Blind Spot invited to MONTREAL

Karen Kipphoff has been invited to participate as a speaker with Carole Nadeau to the SQET conference in Montreal on the artistic research BLIND SPOT. Carole NADEAU is one of the international artists that took part in the first part of the project (staged production performed in Fredrikstad and in Bergen in 2017).


The title of the session is THE AUGMENTED OBJECT.

You can find more information on the website of SQET.

Follows here an extract taken from the website about the thematic of the conference.

Until recently, thinking about the theatre revolved around its liveness, the co-presence of (human) actors and spectators in the same place at the same time. Increasingly, however, the discussion has broadened to include the role of technology, the environment and a wide variety of other factors. This shift accounts for the growing interest among practitioners and theoreticians alike in the other co-presences that make a performance and its effects possible. The series of “turns” in theatre studies of the past 20 years – performative, sound, non-human, intermedial, affective, postlinguistic, ecocritical, etc. – reflect this development. But theatre is not an isolated case. Those turns correlate with the emergence of a major new school of thought in the 21st century, new materialism, which cuts across the humanities and ties in with advances in the natural sciences, irrevocably transforming the way humans perceive their environment, their role in it, and the role of its other components.

One thing that is “new” in the new materialisms is their rejection of traditional dualisms – dead/alive, animate/inanimate, energy/mass, immaterial/material, active/passive, human/non-human, intentional/non-intentional, presence/mediation, etc. – and of the anthropocentrism that dominated the humanities throughout the long 20th century. The new materialisms ascribe to “matter” a power of agency of which humans are neither the cause, nor the source, nor the beneficiaries. This is not to say they are anti-human, for humans are not outside matter, nature and the environment. They are part of it. Neo-materialist thinking replaces a vertical, one-way dynamic of agency, in which humans dominate the world (and exploit it), with a recursive, multidirectional dynamic in which humans, as agents among others, act on their environment but are also transformed by it.

The stage, a site where humans face humans, is the quintessential anthropocentred space. It is also a fertile subject for neomaterialist investigation, for it constitutes a complex ecosystem where varieties of agency meet, powers collide, multiple vectors of meaning and affect emerge, and the physical, the discursive and the symbolic intertwine. The stage is therefore representative of complex forms of agency and promises to illuminate their operation.

The “Theatre and New Materialisms” conference will examine live performance, past and present, through the lens of neomaterialist thinking, the schools of thought that animate it, and the aforementioned “turns” that have studded its development. Naturally, the discussion will not be confined to the traditional stage but will embrace live performance in all its forms.

The topics for conferences are:

1. Design and production:

  • Impact of human agents (director, set designer, sound designer, etc.) and non-human agents (backdrop, furniture, props, atmosphere, etc.) on theatrical processes;
  • Set design, stage devices, high tech / low tech, physical environments in the theatre, the borderless stage;
  • Intermediality, multimodality, interdisciplinarity, interarts;
  • The materiality of the script: publishing, distribution and conservation media; the immateriality or evanescence of the theatre;

2. Reception modes and practices:

  • The spectator’s posture, practices and relationship to the physical environment;
  • New dissemination methods and channels;
  • The materiality of reviews and comments;

3. Institutional dynamics and evolving values:

  • Political, ideological, historical and institutional aspects of theatre production and reception;
  • Funding and spending on facilities: material considerations in amateur and professional theatre;
  • The contribution of post-humanist sociology to reflections on new materialisms and theatre studies.

Contributions to training: neomaterialist thinking and theatre training.

Twenty minutes will be allocated to presenting papers, followed by ten minutes for audience discussion.




Optics, from the concrete meaning — to the metaphorical and open
Space that has been emptied, deserted
Migrant — structure of society — infrastructure
Hunter and hunted
Shadow and light – seen and unseen
Devices and instruments
Waiting — orientation — voyeurism
Waiting — hunting — shadow — monster
Doubt — acceptance

We live in a bow and arrow season era,
current order will break down at some point.

Bow and arrow season as title, direction, pre-apocalyptic,
has tension and suspense, is scar

On the Sociological Psychology of the Hole

“The most important things are done through tubes. Proof: genitals, pens, and guns.” – Lichtenberg

The hole is a permanent companion of the non-hole;

I’m sorry, but there is no such thing as a hole by itself.

If there were something everywhere, there would be no holes, but there wouldn’t be any philosophy either, not to mention religion, which is holey in origin.

A mouse couldn’t exist without a hole, nor could man. It is the final salvation for both when they are hard-pressed by matter.

A hole is always a Good Thing.

The strangest thing about a hole is its edge.

It’s still part of the Something, but it constantly overlooks the Nothing—a border guard of matter.

Nothingness has no such guard; while the molecules at the edge of a hole get dizzy because they are staring into a hole, the molecules of the hole get… firmy?

There’s no word for it. For our language was created by the Something people; the Hole people speak a language of their own.

The hole is static.

There are no traveling holes.

Almost not .

Holes that are marrying each other become one of their own.

Separate the partition between two holes, does the right edge then belong to the left hole, or the left to

the right, or everybody to itself, or everybody to everybody ?

I’d like to have my worries.

When a hole is filled up, where does it go ?

Will it push itself to the side, right into the material ?

Or will it run to see another hole and tell him about his misery ?

Where does the filled hole remain ?

Nobody knows.

Here, our knowledge … has one.

Where something is, nothing else can be.

Where one hole is , can there be another one ?

And why aren’t there any half-holes ?

Some things lose value because of a single small hole:

because in a part of them there is a “no-thing”, all the rest isn’t worth anything anymore.

Example: a ticket, a virgin, a balloon.

The thing itself still has to be looked for:

the hole itself already is.

One that would be with one foot in a hole and the other foot with us, this one alone would be truly wise.

But no one has been able to achieve this yet.

Some megalomaniacs pretend that the hole is a negative thing. That is not right!

The human being is a not-hole and the hole is primary.

Do not laughole! The hole is the only premonition of paradise down here. When you’re dead, you’ll first realize what life is about.

Kurt Tucholsky 1931