Art - What is it good for? Education, mediation, criticism
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Art - What is it good for? Education, mediation, criticism

An international conference arranged at Linnaeus University, in Växjö, Sweden, August 19-20, 2020

Due to the present circumstances this conference will be entirely digital!

In this age of turbulence, the value of art is challenged. Why occupy oneself with art, or with teaching art and heritage, when the world is on fire? On the other hand: in critical times, art becomes more important than ever. When human rights are under attack, an awareness of history, of its traditions, symbols and experiences, provides arguments in support of fundamental democratic values. The history of art and culture sheds light on the present.

In the present Anthropocene period, we are exhausting the Earth’s resources. For the last three hundred years, humanity’s relation to nature has been determined by an industrially based, consumerist approach that keeps escalating. How can art help us to identify the driving forces and understand the effects? When the climate change becomes ever more alarming and global collaboration is threatened by nationalistic politics, we must rely on the capacity of art to communicate knowledge, understanding and insight beyond politically polarized arenas.

The aim of the “Art – what is it good for?” conference is to throw light on the function of art in times of crisis by bringing together participants from a range of academic disciplines and professions: researchers, art educators, art critics and artists. Our expectation is that the debates will bring about a recognition of art as fundamental prerequisite for freedom of speech in any society. The conference will provide a scene for exchanges across disciplinary boundaries that may prompt interaction between academia and society and stimulate interdisciplinary research collaboration between theoretical and artistic disciplines.

Keynote speakers

Nancy Thompson, Professor in Art History, St. Olaf College, Northfield Minnesota, USA, and Jennifer Borland, Associate Professor in Art History, College of Arts and Sciences, Oklahoma State University, USA – both founding members of the Material Collective
SU-EN, Choreographer and artistic director for The Butoh Company, Almunge, Uppland
Mathias Kryger, Performance artist, art critic and curator, Copenhagen

Paper sessions

  • Art, populism and nationalism
  • Teaching art in times of crisis
  • Climate and art: the Anthropocene
  • Heritage and democracy
  • The infrastructure of art: the role of institutions in a sustainable art world
  • Education and criticism: art as communication

Questions and information:

Jan Bäcklund
Linda Fagerström
Lena Liepe
Johanna Rosenqvist
Hans Sternudd

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