Karen Disen has a broad interest of visual language and her main subjects in the field of drawing are composition, improvisation with a specialization in ornaments, a key to understand complexities in structures. She have her artistic practise within the contemporary metal and jewellery area.

Themes in her academic lectures and tutorials concern amongst others, methodical discussion of the visual language. She explores students’ sketches, the actions behind/ different ideas, aesthetical choices of materials as well as compositional aspects. How to tune qualities and get a precision, the value of different levels in experimenting processes. How to find once personal way to a result that might appear like a unified (integrated, cohesive) and vibrant (pulsating) expression.

As metal and jewellery artist, she work with braiding (plating) super thin spring steel, a material and a technique she has concentrated in since 1985. She creates both commissions, objects and jewellery. Her works are represented by the National museum Oslo, Bergen and Trondheim   and Rösska Museum in Sweden.


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.