May 26, 2015

Three dialogues in Venice

University of Gothenburg
View of the first Research Pavilion, Experimentality, 2015. Photo: Jan Kaila.

30–31 May, 17–20h each evening

Speakers: Paul O’Neill (Bard CCS, USA), Niclas Östlind (Valand Academy, Sweden), Michelle Sommer (UFRGS, Brazil), Mick Wilson (Valand Academy, Sweden).

Context: Under the heading Exhibition/Non-Exhibition brings we gather in semi-formal dialogue to consider the dynamics of the “exhibitable” and the construction of publicness in the spirit of Robert Smithson’s dialectic of “Site/Non-Site.” Can we think through the possibility of The Non-Exhibition, not as a simple refusal or blank negation of The Exhibition, but rather as a means of re-considering the dynamics of the exhibitable, of disappearance, of metaphorical replacements, and the political imaginaries of exhibitionists.

Hospitality / discussion: co-organised by Paulin Nande, Gabo Camnitzer, Camilla Topuntoli, Rachel Barron, Sara Anstis, and Katxerê Medina Svanelid—staff and students at the Valand Academy.


Exhibition/Non-exhibition – Stretched Out
27 June, 10.30–18h

Speakers: Valerio del Baglivo, curator and doctoral researcher, (Middlesex University, IT/UK), Dr. Emma Coffield, Researcher (International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, Newcastle University, UK), Dr. Georgina Jackson (Director of Mercer Union, Toronto, CN), Megs Morley, artist and independent curator, Para-Institution, (IRL) Jason E. Bowman, artist/curator (Valand Academy, UK/SE), Dr. Julie Crawshaw, anthropologist (SE/UK)

Context: Stretched is a three-year-long inquiry, instigated by Jason E. Bowman. Its aim is to inquire into the field of artist-led cultures and how these may inform new knowledge on the curatorial and in particular models of making public the expansions of practice that artist-led cultures generate. The seminar will interrogate the research agenda of Stretched with reference to existing inquiries by others who broadly relate to its knowledge framework.

Hospitality/discussion: co-organised by Kjell Caminha, Andreas Engman, Rose Borthwick, Maria Buyondo, Anja Hellström, Camilla Melin—staff and students at the Valand Academy.


“Curatorial Memory and Exhibition Amnesia”
28 June, 14–16h

Speakers: The new PARSE professors, Andrea Phillips and Dave Beech and invited guests.

Context: Drawing upon the former usage of the venue for the first Research Pavillion as a platform for national exhibition, the concluding event of the first Research Pavilion, will be co-hosted by PARSE Journal of Artistic Research. To be in the place of Palestine, to be in the place of India,  we discuss an experiment in curatorial memory and exhibition amnesia.


First Research Pavilion: May 6–June 28
The University of the Arts Helsinki organizes the first Research Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale. Deploying the theme of “Experimentality,” the dynamic between artistic research and contemporary art will be articulated. Both the exhibition and the research events will explore the following questions: How does experimentality manifest itself in contemporary art? Did the discourse on artistic research and its methodologies redefine our ideas regarding experiments and experimentality? Does current research generate new types of methodologies (such as affective or multisensory approaches) reassessing the nature of experimentation?

Commissioner: Anita Seppä. Curators: Jan Kaila and Henk Slager. Coordination: Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki. The exhibition in the 1st Research Pavilion includes artists from Finland and other European countries: Tiong Ang & Alejandro Ramirez, Magnus Bärtås, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Dirk Hoyer, Simo Kellokumpu, Matts Leiderstam, Antti Nykyri, Maija Närhinen, Tuula Närhinen, Janis Rafa, Heli Rekula, and Hito Steyerl.

More information

Attendance is free for all events, but places are limited.

Contact: Paulin Nande,
[email protected]

Valand Academy University of Gothenburg
Vasagatan 50


Three dialogues in Venice: Valand Academy at the first Research Pavilion, 56th Venice Biennale

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