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News from CROCUS

Upcoming events:

We have several interesting activities during the spring up until summer, see below for more information. Stay tuned here for the autumn program!

We wish you a nice summer!

Close-up of thesis and image of when the thesis is nailed.

'Bling & Other Breaches in Design'

Members of the Crocus network are welcome to network member Despina Christoforidou's public defence

Organizer: The Division of Industrial Design, Department of Design, Sciences Faculty of Engineering, LTH, Lunds University

Public defence for the academic thesis 'Bling & Other Breaches in Design' by Despina Christoforidou

Research subject: Industrial Design

Opponent appointed by the Faculty is Professor Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Finland.

When: The public defence of the doctoral thesis will take place on Thursday June 15th, 2023 at 01:15 p.m.
Where: Lecture Hall Stora hörsalen IKDC, Sölvegatan 26, Faculty of Engineering LTH, Lund.

The dissertation will be live streamed, but part of the premises is to be excluded from the live stream.


The public defence will be held in English. 

For more information about the presentations see the following link below:

In my thesis work, I have focused on questions such as: How can norm breaches and breachers be used to illuminate blindspots in the design field? 
One of the conclusions is that design and designers can be understood in terms of 'in-betweenness/mellanförskap', i.e., neither inside nor outside and at the same time both, thereby providing opportunities to combine and expand different fields. To achieve that, it requires a willingness and ability to handle and manage the friction involved.'
- Despina Christoforidou


Images of people outdoor, connected through textiles

Performance 'Community Walk' with Charlotte Østergaard

Network member Charlotte Østergaard are part of Prague Quadrennial (PQ23) program with the participatory performative co-costumed walking-experience Community Walk.

Community Walk is an immersive co-costumed performance experience that invites the audience to participate and encounter costume in a non-traditional way. As a participant, wearing a 'costume for two' (worn over your own clothes), you will be invited on an exploratory and playful “walking journey” through the area of Pražská Tržnice in Prague in a community of other co-costumed pairs (people you may or may not know). In Community Walk the costume acts as a vehicle to create creative and joyful spaces for embodied conversations and entanglements between the wearers.

Charlotte Østergaard is a Danish Visual Artist and PhD student, Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University, working in costume, textile and performance art. She has designed costumes for more than 65 performances, her artwork has been exhibited internationally and her costume-driven performances have been shown at several festivals.

During Community Walk and as participant, you will wear a costume (on top of your clothing) that connect you to another participant and as a co-costumed pair you are invited to explore and test the possibilities of the costume. Each Community Walk has a maximum 20 participants

Performance or walking dates in Prague during PQ23, duration 1,5 hours (outdoor):

  • Sunday June 11, 2023, at 11:00 & 15:00
  • Tuesday June 13, 2023, at 13:00 & 16:00
  • Thursday June 15, 2023, at 16:00

Register: Everyone that attend PQ23 are invited to join as participants – no skills needed apart from the ability to walk. Participants are encouraged to register to participate in the performance by mail studio [at] charlotteostergaard [dot] dk until the one-day before the day/time that you want to participate. The spot will be confirmed by mail at the latest in the morning of the day that your will participate.

Location: Holešovice Market (the PQ23 venue) in the café located at Hall 11, Prague

Community Walk are supported by The Danish Art Foundation and PQ2023. 

Read more about Community Walk here


Prior events from 2023:

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THEME SOUND: On Orality, Writing and Compositional Practices in Relation to Text

Welcome on April 13-14, to a two-day seminar on orality, writing and compositional practices in relation to text that CROCUS co-organizes with the research initiative SNT (Sound, Narrative, Technology)The seminar explores how understanding from an artistic practice could inform method development in the arts and artistic research, as well as in other research fields. What learning outcomes are there from working with music and text? What are the different strategies in writing for musical composition?

Sound, Narrative, Technology, SNT is a network researching audio performance, dramatic writing, musical composition and hörspiel. Researchers, artists and experts within these disciplines meet to develop and deepen the fields that emerge at the intersection, and where the questions and problems take their starting point in narrative, artistic methods and content. 

When: 13-14 April, 2023
IAC – Inter Arts Center, Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö
For registration please email to jorgen [dot] dahlqvist [at] thm [dot] lu [dot] serel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank" or kent [dot] olofsson [at] uniarts [dot] se


The presentations will be held in Swedish/Scandinavian.

Thursday, April 13th

Introducing the SNT research initiative and information from CROCUS

Text and music in performance – aspects on the interplay between dramatic writing, acting and musical composition,
Presenter: Kent Olofsson

The Augmented Hörspiel – Composed Theatre, Presenter: Magnus Bunnskog

13:00–13:50 Thinking in play, Presenter: Tale Næss

Lunch break

The compositional practice as a playwright, Presenter: Vanja Hamidi Isacson

Device Lectures – part discourse, part distortion, Presenter: Robert Willim

Artistic presentations & Seminar Bar

Artistic Presentation: Egots vibrationer by Magnus Bunnskog

Artistic Presentation: 'Allt vad mina händer grävt upp'
Text: Sima Wolgast & Elisabeth Hjorth. Music: Jörgen Dahlqvist & Sima Wolgast 

Artistic Presentation: Fields of Unknowing with Robert Willim

Artistic Presentation: Karlskrona/Malmö by Jörgen Dahlqvist & Kent Olofsson

Friday, April 14th

Writing for a compositional practice, Presenter: Jörgen Dahlqvist

Letter-writing as method: 'Allt vad mina händer grävt upp', Presenter: Sima Wolgast & Elisabeth Hjorth

Lunch break

A Listening Dramaturgy, Presenter: Tanja Hylling Diers

Premises to Create – Investigating “Taste-Based” Biases and Creative Processes of Musicians: An Intervention Study
Presenter: Sima Wolgast & Christine Owman

15:00 Summing up

For more information about the presentations see the following link below: 


The first network meeting in 2023 was on the theme of Materiality

Women in room covered in a textile
Charlotte Østergaard - Costumes as a kin-making material


Welcome to the CROCUS network meeting on March 17, where we discuss how the concept of materiality circulates in relation to body, material, spatiality, expression and representation, how it can contribute to method development and new ways of reflecting in Visual Communication and Artistic Research in Theatre. Note, that the day will be in held in Swedish, hence the titles below in Swedish, with the exception of Østergaard's presentation. 


9.30 - Welcome - Cecilia Fredriksson & Marie Ledendal

9.45-10.15 – Costumes as a kin-making material
Charlotte Østergaard
 (Costume Designer, PhD student, Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University)
The presentationen will be given in English.

10:20-10.50 – Craftivism – materialitetens roll som mild protest i det offentliga rummet
Marie Ledenda
l (Textile Designer, Senior Lecturer, Department of Strategic communication, Lund University)

10:50-11:10 Coffee break

11.10-11.40 – Reflektioner kring blandning av fiktivt och dokumentärt material i scenkonst
Jörgen Dahlqvist 
(Theater Producer, PhD student, Malmö Theatre Academy, Lund University)

11.45-12.15 – Discussion, moderator, Robert Willim (Artist, Docent, Division of ALM and Digital Cultures, Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University)

12.15 - Closing - Cecilia Fredriksson & Marie Ledendal

When: Friday, March 17, 2023, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
Where: IAC - Inter Arts Center,
Bergsgatan 29, 214 22 Malmö
Registration is required, please sign up by Tue 14 March marie [dot] ledendal [at] isk [dot] lu [dot] se


To see events from previous years, see the Prior Events page.