SEMINAR: Public Space Introduction (2019/20)

Semester I: 26 & 27 August, 2019 Intro-Seminar organized by Olga Schmedling

“How to reflect on the rapidly changing formulations of public space in the age of digital media, vast ecological crises and civic uprisings?”

Public spaces change as our modes of publicity change. `The public’ today can be described as an arena of different, overlapping social experiences and discourses articulated through the continuous activity of multiple evolving publics, rather than as a coherent and monolithic space. Consequently conventional approaches don´t seem to work anymore. As the work of art itself, its basic conditions of existence, its space/time system of coordinates, are transformed and displaced, it seems one may need a descriptive phenomenology. Such a vocabulary will have to break with the usual forms for public and private, space and time, subjectivity and objectivity. Work is carried out not only taking into account the artwork itself, but also considering the process of production, circulation, and consumption/reception. Thus the question of art seems more oriented towards institutions, critics and audiences. This very questioning is what artistic research revolves around and thus artistic research actively participates in reformulating questions about public space.

Day 1

9.15-10.00 Mikkel B. TIN (philosopher/professor) “Can you show me the way to the next public space?”

10.00-10.30 Questions/Discussion

10.30-10.45 Pause

10.45-11.30 Marius GRØNNING (architect/ass.professor) “Art as technê and the city as material – a research framework for the OsloBIENNIAL”

11.30-12.00 Questions/Discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Stephen WRIGHT (philosopher/professor) “How much art have we here? Artfully, artlessly, adverbially”

14.00 -15.00 Walking in the City to the Oslo Biennial Myntgata

15.00-16.00 Per Gunnar EEG-TVERBAKK (artist/curator) of the Oslo Biennial

Day 2

9.15-10.00 Marion HOHLFELDT (theorist, director) “Project-grounded art: a research in the open”

10.00-10.45 Questions/Discussion

10.45-11.00 Pause

11.00-11.45 Ane Hjort GUTTU (artist/professor) “Exploring underground digital platforms as artistic research”

11.45-12.00 Questions/Discussion

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Merete RØSTAD (artist/ass.professor)“Performative Time”

14.00-14.30 Questions

14.30-14.45 Pause

14.45 -16.00 Workshop - discussing questions raised - Summing up