Valand Academy public programme 2017

Valand Academy public programme 2017

University of Gothenburg

The River of Light, 2017. Public assembly event, co-facilitated by Denise Mellion, and Behjat Omer Abdulla. Photo: Saria Dalain.

April 24, 2017
Valand Academy public programme 2017
University of Gothenburg
Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Box 141
SE-40530 Gothenburg
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The students and staff of the Valand Academy are pleased to give advance notice of some future events in our continuing 2017 public programme, taking place in Gothenburg and further afield.  Our public programme includes workshops, exhibitions, screenings and seminars, the majority of which are open to the public free of charge. Exceptions may apply where we collaborate with the not-for-profit sector.

Tuesday, September 19, 5–8:30
Imaginary Access: Exhibition-Making as Public Inquiry.
(Part of Akademin Valand’s participation at the Research Pavillion, Venice 2017).
Research Pavilion, Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo, Giudecca, 621 Venice
The food thing: Light refreshments available during the seminar.

In a moment of political turmoil and geopolitical re-alignment—marked by the rise of various populisms and fascisms—this workshop asks how the claims for exhibition-making as a form of public sphere work now stand. Bringing together perspectives from exhibition-making, exhibition-histories, and curating-as-inquiry, this workshop will explore the changing political imaginaries and “public-ness” of exhibition and of curating’s changing “globalisms”.

Saturday, September 23 5–8:30pm
Post-Colonial Artist-Organisation in African Regions?
(Part of Akademin Valand’s participation at the Research Pavillion, Venice 2017).
Research Pavilion, Sala del Camino, Campo S. Cosmo, Giudecca, 621 Venice
The food thing: Light refreshments available during the seminar.

Post-independence art institutions in many African countries demonstrate a move from Eurocentric-colonial to decolonial models. What are the organizational strategies originated by artists in post-colonial Africa? Given art’s ambivalent globalization and the wish to institute “alternative” models (self-organisation) outside market-determined and state-sanctioned models, what can we learn from self-organised African contexts? (A Stretched Seminar).

November 30–December 1
Genocide Memorialisation: Political Imaginaries and Public Materialities

This is an international conference inviting artists, curators, commissioners, scholars and researchers across the arts, humanities and social sciences to consider the highly specific, but nonetheless pervasive, cultural phenomenon of genocide memorialisation. The conference considers the unsettling intersection of questions of mass murder, historicisation, memory-work, artistic production and public culture at a historical moment marked by a resurgence of xenophobic, ethno-nationalist and racist mobilisations.

The conference is organised by the cross-disciplinary Genocide Memorialisation Seminar, University of Gothenburg, co-convened by the School of Global Studies, Valand Academy, and the Centre for Critical Heritage Studies. Participation in the conference is free, however places are limited, as the intention is to create a focussed space of generative dialogue across a range of practices and disciplines.

If you would like to propose a paper for the conference, please send by May 31
(1) abstract (300 words) and (2) a current CV to: mick.wilson [​at​] / kenneth.hermele [​at​]

Public Art / Public Talk / Public Space
At a time when there is both a wide and energetic experimentation in public art practices, and a renewal of intense debate on the nature and potential of “public-ness” internationally, Valand Academy, in partnership with the Västra Götaland Region, is co-organising a series of seminars to explore the critical agency of art as public culture. These seminars are realised in conjunction with two continuing professional development courses on making, curating and commisisoning art in public delivered in partnership with Public Art Agency Sweden. 

The programme will be announced on Thursday, April 27 at a special presentation on—Any Given Sunday (Cape Town)—that includes contributions from Gabrielle Goliath, Riason Naidoo, and Richard Pithouse. For more information on the series and this event go here.

Student exhibitions

Util May 5
BFA Fine Art, Year 3 at Konstepidemin, Gothenburg
Openings on April 8 and April 22.

April 29–May 21
The Absence of Something Is Not Enough
BFA Photography at Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg

Strange Attractors
MFA: Fine Art thesis exhibition at Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg

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