Making Matters Visible

Welcome to a symposium in which researchers in dialogue with artists and the individuals and organisations that initiated the Art is Happening project discuss the works developed by artists in close collaboration with civil society.

Welcome to a symposium in which researchers in dialogue with artists and the individuals and organisations that initiated the Art is Happening (Konst händer) project discuss the works developed by artists in close collaboration with civil society.

The symposium will present the results from the commissioned research into Public Art Agency Sweden’s three-year government initiative Art is Happening (Konst händer) 2016–2018, an open call addressed to civil society that sought collaboration with groups and residents in the Million Homes Programme throughout Sweden. An important element of the assignment was to carry out the work on the initiative of, and in collaboration with, various organisations in civil society. Many of the projects were developed in participation processes and by listening and ascertaining that which was locally most interesting to address artistically. One of the challenges was to create significant art projects involving different interests, agendas and perspectives. Another was to challenge common notions about who has the right of interpretation.

Researchers from different fields and disciplines have been commissioned to research on the project and write reports. Making Matters Visible gathers citizens, artists, curators and architects from Art is Happening (Konst händer) who, in collaboration with researchers, present their perspectives and make visible differing conditions in order to create public art with civil society.

The moderator for the symposium and the panel discussions is Annika Wik. researcher and process facilitator for knowledge development in contemporary art.

Participants:

Nasim Aghili & Björn Karlsson, artists
Katarina Bonnevier, member of MYCKET, artist, architect
Jonna Bornemark, researcher, philosopher
Liza Fior, partner muf architecture/art LLP, architect, artist (participating with a video presentation)
Peter Hagdahl, curator Public Art Agency Sweden
Henna Harri, researcher and curator
Marcus Jahnke & Jenny Lööf, researchers
Göran Lidbrink, Jordbro världsorkester
Marti Manen, curator
Sofia Wiberg, researcher urban and regional studies
Joanna Zawieja, architect, Public Art Agency Sweden

PROGRAMME
14:00–14:30
Welcome address – Sara Rossling, producer and co-curator, and Annika Enqvist, head of public programmes, Public Art Agency Sweden

Brief presentation of the government commission Art is Happening – Henrik Orrje, acting director, Public Art Agency Sweden

Introduction to Art is Happening – Joanna Zawieja, architect, Public Art Agency Sweden

Film screening – Documentation of Marmorlinjen by artists Anna Högberg and Johan Tirén from Art is Happening: Gamlegården

14:30–15:15
Presentation – Göran Lidbrink, Jordbro World Orchestra

Presentation – Jonna Bornemark, researcher and philosopher
Ongoing evaluation and research of Art is Happening with the report Maktens väggar och möjligheten att skapa det som ännu inte finns (The Walls of Power and the Possibility to Create that which yet not Exists)

Presentation – Katarina Bonnevier, member of MYCKET, artist and architect
Participated in Art is Happening: Råslätt with the work Kepsen by MYCKET and Mix Dancers

Panel discussion moderated by Annika Wik, researcher and process manager for knowledge development in contemporary art

15:15–15:40
Coffee and screening of the video work In Purple by Johanna Billing and Mix Dancers from Art is Happening: Råslätt

15:40–16:25
Presentations and panel discussion in English

Video presentation – Liza Fior, partner, muf architecture/art LLP, architect and artist
Participated in Art is Happening: Jordbro with Kulturhuset framför näsan by muf architecture/art LLP

Presentation – Peter Hagdahl, curator, Public Art Agency Sweden and Marti Manen, director Index and former curator, Public Art Agency Sweden

Presentation – Henna Harri, researcher and curator at Photographic Gallery Hippolyte.
Ongoing evaluation and research of Art is Happening with the report En känsla av tillhörighet – att arbeta som curatoriellt team (A Sense of Belonging: Working as a Curatorial Team)

Panel discussion moderated by Annika Wik, researcher and process manager for knowledge development in contemporary art

16:25–16:35
Coffee break

16:40–17:25
Presentation – aghili/karlsson, Nasim Aghili and Björn Karlsson, artists
Participated in Art is Happening: Hässelby with the work Şaneşîn

Presentation – Sofia Wiberg, researcher at the Department of Urban Planning and Environment, KTH
Ongoing evaluation and research of Art is Happening with the report Att hålla “både och” (To Maintain “Both… and”)

Presentation – Marcus Jahnke and Jenny Lööf, researcher at RISE Urban Development
Ongoing evaluation and research of Art is Happening with the report Art is Happening Hammarkullen: När konsten tar plats (When Art Asserts Itself)

Panel discussion moderated by Annika Wik, researcher and process manager for knowledge development in contemporary art

17:25–17:30
Closing remarks and thanks – Sara Rossling, producer and co-curator, and Annika Enqvist, head of public programmes, Public Art Agency Sweden

17:30–
Dinner in the foyer – free discussion

Registration:

Please register at: kunskapsnav@statenskonstrad.se
Open until 14 January 2020.

We will be serving coffee and something to eat during the symposium; please let us know if you have any food allergies or special dietary needs.