Week 2022


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Merete Røstad and Per Roar, Mapping the field, “MEMORYWORK”, Departments of Arts and Crafts and Dance.

MEMORYWORK is a platform for sharing interdisciplinary artistic research on performative memory work. The project is developed by artists with backgrounds in Choreography, Theatre, Performance Art and Art in Public Spaces, and comes out of a research collaboration between the departments of Dance and Art & Craft at KHIO.

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Project Lab # Mapping the field
Day 1 – 26th January – led by Per Roar
Day 2 – 27th January – led by Merete Røstad


Per Roar works as a choreographer, performer, and artist-researcher, and has an interdisciplinary background and strong concern for socio-political matters. He combines strategies from social research with somatic approaches to make choreography and public art, as seen in his doctoral project Docudancing Griefscapes (2015) from UniArts Helsinki. 

Per Roar holds the position as a Professor and Head of MA Choreography at the Department of Dance at KHIO, and is together with Merete Røstad, project leader of MEMORYWORK.

Eliot Moleba is a researcher, playwright and theatre director. He is one of the founding members of PlayRiot. He was the resident dramaturg at The South African State Theatre. He is currently a Research Fellow at KHiO and an Editorial Committee member of VIS – The Nordic Journal for Artistic Research. 

Manuel Pelmuş.is a choreographer and artist who lives and works in Oslo and Bucharest. Pelmuş could be seen as one of the protagonists of the “new performance turn,” artists who have been reimagining the role of performance in the context of visual arts. He often deploys continuous live presence within the context of exhibitions, using enactment as a strategy and the human body as a medium and a means to explore the body’s relationship to memory and the construction of history. His projects have been featured at several major institutions internationally. Pelmuş was awarded the Berlin Art Prize for performance arts in 2012. He represented Romania at the 55th Venice Biennale with a collaborative project with Alexandra Pirici in 2013, and he received the prize for excellence from the National Dance Center of Bucharest in 2015. Manuel Pelmuş has since 2019 been a research fellow at the Academy of Fine Arts Oslo (KHIO) with his PhD project:

Myna Trustram has worked in England for many years as a historian, curator and academic. In 2021 she stopped paid work in institutions and focus now on being a writer. She writes short experimental essays in which she calls upon literary and academic forms to consider themes such as mourning, loss and separation.


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.