Symposium on self-organization within contemporary art

Published: 29 May, 2015
Symposium on self-organization within contemporary art

13-14 June 2015
Art Lab Gnesta and Elektron Gnesta

It is perhaps small-scale, self-organised artists’ initiatives that are prefatory within the artistic ecosystem owing to their capacity to be fleet of foot, the hybrid working methods and play and the informality of their networks. Through participant-based projects together and commitment to place, they also bring professional contemporary art to smaller towns and population centres where there is no other access to contemporary art. In this way they contribute both to artistic development and to social discourse beyond the metropolis.

This symposium will discuss issues pertaining to autonomy, commons, and the relationship between self-organisation and artistic praxis. By focusing on the value and values of self-organisation and the potential of networks, the aim is to create a context for stimulus, methods and tools with opportunities for exchanging experience and knowhow for a wide group of participants.

Among the lecturers are Andrea Phillips, Goldsmiths (London), Allison Collins, Western Front (Vancouver) Eric Stone, Common Practice (Los Angeles), Jason Bowman, Mick Wilson and Julie Crawshaw from Akademin Valand (Gothenburg). Full program will soon be posted.

Fee: 125 SEK (including food)
Register here.

The project is a joint venture between the Swedish Exhibition Agency, Den kollektiva hjärnan, Konstfrämjandet, Akademin Valand and Kultur i Väst/Västra Götalandsregionen.

The working group for the network Den kollektiva hjärnan is: Art Lab Gnesta, Galleri Syster, Galleri Verkligheten, Kultivator, Not Quite and Rejmyre Art Lab.