In his artistic research, Michalsen explores the subtext of culture and language:
‘What I say becomes accessible to others. I find it exciting to study the transition between sender and receiver. This does not necessarily involve the written word, but the sounds and body language used in interpersonal communication. My point of departure is the notion that a sign does not exist until the other part has responded to it.’
Michalsen explores how to design tools that enable us to reflect on personal interpretations and meanings, while simultaneously creating dialogue through a visual play with language.
Since 2006, Charles Michalsen has been Associate Professor at the Department of Design, teaching form and colour processes in the intersection between art and design. Michalsen studied ceramics in Norway (Academy of Arts, Trondheim; Faculty of Colour and Form, NTNU, 1977–1981) and Finland (Academy of Arts, Helsinki, 1979–1980), and sculpture at the Bergen School of Arts and Crafts, (1973–1975). He also has experience from several extended visits to China.