KRISTIANSAND KUNSTHALL · 9th-11th FEBRUARY 2021
Over the past two years colleagues from The Faculty of Fine Arts, The Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences and The Faculty of Humanities and Education at the University of Agder have been in a slow conversation about the question what it means to be human today and what this has to do with the particular fields of practice we work in. Through regular colloquia we have involved colleagues and students from across the university into this conversation. In addition, we have had a number of public sessions at the Kristiansand Kunsthall where we have met with artists around our main question.
Rather than writing another academic book or organising another interdisciplinary conference and thus staying within the traditional ‘frame’ of the university, we felt from early on that it would be more meaningful to let our conversations culminate in an exhibition where we put our ongoing conversation ‘on display,’ so to speak, and invite others to join in with their own expertise and experience. This exhibition is going to take place as a three-day event from 9 February 2021 at 12:00 (noon) until 11 February 2021 at 16:00 at the Kristiansand Kunsthall.
Our ambition is to bring together about 80 people from the fields of art, education and mental health – academics, practitioners, (doctoral) students, and others with an interest in the topic – for lectures, performances, conversations, presentations and other activities in order to collectively engage with the question what it means to be human today. A more detailed rationale for the event can be downloaded here.
On day 1 we will focus on the ‘trouble’ of being human today through presentations from Gert Biesta (University of Agder, Maynooth University Ireland and University of Edinburgh), Tore Dag Bøe (University of Agder), Bård Bertelsen (University of Agder) and Lisbet Skregelid (University of Agder) and group activities.
Day 2 will be organised around a range of explorations around the idea of the ‘arrival of the I,’ which has to do with the broad and open question how our ‘I’ can or cannot ‘arrive’ in the world today. We have invited contributions from four artists: Jan Martin Smordal , Kurt Johanessen , Jo Abusland and Ane Hjort Guttu .
In addition, we have about 20 slots of 45 minutes available for contributions from anyone interested in the topic of the exhibition. These contributions will be scheduled as parallel sessions.
On day 3 we will focus on the joy of being human today through lectures from Dag Øystein Nome (University of Agder), Aslaug Kristiansen (University of Agder), Sigurd Tenningen (University of Agder) and Rolf Sundet (University of South Eastern Norway), and group activities, including a weaving session led by Monica Klungland (University of Agder).
Download the full program HERE.
Abstracts for contributions by curatorial team and presenters available HERE.
Participation in the exhibition is free and on a first-come first-served basis. We do require all participants to register here by 15th October 2020. The exhibition includes an evening programme on day 1 and day 2. We will ask all participants for a contribution towards the costs for coffee, tea, lunch and dinner. We are expecting that anyone who wishes to participate will do so for the whole event, so that we can have a sustained collective conversation. Participants are required to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
The University of Agder has agreed preferential rates with the Scandic Hotel Bystranda in Kristiansand (NOK 1130 per night). Please use this link for your booking.
At this point, we are inviting proposals for a contribution on day 2 around the broad theme of ‘the arrival of the I’ in relation to art, education and/or mental health. Contributions can take any form – such as paper presentations, artistic performances, conversations, workshops, knitting, music making, and anything else that meaningfully relates to the overall theme of the exhibition and the three fields of practice we seek to bring into conversation. Proposals can either be for a full slot of 45 minutes or for part of this time or for a joint presentation/session/activity. We are keen to accommodate everyone who wishes to contribute. We explicitly encourage PhD students to submit a proposal.
Proposals can be submitted here. The deadline for submission is 1st October 2020. We will do a light touch review of proposals and will inform all those who have submitted no later than 15th October whether the proposal has been accepted.
The participation in the exhibition might be available as a course for PhD students, with 5 credit points for participation, reading and the writing of a paper. For further information about this option, please contact Lisbet Skregelid ().
DISCLAIMER: We are anticipating that by February 2021 the situation with the Covid-19 virus has improved so much that this event can be held and participants from Norway and further away are able to travel to Kristiansand. We will keep an eye on how the situation will develop over the coming months. In case the situation will deteriorate we will make a decision about the event no later than 1st December 2020.