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


  • The Graphic Matrix as a Trace Carrier (2020).
    Vitenskapelig foredrag. Les mer
  • The Matrix Walk (2020).
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  • Progressive Interaction | Receptive Intra-Action (2020).
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  • Formats of the findings in artistic research: exposition/transpositions (2019).
    Faglig foredrag. Les mer
  • Ane Thon Knutsen in dialogue with Theodor Barth (2018).
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  • Leder - Fra en uke i tegnskolens korridorer (2018).
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  • Drawing in Artistic Research - Whence and Wherfore? (2018).
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  • Drawing as Performance - The Greenroom: A New Perspective on Empowerment through Education (2018).
    Vitenskapelig artikkel. Les mer
  • Book launch - Jan Pettersson: Printmaking in the Expanded Field (2018).
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  • Anmeldelse—Alternative Art and Anthropology: Global Encounters (2017, red. Arnd Schneider), Bloomsbury Academic. (2018).
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