Oslo-based anthropologist specialized in visual and material culture. Triangulating the roles of researcher, collaborative practitioner and critic, her interdisciplinary research revolves around contemporary conditions for constructing criticality, currently focusing on dialectics between contemporary art, advertising, anthropology, and speculative perspectives.

Work presented at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Parsons the New School for Design in NYC, Oxford University, Design History Society, Tate Research and Learning, Art History Association, College Art Association, American Association of Anthropology, Theaster Gates' Arts Incubator in Chicago, the material culture hub at University College London, Henie Onstad ++

Bandlien has held positions as strategic brand planner at Bates Advertising and researcher at the Norwegian National Institute for Consumer Research, and was contributing editor to the Norwegian fashion journal Personae. She is assistant professor of theory & methodology at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts, Department of Design, since 2011.

Current affairs: launching the book Criticism for an Absent Reader as part of the New York Art Book Fair at MOMA PS1 with a panel talk at Downs and Ross gallery, moderated by Martha Schwendener, critic at New York Times, with Wendy Vogel and Anette Therese Pettersen - promoting the text Towards a Design Criticism co-written with art historian Erlend Hammer.