Both Sides Now

Report on ambiguity and sustainability in international projects in higher arts education


  • Rasmus Ölme
  • Marie Wos


Based on practical experiences, the authors reflect upon potentials and paradoxes involved in
employing sustainability as core concept in international educational art projects. Inspired by
ecological thinking (Morton 2021) and ambiguity (Gielen 2020), they propose international
exchange as a prosperous context for developing complex and nuanced understandings of current
problematics of contemporary life.


Rasmus Ölme

After an international career as dancer Rasmus Ölme went into choreography. First through stage productions and eventually in combination with academic artistic research with a PhD from Stockholm University of the Arts. He is currently professor, head of program for the BFA in Dance and Choreography and the MFA in Choreography at the Danish National School of Performing Arts where he also acts as head of research.

Marie Wos

Marie Wos is a PhD fellow at the department of Education at Stockholm University. Being part of the research school FinnFram, her project explores identity formation of art students during their transition from education to work. From 2016-2022 she was employed as international coordinator and project manager at DASPA.


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Morton, Timothy. 2021. All art is ecological. London: Penguin Books.

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Ölme, R., & Wos, M. (2022). Both Sides Now: Report on ambiguity and sustainability in international projects in higher arts education. Peripeti, 19(37), 200–209. Hentet fra