February 4, 2015 –
Bonniers Konsthall, 18:00 - 21:00
Artists adrift: an evening with artist talks, performance and sound art
The exhibition City Walks opens with an evening with participating artists Jesper Just, Hala Alkoussy, Carlos Garaicoa and Lisa Torell in conversation with art critic Ingela Lind. The evening also invites OuUnPo - a pan-European artist group that functions as a moving laboratory - visiting Stockholm working with the theme of the fugue.
The evening evolves around artists´ relationship to cities and how cities today and historically have been connected globally. Contemporary cities transform at a rapid rate, provoking heated discussions around migration, urbanization and cultural belonging. How can we manage the complex relations that extend beyond national borders? How do these changes influence artists, locally and internationally? During the evening we will experience works dealing with displacement and disembodiment interlinked to experiences connected to travel, movement, city walks and aimless drifts.
Time Schedule and content
17.00 – 21.00 Sound piece by Natasha Rosling
18.00 – 18.20 Introduction by Sara Arrhenius, director of Bonniers Konsthalls. Camilla Larsson, curator of City Walks and Stephen Whitmarsh, organizer of OuUnPo Session XIV, will introduce the projects, participants and the outline of the evening
18.20 – 19.00 To be global, or not to be global - the dilemma of the contemporary artist: a conversation with Hala Elkoussy, Carlos Garaicoa and Elena Nemkova, moderated by Ingela Lind.
Taking the starting point in the work of the artists and the two projects, I suggest that we speak about locality and mobility. Does one insist to stay at one familiar place, like Hala and Carlos work extensively with their home towns of Cairo ad Havana, or travel restlessly like OuUnPo? I guess those two principles very much coincide within one artistic practice, but what can those different working methods/perspectives generate if we at least theoretically separate them? As Walter Benjamin reminds us - the gaze of the baudelaire flaneur was unfamiliar with the familiar environment of Paris. The familiar was turned almost exotic and was explored visually by drifts in the city. Is it important artistically to be able to make what is known into something unknown in order to explore it? How does this approach speak with contemporary critic of the misogynic Eurocentrism and post-colonial theories? What is the relation between the flaneur and the fuge state? How do OuUnPo members deal with the theme of the fugue? To travel without identity and goal could very much be a strategy of creative and cognitive capitalism? How do we keep those tendencies at bay?
Hala and Carlos´also deals with the history of the two cities, so even if they are working locally the phenomenon of the city is very much global, the respective histories are global with its colonial past. The history always rewrites itself, but the question is how do artists ‘relate to the palimpsest of cities as such, known or unknown?
19.15 – 19.30 SnowScape, outdoor intervention, introduced by Elena Nemkova
19.30 - 20.00 Break
20.00 – 20.30 How to walk the city? A conversation with Jesper Just, Lisa Torell, Natasha Rosling and Sara Giannini, moderated by Ingela Lind.
In line with the writing of De Certeau Jeper Just and Lisa Torell literally deals with how to navigate a city, from the bird´s perspective down to street level where they investigate parts of cities. How do the formation of architecture and style relate to current political, social and aesthetic value systems? How are we allowed to walk different cities and what can those walk teach us?
20.30 - 21:00 Drinks and closing