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Helen Karen Eriksen

PhD Candidate

PhD Research Associate

 
Office:
G2048 ( Universitetsveien 25, Kristiansand )
Office hours:
24/7

My visual arts practice has been at the core of my work since leaving the State Academy of Fine Arts in 1990. My work started as a sculptural investigation in public space but has become increasingly orientated towards the investigation of the artist´s role within society. In recent years public art and definitions of publics and the changing role of the artist has resulted in an increasingly participatory research based practice with other artists, curators and participants – and the idea of “artist signature” as well as "art" objects as fetishist item is being explored through collaborative processes.

Present collaborative exploratory activities include Tenthaus Oslo with Ebba Moi and Stefan Schröder, and performative sculpture making with Germain Ngoma.

Research Interests 

My areas of expertise are visual arts, language and cultural learning strategies for adult learners. However, my area of research is "aethetic decisiom making moments" in post-colonial Norway.  I draw on New Materialism and Critical Race and Whiteness theories to understand the way in which stereotyping and structural racialised hierarchies are still valid and produced despite good intentions behind classroom inclusivity programmes.

This critical understanding focuses on informal teaching in the classroom through art history and media rhetoric to suggest the ways in which integration and inclusion discourses are subverted to support a dominating visual art strategy that perpetuates a visual rhetoric that supports racialised hierarchies.

Work and experience

  • Educator, writer and frilance visual artist/curator
  • Educator/curator at Tenthaus Art Collective
  • Long standing collaborative/collectivity practices 
  • Over 20 years experience teaching at all levels in the Norwegian education system
  • Research projects for Tenthaus Oslo, Oslo School of Architecture and Oslo Cathedral
  • MFA - The Art Academy of Oslo (5 years)
  • BA (Hons) - Univrersity of East Anglia: Scandinavian Studies & art history

Work experience

Work and experience

  • Educator at Tenthaus Art Collective 
  • Long standing collaborative practices
  • Over 20 years experience teaching at all levels in the Norwegian education system
  • Research projects for Tenthaus Oslo, Oslo School of Architecture and Oslo Cathedral
  • The Art Academy of Oslo (5 years)
  • BA Visual Art
  • BA (Hons) - Scandinavian Studies & art history

Scientific publications

  • Eriksen, Helen; Ulrichsen, Gry Olsen; Bayati, Zahra (2020). Stones and the Destabilisation of Safe Ethical Space. Periskop. ISSN: 0908-6919. (24). s 156 - 171.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Moi, Ebba; Schröder, Stefan (2018). Spring Depot. Tenthaus. s 28.
  • Jamouchi, Samira; Klungland, Monica; Eriksen, Helen; Haugen, Mali (2022). Stitch Sisters. Time of material through wool..
  • Eriksen, Helen; Bayati, Zahra; Ulrichsen, Gry Olsen (2021). Ethical Violence.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Klungland, Monica; Jamouchi, Samira (2021). Forskning i Praksisfeltet.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Haloba, Annie Anawana (2020). Kunstnerpresentasjon - Livingstone Zambia.
  • Eriksen, Helen (2020). Antimetode eller antemetode - P1 som mulighetsrom.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Schröder, Stefan; Moi, Ebba (2019). The Institution as Form.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Moi, Ebba; Schröder, Stefan (2019). Linocut - socially engaged art project with Levanger during November 2019.
  • Eriksen, Helen; Moi, Ebba; Schröder, Stefan (2019). P1 - installasjon.

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