March 5, 2012 - Bonniers Konsthall - The moving image in contemporary art: New publication and international conference in Stockholm
March 5, 2012

The moving image in contemporary art: New publication and international conference in Stockholm

The moving image in contemporary art: New publication and international conference in Stockholm

Before and After Cinema – International conference on the status of the moving image in 20th-century and contemporary art
9–10 March 2012 at Cinema Sture in Stockholm

Before and After Cinema is an international conference on the status of the moving image in contemporary art, in the perspective of the shift from analogue to digital media, and what this means to distribution, perception, archiving and the making of art and film. The conference is a part of a larger collaboration between Bonniers Konsthall and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. The conference is co-produced by Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Artist
Sara Arrhenius: Director Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm
Daniel Birnbaum: Director Moderna Museet, Stockholm
Dara Birnbaum: Artist
Jan Holmberg: CEO of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and Curator of the Ingmar Bergman Archives
Magdalena Malm: Director Mobile Art Production, Stockholm
Christiane Paul: Director of Media Studies Graduate Programs and Associate Prof., School of Media Studies, The New School, Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art.
Ming Wong: Artist

What kind of impact have film and the moving image had on art from the early 20th century until today? How is this relationship likely to develop in the future? What is the significance of the rapid changes that occur in the transition from analogue to digital? These are some of the issues that will be discussed in Before and After Cinema.

The speakers of the conference are all renowned international artists and scholars. On the first day, pioneering video artist Dara Birnbaum will set the tone for the discussion, talking about her career, spanning 40 years, as an artist working with moving images. During the second day, theory will be alternated with examples from artistic practices. Christiane Paul, Director of Media Studies at The New School and Adjunct Curator of New Media Arts at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will discuss a number of artists who have developed the moving image by employing new technology and new manners of displaying art. Jan Holmberg, managing director of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation and the Ingmar Bergman Archives will discuss if digitalisation is the answer when analogue techniques are neglected and we risk losing large parts of the infancy of cinema. We will meet artist Eija-Liisa Ahtila in conversation with Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and artist Ming Wong in conversation with Sara Arrhenius, Director of Bonniers Konsthall.  The conference will be concluded by a panel discussion featuring all speakers. The moderator is Magdalena Malm, Director of MAP, Mobile Art Production.

Cinema Sture, Birger Jarlsgatan 41, Stockholm
Tickets are booked through Cinema Sture,  T +46 8-5629 4880, and picked up upon arrival.
For press tickets, contact sofia.curman [​at​]

For detailed programme and more information about the speakers and the program, please visit

A Trip to the Moon – A new anthology from Bonniers Konsthall
Contributors: Sara Arrhenius, Alexander Ahndoril, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Rosa Barba, Marco Brambilla, Tacita Dean, Don DeLillo, Douglas Gordon, Jan Holmberg, Christiane Paul, Alex Reynolds, Lindsay Seers, Ryan Trecartin & Lizzie Fitch, David Foster Wallace, Ming Wong, Gene Youngblood

A Trip to the Moon is an anthology, with contributions from writers and artist, who investigate the century-long love affair between art and film. Today moving image is an inevitable part of our visual culture, available to everyone. One could say that we have now reached the stage after film, a shift in technologies as decisive as the invention of film itself. A sad consequence of the invention of new technologies is that other techniques are assigned to the graveyard. How those shifts, those births and deaths in the history of the moving image, influence and change art is the core in this book and the ongoing eponymous exhibition at Bonniers Konsthall.

A Trip to the Moon is the fifth in a series of anthologies where Bonniers Konsthall and Albert Bonnier’s Publishers investigate contemporary art’s relationship with other art forms. Previous books in the series are Anachronisms, Life Forms, Scene Shifts and Translatability.

A Trip to the Moon
Editors: Sara Arrhenius, Magnus Magnus Bergh
Language: Swedish and English
Published by: Albert Bonniers Förlag 2012

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