Refractions: Konstfack Research Week 2023

23-27 January

Refractions, Konstfack Research Week 2023, explores interdisciplinary practices, discourses and perspectives on artistic research from across the areas of art, craft, design, interior architecture and furniture design, visual communication and teacher education.

Sometimes defined through its capacity to incorporate the intuitive, the pre-conceptual, and the non-linguistic, artistic research contributes to the production and dissemination of new knowledge in and through the practice of art, crafts and design. Throughout Research Week 2023, we will have the opportunity to reflect upon the ways in which artistic research has the ability to affect and interact with society at large, encountering, engaging with, and contributing to the sharing of new insights.

The week is divided into three main sections. Views on Research I & II (Monday and Tuesday), features keynote lectures from international guest speakers and research presentations delivered by colleagues at Konstfack. This concludes on Tuesday evening with the inaugural lectures of three new professors. Research week continues on Wednesday and Thursday with the research Nodes, a series of two-day events which combine lectures and workshops focused upon specific research themes. The final session on Friday concludes the week with a series of closing events.

To see what events are open to the public - click here.

Read more about Konstfack Research Week, download the PDF booklet: Research Week booklet 2023.pdf

Download the Konstfack Research Week programme poster: Research Week 2023 programme.pdf

For inquiries about the programme, contact Mat Gregory, Project Leader for Research Week 2023,

Refractions, Konstfack Research Week 2023, is organised through Konstfack Research and Doctoral Studies Committee (FFU), developed and coordinated by Magnus Bärtås and Mat Gregory.





Monday 23 January: Views on Research I

Tuesday 24 January: Views on Research II

Wednesday 25 January – Thursday 26 January: Nodes I-IV
Node I: In search of the essence of light – Between the measurable, the immeasurable and the perceived
Node II: Wild Sound Objects
Node III: Crafts research – Now and in the future
Node IV: Counter Histories

Friday 27 January: Closing Events




Views on Research I
Monday, 23 January
Location: Svarta Havet

10.00 – 10.15
Maria Lantz, Vice Chancellor

10.15 – 10.25
Introduction to Research Week 2023
Mat Gregory, Project Manager

10.30 – 11.00
Refractions – on research at Konstfack
Magnus Bärtås, Head of Research Konstfack

11:00 – 11.10

11.10 – 12.00
Introduction to Nodes I – IV

12:00 – 13:00

Keynote Lectures

13:00 – 14:00
The Elephant Who Was a Rhinoceros
Erik Bünger

14:15 – 15:15
Artistic research and Prosopagnosia of the South
Behzad Khosravi Noori

15:30 – 16:30
Fake News and Old Truths – Researching through Writing, Masking and the Double Empathy Problem
Elisabeth Hjorth




Views on Research II
Tuesday, 24 January
Location: Svarta Havet

10.00 – 10.05
Mat Gregory, Project Manager

10.05 – 10.30
Espèces d’Espaces / Species of Spaces: The sonic space experienced, projected, imagined
Ricardo Atienza

10.30 – 10.55
Sloyd and visual arts teaching: assessment actions and authoritative guiding
Camilla Gåfvels

10.55 – 11.10

11.10 – 11:35
Speculative Annotation
Agnieszka Knap

11.35 – 12:00
Odysseus in the Supermarket
Erik Sandelin




Doctoral Student Node
Tuesday, 24 January
Location: Doctoral Project Space

13:00 – 15:30
This is how we D-I-G it
Workshop with the art- design & architecture group MYCKET

Pre-registration required: 13 participants (first priority will be given to doctoral students for this workshop)




Tuesday, 24 January
Inaugural lectures
Location: Svarta Havet

16:00 – 16:20
Maria Lantz, Vice Chancellor

16:20 – 16:50
The Weight of Images
Lina Selander

16:50 – 17:00

17:00 – 17:30
Learning from the tick
Patrick Lacey

17:30 – 18:00
Craft! Textiles! Body! <3!
Maja Gunn




Node I
Wednesday, 25 January - Thursday 26 January
Location: The Perception Studio and A6

In search of the essence of light – Between the measurable, the immeasurable and the perceived
Organised by Johanna Enger and Johannes Lindén

Two-day Workshop
Pre-registration required: 20 participants




Node II
Wednesday, 25 January
Location: 3D printing workshop

Wild Sound Objects
Organised by Martin Avila and Design Academy Eindhoven

10:00 Introduction
10:30 Sound design with VCV rack
11:00 Sound design challenge
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Object research and experimentation
14:00-17:00 Sound design on Daisy

Node II
Thursday, 26 January
Location: 3D printing workshop

10:00 Prototyping
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Prototyping
15:00 Break
16:00-18:00 Presentations with Design Academy Eindhoven

Pre-registration required: 15 participants




Node III
Wednesday, 25 January
Location: Svarta Havet

Crafts Research – Now and in the Future
Organised by Mårten Medbo

Open session (no pre-registration required)

13.00 - 13.15

13.15 - 14.00
Lecture: Emelie Röndahl
Crying Rya – A Practitioner’s Narrative Through Hand Weaving

14.00 - 14.45
Lecture: Nicolas Cheng
After Noticing 

15.00 - 16.15
Panel discussion

Node III
Thursday, 26 January
Location: S1

9.00 - 12.00
Workshop: Emelie Röndahl
Drawing-for-writing method
Pre-registration required: 15 participants

13:00 – 16:00
Workshop: Nicolas Cheng
Unlearning one’s learning
Pre-registration required: 13 participants




Node IV
Wednesday 25 January
Location: Mandelgren

Counter Histories
Organised by Siri Homlong, Cecilia Järdemar and Patrick Lacey

Open session (no pre-registration required)

9.00 - 9.15

9.15 - 10.00
Lecture: Maryam Fanni
Document, Device, Discourse – a response to (sub)urban imaginaries 

10.15 - 11.00
William J Andersson, Sissela Jensen, Oskar Laurin (Projektrum: Augsburg)
Welcome to Projektrum: Augsburg, your downtown non-profit editorial book-space workshop

11.15 - 12.15
Lecture: Mårten Snickare
Colonial Objects in Early Modern Sweden and Beyond. From the Kunstkammer to the Current Museum Crisis

13.30 - 14.30
Lecture: Lisa Rosendahl (Zoom)
The Ghost Ship and the Sea Change – On Curatorial Research and the Production of Counter-Narratives

14.40 - 15.25
Lecture: Nina Mangalanayagam
Colouring-in Sweden: revealing hybridity in Swedish past

15.30 - 16.30
Panel discussion

Node IV
Thursday 26, January
Various locations

9.00 - 10.30
Location: Mandelgren
Lecture: Matts Leiderstam
What Does the Grid Do? – an artistic research project that is nearing its end

11.00 – 12.15
Location: Mandelgren
Lecture: Susan Hansen
Negative curation and contested claims over the public visual landscape

Node IV: parallel workshops

13.15 - 16.00
Workshop #1
Location: Allmänna metall
Freddy Tsimba & Simon Westling: The Spirit of Metal
Pre-registration required: 10 participants

13.15 - 16.00
Workshop #2
Location: S4
Svante Larsson and Patrick Lacey: A systematic antisystematization of color - a workshop involving the history of colorchecking and the possibilities and flaws of color reproduction
Pre-registration required: 12 participants

13.15 - 16.00
Workshop #3
Location: BI5 (IBIS)
Susan Hansen & Jacob Kimvall: Conversational iconoclasm
Pre-registration required: 12 participants



Closing Events
Friday 27 January
Location: Svarta Havet

10:00 – 12:00
NAVET - Centre for research in Art, Technology and Design

NAVET wants to take a leading role in positioning Sweden within the intersectional area “Art, Technology and Design”, with a practical and critical approach that stimulates research, innovation, creativity, and the development of a sustainable society. This session includes interactive workshops




13:00 – 17:30
Beyond Konstfack

12:40 – 13:00
Music from KMH, Royal College of Music, outside Svarta Havet

13:00 – 13:05

13:05 – 14:05
Alumni presentations
- Thomas Watkiss (Fine Art)
- Simon Klenell (Crafts)
- Jan Klingler (ID)
- Matilda Dominique (Textiles)
- Vidar Francke (Visual Communication)
- Marcus Badman (Interior Architecture)

14:05 – 14:20
Break with coffee

14:20 – 15:20
Presentations from organizations
- Agnes Török (Transit Incubator for the Arts): How to pay your rent after graduation
- Emilie Lidgard (KHM, Royal College of Music)
- Ellina Miron (SSES)

15:20 – 15:35
Break with coffee

15:35 – 16:05
- Sara Lönnroth (Konstnärsnämnden)
- Jan Sandred (Vinnova)
- Tommy Fondelius, COO and Omid Ekhlasi, CEO (Techarenan)

Panel discussion
Panel discussion with Marwan Ayache (SSES), Thomas Actaedius (KMH), Sara Lönnroth (Konstnärsnämnden), Simon Klenell (alumni) and Jan Sandred (Vinnova).

16:45 – 17:30
Mingle, drinks and music from KMH