Conference: Art and the Manifestation of Social Change, Kalmar, Sweden 18-19/2

the artist’s role as a knowledge producer and the art institution as host of cross-disciplinary enquiries

The art project Moving Mass deals with the history, present and future of glass production in Småland – a region popularly referred to as “The Kingdom of Crystal” – from six different artists’ perspective. The emphasis of the project is on questions about the glass industry in relation to changes in local and global society. The conference “Art and the Manifestation of Social Change” takes Moving Mass as the starting point to create a cross-disciplinary conversation about different methods to visualize our contemporary time and its underlying history. The conference also addresses the question of what it means for artists, curators and art institutions to work site-specifically. What are the methods to engage in dialogue with a specific context and take that as a starting point for your work? Presentations of the artists participating in Moving Mass are alternated with other voices. The conference is developed by curator Lisa Rosendahl as a commission by Kalmar konstmuseum and the project Moving Mass. In August 2016 a second part of the conference is arranged in collaboration with the project RESIDENCE IN NATURE.

Registration and attendance

Sign up by February 11th via Swedish postal giro 66 11 38-8, or contact us
at for international service. Limited seats available.

1st day, coffee included: 300 SEK, student 150 SEK
Dinner 1st day, 19.30 at Söderport: 420 SEK
2nd day, lunch and coffee included: 300 SEK, student 150 SEK

If you are allergic or have special dietary wishes, please let us know:
For questions about content and program, contact Lisa Rosendahl:
Any other questions, contact Kalmar konstmuseum:

Thursday February 18th (in English)
Location: Kalmar läns museum
Time: 14-19.00
(Registration and possibility to visit the exhibition at Kalmar konstmuseum from 11.00)

The session will address artistic, institutional and curatorial methods for working with art
as part of a larger investigation into societal change. What does it imply for an institution,
curator or artist to take a profound engagement in a specific context as a starting point for their work?

14.00 – 14.15 Welcome by Bengt Olof Johansson, director at Kalmar konstmuseum.
Moderator Lisa Rosendahl introduces the conference.

14.15 – 14.45 Moving Mass: introduction to the project by the participating artists Eva Arnqvist,
Johanna Gustavsson Fürst, Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg

14.45 – 15.30 Helene Larsson Pousette, curator, The Swedish History Museum, Stockholm

15.30 – 16.15 Annette Bhagwati, project leader and curator, HKW, Berlin

16.15 – 16.45 Q&A with Helene Larsson Pousette, Annette Bhagwati and Ingela Johansson on methods
for working with art as part of a broader enquiry into societal change. Moderator: Lisa Rosendahl

16.45 – 17.15 Coffee break

17.15 – 18.00 Aneta Szyłak / Alternativa, Gdansk

18.00 – 18.45 Q&A focusing on institutional and independent methods when working site specifically.
With Aneta Szyłak, Bengt Olof Johansson, Eva Arnqvist, Johanna Gustavsson Fürst,
Ingela Johansson, Åsa Jungnelius, Caroline Mårtensson and Malin Pettersson Öberg. Moderator: Lisa Rosendahl

19.30 Dinner at Söderport, advance booking necessary

Friday February 19th (in Swedish)

Location: Pukeberg
Time: 9.30 – 16.00 (Bus from Kalmar konstmuseum leaves 9.00, return trip 16.30)

How do we catch sight of our contemporary time? What role do different ways of mediating knowledge play?
The artists participating in the project Moving Mass reflect on their working processes and methods
in dialogue with practitioners from other fields.

09.00 Bus from Kalmar konstmuseum to Pukeberg

09.30 Welcome by Bengt Olof Johansson, director of Kalmar konstmuseum. 
 Moderator Lisa Rosendahl introduces the day.

09.45 – 10.00 Eva Wängelin, Curator and Head of Designarkivet, introduces Designarkivet.

10.00 – 10.15 Malin Pettersson Öberg, Artist: Reading Glass

10.15 – 10.45 Cornelius Holtoft, Professor in Archeology, Linnéuniversitetet

10.45 – 11.00 Caroline Mårtensson, Artist: Reverberation

11.00 – 11.30 Q&A with Malin Pettersson Öberg, Cornelius Holtoft, Caroline Mårtensson och Eva Wängelin.

11.30 – 12.30 Lunch and possibilities to visit the Design Archive

12.30-12.45 Åsa Jungnelius, Artist: Look a Commodity That Can Speak!

12.45-13.15 Johanna Rosenqvist, Lecturer The Department of Music and Art, Linnaeus University

13.15 – 13.30 Johanna Gustafsson Fürst, Artist:The Spectacle of Transparency andThe Distribution

13.30 – 13.50 Q&A with Åsa Jungnelius, Johanna Rosenqvist and Johanna Gustafsson Fürst.

13.50-14.15 Coffee break

14.15-14.30 Eva Arnqvist, Artist: Shifting Positions – a Study in Red

14.30-15.00 Peter Aronsson, Professor and Pro-Rector Linnaeus University

15.00 – 15.15 Ingela Johansson, Artist: In the Light and Shade of the Ornaments – a Rehearsal

15.15 – 16.00 Concluding discussion with all participants

16.30 Bus leaves toward Kalmar konstmuseum



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