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PARSE is an international artistic research publishing platform and biennial conference based in The Artistic Faculty made up of HSM and HDK-Valand at University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Its purpose is to bring interdisciplinary art practices and researchers from across disciplines into dialogue through shared enquiry.


Editor – Jessica Hemmings

PARSE Journal issue 18 explores the thinking that occurs when bodies are in motion. Six contributors from the fields of psychology, aesthetics, sports history, performance, craft and literature consider the ways our solitary bodies in motion think differently than our social and sedentary selves. The eclectic, rather than esoteric, reflections gathered here draw attention to the various ways movement can influence, and at times unlock, otherwise fixed patterns of thinking. While often invisible in the workplace, these activities provide crucial lessons for the long-term cultivation of creative thinking. Dance, the field Robinson so passionately advocated for, is perhaps the most acute form of thinking in motion. But instead of an emphasis on motion that informs motion (dancing to understand dance), contributors’ examples include the familiar experience of walking—but also running, cycling, rock climbing and motorcycle riding—that influence decision-making elsewhere in life.

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Liz Collins, Knitting Nation Phase 15: Weaving Walls (detail), 2016, rayon and polyester jersey fabric, knitting machines, screen printed jumpsuits, white doc Martens, at the Museum of Art & Design, New York with Kristine Woods. Image courtesy the artist. Photographer Eric Scott.


Powers of Love

  • Issue 19
  • — Summer 2024

The fifth PARSE biennial artistic research conference from 15–17 November, 2023 at the Artistic Faculty, University of Gothenburg, Sweden explored the scope of love in its meanings and manifestations. From its occidental institutionalization to its transformative potential as expressed in wider cultural contexts, the conference engaged with modes of art making, literary practices, and scholarship with a focus on love as enchantment, as an entangled power in politics, as friendship, as eros, as intimacy, as queer potentiality, and as disaffection.

The powers of love have transformative affective registers in labour, learning collectives, economies of humanitarianism, ecosophy and ecosexuality yet within the powers of love also persists the sediments of historical, contextual, institutional and discursive formations. Love is arguably indispensable for human and planetary survival, and yet universalizing narratives of the intersubjective, immanence, communal harmony, and mastery of the earth may be seen to propose an all-encompassing narcissism.

Issue #19 Powers of Love is a documentation of the conference.