Week 2022

It is more between heaven and earth.
Photo: Karen Disen 2021


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Karen Disen, “How do we Approach the Unknown?”, Workshop with practical physical activities, Department of Design.

How do we approach the unknown?

Workshop by Karen Disen and guest Bjørn Blikstad


To make a physical workshop online demands more engagement from you participants. I have decided to make a try because I don’t want to be a coward.

This workshop aims through associations and bisociations to build chains of images. We are going to do several actions that makes traces. What to do is connected to sensuous experiences, observance, feelings, materials, memories, movements, etc..

My whole life I ‘ve been wondering about a lot about life and here are some words that might describe and give an idea.


I wonder do to many close and capture

their freedom in the expression, the word.

It becomes a fence.

An invisibly fence

Still, it works perfect.


To be a part of this workshop I ask you to please bring some materials so the practical part can be done:

A3 200g sheet of paper

1 m steel wire easy to bend

A balloon

Acrylic or watercolor painting and brushes

Pencil and eraser

Soft light grey felt-tip pen 5mm

A novel you are fond of

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.