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Research Events

Gabo Camnitzer presenting at the Research Day 2015. Photo: Pia Räty

Valand Academy hosts several research events which include conferences, open seminars and an annual research day.


Public Talks: Swiss Psychotropic Gold as part of Draft

Datum: 2017-03-16, 18:00 - 19:30
Plats: Akademin Valand, Glashuset Chalmersgatan 4

Swiss Psychotropic Gold
For more than three centuries Swiss commodity tradings have influenced vivid cultural, affective and moral economies. They have contributed to Swiss wealth, safety and white supremacy. An artistic and ethnographic project re-narrates global gold trade - from mining in former colonies to its refining and re-diverting in and out of Switzerland. It explores the moments when gold looses its stable form, its dissipation and dispersion into derivative, psychotropic and molecular dimensions. How to engage with such different discursive materialities has been asked by philosopher Nina Bandi, anthropologist Rohit Jain, the mixes of Fred Hystère, the body of Teresa Vittucci and the critical fabulations of knowbotiq.

Swiss Psychotropic Gold is an interdicispilinary research project developed a spart of Draft.

Initiated in 2015 Draft is a longue durée project, which in its inaugural episode involved nine interdisciplinary collaboratives from nine cities: Beijing, Cairo, Cape Town, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Mumbai, St. Petersburg and Zurich. Each collaborative was inivited to explore how contemporary art can produce, contribute to or provoke public debate.

How do such artistic projects change their context, our worldview or concrete action? How do they maintain dissent and promote complexity? What do they appeal for?

The year-long undertaking was bookended by two conferences. At the Mumbai conference in June 2015, positions and working methodologies of the collaboratives and their members were presented. Thereafter, a range of engagements, including research and workshops, were actualised in each of the cities. Expanding on the conference´s discussions these set the pace for the site-sensitive artworks that were realised in 2016. The projects-some of which are ongoing-intervened in contexts of action, production and discourse, by exploring the imaginary, rendering the latent visible or critiquing concrete circumstances.

The 2016 conference in Zurich was focused on the artworks developed and carried out by the collaboratives in their local contexts. It provided insights into the art activities, and discussed them in terms of their sources and research materials, approaches adopted and their consequences for life-worlds.

Gitanjali Dang is a curator, writer and shape-shifter. In 2012, she founded Khanabadosh, an itinerant arts lab. Khanabadosh lives off latitude, magic and agnosticism, and is interested in everything. It is particularly interested in constantly rethinking what it-and everything around it-is about. In 2015, Khanabadosh, in collaboration with Institute for Contemporary Art Research, Zurich University of the Arts, cofounded Draft, which explores contemporary art that produces, contributes to or provokes public debate. Gitanjali is currently taking time off from Khanabadosh to work on her first novel because it's about time she finished. She lives and loves in Mumbai and wherever else this living, and loving might take her.

Rohit Jain is an anthropologist and anti-racism activist based at Zurich and Berne. He has done research and published on the entanglements of racism, humor and anti-PC in TV comedy, on transnational politics of representation of "second generations Indians" as well as on the connection of the Swiss public spectacle of Bollywood, yoga and IT with postcolonial anxieties. Recently he has collaborated in projects in artistic research on the "An/aesthetics of Suburbia" an on "Psychotropic Gold" (both at IFCAR Zurich) and on urban citizenship (at Shedhalle Zurich). He is co-founder of "Laugh Up. Stand Up! Antiracist Humor Festival" and of "Salon Bastarde", a series of postmigrant happenings in Zurich.

knowbotiq (Christian Huebler, Yvonne Wilhelm) have been experimenting with forms and medialities of knowledge, political representations and epistemic disobedience. They have participated in the 48th Venice Biennal (1999), Seoul Biennal (2002), Hongkong Shenzen Biennal (2007), Rotterdam Biennal (2009), Moscow Biennale (2011), exhibited in Museum Ludwig Cologne (2000), New Museum New York (2002), Witte de With Rotterdam and MOCA Taipeh (2004), Kunsthalle St. Gallen (2005), Skuc Gallery Ljubljana (2006), NAMOC Beijing (2008), Aarhus Kunstmuseum (2009), and has received major awards including the Swiss Art Award (2012), the international ZKM Media Art Award. knowbotiq has a professorship at the University of the Arts Zurich.

Public Talks is a series of seminars which will take place during 2017 and organized jointly by Valand Academy, Region Västra Götaland, Public Art Agency Sweden and a number of other art institutions in Sweden.


All Academy Research Day

Date: Monday, December 5, 09:00 - 18:00
Venue: Akademin Valand

This annual event profiles the research activities of the academy and includes contributions from internationally renowned guest researchers, specially invited to respond to current issues in the Academy’s on-going enquiries. We are pleased to announce that this year’s guests are Christine Quinan and Hans Abbing.

Read more about Research Day here.

Anatomising the Museum: Contemporary Art and the De-colonisation of Museums

The symposium will examine the controversial prospect of bringing contemporary artistic ideas and practices into the larger project of museum decolonisation. Through cross-disciplinary discussions and workshops involving curators, museum professionals, artists and academics, we will debate the theoretical impacts, discourses, and implications of artistic and cultural "de-colonising" interventions, and evaluate specific examples of creative strategies, rituals, and artistic processes that address this theme.

What kinds of tensions and conflicts might emerge when non-art museums, along with their curators and staff, enter into decolonising dialogues with contemporary artists? What kinds of challenges or questions might artistic practices provoke within these settings? What are the potential disciplinary, pragmatic, and ideological limitations when entangling art and heritage-criticalities? What are the differences between "post-colonialising" and "de-colonising" assumptions and practices, and why is it important for these differences to be more precisely articulated and defined? How could we cultivate new and productive conversations between the wide range of actors concerned with post-colonial museum issues?

As concepts of de-colonisation are increasingly considered in connection with museums in Scandinavia, we are particularly interested in looking at how global examples of de-colonising artistic practices might be used to shed light on regional and national issues, such as the colonisation of the Sami population; contemporary requests for the repatriation of artefacts and manners of recrudescence; Sweden's role in colonial history and the transatlantic slave trade; as well as the dynamics of racism, inequality and strategies for inclusion in present-day Swedish society.

In recent years there has been a surge in experimental fusions of scientific and artistic practices that work with and challenge museographic assumptions and processes of representation. But there is an ever increasing need for wide-reaching, innovative approaches that go beyond the idea of de-colonisation as a mere metaphor, to create different constellations of what the de-colonisation of museum spaces might actually look like and bring into focus.

This symposium aims to generate deeper explorations into such contested realms, provoking new questions about the place of art and artists within today's museological arenas, the highly politicized role of museums as spaces of memory and cultural heritage, and the creative tensions that may arise through emerging academic/artistic/curatorial collaborations and relations.

The symposium should be of equal interest for artists, museum professionals, curators, social scientists, heritage researchers, and students in related fields.

Charlotte Bydler, lektor i Konstvetenskap, Södertörns högskola, Stockholm; Klas Grinell, docent i idéhistoria, Göteborgs universitet, och intendent, Världskulturmuseet; Julia Kelly, Research Associate, School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University; Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice, OCAD University, Toronto; Katarina Pirak Sikku, konstnär, Jokkmokk; Sara Wajid, Senior Manager, Public Programmes, National Maritime Museum, London; Jason E. Bowman, konstnär, lektor vid Akademin Valand, Göteborg.

Limited seating. Register here.
Fee: 500 SEK (2 days including lunch and coffee).
Free admission for students.

Date & hour:
11/30/2016 at 12:00 PM till 12/1/2016 at 3:00 PM

Organizer: Akademin Valand and Riksutställningar

Location: 30th Nov Världskulturmuseet - Södra vägen 54 and
1st Dec Valand Academy - Vasagatan 50

Watch the Symposium here

The full program you will find here

Read more here

Previous seminars:
April 25, 2016
Anatomising the Museum II - Contemporary Art and Museum Collections

November 26, 2015
Anatomising the museum: Contemporary Art & Museum Collections

Symposium: Photography in Print & Circulation

Dates: November 17 - 18
Venue: Valand Academy

Valand Academy and the Hasselblad Foundation are co-hosting a symposium on the expanded field of contemporary photo books.

'Photography in Print and Circulation' addresses the critical and creative use of photography's reproducibility. Easier than most other visual media, photography can be multiplied, appropriated, printed and distributed. The symposium will focus on the current and expanded field of photo books. The book is one of photography's most important formats for going public, and the contemporary photo book culture has developed different modes of - and strategies for - editing, publishing, financing and distributing. The emphasis will be on networks for production and sharing, curatorial perspectives, and the experimental use of books as alternative space for mediating photographic images. Download full description here.

Speakers include:
- Lotta Antonsson, artist based in Berlin
- Mike Bode, artist and researcher based in Sweden
- Charlotte Cotton, curator based in Los Angeles
- Cecilia Grönberg, artist and researcher based in Stockholm
- Alfredo Jaar, artist based in New York
- Hanna Nilsson Sköld, filmmaker based in Gothenburg
- John Pilson, photographer based in New York
- Mette Sandbye, professor at University of Copenhagen
- Eva Wienmayer, artist based in Gothenburg and London
- Lars Willumeit, curator based in Zurich.

More information and registration here.

Let's Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy?

Dates: October 12 - 14
Plats: Akademin Valand

Welcome to a three-day investigation of feminist and queer pedagogies. What do they mean today, why are they urgent, and how can they be enacted inside and outside of institutional settings?

Confirmed instigators include: Andrea Phillips, Annette Krauss, Bedfellows (Artists, Jenny Moore, Chloe Cooper, Phoebe Davies, London), Berit Larsson, Erika Alm, Eva Weinmayr, Hanna Hallgren, Isabell Lorey, Jenny Tunedal, Johanna Gustavsson, Khash Naderehvandi, Rosalie Schweiker, Sarah Kember, Zahra Bayati.

This mobilisation is the culmination of Valand Academy's 150 year anniversary and builds on two previous events: the Critical Practice Conference (October 2015) and the Meaning Making Meaning exhibition (March-April 2016). Download complete description here.

Mobilisation website: www.whatisfeministpedagogy.tumblr.com

NB! Registration required. Book your place today.

Action: Co-Organise!

Date: Monday, October 3, 09:30 - 19:00
Venue: Skogen, Masthuggsterrassen 3, Göteborg
Organisers: Valand Academy and Skogen

Valand Academy students invite artists, students, bureaucrats, researchers, institutional representatives & art's self-organisers to debate: how does self-organisation platform a future in this place?

Speakers: Megs Morley/Para-Institution, Sarah Munro/BALTIC, Andrea Phillips/Valand, Henrik Sputnes/author of Kluster För en Självorganiserad Samtidskonst. With Jason Bowman/Valand and Johan Forsman/Skogen.

This event is part of Jason E. Bowman's ongoing research project 'Stretched'.

More information here and register here.

On a Par? A colloquy on enquiry, working together, and curating.

Date: Fredag 30 september 2016, 10:00 - 19:30
Venue: The Pearce Institute in Govan, Glasgow then at The Glasgow School of Art
Co-organised by: Framework and Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg

Promiscuous and partnered, convivial and over-socialised, networked and atomised, diligent and precarious, generous and indebted, imaginative and exhausted?

We need to meet. Let’s work together.

Presentations and discussions by:
Jason E. Bowman, Ben Cranfield, Julie Crawshaw, Benjamin Fallon, James N. Hutchinson, Kirsten Lloyd, Kirsteen Macdonald, Megs Morley, Andrea Phillips, Mick Wilson and Lesley Young

This event is part of Jason E. Bowman's ongoing research project 'Stretched'.

Symposium on Digital Poetry

Dates: September 20 - 21
Venue: Faculty of Arts, Renströmsgatan 6, Lilla Hörsalen and Valand Academy

A two-day symposium/workshop on Digital Poetry. Day 1 is open for all, day 2 by invitation only.

Among the presenters are J. R. Carpente, Astrid Ensslin, Christian Yde Frostholm, Johannes Heldén, Christian Yde Frostholm, Johannes Heldén, Imri Sandström, Kajsa Sundi and Thomas Andersson.

The symposium will be held in English, except from the evening performances at Litteraturhuset that will be held in Swedish. It is financed by The Dept. of Literature, History of Ideas and Religion and The Academy of Valand, and organised by the Network for Poetry as a form of knowledge and The Centre for Digital Humanities in collaboration with the research project RepRecDigit and Litteraturbanken.

WATCHED! Artist Talks

James Bridle and Mishka Henner
Monday, 12 september, 16:00 - 18:00
Akademin Valand, Glashuset

Omer Fast and special screening of the film 5000 Feet is the Best (2011)
Wednesday, 14 september, 17:00 - 19:00
Akademin Valand, Bion

Manu Luksch and special screening of the film Faceless (2007)
Thursday, 15 september, 17:00 - 19:00
Akademin Valand, Bion

Anatomising the Museum II - Contemporary Art and Museum Collections

Date: Monday 25 april, 10:30 - 18:30
Venue: Glashuset, Akademin Valand, Chalmersgatan 4

Join us for the seminar Anatomising the Museum II - Contemporary Art and Museum Collections on Monday, 25 April 2016 at Valand Academy. This is the second seminar that further probes the effects of interventions and incisions in museum collections by contemporary artists.

Among the speakers are: Reader in Art History and Theory Dr. Joanne Morra (University of the Arts, UK); visual anthropologist Dr. Alicia Grossman (University of Gothenburg, SE); senior lecturer at Art, Design and Museology Dr. Claire Robins (UCL Institute of Education, UK).

The event is part of the programme for the exhibition Helt sjukt! (Totally Sick!), by the Academy's MFA: Fine Art Programme year one, at Medicinhistoriska Museet in Gothenburg. The events are co-organized by the MFA: Fine Art Programme, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg and the Gothenburg Medical History Museum, Sahlgrenska University Hospital with financial support by the University's Heritage Academy and Centre for Critical Heritage Studies and the EU NEARCH project. Read more here. Previous symposium: Anatomising the Museum I

Image: It Is What It Is, 2009 © Jeremy Deller. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum, London, UK.

Register here for free by 22nd of April.

Public Enquiries Symposium - Gothenburg

Watch the Public Enquiries symposium here

Date: Thursday, April 21, 12:00
Venue: Glashuset, Valand Academy, Chalmersgatan 4

Public Enquiries is a research project which has its starting point in the artistic practice of Kerstin Bergendal, with a particular focus on her earlier project PARK LEK. It consists of three symposia and a publication which will be released in 2017.

The symposium in Gothenburg is the third in the series and it looks closer at how long-term, temporary artistic projects influence discussions about sustainability, city and cultural planning, how situated artistic practices can work as forms of enquiry as well as why such artistic practices are highly relevant today.

The event is organized by Valand Academy in collaboration with Marabouparken Konsthall (Sundbyberg) and Somewhere (Copenhagen) with support from Region Västra Götaland.

Previous symposia:
Public Enquiries Symposium Stockholm, Marabouparken konsthall, 25 november 2015
Public Enquiries Symposium Copenhagen, Somewhere, 28 januari 2016
Watch vidoes here.

The symposium begins with lunch and is expected to end around 5.30 pm. Details of the program will be published shortly. Seats are limited. Register here at the latest 12th of April. The symposium will be held in English. Entry is free of charge.


Date: Friday, April 8
Venues: Undisclosed location - 10:00 - 18:00, Skogen - 18:00 to 23:00

Art and therapy are historically linked through the concept of art therapy, understood as a creative method of expression that has been used as a therapeutic technique taking the dual roles of diagnosis and cure. Contrary to this traditional thinking, therapy could also be used to identify and analyze social and political hierarchies and power structures or as a method of de-programming us from the rhetorics of neo-liberalism, curing us from understanding ourselves as passive consumers, regaining our status as active citizens. The seminar hopes to bring about new reflections on the nature and potential of therapy as resistance, as this has been touched upon by artists, philosophers and psychiatrists but methods have not yet been significantly developed.

Keynotes will be given by Nina Möntmann, Malin Arnell, Valentina Desideri and will be moderated by Annika Lundgren. Yak Kallop will also be presenting their performance Än mindre Hamlet (Ego Boy Going Chronos).

Performing Therapy is the third seminar within the artistic research project Performing Resistance by Annika Lundgren. Read more at www.performingresistance.org and download seminar brochure here.

The Research Show

Dates: April 6 - April 23 2016
Venue: A-venue, Göteborg

The Research show is an informal exhibition of work in progress from doctoral researchers based in the artistic faculty of the University of Gothenburg. The exhibition features works by André Alves, Eva la Cour, Kerstin Hamilton, Annelies Vaneycken, Arne Kjell Vikhagen, and Eva Weinmayr. Works presented are produced by researchers from art and design who are currently pursuing doctoral studies at HDK and Valand Academy. During the exhibition there will be opportunities to discuss with the participants aspects of the exhibition and their wider research projects.

The exhibition will begin with on April 6th while the installation process is still happening. The content of the exhibition will build over the following weeks leading to a “finissage” - a celebratory closing event on Wednesday April 20th 16:00 – 18:30. The exhibition will then close on Saturday April 23rd. There will also be lunchtime talks with the participants during the exhibition – schedule posted shortly. The exhibition has been curated by Cora Hillebrand, Ram Krishna Ranjan, and Mick Wilson. A-venue website.
Image: André Alves. - From the provisional to the permanent [series]

Meaning making Meaning

Dates: March 16 - April 2, 2016
Venue: A-venue, Gothenburg

Between March 16 - April 2, 2016, A-venue will be hosting the exhibition and workshop series, Meaning Making Meaning, curated by Gabo Camnitzer.

As part of the 150th anniversary of Valand Academy, the exhibition will build upon the critical arts pedagogy conference held at Valand Academy this past October.

The exhibition will aim to make sense of the role of art and aesthetics in pedagogical practices (and vice versa) by shedding light on its variety of practices. To this end, Meaning Making Meaning will seek to situate artistic pedagogical practice not only as the domain of art education, but something utilized in all areas of education. Therefore the exhibition and workshop series will feature a broad spectrum of teachers, educational theorists and artists involved in teaching, and across all settings from early childhood through to university and outside institutional structures.

Symposium: How institutions think

Date: Februari 24 - 27, 2016
Venue: Arles, France

The symposium 'How Institutions Think' is being organized by LUMA Foundation with Paul O’Neill and Tom Eccles (CCS Bard), in partnership with Mick Wilson (Valand Academy of Arts, University of Gothenburg); Charles Esche, Alison Green, and Lucy Steeds (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London); Simon Sheikh (Department of Art, Goldsmiths, University of London); Maria Mkrtycheva ( the V-A-C Foundation, Moscow); and Guus van Engelshoven (de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam) in Parc des Ateliers, Arles, France from February 24 - 27, 2016.

Speakers from Valand Academy include Mick Wilson, Dave Beech, Andrea Phillips and Jason E. Bowman. Symposium link.

Public Enquiries Symposium - Copenhagen

Date: Thursday, January 28, 13:00 - 17:00
Venue: Charlottenborg Palace, Kongens Nytorv 1, Copenhagen

Kerstin Bergendal, visual artist, curator and visiting lecturer at Valand Academy and Andrea Phillips, PARSE Professor of Art and Head of Research Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg will be speaking at the Public Enquiries symposium in Copenhagen on January 28, 2016. Public Enquiries is a collaborative research project responding to the work of the artist Kerstin Bergendal with particular reference to her project PARK LEK (2010-2014). The symposium in Copenhagen will introduce PARK LEK and discuss socially engaged project’s ability to take action and build conditions for democracy and active citizenship.

Download program details here and read more here. Watch symposium videos here.

On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches

18 January 2016, 15.00-18.00
Venue: Glashuset, Valand Academy

Welcome to the seminar 'On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches'. Through interventions by curators, artists and researchers, the event will suggest different approaches towards decolonial curatorial practices, seeking to acknowledge and promote Afropean knowledge and visibility, hopefully counteracting through art, on the increasing Afrophobia in today's Europe.

With: Nana Adusei-Poku, Christine Eyene, Alanna Lockward and Christian Nyampeta. Moderated by Kjell Caminha. In English, followed by a chaired discussion and mingle with refreshments. 

Free to attend but registration is required here.
View event poster
Download program details

Program videos:
On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches, Part I
On Afrophobia: Towards Decolonial Curatorial Approaches, Part II

Spring 2016 PARSE seminars

Thursday, February 4, 13-15, Glashuset

Deadline for the 2015 applications in artistic research at VR is March 23. As every year the faculty (and now PARSE) initiates application seminars aiming at strengthening the writing of applications. Those seminars have usually been most fruitful to applicants and other participants. Please send your text no later than January 22 to johan.oberg@gu.se, and we will prepare for someone to intervene as an opponent and discuss your writing and your project.

A manifesto for education
Friday, February 12 10-12, Glashuset

In 2010, Carl Anders Säfström (Södertörn University College) and Gert Biesta (Stirling) published their ”Manifesto for Education”, where they stated that we need to talk ”educationally for education”. This means ”to express an interest in freedom and, more specifically, an interest in the freedom of the other ”, ”… in the tension between ‘what is’ and ‘what is not’”, in ”the place where speech is neither repetition nor self-affirmation but is unique and uniquely new.” Departing from the ’Manifesto’ we will discuss what the preconditions are for talking ’educationally for higher arts education’.

Carl Anders Säfström will introduce the text, which can be found here 

Presentation abstract
Education without time - or no time for education

The manifesto for education was written at a time in which a general critique of education in all its forms was massive, both from politics, the general public (media) as well as within academia itself. I will lay bare some reasons for this externally imposed critique, which will also contextualise the second part of the talk. Theoretically the manifesto was written as a response to Jacques Rancière's critique of what he called 'a pedagogized society' and which I will call 'the learning society'; the idea that you need a master to explain the world for you, constantly putting you in an underdog position of 'not knowing for yourself'. The response to this reproduction of hierarchical society through education is starting from the fact that educational thought since the establishment of a 'modern discipline of education' been colonised by psychology, to such a degree that it is almost impossible to understand what educational theory without psychology could be or would look like. How can we talk about education if we do not talk about development and or learning of more, better and measurable results? As an example of such an alternative view of education, I will rather discuss the educational relation in terms of ethics starting from Emmanuel Levinas's first philosophy. In the talk I will argue for an education that see to the freedom of the other as its sole motivation.

Application seminar ll
Thursday, February 18 13-15, Glashuset

Same as Application seminar I. Please hand in your texts no later than February 4 to johan.oberg@gu.se


Valand Academy Research Day 2015: 
What do you want to know?

Date: Monday, December 7, 2015
Time: 08:45 - 17:00
Venue: Valand Academy, Vasagatan 50
Keynote speaker: Tiina Rosenberg

List of presenters

Dave Beech, Klara Björk, Kalle Boman, Jason E. Bowman, Kjell Caminha
Gabo Camnitzer, Mary Coble, Julie Crawshaw, Andjeas Ejiksson, Kerstin Hamilton, Sara Jordenö, Pelle Kronestedt, Anna Linder, Annika Lundgren, Tyrone Martinsson, Khashayar Naderehvandi, Andrea Phillips, Tina Rosenberg, Ingrid Ryberg, Imri Sandström, Linda Sternö, Fredrik Svensk, Julia Tedroff, Eva Weinmayr, Niclas Östlind, Ruben Östlund

View Research Day 2015 brochure with bios and abstracts here

Anatomising the museum: Contemporary Art & Museum Collections

Date: Thursday, November 26, 2015, 09:00 - 18:30
Akademin Valand

Anatomising the museum brings together international artists, curators, researchers and museum professionals to probe at the effects of interventions and incisions in museum collections by contemporary artists. Why are we encountering increased examples of museums engaging artists to work amidst or from their collections? How critical can artistic interventions in collections be when they most often occur at the invitation of the museum? What forms of critical curatorship are authored when museums engage artists to work amidst it practices? Are the procedures of the museum anatomised or consolidated through such projects?

Bild: Precarious Prototypes, 2014 © Lauren F. Adams. Custom printed textiles, objects from the museum collection. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD.

Read more here and watch videos from the seminar here.

Practice based research in Film

Dates: 23-24 November, 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
Jyoti Mistry, Tanja Sakota-Kokot, Damon Heatlie, Eran Tahor

Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts
Mieke Bernink, Sander Blom

Huston School of Film & Digital Media, Ireland
Rod Stoneman

Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Klara Björk, Linda Sternö, Kalle Boman, Ruben Östlund, Axel Danielson, Anna Linder, Tommy Spaanheden, Andrea Östlund, Dan Sandkvist, Hanna Sköld, Gustav Annerblom, Cecilia Torquato, Lena Lind Brynstedt

Download conference brochure here.

The 1st PARSE Biennial Research Conference on TIME

Dates: November 4 - 6
Venue: University of Gothenburg, Sweden

The first biennial PARSE conference at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts, University of Gothenburg, Sweden November 4-6, 2015 takes as its point of departure the question of TIME.

The PARSE journal and conference series has been set up to make more rigorous and complex the already burgeoning (and still contentious) academic field of practice-based or artistic research. This interdisciplinary field draws on a wide variety of materials and intellectual sources for inspiration and production, including the histories and geographies of art in all its forms, the social and physical sciences, philosophy and situational politics. Papers, performances, screenings and installations selected for the PARSE Time conference reflect this contemporary heterogeneity.

Conference organization


Dates: 7-8 October, 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

How can art and visual theory contribute to the understanding of our current surveil-lance society? On 7-8 October 2015, Valand Academy and Hasselblad Foundation presented a public research symposium. During the two days artists and scholars presented work on surveillance and its relation to representation, migration, community and control.

Download programme schedule

Peter Weibel, Professor (ZKM, DE)
Alberto Frigo, Artist, Södertörn University (SE/IT)
Susanne Wigorts Yngvesson, Ass. Professor, Stockholm School of Theology (SE)
Ann-So Sidén, Artist, Royal Institute of Art (SE)
Meriç Algün Ringborg, Artist (SE/TR)
Susan Schuppli, Artist, Goldsmiths University (UK)
Jason E. Bowman, Senior Lecturer, Gothenburg University (SE/UK)
Marco Poloni, Artist (DE)
Hille Koskela, Professor, Helsinki University (FIN)

Jubileum conference
150 years of art education in Gothenburg

Dates: 2-3 October, 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

An international conference on the question of art education and its critical agency in the contemporary world was organized by Valand Academy. The conference marked the 150 year anniversary of the Gothenburg Museum Drawing School, founded in October 1865.

The conference explored the potentials and conditions of contemporary art education with particular focus on the role of art, and of artists, in generating and sustaining critical practices in an expanded field of education.

This conference drew upon the longstanding tradition of experimentation in artist-led education, independent artistic practice and artist-led culture in Gothenburg in order to engage international networks of artists, educators, critics and curators to discuss the key problems and contests that define contemporary art education, its recent histories and its possible futures.

Speakers included:
Dave Beech (UK/SE), Maj Hasager (SE), David Larsson, Steven Madoff (US), Per Nilsson (SE), Daniel Peltz (US), Katya Sander (GE/DK), Rod Stoneman (IRE), Sissi Westerberg (SE) and Mick Wilson (IRE/SE).

Download conference brochure here.

Symposium: En skrift på egna villkor

Dates: 21 September 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

Welcome to 'En skrift på egna villkor', a half-day symposium on artistic research in Literary Composition. The symposium aims at summarizing and discussing seven years of artistic research, theses and projects within the subject of Literary Composition, which began in 2008 at Valand Academy. Speakers and discussants include Fredrik Nyberg, Helga Krook, Sigrid Combüchen and Martin Glaz Serup.

Download program details (in swedish)

Exhibition/Non-exhibition: Stretched Out, A Seminar.

Date: June 27, 2015
Venue: Inaugural Research Pavilion: Experimentality
Venice Bienniale Collateral Programme
Sala del Camino
This seminar will query this from the multifarious perspectives of other researchers and practitioners who are engaged in investigating the artist-led, instituting, the curatorial, the exhibitionary and the stretching of what may perceived to be artistic practice beyond the sovereignty of ‘art-making’. The aim of this seminar it to interrogate the research question of Stretched from amidst existing and ongoing research and inquiries by others who broadly relate to its knowledge framework. Its objective is to be co-investigative by engaging participants and attendees to probe and worry at its subject to foster further questions through interrogative dialogues that cascade from presentations.

Stretched Research Team, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg:
Jason E. Bowman, artist with a curatorial practice. (UK/SE)
Dr. Julie Crawshaw, anthropologist. (UK)
Dr. Mick Wilson, artist, writer and researcher. (SE)


Valerio Del Baglivo, Curator and Doctoral Researcher, Middlesex University. (IT/UK)
Dr. Emma Coffield, Researcher at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University. (UK)
Dr. Georgina Jackson, Director of Exhibitions & Publications, Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art, Toronto. (CN)
Megs Morley, Artist and Independent Curator, Para-Institution. (IRL)
Professor Andrea Phillips, Director of PhD programmes, Art Dept. Goldsmiths College. (UK)

Jason E. Bowman’s presentation introducing Stretched can be viewed here. The remaining presentations are password-protected, for further viewing please request the password at kjell.caminha@gu.se.

Download program booklet here.
To Stretched's webpage.

Trust and Dialogue

Dates: 3-4 June 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

The symposium is arranged to mark the conclusions of Professor Esther Shalev Gerz's research project, Trust and the Unfolding Dialogue in Contemporary Art, conducted at Valand Academy.

From 2010-13, through an artistic research grant from the Swedish Research Council, Professor of Fine Art at Valand Academy, Esther Shalev-Gerz led on a research project interrogating the notions and generative interdependencies of trust and dialogue within contemporary Fine Art practice.

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Rosalyn Deutsche, Barnard College, Columbia University.

Prof. Rosalyn Deutsche, Barnard College, Columbia University (US); Annie Fletcher, Senior Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (Netherlands); Lisa Le Feuvre, Head of Sculpture Studies, Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, (UK); Livia Paldi, Director of BAC:Baltic Art Center, (Sweden); Esther Shalev-Gerz, artist and former Professor of Fine Art, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg, (France); Annika Wik, independent researcher, (Sweden); and others.

Download brochure here. 

Queer Film Week at Valand Academy

Dates: 18 - 23 May, 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

The Queer film week at Valand Academy consisted of a curated programme with films by Barbara Hammer, Liz Rosenfeld, Gina Carducci. It was organized by the artistic research project Queer Moving Images (Anna Linder and Ingrid Ryberg) in collaboration with Valand Academy, FSSK and Gender studies, Department of cultural sciences, University of Gothenburg, and with support from the Swedish Art Grants Committee and the Swedish Research Council. 

The following films were screened during the Week:
Barbara Hammer: Tender Fictions (1995), History Lessons (2000), Barbara Ward Will Never Die – The Early Films (1968–1972), Maya Deren´s Sink (2011), A Horse is not a Metaphore (2009) 
Gina Carducci and Barbara Hammer: Generations (2010)
Gina Carducci: All That Sheltering Emptiness (2010)
Liz Rosenfeld: UNTITLED (Dyketactics Revisited (2005), The Surface Tension Trilogy (2015).

The Week also included a presentation by Barbara Hammer on May 21 and a workshop from 22-24 May. Download program brochure here and read more about the event here.

Environmental Photography and Humanities - Contributions to Re-search and Awareness

Dates: 23-24 April, 2015
Venue: Valand Academy

An international symposium held at Valand Academy 23-24 April 2015. The symposi-um aimed to bring together cross disciplinary questions, practices and studies within humanities, social sciences, art and the natural sciences regarding aspects of per-ceptions of the land, how nature has been valued and used and how human activities and cultures act as part of, or against earths eco-¬system and the future consequenc-es of those different approaches.

Subhankar Banerjee, photographer, writer and activist (USA)
Joni Adamson, Professor Environmental Humanities, Arizona State University (USA)
Daniel Schrag, Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering and director, Harvard University Center for the Environment (USA)
Anders Wijkman, Co-president Club of Rome (SE)
Mark Klett, Professor Photography, Arizona State University (USA)
Anne Noble, Professor Photography, Massey University (NZ)
Per Holmlund, Professor Glaciology, Stockholm University (SE)
Jem Southam, Professor Photography, Plymouth University (UK)
Heidi Morstang, Lecturer Photography, Plymouth University (UK)
Liz Wells, Professor in Photographic Culture, Plymouth University (UK)


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