An artist researcher and writer with a PhD and an MA from the Department of Fine Art, Art History and Cultural Studies at the University of Leeds and a BA (Hons) in the History of Art, Design and Film with a minor degree in Creative Writing from Sheffield Hallam University, Ola Ståhl’s main field of research lies at the intersection between ethico-aesthetics, transversality and politics, and in particular between creative and critical practices, especially collaborative ones, including creative-critical and art writing practices, experimental publishing practices and critical event- and dialogue based practices. He has exhibited and performed internationally since the late 1990s and published several chapbooks and artist’s books alongside articles, essays and prose texts in various journals, collections and anthologies.
For three years, starting in 2001, he was part of the editorial collective of the international Cultural Studies journal Parallax and between 2001 and 2008 he served as the main instigator behind and coordinator of the London-based artist collective C.CRED [Collective CREative Dissent]. Following the cessation of the activities of C.CRED, he initiated and coordinated the activities of the alternative, experimental publishing platform Publication Studio Malmö, focusing on what might be described as the social and cultural, and fundamentally collaborative, nature of writing, in an expanded sense, and more generally, publishing with a particular focus on artists' books.
Between 2003 and 2008 he worked as Associate Lecturer on the Fine Art programme at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and the Design Cultures programme at London College of Communication, both colleges within the University of the Arts, London. Since 2013 he’s held the position of Senior Lecturer in Design at Linnaeus University in Sweden, where he helped develop the department's + Change vision and focus on sustainability. At Linnaeus University, he currently also coordinates the activities of the Centre for Climate Emergency Studies and a platform engaging with Creative Critical Expressions and Practices.
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Ola Ståhl has primarily taught across the Bachelor programmes in Design + Change and Visual Communication + Change as well as the Master programme in Design + Change. Occasionally he has also appeared in other supervision and teaching contexts within and outside the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. His teaching assignments have primarily included courses in speculative, critical, transdisciplinary and social design, design and pedagogy, as well as courses in exploratory methods, critical and creative expressions and processes, and theory courses on sustainability, norm criticality and the connection between art, design and social and political engagement. He has also supervised numerous degree projects on both under- and postgraduate level. Currently, his main teaching obligations are related to transdisciplinary and transversal approaches to the climate emergency, creative critical expressions and practices, and artistic research.
Ola Ståhl’s current research revolves around the climate emergency and the construction of ethico-aesthetic spaces for collaborative, transversal and transdisciplinary research, pedagogy, action and agency. This has taken the form of a recently established Centre for Climate Emergency Studies at Linnaeus University alongside several courses, in particular on the Master programme in Design + Change, exploring the notion of climate emergency. His other (and related) research interest is the notion of creative critical expressions and practices that traverse and intervolve the domains of critical theory and artistic research, in particular as implemented in socially and politically engaged projects. A particular focus has and continues to be an exploration of the link between crisis, creativity and criticality in relation to ethico-aesthetics and political engagement.
At Linnaeus University, apart from being Senior Lecturer at the Department of Design, Ola Ståhl is project coordinator of the Centre for Climate Emergency Studies and a platform engaging with Creative Critical Expressions and Practices.
My research groups
Centre for Climate Emergency Studies We live in a state of planetary climate emergency. This is becoming increasingly clear in all aspects of life. But what is meant by the terms "climate" and…
The Centre for Gender and Language The Centre for Gender and Language is an international research environment at Linnaeus University. It is interdisciplinary and multi-faculty, offering an innovative…
Article in journal (Refereed)
Ståhl, O., Tham, M., Holtorf, C. (2017). Towards a Post-Anthropocentric Speculative Archaeology (through Design) : . Journal of Contemporary Archaeology. 4 (2). 238-246.
Ståhl, O. (2016). Kafka and Deleuze/Guattari : Towards a Creative Critical Writing Practice. Theory, Culture and Society. Explorations in Critical Social Science. 33 (7-8). 221-235.
O'sullivan, S., Ståhl, O. (2006). Contours and Case Studies for a Dissenting Subjectivity : (or, how to live creatively in a fearful world). Angelaki. 11 (1). 147-156.
Conference paper (Refereed)
- Ståhl, O. (2019). Ficitoning and the City. APL 2019 Conference : truth, fiction, illusion. worlds & experience. 29 May - 2 June 2019.
- Ståhl, O. (2016). Long Kesh : Site - Sign - Body. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. 1191-1202.
- Ståhl, O., Hyltén-Cavallius, S. (2016). "Rituals of Care". Open Design for E-very-thing : exploring new design purposes. 1-3.
- Tham, M., Arvidsson, A., Blomqvist, M., Bonja, S., Hyltén-Cavallius, S., et al. (2016). Metadesigning Design Research : How can designers collaboratively grow a research platform?. Proceedings of DRS 2016, Design Research Society 50th Anniversary Conference. 1412-1430.
- Keshavarz, M., Snodgrass, E., Ståhl, O. (2015). Manipulations : Artefact - Site - Space. Nordic Design Research Conference (NORDES) 2015 : Design Ecologies Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures, June 7–10, 2015, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden. 1-2.
- Ståhl, O., Chapman, N. (2011). BLOODCRYSTALPOLLENSTAR : aka You’re Doing Some Dangerous work, Kurt Steiner. 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference.
- Ståhl, O. (2005). 'blow into the freezing night' : John Coltrane's 'Sheets of Sound' and the Actualization of a Dissentient Potential. .
- Ståhl, O. (2005). 'blow into that freezing night' : John Coltrane's 'Sheets of Sound' and the Actualization of a Dissentient Potential. Presented at: The Living Thought of Gilles Deleuze, Copenhagen Business School.
Chapter in book (Refereed)
Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
- Ståhl, O. (2007). Across a Most Radical Terrain : Towards an Aesthetics of Dissention. Doctoral Thesis. Leeds, The University of Leeds.
Article, book review (Other academic)
Ståhl, O. (2018). Nicholas Thoburn, Anti-Book: On the Art and Politics of Radical Publishing (Minneapolis & London: University of Minnesota Press, 2016). Parallax. Taylor & Francis. 24 (4). 513-517.
Ståhl, O. (2007). Simon O'Sullivan, Art Encounters Deleuze and Guattari : Thought Beyond Representation : New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. 256 pp. ISBN 1403918090. Journal of Visual Culture. 6 (1). 157-159.
Other (Other academic)
Article in journal (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
- Chapman, N., Ståhl, O. (2013). Earth Motifs, Shallow Designs, Outlands. Malmö, Publication Studio.
- Ståhl, O. (2013). Film. Malmö, Krets & Publication Studio.
- Neil, C., Ståhl, O. (2013). Spillways, Pedways, Silos. Malmö, Good Press & Publication Studio.
- Ståhl, O. (2011). Black Box. Stockholm, Valeveil.
- Ståhl, O., Lindh, C., Chapman, N. (2011). Whatever Happened to Kurt Steiner?. Malmö, In Edit Mode / Publication Studio Malmö.
- Ståhl, O., Lindh, C. (2009). Tape Works. Malmö, In Edit Mode Press / Publication Studio Malmö.
Chapter in book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
- Ståhl, O. (2017). Reading Glass : An Extended Commentary. Glas är massa i rörelse. Stockholm, Konstfrämjandet. 234-243.
- Chapman, N., Ståhl, O. (2014). Day. A Poem A Day. Stockmans Kalendars & Curious.
- Ståhl, O. (2013). Tribunal. The Dark Would : Language Art Anthology. Manchester, Apple Pie Editions.
- Ståhl, O. (2011). 15.09.2007. ak28 revisited and three parallel visions. Stockholm, Mount Analogue. 70-91.
Artistic output (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Collection (editor) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
- Ståhl, O., Lindh, C., Beaulieu, D. (2012). Local Colour : Ghosts, variations. Malmö, In Edit Mode Press / Publication Studio Malmö.
- Ståhl, O., Lindh, C. (2011). Chinese whispers. Malmö, In Edit Mode Press / Publication Studio Malmö.
- Ståhl, O., Lindh, C. (2010). Counting Each Step of the Sun. Malmö, In Edit Mode Press / Publication Studio Malmö.