Week 2022


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Theodor Barth med Henrik Hellstenius, “Matching qualities in AR”, Talk, Department of Design.

Short name: MQAR (Matching Qualities in Artistic Research) Contributors: Henrik Hellstenius (Prof. of composition at NMH); Theodor Barth (Prof. of theory and writing at KHiO).

This is not a session on artistic quality. We will be discussing qualities in plural. More specifically the qualities were are looking for in the artistic result and process in research and how we conceive a balance, equilibrium or parity between art and research in artistic research.

We perceive that this topic is more/less implicitly under debate in most artistic research projects, when discussed in conferences and gatherings. We will venture to develop and articulate some of our own ideas on the matter, based on case materials from two projects.

Henrik Hellstenius will articulate his points on the backdrop of the project Extended Composition (terminated) focussing particularly on his work with Ellen Ugelvik on Hands. The Double. Theodor Barth will proceed similarly from his ongoing Project Spinoza, with Exhibit #14 as his case (see separate entry on the conference web).

The two both operate in a hybrid artistic-academic space, with emphasis on the artistic space for Henrik Hellstenius, and the academic space for Theodor Barth. They exploit their hybridity and difference of emphasis to home in on slow—or, passive—registers of qualities, where aesthetic and epistemic dimensions of artistic research arguably may converge.

Hellstenius and Barth will pitch for 15-20’ each and then engage a discussion with the audience. The total duration of the session is 1 hour (09:30-10:30). 

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.