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Inauguration of the Royal Institute of Arts new platform- Mindepartementet

On the september 10 the Royal Institute of Art inaugurates the Mindepartementet, the school’s new location at Skeppsholmen for teaching and research in moving image, photography, performance and sound art. The evening is celebrated with a festival filled with performance, film and installations.

When: 10 september, 17:00-00:00
Where: Mindepartementet, Skeppsholmen. Slupskjulsvägen 26A
111 49 Stockholm.

The last two years the Royal Institute of Art has conducted extensive development work. A key word in the new vision are artistic risk-taking, experimentation and innovation, together with a new organization that gives students and staff more influence. In conjunction with this, new studies have been started in, among other things, public art and sound art and new services have been set up such as a professorship in performance, and that high-profile international artists have been associated with the school as guest teachers.

An important step in the school’s development is that it now opens the Ministry of Education, the school’s new platform for moving image, photography, performance and sound art. Sara Arrhenius, vice-chancellor of the Royal Institute of Art, wants to try new pedagogical methods here with the intention that the school’s workshop-related education will cooperate with more theoretical approaches.

“When I initiated this site, the opportunity for different artistic methods and techniques to work side by side was an important starting point. Many of our researchers and students move across a broad artistic field and work with moving images as well as performance and sound. That is why we want to gather them in a place where they can all meet, ”says Sara Arrhenius.

The inauguration on September 10 takes the form of a festival and opens the gates at 17:00. Until midnight, a broad program is delivered, ranging from what is eaten to what is heard, seen and felt.

“We want the evening to reflect the creativity and interesting artistic conversations and articulations that are currently going on at school among students and teachers. The inauguration will have the character of a festival where we at the same time showcase our new classrooms. ”Says Petra Bauer, Professor of Free Art and Area Manager for the Ministry of Education. “However, we not only want Mindepartementet to reflect on what is happening right now, but to be a place where we can hold joint discussions on the expression and role of contemporary art in the future.”

There will be practical tools for video editing, digital darkroom, photo studio, as well as meeting places such as project rooms and seminar rooms. They also break with the tradition of the Royal Institute of Art, where the students have a professor as supervisor – instead the area’s professors should work together.

Artistic expressions will be discussed and experimented through seminars, film screenings, workshops and exhibitions. Mindepartementet has been designed by the architectural firm Norell / Rodhe, which has created an environment that stimulates this pedagogical approach.

“Our work has taken hold on the educational models that are now being developed at the Royal Institute of Arts and our hope is that architecture will promote new forms of working together. The oldest parts of the building date from the 18th century and the premises bear traces of many previous renovations. By emphasizing color and materiality, both existing elements and additions give the interior a varied and informal character, ”says Daniel Norell and Einar Rodhe.

The Royal Through Mindepartementet, the Royal Institute of Arts wants to stimulate new artistic expressions and forms of teaching, in an environment characterized by artistic openness and curiosity, where art and the freedom of education are a prerequisite

Contributing artists
Emanuel Almborg, Åsa Andersson Broms, Petra Bauer, Mikael Beckman-Thoor, David Blomqvist Jönsson, Robert Brečević, Karolina Brobäck, Jacob Broms Engblom, Carl Johan Erikson, Simon Ferner, Benjamin Gerdes, Vladyslav Kamenskyy, Oscar Lara, Björn Larsson, Izabel Lind Färnstrand, Rossana Mercado-Rojas, Linnéa Ndangoya Palmcrantz, Afrang Nordlöf Malekian, Alessandro Petti/DAAR, Cristian Quinteros Soto, Erika Råberg, Natália Rebelo, Sonia Sagan, Vanja Sandell, Lina Selander, Anneli Ström Villaseca, Eugene Sundelius von Rosen, tm, Victoria Verseau, Erik Viklund, Sophie Vuković, James Webb and Ming Wong.

Doors open at 17:00
18:00 Speech by Sara Arrhenius, Vice-Chancellor and Petra Bauer, Professor of Free Art and Area Manager at the Ministry of Education

Mindepartementet originally built in the 1730s. The building has since grown to include 500 square meters. It was used from the beginning as a storehouse for the fleet and then a unit for the production and maintenance of mines during the Crimean War in the 19th century, when it got its name. After the closure of Stockholm’s warship shipyard at Skeppsholmen in 1969, the building was used, among other things, for Minbyrån and the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration until 1983, and thereafter for cultural activities. In 2017, it was decided that the Royal Institute of Art would move into the premises.