Autumn 2016 public programme

Autumn 2016 public programme

University of Gothenburg

Johanna Wallin, 2014. Bachelor in Photography degree show. Photo: Hendrik Zeitler.
September 21, 2016
Autumn 2016 public programme

Valand Academy
University of Gothenburg
Vasagatan 50

The students and staff of the Valand Academy are pleased to announce the autumn 2016 public programme. Valand Academy is the educational platform for artistic practice in film, photography, fine art and literature at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden and our public events are free of charge, however booking to reserve a place in advance is advised.

October 3
Action: Co-Organise!
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? Participants include: 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. More

October 12–14
Let’s Mobilize: What is Feminist Pedagogy?
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?

How can we understand justice and diversity in ways that are not blind to differences in gender, sexual orientation, race, class and dis/ability in the name of equality? How can feminist and queer admission policies be developed and implemented within institutions? Can management be thought of more in terms of care than administration? What does it actually require to decolonize the curriculum? What is possible within self-organized learning environments that is not within the institution? When do we learn? How is knowledge transmitted and validated? What is the agency of publishing and documenting, of citation practices? What are the acquisition politics of our libraries and databases? How can we broaden our understanding of feminist and non-Eurocentric knowledge? What kind of resources are we accessing to do so?

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, and more.

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).

NB! Registration required. Book your place today.

November 17 and 18
Photography in Print & Circulation symposium
Valand Academy and the Hasselblad Foundation are co-hosting a symposium on the expanded field of contemporary photo books. The event will reflect on the book as a unique format for showing and circulating photography based art. It will also address the importance of distribution networks and contemporary practices of digital publishing. More

November 25 
Open house 
An opportunity to meet teachers and students, visit studios, workshops and art exhibitions, go on guided tours and learn about Valand Academy’s courses and within film, photography, fine art and literature. More

November 30 & December 1 
Anatomising the Museum III: Contemporary Art and the De-colonisation of Museums
This third event in the series exploring contemporary intersections of experimental museology, critical art practices and curatorial research, 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 discourses, implications, and impacts of artistic and cultural “de-colonising” interventions, and evaluate specific examples of creative strategies, rituals, and artistic processes that address this theme. More

December 5
All Academy Research Day
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. This year’s guests will be announced shortly. More

December 1–January 15
Application open to our English-language MFA programmes:
MFA Fine Arts / MFA Photography


About Valand Academy 
The Valand Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, is a centre for the development of the independent artist/author/film-maker/photographer. We provide courses and programmes (BA, MFA, PhD) in the fields of film, photography, fine art and literary composition.

Our students come from different countries, cultural heritages and perspectives and we actively encourage cross-cultural dialogue. We are also concerned to ensure that our programmes address the diversity of perspective, politic, representation and experience of the contemporary world. The student body is an active participant in the planning and development of the academy’s education, research and collaboration with the wider world.

The Academy hosts a lively research community, including several prestigious nationally funded research projects in the areas of artist-led culture, social practice, queer cinema, contemporary poetry, and photographic archives/imaging practices in environmental and climate science.


Valand Academy’s public programme autumn 2016

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