Contemporary Art Days 2015 / Between Dissent and Discipline: Art and Public Space, 15 – 16 October 2015


Contemporary Art Days 2015 / Between Dissent and Discipline: Art and Public Space
15 – 16 October 2015
Malmo, Sweden

Contemporary Art Days 2015
Between Dissent and Discipline: Art and Public Space

15 – 16 October 2015
Moriska Paviljongen, Inkonst and Inter Arts Center in Malmö

The last decades have been characterised by an increased artistic interest in public space. Cities around the world are growing at an unprecedented pace. This poses new challenges, affects common space, but it also brings about new forms of community organisation. In search of a direct encounter and engagement with people and the pressing issues of the world we all share, more and more artists, collectives, independent initiatives as well as museums, galleries and institutions have focused on the public sphere and its ongoing mutations and redefinitions. The resulting interactions have various points of departure, sometimes in response to these mutations, sometimes provoking them and other times turning away from them.

Working publicly is a complex process that entails a considerable number of challenges, both general and specific. These challenges relate to fundamental questions for the practice itself, such as: What is public art? What role does the dichotomy consensus versus conflict play in how we understand and relate to public space? Who will be affected by the process of engagement – the context of the intervention or the intervening artists? What are the shifting roles between independent and institutional actors? And last but not least, what is the relationship between new forms of citizenship and decision-making authorities in the planning process of spaces and cities, and how is art entangled in it?

The conference will engage with these questions and others through lectures, workshops, screenings and other activities by inviting a number of international and local thinkers, critics, curators, artists and other actors who are involved in the processes of initiating, commissioning and producing art related to public space.

Participation fee: 800 SEK (includes lunch and coffee).

Program group: Sofia Bertilsson, Local Project Coordinator, The Wanås Foundation; Edi Muka, Curator, Public Art Agency Sweden; Andreas Nilsson, Assistant Curator, Moderna Museet Malmö; Christian Skovbjerg Jensen, Director Inter Arts Center; Giorgiana Zachia, Contemporary Art Manager, Swedish Exhibition Agency.

Contemporary Art Days 2015 is produced by The Swedish Exhibition Agency and the Public Art Agency Sweden in collaboration with eight art institutions and organisations in Skåne: Inter Arts Center, Malmö; Konstitutet, Malmö; Lunds konsthall; Malmö konsthall; Malmö Art Museum; Moderna Museet Malmö; Skissernas Museum – Museum of Public Art, Lund; Wanås Konst; Knislinge.

Supported by Skåne Regional Council/Region Skåne and the City of Malmö.

For more information, please contact Anita Wernström:

See the program: here

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