Quote Cacophony – a new Artcademia project

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Please click on the picture (and again on the picture that emerges) to see it in detail, and continue to read to get the explanation of what it is. 


This Artcademia project explores Artcademia through the medium of an ever-developing composition of quotes, colours and shapes..!

This ongoing investigation takes place on three levels:

  • The meta-textual level
  • The aesthetic development of the ‘form’
  • A collection, selection and constellation of quotes that – in addition to/as part of the aesthetic level – provides linguistic pieces of meaning. This meaning is derived from both their previous contexts – and the context of which they are currently cacophonously part.

The (rather absurd) critical question implicitly asked rhetorically is: can the meaning of one component (be it shape, colour or quote) be understood apart from the context of which it is part? And/or more investigative: how does the context/’form’ influence the meaning of the content?

What I in other words intent to show, on an abstract level, is the somewhat banal point that context/the whole affects the meaning of the parts. It is more controversial (though being a logical necessity, given the first point is agreed with) that this is also the case when academic texts are presented in the familiar ‘forms’ such as essays, dissertations and scientific articles (I have also discussed this in the article Indledende snitteøvelser… (Danish)).

As words both enable and limit possible meaning, so does the ‘forms’ we choose as the geography for the words coming into life. Holding on to a specific ‘form’, regardless of the intended content or the logic of the learning process itself, might limit both content and process in an undesirable way.

Alongside this investigations element of critique, there is a more explorative intention. I basically asked myself the following question:

When investigating the discursive meaning of the combination of a few selected quotes, that originates from texts that have influenced my construction of Artcademia so far, what ‘form’ would I come up with, if I freed myself from institutionalised ‘forms’, and instead sought inspiration in the reservoir of artistic techniques and expressions?

Quote Cacophony, is what I came up with…




Dancing and(/as) Philosophy

Monday April 28, I had the pleasure to participate at a symposium about the senses at a Danish dance festival called SWOP festival.

Here I gave a speech called “Aisthesis and Dancing – and exploration of dancing as philosophy” , building on the thinking of Aristotle, Heidegger and Adorno.

I argued that dancing can be a way of interpreting the world on a pre-linguistic level adding perspective to the knowledge facilitated and shaped by words, i.e. spoken and written language.

Understood in this way, dancing is much more than just having fun and getting good exercise (even though this is definitely also the case).

The bodily movements simultaneously contains, carries and expresses knowledge of the structures of meaning (often also articulated and understood in words) that we are always already embedded in – and it offers an opportunity to challenge this inherent knowledge, with an artistic exploration of additional meaning.

Dancing can hence be said to carry a philosophical potential, since exploring additional perspectives – that would otherwise be unrevealed, when only concerned with the kind of knowledge accessible through words – is a philosophical practice, at least in the way Adorno understands philosophy as critique.

These perspectives inspired the following discussions at the symposium, and I hope the speech can inspire you to. You can see the complete speech and bibliography by clicking on the picture:

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I have (of course) tried to integrate an artistic visual component in the presentation ‘form’/design aiming at:

  • Presenting the content in a more intuitive way (than with a traditional powerpoint show)
  • Making the presentation more appealing and sensuously engaging

– and thereby also adding aesthetic perspectives to the linguistic content, trying to counterbalance/challenge an understanding solely facilitated by words.

By also making the presentation something else than just a presentation of words (it could be interpreted as a graphic picture/a map/shapes and colors, etc. in its own right), I intended to build in meaning beyond words – and hence also a conscious attention to the limits of words.