Week 2023

Welcome to Artistic Research Week 2023 – week 4, 23 – 27 2023. 

Worlds within Worlds – Looking at Context

Artistic Research Week at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO) is an opportunity for each of the six departments to share their research projects with the research and education community internally, externally, and internationally. 

In the 2022-2023 academic year, KHiO has started to take a closer look at “contextualization” within artistic research, starting with a strategy of raising questions.  What are some of the various modes of unfolding, creating, and sharing context in art practices and artistic research?  Why does today’s artistic research field often present itself with a strong focus on theoretical and socio-cultural contexts, while disciplinary and methodological contexts often remain more sparsely mapped landscapes?  What creative forms does embedded contextualization typically adopt across various disciplinary areas, and what creative forms might still be utilized to make context explicit in artistic research? Etc…

Many of the sessions presented during this week invite opportunities for engaging poignant discussions around context in artistic research and raising new questions that will help to reveal and navigate contextualized worlds within worlds of artistic practice. 


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Please note the program is subject to change.

All week events

Fernanda Branco - Film Screening A short film of the experience of going to cold water for a year. Title: Watering – immersions into the cold

 Film screen at white Box

Isak Holtan Wisløff - Second Life / Dopamining

Roughly thirty different materials make up a total of 149 grams, which is the weight of an iPhone 6. The materials are extracted from several countries with huge geographical spread, questionable working conditions, political situations, and environmental policies. A device, a part of us, both physically and emotionally, is just a composite of dredged up soil that carries countless of stories.

Monday January 23

Camille Norment, Research Committee – “Unfolding Context – Mapping Disciplinary Landscapes”

This year, we start the week off with a playful but focused workshop! Light refreshments will also be available from 9:00 – 9:30 so come early!

This workshop aims to focus on the topic of disciplinary contextualization in artistic research through discussion and practical landscaping. All artistic researchers are invited to participate in sharing their practical approaches and exploring new possibilities. Students are also welcome. The Department Research Leader from each department will help guide the discussion relevant to department disciplinary perspectives. Looking forward to seeing you!

Tuesday January 24

Manuel Pelmus - Borderlines

In Borderlines, Manuel Pelmus revisits past performances and personal histories and aggregates notions of visibility and invisibility in connection to history and politics of representation.

These histories playfully move back and forth in time and space, updating and reflecting on the notion of boundaries, may they be boundaries between states or boundaries between artistic disciplines. The artist uses his own memories of the passing of borders, after the fall of the Berlin wall.

Borderlines was first commissioned by the Centre Pompidou Paris (2019), in the context of “MOVE” festival, curated by Caroline Ferreira.

Saskia Holmkvist - Back Translation
The presentation of Back Translation will focus on signs and listening through the research process that have been developed into working methods and language.  Notions of performativity and collectivity, connection and disconnection, fragments, silences and faulty archives will be discussed.

The artist and phd fellow Manuel Pelmus and Jan Verwoert will participate in the discussion.

Solveig Kringlebotn - Empty heart disease

Empty Heart Disease is a research project that discusses young singers’ ability to take ownership of their own artistic development and learning. We want to explore methods and different artistic approaches that can contribute to developing artists’ ownership of their own artistic expression linked to rehearsals, concerts and performances. Different learning and teaching models will be explored with the intention of developing strategies and tools that can help young artists to connect with their own artistic impulses and creative energy.

The conference is a collaboration with the University of Agder and builds on several pre-projects and workshops that will be carried during autumn 2022. The project culminates in a larger interdisciplinary conference at KHiO on 25 March 2023.


Gry Stålsett – profilert spesialpsykolog og forsker. Skrev doktorgrad på eksistensiell tilnærming til depresjon og har fordypet seg i fenomenet skam. 

 Solveig Kringlebotn – har en lang karriere bak seg som sanger på internasjonalt nivå. I dag professor i sang på Operahøgskolen. 

 Benedikte Sofie Ribe – aktiv sanger og leder av vokalavdeling på Fakultet for kunstfag, UIA 

 Viktoria Joner – student på Operahøgskolen 

 Pauline Aase – student på Operahøgskolen 

 Nils H. Sødal – professor på Fakultet for kunstfag og forskningsleder på Operahøgskolen. 

Wednesday January 25

Jan Verwoert - Panelsamtale mellem alle KAs stipendiater og forskningsleder Jan Verwoert. Ikke oppgitt tittel
Reality gets fragile. It’s never just given but must be negotiated. So reality is based on trust. Where trust dies, society dies, and reality dies with it. Its death gives free reign to the power to instil fear in others. Fear isolates. Reality connects. Art is an ancient connector between multi-dimensional realities, times, macro and micro cosms. Let’s talk.

Dean Boel Christensen-Scheel, Trine Wester, Gunhild Vatn, Jan Petterson, Tiril Schrøder, Saša Asentić, Marte Eknæs - Official opening Arts and Craft department KUF day
Sylvi Fredriksen, Maria Rosanna Wennersten - Workshop Kropper som stemmer

Maria Wennersten og Sylvi Fredriksen har utviklet en flerfunksjonell klargjøring som integrerer stemme og kropp. De har satt sammen dynamiske flytøvelser i en lengre klargjøringssekvens. De undersøker hvordan bevegelse kan frigi stemmelyden oghvordan stemmen forankres i kroppen gjennom øvelsene. Sekvensen tilgjengeliggjør pust, fokus, tilstedeværelse, oppvarming, forankring, vekker sanseapparatet, skjelettstabilisering som åpner opp for stemmens resonans, bærekraft, fleksibilitet, dynamikk, presisjon og retning.

Marius Holt Med studenter fra Master i teater, Lena Sendstad og Maiken Rye - Stemmereiser.
Janne-Camilla Lyster, Solveig Styve Holthe, Eszter Salamon, Rosalind Goldberg, Per Roar - Forum Dance#9: Dancing Archives

This session is co-produced with the series Forum Dance at KHIO and has two parts.

“Two solos and a conversation based on Noa Eshkol’s work” by Janne-Camilla Lyster and Solveig Styve Holte.

“A conversation on Artistic Research and Archives” with Eszter Salamon, Rosalind Goldberg, Janne-Camilla Lyster, Solveig Styve Holte, and Per Roar (moderator).

Thursday January 26

Maziar Raein & Stefan Ellmer - Asemic Writing

This demo gives first insight into «Asemic Writing», a research project investigating the interplay of gestures, tools and conventions in handwritten communication. In this all-day session, the two project participants will deploy exploratory methods in the production of graphic marks at the edge of conventional letterforms and written meaning-making.

Ane Thon Knutsen - Cardboard Wars
Please sign up for the cardboard jousting tournament!

Inspired by Graphic Design & Illustration Pangstart, where all students start the semester by coming together making a impossible project based around the fun of making. (like the worlds longest comicstrip by steamroller, or 200 paper maché sculptures.) It is all about why we’re all here in the first place: The joy of making.

Toril Carlsen - Romansen i nye former

Many would argue that the romance is a historically outdated art form with little appeal to modern man. In any case, it is a fact that nowadays you rarely hear romances performed in a concert context. In this project, various artistic techniques are explored that can contribute to revitalizing and actualizing the romance as an art form. Among other things, we want to explore the possibilities of bringing in elements from other art forms. Putting the romance in dialogue with other forms of cultural expression, we believe can contribute to making it more convertible towards modern society and increase interest in an art form that in recent years has fallen somewhat into the cultural backwater.

The project is a collaboration with the Norwegian Academy of Music, the University of Agder and the Academy of Opera at KHiO.


Toril Carlsen – en av Operaens ledende solister over flere år. Anerkjent sangpedagog og professor på Operahøgskolen.   

Isa Katharina Gericke – stipendiat på Operahøgskolen, internasjonalt anerkjent scenekunstner og romansesanger. Hun forsker på nettopp romansen. 

Ann Helen Moen – en av Norges mest meritterte sangere de senere år. Førsteamanuensis på NMH. 

Sveinung Bjelland – prisvinnende pianist med stor internasjonal rekkevidde. 

Gisle Kverndokk – en av Norges mest profilerte komponister.  

Maria Rosanna Wennersten – logoped og forsker tilknyttet Teaterhøgskolen som forsker på språkoverganger i scenisk sammenheng.

Karen Disen - Hva er galt med skjønnheten?

I en kombinasjon av innledninger, samtaler og workshop forsøker vi å nærme oss skjønnheten på ulikt vis. Alle ordene som pent, pynt, dekorativt, vakkert har en klang av mening som ikke fremmer det faglige alvoret. Hvordan har vi havnet her?

Theo Barth - Depositions

The session explores a potential of a performative design for artistic research. In the present case, the surrender of a private collection of diaries & documents to a public archive, as a transition from memory to fiction (aided by the performance of photogravure as a forensic investigation beyond the photograph), in portraying the life of a diplomat’s wife and international politics.

Staff and fellows - Bodies, Creations, and Contexts - Research in Dance and Choreography at KHIO

Dance at KHIO recently established three clusters for artistic research in the department, which will operate as umbrellas, centred around:

  • Bodily practices (#Bodies)
  • Creative processes (#Creations)
  • Contextual projects (#Contexts)

The session will therefore have three parts, which will be based on conversations initiated by faculty members involved in each of the clusters, moderated respectively by Rosalind Goldberg, Per Roar, and Eszter Salamon

Lars Erik Sogstad Holter - Forholdet mellom skuespiller og regissør

Denne KUF-presentasjonen består av to deler:

13.00 – 14.15 Strømdahl spiller forestillingen “Mistero Buffo”.

14.30 – 16.00 Debatt om forholdet mellom skuespiller og regissør.

Toni Kauppila - a Table, Close Encounters of Some Kind

You are cordially invited to my live-installation,a Table, Close Encounters of Some Kind at KHiO Black Box, Thursday 26.1. at 16-18.

Most of our meetings related to our teaching and learning take their place by a table, whether this is a desk, a meeting table, a workbench, a coffee table or even a digital desktop. The table is the stage for the dialogue to take place, the interstitial space of risk, where the various roles are framed, the works are processed through reflection and the potential encountering of ‘us’ may be explored; a table is the ultimate spaces of learning in our Western meeting cultures, both in education and in professional practice. But equally an abundance of our encounters do not take place by a table.

a Table, is an architectural and design installation to make an excerpt of my ongoing PhD-work, focusing on my pedagogical work over the past ten years.

Please join me for a casual event to discuss what are our spaces of learning on either side of the table, and what kind of practice might my proposed pedagogic architect have. 

Looking forward to see you!


Best Toni.

Sally Dean - An online artist presentation The Somatic Costume Dressing Room- Connecting through Sensorial and Material Agency

The Somatic Costume Dressing Room is an artistic research practice and portal into material and sensorial connection.  As an online or live meeting place, often in home environments, Sally E Dean guides wearers through the transformative potential of wearing-dressing-making with simple materials.  These haptic focused processes of embodying materiality become ´embodied conversations´ (Osmond 2020), through the somatic method of ´processual attention´ (Bacon 2019); attending to the non-verbal/verbal and the unstable assemblages (Deleuze 2006, Bennett 2009) of bodies (designers, performers, materials). 

Friday January 27

Prorector of Research Camille Norment, "Reflections upon the week"

Please join us for a discursive reflection upon the topics and insights of the week !

Light refreshments will be available.

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Work Group

Objective Enactive
This online lecture-demonstration unfolds the term ´Poetic Materiality´ within the context of designing and choreographing with Somatic Costumes. Through critiquing and applying the somatic practice of Skinner Releasing Technique, the poetics of philosopher Gaston Bachelard and the materiality of anthropologist Tim Ingold, this talk begins to map poetic and material agencies between bodies-costumes within the design-performance encounter.

Artist Talk

Objective Enactive

This talk will focus on the first outcome of Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, a tripartite site-specific, where I am pursuing a speculative exploration of the ecology of the city, between the urban and the biological, unfolding its layers and materiality of time. The talk will end in a conversation between fellow researchers and artists in the collaborative project Urban Ecologies, where Glitsch(ening) Ci(rculari)ty, is generated from.


Polyvocal Tongue The presentation will focus on relational ethics and polyvocality in performative text. It will also explore the use of plural languages in a play, looking at how a polylingual praxis can open up new aesthetic potential in playwrighting and in artistic research in general.


TRANSPOSITIONS— JAR, Mette Edvardsen and modular diaries At the start, the idea for an artistic research conversation with Mette Edvardsen did not spring out of the topics shortlisted for the conference—hospitality, vulnerability and care—but a book that she had co-edited, and dropped in my shelf.

Panel Discussion

The Ethics of Vulnerability and Artistic Research

Any ethical framework must take account of the vulnerability of the human condition. This is significant in all creative endeavours – especially in artistic practice and the teaching of it – since the very act of creating something and putting it out into the world is an expression of vulnerability.