, I will go into the details of my artistic research of two recent projects, Collective Exhibition for A Single Body (curated by Pierre Bal-Blanc) and A Luxury We Can Not Afford (wisdom of the earth), which have also informed my current research as a Research Fellow at the Fine Art Academy of Oslo (KHIO).

I will focus on the connection between the different temporalities and modes of attention to be found in dance and the visual arts, as a way of reflecting on the economies and possibilities produced by this potential hybrid space.

About Manuel Pelmuş

About Manuel Pelmuş

You can still see Marte Johnslien's exhibition and visit Signe Becker's studio

See above for details.


Programme is subject to change.