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Theodor Barth

Theodor Barth is an anthropologist [dr. philos., 2010] educated at the University of Oslo, with fellowships at the University of Bologna [Institute of Communication/Semiotics], La maison des sciences de l'homme in Paris [École des hautes études en sciences sociales/Semantics]. He did fieldwork in Zagreb and Sarajevo in the mid-nineties.

Through his experience from the war-zone he became attentive to the potential of book-building as a form of release, in a sense inspired by Artaud's theatre. Since, he has operated as a fieldworker of 'written practices' in a number of book-projects, focussed on co-authoring, sometimes co-writing, with artists and designers.

As a teacher he has been interested in encouraging students to discover writing as a material technique and a working-habit, to enable the them in experiencing for themselves the «joinery» between writing and other material techniques: such as drawing and photography. And from here to discover the steps of book-building.

Book-building determines the successive acts of joinery, whereby written, imaged and printed elements mature to become a «fertile soil» for theoretical reflection [NB! not to be confused with book-binding]. It is a method to prepare a foundation for theoretical dialogue, in close interaction with practical work in design and art.

'Reflection' and 'release' are accordingly keywords to his approach to how writing—when joined to other media—can feed back but also feed forward in research-driven ways of working with design. He has applied this approach also to academic research projects seeking advice from the arts: e.g. experimental archaeology.

Journal of Artistic Research (JAR): Review of Michael Schwab (ed.), "Transpositions. Aesthetico-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research"


Learning Theatre MANIFESTO

Form Akademisk: Temanummer tegning

the FRONT of the POSTER is YOURS

KYOTObook a research portfolio


The Institute of Social Hypocrisy – State of the Art: Perceptions of a Resident Clandestine II

The Institute of Social Hypocrisy – État de lieu - Perceptions of a Clandestine Resident I

Theodor Barth at KHIODA

Research results

  • Theodor Barth & Bojana Cvejić: Receptions of Spinoza (public lecture—webinar) (2020).
    Lecture. More information
  • Theodor Barth: Situating Choreography—Inquiry into Individuation in Gilbert Simondon (2020).
    Lecture. More information
  • Victoria Rowena Browne, Theodor Barth & Samoa Remy: The Graphic Matrix as a Trace Carrier (2020).
    Academic lecture (research archive). More information
  • Theodor Barth: The Matrix Walk (2020).
    Report (research archive). More information
  • Theodor Barth, Bjørn Jørund Blikstad, Petrine Vinje & Lisa Charlotte Baudouin Lie: Progressive Interaction | Receptive Intra-Action (2020).
    Other presentation. More information
  • Theodor Barth: BOOK-project w/ARCHAEOPRESS (2019).
    Website (informational material). More information
  • Theodor Barth & Darkness Group: A POST-HISTORICAL QUERY ON DWELLING: The Human Life-Form between Darkness and Light (2019).
    Academic lecture. More information
  • Theodor Barth & Tore Vagn Lid: THE FORCE TO OWN TIME: A Study of Tore Vagn Lid’s ‘The Prince—Machiavelli Variations’ (2019).
    Academic lecture. More information
  • Theodor Barth: Review of Michael Schwab (ed.), "Transpositions. Aesthetico-Epistemic Operators in Artistic Research" (2019).
    Book review (full text). More information
  • Theodor Barth & Neil Douglas Forrest: PORØS: A Model of Resistance as Material Communication (2019).
    Academic chapter/article/Conference paper. More information