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The symposium in Copenhagen on Thursday January 28 will introduce PARK LEK and discuss socially engaged project's ability to take action and build conditions for democracy and active citizenship.

Three speakers will present different perspectives on democracy, the power of action, activist strategies and the utopian idea of a free communicative public space. Critical respondents will enhance the critical angle to the joint discussion by focusing on the challenges and potential gaps inherent in co-creational processes.

All present are urged to take active part in the conversations, contributing with questions, experience and perspectives.

- The symposium will be held in English -

Kerstin Bergendal: Swedish visual artist, curator and educator based in Copenhagen, known for her large scale public and participatory interventions, a.o. the Trekroner Art Plan Project (2001-2011)

Angelika Fitz: Cultural theorist, curator and author. Curator of WELTSTADT "Who creates the city? and ACTOPOLIS - The art of action"

James Holston: Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

Andrea Philips: PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

- Judith Schwartzbart: PhD Fellow, Visual Culture and Performance Design, RUC Roskilde University
- Kenneth A. Balfelt: Artist
- Bik Van der Pol (Liesbeth Bik and Jos Van der Pol): Dutch artist duo based in Rotterdam

The wider critical art practice that PARK LEK epitomizes has brought together Marabouparken konsthall (the original Swedish commissioning agency and initiator of PARK LEK), Valand Academy of Art (University of Gothenburg) and Somewhere (Public art agency, Copenhagen) in a collaboration around a book and a series of symposia that will explore the diverse problematics that Kerstin Bergendal's practice has systematically activated and explored for several decades.

The three public symposia are organised in order to collect perspectives and gather material for a publication due to publication in 2016. The editorial team for the book comprises: Helena Selder (Marabouparken konsthall), Stenka Hellfach and Ulrikke Neergaard (Somewhere) and Mick Wilson (Valand Academy).

The first symposium in the series took place in November 2015 in Sundbyberg, the small municipality near Stockholm, where the PARK LEK project took place. The symposium presented and discussed the Swedish heritage of radical social practice and its successors within the contemporary art scene. The third and last symposium will take place at Valand Academy, Gothenburg during the spring of 2016.

A key goal of Public Enquiries is to profile a mode of artistic practice and enquiry that engages questions of social practice, durational-though-temporary public art, participatory dynamics, critical urbanism and democratic processes and new forms of local city-making, questioning mainstream practices of top-down city planning.

Ulrikke Neergaard, ulrikke@artsomewhere.com
Stenka Hellfach, stenka@artsomewhere.com
Mick Wilson, mick.wilson@akademinvaland.gu.se
Helena Selder, helena.selder@marabouparken.se

Datum: 2016-01-28

Tid: 13:00 - 17:00

Kategorier: Konst

Arrangör: A collaborative research project (Marabouparken Konsthallen, Akademin Valand, SOMEWHERE) responding to the work of the artist Kerstin Bergendal with particular reference to her project PARK LEK

Plats: Charlottenborg Palace, Kongens Nytorv 1, Copenhagen

Avgift: Free to attend but seating is limited so please register in advance by mailing: info@artsomewhere.com

Kontaktperson: Mick Wilson


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