Sveinung Unneland

Urgent Affairs, Strange Empathy

Universitetet i Bergen, Fakultet for kunst, musikk og design, Kunstakademiet

University of Bergen, Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design, The Art Academy

Viva voce:

1 September 2023


Eamon O'Kane

Ane Hjort Guttu (co-supervisor)


Assessment committee:


With my doctoral project Neo-worlds: Transformative Agency through Fright, Rite, and Myth I have traced the power of rite and active mythic thinking to resignify modern experiences of fright, from barren and isolating experiences to potential sources of learning and transformation. The project employs my own near-death experience in childbirth as a case to explore how ritual action and active mythic thinking might serve to mend the gap instilled by fright between frightened subjects and their surroundings. Similarly, the project investigates how active mythic thinking may equally operate on the levels of society and culture to generate collective other-becoming beyond modernity’s organisation of humanity and nature.


Research Catalogue exposition: 

Urgent Affairs, Stranghe Empathy by Sveinung Unneland


Disputas: Sveinung Rudjord Unneland

Utforsker kunstnerisk autonomi og selvorganisering innenfor rammen til Universitetet i Bergen