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The group researches how art establishes and develops social relations and creative fellowship in arenas and with participants who find themselves both within, and at the margins of, the established arts and cultural world. The group brings together artists, researchers, teachers and actors from other fields than the arts, but who think in interdisciplinary terms about the development of relational theory and practice – fields such as, for example, sociology, education, philosophy and urban studies. The research group “Art and Social relations” wishes to develop practices for both academic and artistic research.

  • How can artists and researchers create arenas which shed light on question art’s relational elements?
  • How can art’s relational character contribute to new practices within the arts institutions (outreach)?
  • How can art create relations to and between different parties outside or in the marginal zones of the established arts, in schools, nurseries, local communities and in more loosely-based and short-term groupings?
  • How can art and art education be of significance in establishing relation-based arenas of learning?
  • How can research and arts practices promote sustainability and social justice?
  • How can different groups in society and schools enter into and influence performing and creative artistic practices?
  • How can art’s social and creative character develop new approaches to questions of health?
  • How can relationally-anchored artistic practices contribute to new ways of understanding “the production of subjectivity”?


Art & social relations – The home.  Workshop at the conference “Arts in Context – In Between Practices: aiming to highlight the home as a site for artistic research”. Kristiansand, June 2016. Åsil Bøthun, Lene Dalgård, Tony Valberg.



Valberg, Tony: “Togetherness – Vibrant Matter Collective” investigates new ways to “inhabit the world”. Relational and non-anthropocentric access to co-creation. (In development).


Valberg, Tony; Erichsen, Agnete (2015): “Gatherings". Kristiansand Kunsthall, 2015.
Valberg, Tony; Erichsen, Agnete; Illeris, Helene; Holthe, Marita S.  (2014): “Being with - contemporary art’s access to relation, participation and togetherness”. 2014. www.isammen.no

Publikasjoner (2014 -)


Illeris, Helene (2016): “Adult Education in Art Galleries: Inhabiting Social Criticism and Change through Transformative Artistic Practices”. In Darlene E. Clover, Kathy Sanford, Kay Johnson and Lorraine Bell (Eds.): Adult Education, Museums and Art Galleries. Animating Social, Cultural and Institutional Change. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers (Chapter)


Illeris, Helene (Ed. with Göthlund, A. and Thrane, K.) (2015): EDGE: 20 essays in contemporary art education. Copenhagen: Multivers Academic (Anthology)


Valberg, Tony (2014): “Hundre år med symfonisk outreach” [A hundred years of symphonic outreach] Nordic Research in Music Education Yearbook, nr. 15, 2014. (Article)

Papers/workshops (2014 -)


Valberg, Tony: “Some thoughts concerning quality”. Conference “Arts Without Borders”, October 2016, Helsinki, Finland.


Valberg, Tony: “Strange doing something so close to nothing” – Contemporary Art and its Access to Relation, Participation and Togetherness”. Conference “Social Justice and Public Pedagogy”, Helsinki, Finland, 2015.

Valberg, Tony: “Experiences with Dialogue and Togetherness in Concerts with Infants as Audience” Third International Conference on Dialogical Practices: “Listen to me!”. Humanizing Human Practices, Kristiansand, 2015.

Valberg, Tony: “Being-with - contemporary art’s access to relation, participation and togetherness”. Symposium of International Society for the Philosophy of Music Education, Frankfurt am Main (Germany), 2015.

Valberg, Tony: “Relasjonell estetikk – en plattform for kunstneriske praksiser med relevans for utvikling av kulturskolen?” [Relational aesthetics – a platform for artistic practice: relevant for the development of schools of music and performing arts?] Cutting Edge School of Music and Performing Arts. Trondheim, 2015.


Valberg, Tony: “Musikk ut i samfunnsveven - en levende praksis med historiske røtter.” Conference Pædagogisk arbejde i professionelle danske operainstitutioner, orkestre og ensemble [Pedagogical work in professional Danish opera institutions, orchestras and ensembles]. Odernse, DNM, 2014.

Valberg, Tony: “Reach out! Different approaches to music as being-together.” Conference “Music – Performance – Contexts: Exploring new vistas for interdisciplinary research in the arts”. UIA, 2014.

Doctoral theses (2010- )


Svingen-Austestad, Anna (2017). Questions.. concerning the production of subjectivity – On aesthetic practices in art, craft and design studies. The Oslo School of Architecture and Design


Skregelid, Lisbet (2016). Platforms for dissent: A study of comprehensive school pupils’ encounters with modern art in a school and art museum context. Faculty of Educational Science. Oslo, University of Oslo. 


Anundsen, Tormod Wallem (2014): Mainstream or marginal? A study of the musical practices of three African immigrant performers in Norway. Department of Musicology. Oslo, University of Oslo. 


Valberg, Tony (2011). Relational musical ethics – Children at orchestral companies’ concertsDoctoral thesis. Gothenburg, University of Gothenburg.

Research fellows

Helene Waage

Laura Toxværd

Deise Faria Nunes

Heidi Kukkonen

Siri Merete Skar

Helen Eriksen

Samira Jamouchi