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).