Week 2023


The Library

Artist Talk

Theo Barth “Depositions”

A private archive in the context of an archive & an art school

A deposition is a witness’ sworn out-of-court testimony. It is also the process of conveying a material to an archive. I propose to use this double entry as way to account for a collaborative venture between KHiO design and the National Library, through a research effort combining the human resources from both institutions. The core material of the project is a private archive. The collaborative partners are: Jan Pettersson and Enrique Guadarrama Solis at KHiO; Arthur Tennøe and Harald Østgaard Lund at the National Library. At KHiO I have entered an apprenticeship in photogravure, while the work at the National Library is organised as a research residency.

The work with photogravure features the aspect of deposition that stands to witness: working with photos from the private archive. While the work with the written material in the private archive explores how these materials can be accommodated into the archives by developing adequate rules of access: a meeting point between the general guidelines of the archive, and the case-based propaedeutic particular to this collection, worked out through the research, and its arenas at the two institutions. The testimonial- and the archival depositions will then be combined, exploring dramaturgical designs accommodating mark-making in the space of improvisation.

Here it is the ‘vectorial sum’ of deposition in the joint testimonial and archival sense will be queried. As an archive, the National Library is a public institution: but the materials in in its keep are not public in the sense of being of unrestricted access to anyone. At KHiO our sharing of work-in-progress might be in some aspects similar. We may ask: how do we work with norms and forms of display that are not based on full access—that is of selective access—that yet are proposed as public matter (res publica). More broadly, what are the designs that can hatch and frame the kind of interaction where it is the body that speaks, inviting contact improvisation.

The presentation will seek to invite a discussion—based on a method of question responding to question—assisted by a lineup of some of the materials generated from the work with the private archive mentioned above: the joint action of mark making and contact improvisation as modes the conjoint work of testimony and archiving. Negotiating a space between a personal and scientific project. Description of the material: 71 handwritten diaries, a book in outline, a collection of photographs and letters from a husband and wife team in the Norwegian Foreign Services. The session would be supported by a semi-open space as the presentation area in the KHiO library.”

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.