Open Lecture by Maria Lind

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The Eighth Climate (What Does Art Do?)

Maria Lind, director of Tensta Konsthall and curator of 11th Gwangju Biennial 2016 (GB11) will introduce the concept and works of the biennial.

In light of the art sphere’s focus on infrastructure in many parts of the world, in the treacherous terrains of existing public and private systems, art itself seems to be partly forgotten. At GB11, attention is directed to artworks and projects addressing the agency of art in terms of the question: ’What does art do?’ A central part of this interest in the performative aspect of art is its projective and imaginative qualities—art’s active relationship to the future. Other concerns of GB11 include the mediation of art, art’s embeddedness in various contexts, and the potential of connecting dots between already existing activities and people near and far.
The ’eighth climate’ of the exhibition’s title refers to a state one might reach using imaginative capacities. The notion of the eighth climate dates back to 12th century Persian mystic and philosopher Sohravardi, and was elaborated by 20th century French philosopher Henri Corbin. It is an addition to the seven physical climates of the earth identified by ancient Greek geographers. Unlike the seven earthly climates, the eighth climate is not based on a separation of matter and spirit, history and myth; rather, it is ontologically real and has concrete effects.
The eighth climate might well resonate with global warming. However, in the context of GB11, the eighth climate helps us explore art’s capacity to say and do something about the future, without either being paralysed by its prospects or defaulting to established technologies of prediction. The eighth climate evokes art as a seismograph, detecting change before other means of observation, whether the artists are conscious of it or not, allowing for slightly different—and perhaps ambiguous and conflictual perspectives on how art engages with what lies ahead of us. This neither implies art for art’s sake nor a utilitarian approach.

The open lecture is part of Prof Nina Möntmann’s masterseminar ‘BECOMING PUBLIC: How Exhibitions Relate to the Contemporary Moment.’
Date: 14 December, 15:00-17:00 
Place: Royal Institute of Art, Skeppsholmen. Lecture room 1 

Open Lecture by Salla Tykkä

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My work always has a strong but a non-direct connection to my own life. From early on during my studies I chose to work with film and moving image much due to the immaterial nature of the medium. In my first 35mm film productions (Lasso, 2000; Thriller, 2001; Cave, 2003), I returned to memories, to the traces and impressions left by some of the films that I had seen in my youth. Especially in my childhood, such after-images of films and television series blended in my mind with reality, and I still feel that they significantly shaped my identity and notions of the world.
When studying art from 1995 to 2000, I came to understand the influence of the moving image when looking at my own past, and I think this is why I wanted my works to tell mainly about the psychological power of film and was seeking for immersive effect in my work. During the years my works have changed formally: I have used cinematic means in order not to immerse but to distance the viewer and started to use language in my moving image productions (Giant, 2014; Retrospective, 2015).  Despite these formal changes the process of making art has been much the same since I began my studies: there are images that keep appearing again and again in my mind, and I try to understand and analyse why this happens.
 
Salla Tykkä is a visual artist who works with film and video since 1996. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki 2003 and participated in the Venice Biennale 2001.
Her latest solo exhibitions include: M-Museum, Leuven, 2016; Galerie Anhava, Helsinki, 2015; Turku Art Museum, Turku, 2015 and BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, 2013. She has participated in numerous group shows in museums and public institutions among others: Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg 2015; MAXXI, Rome 2014; The Metropolitan Arts Centre, Belfast 2013; Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 2013; Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Istanbul, 2012.  Tykkä’s films have been shown at international film festivals like: 60th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2014; 8th Miami International Film Festival, 2009; 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2007; 21st Brest European Short Film Festival, 2006; Tribeca Film Festival, New York, 2003; International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2003 and 2002. Her short film Giant won the Canon Tiger Awards for Short Film at the 43rd International Rotterdam Film Festival 2014.
When: 12 December, 13:00 
Where: Royal Institute of Art, Skeppsholmen. Lecture hall, 4th floor 

After the fire – A weeklong series of events

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Monday, 12 December

Lecture: A Living Body 
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Hus 28
Rachel Parry will give a lecture on her practice, rooted in context of community, while addressing bio-politics and public engagement. Parry is the Artistic Director, Curator and Producer for Little Wolf Parade, Founder of GuerillArtLab, and GAL collective, as well as the Producer for independent record label I’m Not From London.
Conference: Art Is Not Therapy
Time: 17:00-20:00
Place: Lecture Theatre – Plan 4
Introduction by Peter Geschwind (Vice Chancellor): A panel of resident speakers and guest speakers will give oral presentations, followed by open dialogue with the audience. Looking to the Grafik Hus fire as a catalyst, discussions will be formed on the notion and application of recovery and restoration, addressing the transformative values of crisis, both speculatively and as a matter of pragmatic imminence.

Tuesday, 13 December

Lecture: Psycho-Geographer
Time:
10:00-12:00
Place: Lecture Theatre – Plan 4
Open Lecture by Andrew Brown (Nottingham Trent University), on his practice as a psycho-geographer, sound artist, Situationalist, and pedagogical practitioner.
Workshop: Site-specific, Session 1 
Time: 13:00-14:30
Place: Meet at Main Entrance
Interactive workshop with Andrew Brown: Record sounds whilst tracking the trajectory of a site-specific ArtWalk, (Limited recording devices available).
Exhibition tour: Victoria Verseau 
Time: 17:00-18:00
Place: Hangmen Projects
A private audience with Victoria Verseau, an artist who lost her studio in the Grafik Hus fire; we will visit her exhibition, Through The Looking Glass, hosted by Hangmen.

Wednesday, 14 December

Workshop: Reflect & Respond 
Time: 10:00-12:00
Place: Mellanrummet.
Malin Neuman will host a workshop in response to the notion of disaster, using the fire as a catalyst for creating slogans, banners, and performance pieces.
Intervention: Action
Time:
13:00-15:00
Place: Meet at Main Entrance
Emma Clayton will host an intervention that sees ideas from the previous session brought to life, instigating participants to engage in collective and individual actions.
Performance: Cultural Capital 
Time: 18:00-20:00
Place: Mellanrummet
Elizabeth Black and Ida-Johanna Lundqvist collaborate in an experimental happening, in which the audience are invited to bear witness and discuss.

Thursday, 15 December

Workshop: Capture & Edit, Session 2 
Time:  10:00-12:00
Place: Mellanrummet
Capturing and editing in an open format with support from Andrew Brown, within an open workshop forum: Contribute sounds and hijack the editing process.
Artwalk
Time: 13:00-15:00
Place: Meet at KKH Main entrance
ArtWalk with Andrew Brown: The group will experience the soundscape created by workshop participants, whilst touring Skeppsholmen and the Grafik Hus perimeter.
At 15:00 we will head to Galleri Mejan for Petra Hultman’s MFA Graduate Examination.

Friday, 16 December

Open Call Film Screening: Shorts
Time:
10:00-13:00
Place: Mellanrummet
Selected artists are invited to screen video pieces in response to dialogue around the programme of events and the aftermath of disaster. (Refreshments provided.)
Screening: Belleville Baby (2013)
Time: 14:00-16:00
Place:  Mellanrummet
Director Mia Engberg will be introducing her film BelleView Revenue (2013), as well as engaging with a Q&A feedback for the audience.
Feedback + Film Club + Bar
Time: 16:00-20:00
Communal discourse drawing together intentions and actualization of the week’s events, feedback encouraged. This will be followed by a FILM CLUB and bar.
This series of events is a proposal by Elizabeth Black.

Artist Talk by Meriç Algün Ringborg

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Souvenirs for the Landlocked, 2015. Mixed-media installation, dimensions variable. Photo: Gerhard Kassner. Exhibition view: ’All the World’s Futures’, 56th Venice Biennale


Meriç Algün Ringborg was born 1983 in Istanbul, Turkey and currently lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. The contrasting differences between the make-up of both cities – Istanbul and Stockholm – particularly socially and politically, as well as her movement between the two, play a key role in her practice. Permeating through a variety of media, Algün Ringborg’s work is conceptual, formal and austere in appearance and her approach meticulous, method-driven and taxonomical. She often identifies particular contexts and works within set parameters, rooted in order and control, to reveal and punctuate relations between elements of complex structures.
Her multifaceted work concentrates on issues of identity, borders, bureaucracy, language and mobility through appropriated and ’ready-made’ texts, dictionaries and archives. Whether binding all the visa application forms in the world into an encyclopedic book, or making a dictionary with all the common words between Swedish and Turkish languages, she negotiates being a stranger who crosses physical and imaginary terrains by directly reflecting her own experience of migrating over cultural, linguistic and bureaucratic borders. Writing and literature also play a significant role in Algün Ringborg’s practice. In her ongoing The Library of Unborrowed Books, she exposes the unseen and the overlooked by setting up a temporary library with books that have never been borrowed from an existing library. As well as, in her most recent body of work A Work of Fiction, she explores the identity of an author by subjecting herself to strict, self-inflicted rules for creation, such as writing by only using sample phrases from the Oxford English Dictionary.
Selected solo exhibitions include ’Becoming European’, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2014); ’A Work of Fiction (Revisited)’, Galerie Nordenhake, Berlin (2014); ’Metatext’, Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver (2013); ’The Library of Unborrowed Books’, Art in General, New York (2013) and ’Line No.2 (Holy Bible)’, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2012). She has participated in group exhibitions such as ’A Thousand Doors’, a collaboration between Whitechapel Gallery and Neon Foundation at The Gennadius Library, Athens (2014); ’Leaving to Return’, 12th Cuenca Biennial (2014); ’You Imagine What You Desire’, 19th Biennale of Sydney (2014); ’Sequences VI’, real time art festival, Reykjavík (2013); ’When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes,’ CCA Wattis, San Francisco and MoCA, Detroit (2012&13) and ’Untitled’ (12th Istanbul Biennial) (2011).
Her work has been featured in numerous publications such as ArtReview, Frieze, Mousse, Glänta and The Paris Review amongst others. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design from Sabanci University, Istanbul (2007) and an MFA from The Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm (2012)
When: 9 December 15:00-17:00 
Where: Royal Institute of Art, Skeppsholmen. Lecture hall, 4th floor

12 RIA Graduates Exhibiting in Vienna

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12 students who graduated last year from the one-year course Photographic Artist Book  are currently exhibiting works at University of Applied Arts, Vienna. The students as well as the exhibition is part of the project ’Artists as Independent Publishers’.
’Artists as Independent Publishers’ is a collaboration between five European art academies, initiated by Katrin von Maltzahn with Anna Lena von Helldorff from University of the Arts Bremen. The exhibition shows works of 80 students in the field of Artist’s books. The exhibition has previously been shown at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Bremen and Bergen Academy of Art and Design.
A collaborative project between 
University of Arts, Bremen
Bergen Academy of Art and Design, Bergen
Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm
Royal College of Art, London
University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Opening: 1 December 
Where: University of Applied Arts, Vienna