COURSE: Art & Theory (2019/20)

Semester I

Art & Theory with Prof. Olga Schmedling

Guests: Ekaterina Sharova; Lene Berg

This course will be discussing various theories, artistic practices and methods of research that are in use within various professional fields taking spatial questions as their subject. The aim of the course is to create a common understanding and discussion for the professional field of artistic transdisciplinarity.

SESSION I: Public Lecture & Workshop with guest Ekaterina Sharova

Week 42: 16 October 2019

Kunstfag Grupperom 2 & Art & Public Space Studio

9.00-11.00 Public Lecture: Research in the Arctic North: Come out as a peasant!?

11.00-12.00 Questions and Discussion

13.00-16.00 Workshop (ceramic students attendance)

“What practices in public space were effective, and what were not? How to place the art work in the middle of the everyday processes inside the institution or outside, on the streets, and make it visible? How does an art work grow? During the workshop, I will discuss the following questions:

1. The canon vs. the power - the Empire perspective.

2. Nationalist agenda vs. decolonial feminist agenda.

3. Placemaking and spacemaking.

4. How to come out as a peasant.“

SESSION II: Film Screening & Public Lecture with guest Lene Berg

Week 47: 20 November 2019

Theory Room I & Art & Public Space Studio

9.00 - 11.00 False Belief - Film Screening

11.00 - 12.00 Questions and Discussion with Lene & D

13.00 - 14.00 - Lecture & Conversation (theater students attendance)

Synopsis: False Belief is the autobiographical story of a couple caught up in a battle that is wiping out the seminal African-American cultural legacy in Harlem. In 2008 Norwegian artist Lene Berg moved to Harlem with her partner, a black man, a publisher who will be referred to as D. After giving the police a statement about being harassed by a neighbor, D was arrested. But what exactly is he being accused of?

This led to a series of catastrophic events where D’s implicit trust in the U.S. justice system put everything he cherished at risk. Why doesn’t he play by the rules? Is he ignorant of the fact that black men are systematically transported to prison everyday in the United States? Is D a local hero or a fool? Why did he believe that his experience would have been any different? False Belief tries to untangle the circumstances around this criminal case through D’s candid storytelling accompanied by Berg’s own narration, driven by still and moving images, court documents, and collages. By analyzing what at first seems to be a minor case, False Belief uncovers the larger picture of a society that employs incarceration as a political and economic weapon.