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Theo Barth“LINEUP—Warburg, Binswanger”, Exhibition and talk, Department of Design.

Exhibit #14 explores the relation between a lineup—Germ. Aufstellung/Norw. oppstilling—of images in a cartographic relationship to books, and accordingly is located in the environment of a book collection: in the present cast, the library at Oslo National Academy of the Arts.

Exhibit #14 is an advanced prototype: a single panel projecting a full lineup of 5. The item is adaptable to hybrid sessions on Zoom. The item includes a wooden frame, Molton fabric, whig pins, text and images. The projected panels are included in a scale of 1:50.

Exhibit #14 features a participatory study of Aby Warburg’s Mnemosyne (Atlas of Memory), as distinct from Vorstellung (performance) and Ausstellung (exhibition). The concept of lineup proposed here is a forensic one. Based on a reading of Warburg’s sick journal at Bellevue.

The confinement and discharge of Warburg from the Bellevue Asylum (1921-24) was read alongside Bruno Latour’s After lockdown: a metamorphosis (2021). They were brought together by Donna Haraway’s practice of immersive knowledge: the readings were situated and positioned.

In Exhibit #14 this is done by recording the situation and position through a protocol of a visually led diary entries: the locations. A participatory trajectory drawing partly on Warburg’s history of healing, partly on Latour’s metamorphosis, to explore the figures of change in our present world.

The attractor coalescing the elements of Exhibit #14 lineup—in this aspect, an assemblage—is the electrosphere. That is the aspects of going live with a field survey that hatches and evolves in the overlapping time-space between online and offline activities (in common parlance a hybrid). 

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.