ORNAMENTING (force) an ECOLOGY of TRUST (form) Exploring Force and Form through Performance /Performativity

  • Ami Skanberg Dahlstedt (Speaker)

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


It is an invitation to enter an academic environment on equal terms, allowing for a broad and at the same time a deep investigation into processes of understanding and knowing.
The purpose of this event is to magnifying the motion of force, by placing patterns and fragments of performative ‘doings’ under a microscope and intra-actively analyzing the results in relation to form, space, time, senses, voices, products of knowledge, learning/teaching, and every day practices.

We believe there is a need for tracing patterns of forces between scholarly, artistic and scientific doings (forces/practices and forms/theories that at first might appear distant from one another) through a blurred, diffused and diffractioned encounter - in order to re-generate new knowledge. When defining our own ‘doings’ in society we can eventually continue to design solutions creating changes in our habits. In a long-term perspective these changes can transform into new ways of meeting nature, but also in meeting one another as members of a complex global community.

The aim of this entangled encounter (an alternative way of meeting) is to turning the forces and forms of academic traditions slightly upside-down/inside-out, somehow mirroring ‘the uneasiness’ sensed around us in our global society. Our common task will be to create an environment where boundaries between subjects and objects at first remain undefined and uncertain in order to intra-actively articulating new knowledge while ORNAMENTING (force) an ECOLOGY of TRUST (form).
TIME: 17:00-22:00
PLACE: Stora Hallen, Studenternas Hus

The set up for this final session is a three-room ecosystem with the following descriptions:

Room 1: A cacophonic chaos/space of entangled practices/forces (conclusion).
This space allows for all forms of nomadic practices to perform their individual knowledge, ideas, histories and narratives. The model for this room is the cultural heritage space, Jeema el-Fna square, Marrakech, Marocco.

I made a performance/presentation in this first experimental conference, created by Academy of Music and Drama at Gothenburg University. All presenters presented at the same time in one big room. I performed to prepared piano played by Professor Palle Dahlstedt. I also let the audience members read part of Japanese chronicles, such as the Kojiki, while I danced next to them. The other speakers were international guests but also students and staff from School of Design and Crafts, Academy of Fine Art, and Academy of Music and Drama at Gothenburg University.
Period23 Apr 2015


  • artistic research
  • transdisciplinary
  • Interdisciplinary