1. FSCons 2014

    University of Gothenburg

    Aslak Aamot Kjærulff made a presentation on Organisational Imaginaries closing the first day of talks in the track #FULLCOMMONISM organised by Dougald Hine.

    The talk concerned emerging Organisational Imaginaries by discussing the interlinkages between digitalities, modern political ecologies and modes of social action and change. As the conference called for radical shifts in political discourse, the talk also focused on strands of feminist philosophy. This meant approaching change from a different perspective than existentialism as a journey towards inevitable mortality, by focusing on the similarly daunting task of helping to bring new forms and ways of life, infrastructures, commons and modes of employment into the world. Emphasizing that making room and time for changes are more important than planning, managing and controlling them.

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  2. Networked Urban Mobilities Conference and Mobile Art Exhibition

    Aalborg University Campus in Copenhagen

    Networked Urban Mobilities was the 2014 conference of the Cosmobilities network - an international network of researchers from a wide variety of disciplines working with mobilities. The focus is to broaden and connect the studies of movements and communication in a globalized world. That is, the accelerated circulation of data, people, animals, plants, objects and materials via a rising number of infrastructures and technologies.

    For the conference Diakron curated the 'Mobile Art Exhibition' featuring work by Antonia Hernandez (CA), Jen Southern & Chris Speed (UK), Lee Lee (US) Michael Hieslmair & Michael Zinganel (AT) and Allan Sekula & Noel Burch (US) as well as a collaboration between Rhei (US/DK) and Diakron (DK). The exhibition brought together research practices in arts and social sciences, with an aim of adding creative and aesthetic layers to the multidisciplinary field of mobilities research. Diakron also hosted a walkthrough of the exhibition, and a panel conversation following it.

    The exhibition focused on bringing forth the methodological dimensions of the artistic research projects. The practices installed on-going work through various forms of visual media, and established invitations to participate in or experience artistic methodologies. Furthermore the panel conversations narrated differential roles of artistic research practices in an academic field with a growing focus on transdisciplinary collaborations and projects. Some of the main topics where the role of methods as both starting points, ongoing reflections over choices and results of research processes, the power open-ended and creative questioning, and the ethical implications of different types of practices working with both "white" and "dark" magic in critical fields.

    Moving in Multiple Directions at Once was the title of the collaborative work between Rhei and Diakron for the exhibition. The project explored new directions for the field of mobilities research. Influenced by the concept of the Anthropocene era, the research process and the research itself attempted to destabilize or decentre common human subjectivity by exploring patterns of individual fragmentation and emerging collectivities. In line with mobilities research, the project looked to further ideas connected not just with moving as one self, but as multitudes together with multiplicities.

  3. Stephen Lichty: Keeping Dusk (2014)

    Stephen Lichty

    Diakron hosted a movement piece by Stephen Lichty (US).

    The piece was afterwards titled Keeping Dusk (2014).

  4. Organizing in The Anthropocene - Losing Balance and Practicing Speculation

    Roskilde University

    A one-day lecture and workshop in the course Sustainable Cities, hosted by the master programme in Planning and Urban Studies.

    The lecture was titled Organizing in The Anthropocene - Losing Balance and Practicing Speculation.

    The aim of the lecture was to introduce the concept and some of the philosophical and anthropological consequences of the idea of the Anthropocene era. The lecture was built around a number of case-studies of organizations that are emerging under the larger institutional era, to tackle or prepare societies for social and ecological challenges ahead.

    The lecture draws on social theories of i.e. Hannah Arendt, Isabelle Stengers, Arturo Escobar, Slavoj Zizek and Bruno Latour. It also introduces emerging concepts such as quantum consciousness, #stacktivism, organizing as making and the social implications of digital imaginaries. Furthermore the workshops stages an open-ended task of imagining a non-existent organization using multi-media ressources provided on the digital platform

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  5. L’Objet Travail

    Hotel Kong Arthur, Nørre Søgade 11, Copenhagen K

    In collaboration with Amitai Romm, Diakron produces a body of work for the exhibition L'Objet Travail at ApArt. By approaching the Object as Work the exhibition offers reflections upon imaginaries or material flows inherent to artistic practices. The penthouse apartment at Hotel King Arthur, offers a setting for directing methodological reflections towards integrating artistic practices in a wider ecology of non-white-cube environments.

    Diakron presents work from an ongoing research project on learning spaces and creative practices of knowledge in the Anthropocene era. The research seeks to eschew the relationships between learning and unlearning, preparing and de-entraining. We will present a selection of ideas, concepts and modes of engagement, that can assist (collective) practices in methodological navigations. These are presented through both digital, analogue and biological media.

    The exhibition features new works by Markus von Platen, Claus Haxholm, Jon Erik Nyholm & Gisa Pantel.

    Opening 3rd of December, 2014, 17-21.
    Closing event 31st of January, 2015, 16-21.

  6. How To Study?

    Funen Art Academy

    On the occasion of ‘How to Study?’, a seminar investigating contemporary art education, we presented a talk in four parts.

    The talk elaborated a couple of our collaborative orientations towards theoretical narratives, that attempt to change the habits of thought and practice associated with modern institutions. From there we elaborated on our organization Diakron, to discuss our relationships with institutional spheres, our open-ended approaches to methods and interests in repurposing and stitching together formats. We discussed a current project on Hybrid Organizations, which is based on our interests in organizations, that weave together disciplines and design responses to systemic problems. Finally we ended by posing a set of emerging notions of possible institutional links between artistic practices, cultural institutions and art educations.

  7. Mi You: Silk Road trajectories


    Mi You

    Mi You takes the Silk Road – a network of trade routes connecting East Asia and Europe – as her point of departure. From here, she has developed a body of work in the form of a board game, an archive and a research project with curatorial programs.

    In the talk and the discussion to follow she will share her Silk Road trajectory and ask what it means to rethink history and politics through the lens of the Silk Road as network. The talk develops the Silk Road as a figure of thought and a “demystifying method”, which can be used to question practices of culture and politics that define borders in terms of nation, ethnicity, standard of development, and as being fixed in temporal scale. As much as in physical reality as in our imaginations, we need translational tools to generate and recall encounters and to understand them without presupposed interpretation. We need transgressive thinking to make ourselves, once again, nomads.

    Mi You is a Beijing-born artist, curator and researcher. She is academic staff at Academy of Media Arts Cologne focusing on global art.

  8. Åzone Summit

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

    We participated in the Åzone Summit, a one-day symposia exploring questions related to the Åzone Futures Market exhibition. The Åzone Futures Market is a Guggenheim online exhibition that enables you to take a position on the future of a world increasingly shaped by emerging technologies.

    Aslak Aamot Kjærulff moderated a discussion with the following attendants:

    Rob Giampietro, Creative Lead, Google Design NY
    Marvin Jordan, Associate Editor, DIS Magazine
    Nora Nahid Khan, Contributing Editor, Rhizome
    Marina Otero Verzier, Head of Research and Development, Het Nieuwe Instituut; Chief Curator, with After Belonging Agency, Oslo Architecture Triennale 2016

  9. Organizing, Navigation and Operational Space

    The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Visual Art

    The myriad organizing efforts of an artistic practice; networking, applications, talking to colleagues, daily rhythms, going to openings, reading, writing and so on, are often seen as the coincidental scaffolding of a practice, that is, as means to an end. This course will explore a notion of practice where all these encounters are opened up, and considered as generative occasions of versioning and translation taking place integral to a practice. At first, for recasting the techniques of relation we have, and secondly, for expanding the operational spaces of artistic practices by inventing new ones.

    This furthers a generative notion of artistic practice as a practice of excess, which is always extra-institutional, extra-disciplinary, extra-categorical and extra-cognitive. It overflows and generates abundance beyond our cognitive faculties and the present ecology of organizations.

    Organizational form is a key actor in terms of negotiating the excesses generated by artistic practices. It negotiates what has value and what not, it selects some cause-effects relationships over others, it directs and situates select trajectories of artistic practices. It sees some parts of artistic practices, others not. It is in other words, the extended armature of artistic practices, and its agency has amassed to a degree where one could talk of a bureaucratic turn.

    What this course will stress and explore, is that artistic practices are organizational forms in and of themselves, in that they compose emergent assemblages of ideas, places, economies, materials, desires and other less easily named entities. Artistic practice is here understood as a “way”, a navigational practice that operates at many levels and scales and co-compose with its shifting environments. As an artist, you initiate processes than in turn will model you as an artist. The work of art, is but one cut/duration in such emergent multi-pathic processes.

  10. Mobilities in Planning: Experiments with organizing relations and ethical values

    Roskilde University

    Aslak Aamot Kjærulff will defend his PhD at ENSPAC and we would like to invite you to attend. It will take place at Roskilde University, GeoFagsal, Building 02.

    The committee is:

    Professor Jonas Larsen (chair), ENSPAC, RUC

    Associate Professor Maria Håkansson, The Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

    Associate Professor Mia Arp Fallov, Aalborg University.

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    Read the disseration here:

    Mobilities in Planning is a dissertation about the societal engagement of contemporary social scientific practices. The increasingly permeating problems of a growing ecological crisis is posing unprecedented challenges to most moden societies. Especially in a time where social institutions seem to be caught in an evolutionary inertia or frenetic standstill. This assessment calls for a new set of critically and scientifically grounded public platforms and collaborative practices between people that populate major societal institutions.

    The dissertation takes its starting point from a 3-year long dialogue- and action oriented research process, in the cross-sectorial planning project Formula M. The project has developed collaborations between municipal planners from 10 Danish cities, business leaders from 70 private companies, researchers, NGOs, planning consultants and providers of transport and communication technologies and services.

    This dissertation contributes with qualitative insights into the personal, relational and disciplinary conversions, which are involved in organisational and institutional processes of change. The analysis emphasize the abilities and relationships applied by practitioners, to start extensive processes of change and shape their trajectories across disciplines, organisations and sectors.

  11. Transmediale

    Haus der Kulturen der Welt

    By invitation of Ben Vickers, we will contribute to Transmediale 2016. This edition of transmediale follows the format of a “Conversation Piece” which unfolds through a series of dialogues and participatory formats that articulate the most burning topics of post-digital culture today and that reflect the main ongoing themes of transmediale.

    We will conduct a series of conversations with visitors and contributors to the festival, treating the event as a node in our ongoing research on hybrid organisations.

  12. Transdisciplinary research and practice: the emergence of new alternative organization forms

    HDK, Business & Design Lab, Kristinelundsgatan 6-8, Göteborg, Room: 310 (entrance floor)

    At this seminar Amitai Romm, David Hilmer Rex and Aslak Aamot Kjærulff will present the transdisciplinary research and practice Diakron. They will discuss how new types of organizations are shaping the emerging landscapes of research, ideas and cultures (of art, science, politics, economics, technologies, etc.).

    Diakron is currently working on a project titled Hybrid Organizations. The project is an effort to re-think the future of the Danish welfare state, and state and enterprise apparatuses in general (in collaboration with the Danish Building Research Institute and the Danish Ministry of Immigration, Integration and Housing (formerly: Danish Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs and four other artist/researcher-founded organizations based in Denmark).

    'Hybrid' refers to the ways disciplines and ways of engaging in issues are converging in new types of organizations that overspill categories and concepts originating from modern sector-divisions.

    'Organizations' refers to interests in what it means to organize rather that what an organization is; the concerns, considerations and constraints involved in making and navigating new types of organizations.

    Diakron is trying to both study the organizations that seem to be taking on those challenges and facilitate work and projects that address the above mentioned topics. As this is still a venture that is beginning to take shape, Diakron wants to talk about their approach to the questions they are exploring and is interested in exchanging ideas and discussing concepts.


    Alongside attempts to create institutional transitions towards sustainable societies, an undergrowth of creative organizational alternatives are emerging. A lot of new organizational forms are often outside the radar of public limelight, when questions of long term sustainability or post-capitalist economies are discussed. Discussions of structural or systemic tensions often leave out the organizational aspects of shifts in societies. But across various new forms of organizations there are growing orientations towards new ways of thinking, working, designing and distributing resources. Orientations that cut across modern disciplinary divides, sector divisions and least surprisingly also Westphalian state territories. Our current work is about tracing the qualities and conditions that such new organizational forms create and operate in.

    In formal terms a shift in thinking involves the shift in geological terminology from a Holocene to an Anthropocene era. Humans can now be seen as active natural forces, shaping ancient and far-reaching temporalities inherent in rhythms of climate changes and evolutionary processes.

    A shift in working conditions involves the massive unemployment related to financial stagnation and automation as well as the growing precarity related to increasingly flexible labour markets and platform-based income schemes. Generally the growing masses of 'surplus populations' are formal themes, looking for several organizational responses.

    In terms of design practices we are looking at how several ideas coming from software design and online spheres are beginning to spill over into other mediums and processes. While a modern tradition of bifurcation have kept digital and analogue as separate worlds, we aim to show the ways digitalities fold into organizing processes in various ways that complexify such a distinction.

    In terms of resource distribution we are currently looking at various new types of platform design for economic, legal and political spheres of social organization. While this research is in it’s first phases, we are quite sure that questions of economic shifts, new contractual formats and new types of democratic processes are as much issues of the abilities to fuse contemporary design practices as it is about voting for a system we already know what looks like.

  13. How shall the sea be referred to

    Frederiksholms Kanal 28A

    Exhibition by Amitai Romm.

    The earliest compass was invented by the Han Dynasty in 206 BC. It was a piece of naturally-magnetic lodestone floating on wood. For the first millennia since its invention it was used solely to determine geographical direction in divination practices. Knowing geographical direction is crucial for geomancy, a method of divination that interprets patterns formed by tossed handfuls of soil, stones, or sand according to markings on the ground. Geomancy practices aim to harmonize the directions of buildings, their interior and spirits of people according to divine geographical ideals. The rituals seek to inspire inner direction by aligning falling patterns to be interpreted according to greater surrounding geographies.

    Named as “foresight by earth” in Greek and “science of the sand” in Arabic, geomancy has developed a world-wide use of compasses. Not until the 1100s was the compass used by the Song dynasty for geographical navigation to travel over distances. During the 1300s the compass was passed on to Persia and Europe. The same tool that was used to measure the falling patterns of soil, sand, and rocks, has since been used as a component in travelling and mapping out the entire planet. The compass added the certainty of embodied geographical direction as a compound force to human sight.

    Every morning the stagemaker bowerbird of the Australian rain forests cuts leaves1. The bird makes them fall to the ground, and turns them over so that the paler insides contrast with the earth below. In this way the bird constructs a stage for itself. Directly above, on a creeper or branch, while fluffing its feathers, it sings a complex song made up from its own notes and, at intervals, imitations of other birds. It is a complete artist.

    Text by Aslak Aamot Kjærulff

    1 Benjamin Bratton, The Stack