A humorous on-topic comic

Another entry in the category of “Great stuff other people have done”.

Sometimes a comic can be useful for expressing a certain point. This comic from the people behind phdcomics.com adds a bit of humor to the investigation of:

Art vs. Research

…or maybe, as I suggest on this blog, it is rather art and research.. (a point which the comic does not seem to disagree with).



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.



Second version of The Contemporary Society Circle is now uploaded (16th december 2013)

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On this latest version of The Contemporary Society circle a few extra concepts has been added, and the first two textual descriptions of the society concepts are flaring away from the boundary of the circle.

The idea is to illustrate – and build in to the research-‘form’ – that no concept (outside the circle) can be identical with the object it identifies (inside the circle/the totality of society as a whole).

Please enjoy!

Contemporary society circle, a new Artcademia investigation

Contemporary society circle, a new Artcademia investigation

It is indeed a puzzling question what kind of society we are living in today. Many can agree, that it is no longer adequate to claim that we are living in the industrial era. But what term should we use to describe the present society in those parts of the world, which are often referred to as ‘western society’ or ‘the developed’ countries?

Is there only one correct term? Are there many correct terms? Or any correct term at all? Is it simply misleading to talk about it as if it is possible to describe contemporary society adequately with a single term?

The investigation will consists of a discussion of these questions in the meta-text as well as gathering all of the currently used terms, trying to capture the conditions defining contemporary society in a single concept. In time each of these concepts will be described as part of the ‘contemporary society circle’, which in itself is an exploration of what an Artcademia-piece can be.

I am currently working on the meta-text, so until the first full version is ready (I expect it to develop as the investigation unfolds, as it is also the case with the ‘Tree of marxism’), I have just posted a preliminary introduction text to go along with the graphic Artcademia-piece. You can see the ‘Contemporary society circle’ here:

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All comments, suggestions and suggestions to concepts I am missing, ideas, or philosophical critique is as always much appreciated.

In contrast to the investigation on Marxism, I have chosen to do this one in English. Mostly because I felt like it, but also because the terms used to describe contemporary society are trying to grasp conditions in the English speaking parts of the world (whether it be the native tongue or the second language), which makes it a choice coherent with the subject matter. These are concepts immanently and self-reflectingly emerging from their own context.


In other news, I can report, that I am also working on the third version of the ‘Tree of Marxism’. It is not quite ready for release, but I can reveal, that I have added 10-15 authors to the tree, and that there will be up to 10 new pages of text spread around the ‘branches’. I am looking forward to posting that as well.