Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

Rutiga Golvet: Swamps and the New Imagination

Image: Expedition to Cepkeliai marsh. From The Swamp School, Lithuanian Pavilion, 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Photo by Norbertas Tukaj.

Image: Expedition to Cepkeliai marsh. From The Swamp School, Lithuanian Pavilion, 16th Venice Architecture Biennale 2018. Photo by Norbertas Tukaj.


With Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas

Please join us at Rutiga Golvet for a session with Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonas, in discussion with Sara Arrhenius.

Swamps and the New Imagination embarks upon a critical examination of the outcomes of today’s rediscovery of matter, which constantly opens itself up through its interplay with immateriality. The presentation intends to set up a discursive space not only questioning the distribution of territories as a means of organizing identities and realities, but also to envision the role of the immaterial in the age of the non-human turn and interspecies dialogue. A swamp is both a place for manifold sympoietic relationships, and a locus of imagination, fostering the dialogue with possible futures.

In 2018, Urbonas launched the Swamp School for the Lithuanian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale. The Swamp School is a self-organized, open-ended and ever-changing infrastructure that supports collaborative experiments in design, pedagogy, and artistic intelligence for learning and adapting to imminent unknowns.

Nomeda and Gediminas Urbonas are artists, educators, and co-founders of the Urbonas Studio, an interdisciplinary research practice that facilitates exchange amongst diverse nodes of knowledge production and artistic practice in pursuit of projects that transform civic spaces and collective imaginaries. Urbonas work has been exhibited at the São Paulo, Berlin, Moscow, Lyon, Gwangju Biennales; Folkestone Triennale; the Manifesta and Documenta exhibitions; in solo shows at the Venice Biennale and the MACBA in Barcelona among others. Gediminas is Associate Professor at the MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology in the School of Architecture and Planning. Nomeda is a MIT research affiliate and PhD researcher at the NTNU, Norway.

About School of Monuments
The program at Rutiga Golvet during the 2018/19 academic year addresses purposes and models of art education in relation to the public role of art and artists. The role of the art school will be discussed in a situation of possibility, as the RIA is currently in a process of transformation and reassessment of its institutional mission. In the bigger picture, we are facing a crisis of cultural and democratic institutions, which requires radical and imaginative responses. During most of the twentieth century, the RIA housed what was called Monumentalskolan (School of Monuments), a department where artists were educated in techniques destined for public use, assuming a role of the artist different from the modernist conception that informs the institutional structure of most contemporary Western art schools. The program School of Monuments at Rutiga Golvet will speculatively draw on the history of this department, as a shadow that haunts the school, or even as its repressed other. Speakers at School of Monuments will discuss what students become by attending an art school, and what the art school becomes by attending to the needs of contemporary culture and to a continuing reassessment of tradition.

The Rutiga Golvet program is organized by guest professors Stefanie Hessler, Lars Bang Larsen, and Kim West.

Start Time: 2018-10-18 17:00
End Time: 2018-10-18 19:00
Location: The Royal Institute of Art / Kungliga Konsthögskolan, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.