Tendencies in time: a series of seminars on contemporary art continues

Tendencies in time: a series of seminars on contemporary art continues


February 12, 2007

Tendencies in time 
Iaspis series of seminars on production, presentation and preservation of contemporary art continues


Part 4 Education: Why professors from elsewhere?
14 February 6pm-9pm
Liljevalchs Konsthall, Djurgårdsvägen 60, Stockholm

Participants: Ronald Jones (Stockholm), professor Konstfack, University College of Arts, Crafts and Design; Esther Shalev Gerz (Paris), professor Valand School of Fine Arts and Ingo Vetter (Berlin/Stockholm), professor Umeå University College of Fine Arts. Moderator Niclas Östlind, curator, Liljevalchs Konsthall.

Since the end of the 1990s, a number of artists active on the international art scene have been employed by Swedish art education institutions, including: Jimmie Durham (Malmö Art Academy), Claire Barclay (Umeå Academy of Fine Arts) and Henrik Plenge Jakobsen (Stockholm Royal University College of Fine Arts) and many more. Their work in Sweden has given them the opportunity to influence the local art scene. Why did they opt for Sweden, what did they know of the Swedish art scene before they came here, and how do they perceive the situation here? The seminar aims to explore whether the motive for these artists moving to Sweden can be found in a structural form of internationalisation, or in personal preferences. It is important to discuss what effect this has had on local artists, art institutions and the willingness of Swedish artists to work internationally. What role do these international professors play in Sweden today?

Part 5 Conservation: What is the new role of collections?
Wednesday 21 February 6-9pm
Magasin 3, Frihamnen, Stockholm

Participants: Charles Esche, director, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and David Neuman, director, Magasin 3 Stockholm Konsthall. Moderator: Maria Lind, director, Iaspis.

Recently, the traditional core activities of public art institutions have been neglected in favour of seminars, conferences and events that have pushed aside the less media-friendly matter of collections. Constituting the basis of museums, collections have often been overshadowed by temporary exhibitions, new projects and immaterial events that work with a different kind of speed and economy. What is the function of collections and collectors for todays artists, museums and galleries? In Sweden and internationally? How do we discuss, on the one hand, differences such as sources of knowledge in private collections, and, on the other, public, historical archives? The focus of Magasin 3, Stockholm, is on newly produced work by artists in conjunction with temporary exhibitions and projects. The van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, works actively to invite artists to present the collection from various perspectives. This seminar aims at investigating recent developments in contemporary collecting.

Part 6 Mobility: How do residencies affect artistic production?
Friday 23 March, 6-9 pm
Marabouparken, Vasagatan 4A, Sundbyberg

Participants: Lisi Raskin (Brooklyn/New York), artist; Julieta Aranda (New Mexico/New York/Berlin), artist, Berlin; Martin Gustavsson (London/Stockholm), artist and Chus Martinez (Bilbao / Frankfurt), director Frankfurter Kunstverein. Moderator: Adnan Yildiz (Istanbul/Berlin), artist and curator.

The relationship between international residencies and artists as travellers is at the core of this seminar. The life style of todays artists is often similar to that of the nomad; artists careers are no longer deeply-rooted in nationality but may be regarded as rootless. Artists can move to specific places where the work continues, just like journalists or explorers who make expeditions in order to study new cultures and places. In this way, artists are ascribed an idea which has been lying latent in the colonial world view, in which the subject is separated from the object, north from south. Can artists be held responsible for the complex of colonial problems that arises from the short stays in cultures that are unknown to individual artists? What function do residencies have in this discussion, and what function should they have?
Tendencies in time continues to trace and discuss current tendencies in the production, presentation and preservation of contemporary art, as regards both Swedish and international developments. What these key discussions share is that they all have palpable effects on artistic practice, as well as on how art is made publicly accessible. Several of these tendencies are completely new, while others are recast in new forms, and some have been known for a long time. Todays conventional knowledge systems have become inefficient in at the same time managing and probing contemporary arts new alliances with politics, business, bureaucracy and mass media. In order to discuss this some of the most inspiring people of the international art scene have been invited to Stockholm. Each seminar will be contextually located in an institution particularly pertinent to the issues raised. During the spring of 2007 the hosting institutions will be Liljevalchs Konsthall, Magasin 3 and Marabouparken.

For more information please contact:

Iaspis, International Artists’ Studio Program in Sweden
Box 1610, SE-111 86 Stockholm
Phone 46 8 402 35 76
Cell 46 768 71 66 67


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