Theodor Barth
An anthropologist working in artistic collaborations on the experimental backdrop of philosophical queries, Theodor Barth is broadly engaged in the clarification of design as a duplicating practice: transposing experimental query unto sensorial reflection through acts of making. His work aims at developing a practical understanding of how particular facts can hatch specific understandings, with a substantial bearing on broader issues in artistic research. He has developed a method of portraiture as a hatching ground for collaborative ventures with colleagues in the design-field, at universities and the art-field (visual and performing). Portraits are intermediate creations between knowledge and understanding. The portraits enter small data-sets—HEX—that are made up of 6 portraits in flyer-format (A5), that are assemblages in the sense that the elements are permutable, yet structured according to a certain logic. These data-sets similarly aim to portray certain topics, in the form of modular diaries, and the more recent ones have been uploaded on the school’s knowledge database (KHiODA), responding to the encouragement of the KHiO-library to do so. Featuring theory development as a distinctive practice, and exploring what artistic research could be in the area of theory development. This activity has been ongoing for about 10 years in collaborative ventures involving Victor Boullet, Dag Erik Elgin, Jan Pettersson and Peter Burgess (ENS). But also to hatch a joint method of feedback and documentation of the theory curriculum of the MA in design. He has been involved in book and editing projects with: Martin Lundell, Dragos Gheorghiu, Ane Thon Knutsen and FormAkademisk (a special issue on drawing at the occasion of Bicentennial of the Drawing School in 2018). He published a comprehensive review of the book Transpositions(ed. Schwab 2018) in Journal of Aristic Research in 2019. Currently engaged with learning from the Corona pandemic, in activities involving hybrid platforms of encounter in virtual/actual space.

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.