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The Royal Institute of Art’s Research Week 2020

The Royal Institute of Art’s Research Week 2020

The Royal Institute of Art’s Research Week 2020

22-25 January

“Meeting Points”

Meeting Points is the overall thematic for the Research Week 2020 programme. The programme offers insights into a number of the current artistic research projects funded by the Swedish Research Council: Annika Larsson, will screen her currently developed film work, Danse Macabre, followed by a talk, Ecstatic Convulsions: Of ‘Oceanic’ Feelings and Political Time, by Kélina Gotman, Reader in Theatre and Performance Studies at King’s College London. Writer and researcher Mara Lee will stage, Public Transport [kollektivtrafik], A Performance Lecture, together with Maria Salah (Actress), Joel Mauricio (Writer/Actor), Arazo Arif (Writer) and Elis Burrau (Writer). Carl Johan Erikson and Björn Larsson present a video installation, a book release for the publication, Handledning för utredningsmän, and holds a conversation with Bengt Andersson, a strict conscientious objector. Painter Filippa Arrias will have a conversation with the Photographer Heléne Schmitz and the Historian of Ideas, Per Johansson. The discussion will cover among many things the traces of the Linnean disciple, Daniel Rolander’s explorations in Surinam during the 18th Century and how the development of art and the natural sciences happened concurrently with colonialism and slavery.

The KKH Research Week 2020 also includes the following events: PhD candidate Oscar Lara will present, Forum Theatre Methods on Street Theatre – Collective Awareness of Unwanted Truths, a collaborative two-year research process where Peruvian Street Comedy becomes one mean to bring up political questions. The street comedians, Jorge Santa Cruz, Kelvin Cordoba and Victor Ledesma, will be present to perform, The Adventures of Chuchupe, a Miner in the Amazon of Peru. PhD candidate Melanie Gilligan will screen and discuss the film Crowds which is based on the hospitality and entertainment industry in Orlando, Florida. The postmaster course Decolonizing Architecture hosts an open workshop in three sections, Collective Learning and Situated Knowledges, based on works in-progress in collaboration with three Stockholm sites: Fisksätra museum, Cyklopen and Konsthall C. The DA particpants are: Rodrigo Albornoz, Milagros Bedoya, Olivia Berkowicz, Marco Cechet, Hannah Clarkson, Cherine Hussein, Nefeli Makrynikola, Konstantina Pappa, Mark Romei, Pauli Rikaniemi, Meryem Saadi, Molly Sjögren, Ying Sun, Matilda Tucker, Didem Yildirim. The course is led by Alessandro Petti, Professor in Architecture with focus on Social Justice, and Marie-Louise Richards, Lecturer in Architecture. Former DA participant, Benas Gerdziunas, will share his multimedia based-research on Rojava : Politics of Space Between Revolution and War. The programme concludes with an invitation from Tatiana Le Pinto, Astrid Eriksson and Tove Möller, to join De-Tour, a bus tour around Stockholm to critically reflect upon recent property developments where investment companies take part.

All presentations take place at the Royal Institute of Art, and are free and open to the public. Only the bus tour requires prebooking and starts from the Old Town.

22/1
10.00-12.00 Annika Larsson & Kélina Gotman: Danse Macabre / Ecstatic Convulsions: Of ‘Oceanic’ Feelings and Political Time (Muralen)
13.30-14.30 Benas Gerdziunas: Rojava: Politics of Space Between Revolution and War (Muralen)
15.00-16.00 Mara Lee, Joel Mauricio, Maria Salah, Arazo Arif, Elis Burrau: Kollektivtrafik: Performance Lecture (Muralen)
16.30-19.30 Decolonizing Architecture + guests: Collective Learning and Situated Knowledges (House 28)

23/1
16.30-19.30 Decolonizing Architecture + guests: Collective Learning and Situated Knowledges (House 28)
18.00-19.30 Carl Johan Erikson & Björn Larsson: Refuse to Kill: Stories of the Conscientious Objectors (Rutiga golvet, main building)

24/1
13.00-14.30 Melanie Gilligan: Crowds (Muralen)
16.30-18.30 Oscar Lara, Jorge Santa Cruz, Kelvin Cordoba, Victor Ledesma: The Adventures of Chuchupe, a Miner in the Amazon of Peru – “Forum Theatre Methods on Street Theatre – Collective Awareness of Unwanted Truths”. (Muralen)
The event has received support from Ministerio de Cultura, Peru: https://www.facebook.com/events/594469804444258/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1579258011806605

25/1
11.45-15.00 Bus Tour: Astrid Eriksson, Tatiana Letier Pinto, Tove Möller: De-Tour:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1003439343363227/

Fredrik Ehlin appointed Interims Vice-chancellor at Royal Institute of Art

Fredrik Ehlin appointed Interims Vice-chancellor at Royal Institute of Art

Fredrik Ehlin appointed Interims Vice-chancellor at Royal Institute of Art

Fredrik Ehlin has been appointed the Royal Institute of Art’s Interims Vice-chancellor by the government. He will thus continue the work initiated as Deputy Vice-Chancellor from mid-September and step in for Sara Arrhenius throughout spring term.

Fredrik Ehlin (b. 1978) is a writer and editor. He has worked at the Royal Institute of Art since 2011 as main supervisor of the students’ master essays. Since 2016, he has been a member of the university’s leadership and has been Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 2017. . In his work as editor and writer Fredrik Ehlin has been involved in projects investigating publishing practice as art form. Most recently and together with the artist Hinrich Sachs for the project Fog Friend Font: Ways of Doing Multi Lingual Sense published by Humboldt Books in seven volumes 2019.

Open House at the Royal Institute of Art.

Open House at the Royal Institute of Art.

Open House at the Royal Institute of Art

When: Wednesday 29/1, 2020.
Where: The Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1.

Welcome to Skeppsholmen for this year’s Open House at the Royal Institute of Art.

n 29 January 2020 from 15.00–19.00 you have the chance to meeting students, teachers and professors for a walking tour exploring the workshops and institution, followed by question time and a presentation of our five-year as well as master’s programme in fine art.

Don’t miss the first year students’ BFA1 Exhibition–First Show which runs from 29-31 januari.

The Royal Institute of Art is one of Europe’s leading art schools with a longstanding artistic tradition reaching back to the 18th century. The university offers an unrivalled combination of artistic breadth and excellence within education on both the undergraduate and master’s level in fine art, as well as post–graduate education in architecture.

More than anything else the Royal Institute of Art is a place that enables art. The students’ artistic work is at the center of all knowledge dissemination. Here, professional artists teach the widest range of techniques from graphics, painting, sculpture, to video, audio, photography, interactive techniques and performance.

See you soon!

Symposium: Looking for Jeanne – Rethinking Women’s Organising and Resistance with and through Art

Symposium: Looking for Jeanne – Rethinking Women’s Organising and Resistance with and through Art

Symposium: Looking for Jeanne – Rethinking Women’s Organising and Resistance with and through Art

When: 30 October – 1 November 2019
Where: Cinema Capitol and the Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm

Organised by the Royal Institute of Art and The French Institute in Stockholm

How can we critically reflect on and rethink women’s organising and resistance today? How does it relate to historical resistance? And what is the role of art and its potentiality with regards to women’s organising and resistance?

For the 3-day symposium we have invited thinkers, activists and researchers – Marwa Arsanios, Natasa Petresin-Bechelez, Binna Choi, Akwugo Emejulu, Kirsten Lloyd, Frances Stacey and Marina Vishmidt – to critically reflect together with us on women’s organising and resistance, the role of art, and its potential from a global perspective.

The symposium is the first public presentation in an ongoing 3-year artistic research project initiated by Professor and artist Petra Bauer, focusing on the role of aesthetics in women’s organising and resistance. Starting point is the film Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles, made by the Belgian filmmaker Chantal Akerman in 1975. Jeanne Dielman depicts the daily routines of a housewife over three days. When the film was released it became very important for European (white) feminist discussions on women’s conditions and the potential of feminist aesthetics. The film ends in an unresolved political situation and narrative. One could interpret the end as a proposal by the filmmaker Chantal Akerman, where she asks us – in her future – to continue looking into women’s conditions and resistance through film and art. We have taken her proposal seriously and ask: Who is resisting? What is being resisted? How and what does resistance look like? Who and what is a contemporary Jeanne Dielman? These are the questions posed within the symposium.

Looking for Jeanne – Rethinking Women’s Organising and Resistance with and through Art engages with different material conditions that women face and that potentially can explain forms of resistance in a global world order. Equally important is to critically reflect on historical forms of resistance that haven’t necessarily been acknowledge as such within conventional liberal ideas of agency and the political subject.

In the symposium the following main groups of questions will be addressed: 

How can we critically reflect on, and rethink women’s organising and resistance? What are women’s struggles, how can they be addressed, where do they take place and what is the role of aesthetics in these processes?

What is the role of art and its potentiality with regards to women’s organising and resistance?

Can we define form and aesthetics in broad terms that may encompass (creative) practice and forms of organising in political spaces?

 

Contributions by:

Petra Bauer is a Professor in Fine Art, artist, and initiator of the 3-year research project Looking for Jeanne. She is concerned with question of film as a political practice and sees film as a place where social negotiations can take place. Her work explores politically and aesthetically how women have organised and resisted historically and in a contemporary global world. She has had long-term collaborations with the feminist organisation Southall Black Sisters in London, the sex-worker led organization Scot-Pep in Edinburgh, and with The Women’s Centre in Tensta-Hjulsta in Stockholm, which primarily mobilises and organises women with a migration background. She is one of the initiators of the feminist platform k.ö.k (Women Desire Collectivity – http://kvinnocentertensta-hjulsta.org/kok/en/front-page/).

Natasa Petresin Bachelez is a curator, writer and editor, who lives in Paris. She is currently curating the Contour Biennale 9 entitled “Coltan as Cotton”, which looks at the intersections between practices of degrowth and decolonial thinking. Together with Giovanna Zapperi, she is curator of the exhibition “Les Muses insoumises. Delphine Seyrig between Cinema and Feminist Video” (LaM, Lille and Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid).

Binna Choi has been running the art organisation often just called Casco in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Last year they changed their name from Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory to Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons. This was a result of the artistic research program Composing the Commons (2013-2016), which was taken as the next step following the project “Grand Domestic Revolution”. Throughout this path, the commons from a feminist perspective, reproductive labor, life, community/diverse economics have been the recurrent issues for Binna Choi and the institution.

Marina Vishmidt is a writer, editor, and lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. She is the author of Speculation as a Mode of Production: Forms of Value Subjectivity in Art and Capital (Brill, 2018) and co-author of Reproducing Autonomy (with Kerstin Stakemeier) (Mute, 2016). She publishes and takes part in academic and non-academic contexts, individually and collaboratively, on topics related to the political economies of art, social reproduction, and philosophy.

Kirsten Lloyd is a contemporary art historian and curator, working at the University of Edinburgh. Kirsten has been working on SR-related activities for many years. After organising panel discussions at Historical Materialism (2015) and the Association of Art Historians (2016) on the theme, she co-edited a special issue of Third Text on ‘Social Reproduction and Art’ in 2017.

Frances Stacey is a curator and producer based in Edinburgh and Newcastle. Since 2013 she has been a Producer at visual art organisation Collective, working closely on the film ‘Workers!’. Her practice often involves open-ended research and collaboration with others and she is the coordinator of a reading group on social reproduction, co-founder of art-run organisation Rhubaba and board member of Scot-Pep.

Marwa Arsanios is an artist, filmmaker and researcher, based in Beirut and Berlin, who reconsiders politics of the mid-twentieth century from a contemporary perspective, with a particular focus on gender relations, urbanism and industrialisation. Currently she is collaborating with the Kurdish women’s movement, to learn how they have developed methods for organising every-day life based on an ecofeminist practice.

Akwugo Emejulu is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Her research interests include the political sociology of race, class and gender and women of colour’s grassroots activism in Europe and the United States. She is the author of several books including Minority Women and Austerity: Survival and Resistance in France and Britain (Policy Press, 2017) and Fugitive Feminism (Silver Press, 2020). She is co-editor of To Exist is to Resist: Black Feminism in Europe (Pluto Press, 2019).

Schedule and details:

30 October, Cinema Capitol: 17.30 – 21.15

Screening of Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (Chantal Akerman, 1975). You need to buy tickets separately for the screening. Tickets are available here:

31 October, Cinema Capitol: 9.00 – 16.00

Presentations by Marwa Arsanios, Petra Bauer, Natasa Petresin-Bechelezand, Frances Stacey

1 November, Royal Institute of Art, Muralen: 9.00 – 18.00

Presentations by Binna Choi, Akwugo Emejulu, Kirsten Lloyd and Marina Vishmidt

The cost for the symposium is 100 kronor for 2 days, including coffee, tea and snacks. Please register for the symposium here:

We have a few free tickets available both for the screening and the symposium for those of you who would like to attend but do not have the financial means to do so. Please send an email to Petra.Bauer@kkh.se if you would like to claim a free ticket.

On 1 November a communal dinner for all participants takes place at the Royal Institute of Art’s Muralen. The cost of the dinner is 100kr and drinks will be available for purchase. Please send an email to Petra.Bauer@kkh.se if you would like to join the dinner.

Please do not forget to register as only a limited number of seats is available.

The symposium is organised by the Royal Institute of Art and the French Institute in Stockholm. Funded by The Swedish Research Council.

Addresses:

– Royal Institute of Art, Muralen, Flaggmansvägen 1, 11149 Stockholm
– Cinema Capitol, Sankt Eriksgatan 82, 11362 Stockholm