Week 2021


Opening event

Performative Action – Reversing
Fernanda Branco, Artistic Research PhD fellow, Theatre Department. 

Reversing is a performative action with guiding elements, offering modes of entering spaces. An embodiment practice exploring how to encounter places, while stitching verses of narrations.

How do we enter a place?
How do we begin?
How to open virtual and presential spaces?
How to inhabit places?
What does the space say?

Reversing is part of the series VERSES initiated during the Artistic Research PhD of Fernanda Branco at KHIO.

Welcome – Hospitality Vulnerability Vitality
Camille Norment, Prorector of research, KHiO

Panel discussions – Ethics x2, Merete Røstad, moderator. PhD, Associate Professor, Head of MFA Art and Public Space

How does ethical art practice translate into artistic research? Imagine that the highest expression of ethics is an aesthetic practice. It suggests that the quintessential core of any field of artistic practice is an art that captures an ethic beyond any literal statement of values. This advocate for a shift in emphasis, away from current juridical approaches to ethics (ethical codes or regulation), toward ethics as an aesthetic practice—away from ethics as a minimal requirement, toward ethics as an aspiration. In our panel discussions we will explore the notion of engaging with ethics seen from the perspective of artist researchers and those in supporting roles within artistic research at KHiO.

Panel 1: Community of Deans from the KHiO departments.

Panel 2: Community of Artistic Researchers from the KHiO departments.

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.