Welcome to Researching Public Art

Statens konstråd/Public Art Agency Sweden invites researchers and professionals from the art and relating fields, to take part in the conference Researching Public Art. Based on active participation rather than keynote speeches, the Researching Public Art conference will be primarily focused on discussion forums and themed elective workshops.

11 October 2018, 11.00–18.15. 19.00 Conference Dinner
12 October 2018, 08.30–17.00

Address, The Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Flaggmansvägen 1, Stockholm, Sweden
Fees: The conference is free of charge. However, a fee of 500 SEK (300 SEK for artists) for food and refreshment, including two lunches, a dinner, tea/coffee and fruit, will be levied.

> For full information about the program and bios of the participants, click here.

We are currently witnessing a dynamic development in the field of public art where new artistic strategies are being explored, and the roles of artists are changing. This development poses new questions, which need to be articulated and investigated within the expanded field of art. Furthermore, it makes the rather large gaps in research visible. Join the ongoing conversation between a range of actors, such as academic researchers, artists, curators, architects and urban developers, to share your own experiences!

Statens konstråd/Public Art Agency Sweden invites researchers and professionals from relating fields, to take part in Researching Public Art. During the two-day conference the participants will map, develop and discuss current research issues around an extended understanding of art in the public realm, as well as the public realm as such. With the aim to map research both ongoing projects and missing components, and to inspire new collaborations for research applications, the conference is a platform for researchers and professionals to meet and engage in interdisciplinary discussions surrounding current matters in public art.

When public art moves into new contexts and our shared spaces are reconsidered, research has an ever more pressing role to interrogate and collaborate to bring new perspectives and insights to the conditions to a field that concerns citizens on a daily basis. Participants of the conference will have the opportunity to meet researchers not only from the fields of art, art theory and art history but also professionals working in areas such as architecture, urban studies and pedagogy, philosophy, political science, decolonial practices and social- and visual anthropology.

Based on active participation rather than keynote speeches, the Researching Public Art conference will be primarily focused on discussion forums and themed elective workshops. There will be opportunities to collectively develop additional topics. Inspirational lectures and panel discussions with international speakers are also offered as part of the programme. In addition, the conference will see a presentation of a research survey produced by Södertörn University, Stockholm and Valand Academy, the University of Gothenburg in the form of a report mapping possible research areas in the expanded field of public art.

Confirmed contributors
Patrick Amsellem (Director Skissernas Museum/Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art), Malin Arnell (PhD, Artist and Researcher), Sara Arrhenius (Vice Chancellor the Royal Institute of Art/KKH, Curator and Writer), Jonna Bornemark (Associate Professor in Philosophy, Södertörn University), Kjell Caminha (Artistic researcher on Decolonial practices, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg), Sara Brolund de Carvalho (Artist and Architect focusing on Urban Pedagogy), Lena From (Manager of the Art dep Public Art Agency Sweden), Catharina Gabrielsson (Docent in Architecture & Associate Professor in Urban Theory, the Royal Institute of Technology/KTH School of Architecture, Architect, Writer), Alyssa Grossman (Social and Visual Anthropologist, Associated Researcher at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg) Kim Gurney (Artist, Writer and Researcher University of the Western Cape’s Centre for Humanities Research and University of Cape Town’s African Centre for Cities, South Africa), René León Rosales (Head of Research Mångkulturellt centrum), Kieran Long (Director ArkDes), Matteo Lucchetti (co-director Visible/Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto and Fondazione Zegna, Brussels), Magdalena Malm (Director Public Art Agency Sweden), Håkan Nilsson (Professor Södertörn University), Alessandro Petti (Professor of Architecture and Social Justice, the Royal Institute of Art/KKH), Monica Sand (Artist and Head of Research ArkDes), Oscar Svanelid (Doctoral student Södertörn University), Rebecka Katz Thor (PhD, Researcher and Critic), Lisa Torell (PhD, Artist and Researcher Tromsø, UiT International, Norway), Mick Wilson (Professor Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg). Among others, more names TBA.

Titles from the program:
How artist-led spaces in some key African cities offer new ways of doing and collective future forms; and Public Art Research: Mapping the Field, Potentials of Shared Spaces – Four perspectives on value production, challenges and specificity of context.

Elective Workshops (First round of paired themes 2 by 2)
When you register to attend the conference, you are asked to select which workshops you would like to participate in. There will be two sessions of thematic workshops during the conference, one takes place on 11 October 11 and the other on12  October. The sessions are based on the same set of themes but paired in different constellations. Please choose one group of workshops for each day to participate in, themes specified below:

  • Notions of Publicness
  • Art / Artists and Collective Memories
  • Authorship
  • Who benefits?
  • Temporalities – Permanency
  • Shifts in Notions of Art, Artistic and Curatorial Practices, Roles and Methods
  • The Relationship Between Structure, Content and Quality
  • Archival Politics and Displaced Histories

Fees: The conference is free of charge. However, a fee of 500 SEK (300 SEK for artists) for food and refreshment, including two lunches, a dinner, tea/coffee and fruit, will be levied.

Statens konstråd/Public Art Agency Sweden has been appointed by the Swedish government to set up a Knowledge Node for public art. An important part of the mission is to inspire research in the field. The first step is to arrange the Nordic conference Researching Public Art, which brings researchers from relevant fields, such as art history, artistic research, architecture, urban planning, sociology etc., together.

The conference is supported and put together by the steering group consisting of representatives from Art History Södertörn University, The Royal Institute of Art/KKH, the Royal Institute of Technology/KTH School of Architecture, Valand Academy/University of Gothenburg, Skissernas Museum/Museum of Artistic Process and Public Art, ArkDes and Public Art Agency Sweden.

 

 

More information about the workshops and themes

PDF: Researching Public Art - workshop and themes

Location

The Royal Institute of Art (KKH), Flaggmansvägen 1, Stockholm, Sweden

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