Recent research projects


Crisis Collective

The lost SAR Conference 2020,

Relic Site:


SYNSMASKINEN: an inquiry into contemporary political crises


Bergen / Copenhagen Papers

RSS Press, ongoing from 2019 (issues 1-3 published)

Current Members


David Rych

associate professor at the Art Academy / KMD / UiB

current interests: migration, political aesthetics, politics of memory, political film, Anthropocene, migrant aesthetic, documentary, Documentary experimental, documentary film, document theory, Documentary storytelling, aesthetic journalism, Media Arts, media archeology


Jill Halstead

professor at the Grieg Academy / KMD / UiB

current interest: art-based research, embodiment and music, feminism, gender studies, interdisciplinary research, socially engaged arts


Ingrid Cogne

associate professor at the Art Academy / KMD / UiB

current interests: focusing on the dramaturgy of existing or created situations, Cogne sees choreography as a way to create movement and suspension, positioning, and displacement in relation to economy and knowledge.

LM Sanchez Cardona

associate professor at the Art Academy / KMD / UiB

current interests: transdiciplinarity, new media art, digital art, socially engaged art, antropocene, sound art, ethnography, philosophy as art, Beckett


Budhaditya Chattopadhyay

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is a media artist, researcher, writer and theorist with a PhD in sound studies and artistic research from Leiden University. Prior to his PhD, Chattopadhyay has graduated from the national film school in India specializing in sound and completed a Master of Arts degree in new media at Aarhus University, Denmark. Currently, Chattopadhyay is a visiting professor at Critical Media Lab, Basel. He will join as a postdoctoral fellow at the Art Academy / KMD / UiB


Frans Jacobi

professor at the Art Academy / KMD / UiB

current interests: performance, activism, political aesthetics, interdisciplinary research, socially engaged arts

coming up: 15.–22.4.23: Fjerde akt: KRIG, exhibition by Frans Jacobi & Gitte Sætre, USF Visningsrommet, Bergen

recent: 3.9.–15.12.22: JORDTEGN, group exhibition at Kunsthal for Maritim Æstetik (Sostrup Slot, Museum Østjylland, KH7artspace), Denmark

4.-19.12.21: COSMOLOGY: exhibition by Frans Jacobi & Gitte Sætre, Small Projects, Tromsø

21.11.21: Are You Ready? panel discussion with Erland Kiøsterud & Akischa Budd+ Frans Jacobi & Gitte Sætre, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo

14.10.2021 REAL WORLD PROBLEMS: Voices of Pythia, Office of Emergency, Copenhagen

Are You Ready? all 7 episode available at:



The Agenda Group


The Agenda Group is a research group based at KMD/University of Bergen, connecting artistic practices "with an agenda". The group enables crossover methods rather than media specificity, allowing space for different participants. "An agenda" is here understood as an aspect of socially engaged art practices. This relates to people, narratives and history alike and is about our shared values and contribution to society as artists. The engagement relates to issues outside of the artistic context and investigates how these issues might be mediated and moderated with artistic means.


The Agenda Group is open for all kinds of artistic practices, but the focus of the discussions will be on artistic practice "as crucial to both individual and societal change and development" (KMD Strategic Plan). The relationality between art and society is never as simple as it seems and these reflections involves the thinking of intensity in addition to formats, translation and displacement. In this sense the agenda of an artistic project is crucial to the understanding of its implications.


The Agenda Group is a pragmatic platform to connect various members of staff at KMD (artistic-researchers, post-docs, PhD’s and maybe even MA-students). The main purpose is to meet regularly, presenting and discussing the artistic research of each of the group members. An internal critical agenda.


Research group initiator: Professor Frans Jacobi