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FEINART / Symposium on Socially Engaged Art

Saturday, 26 of March - from 9 to 6 PM.
Location: Aðalbygging, University of Iceland
Entrance: free admission

tranzit.ro, partner institution within FEINART programme, announces a full-day conference which will take place at the University of Iceland on 26 of March 2022. The conference was dedicated to contemporary challenges in socially engaged art practice addressing questions on democracy, social and cultural policy as well as new forms of artistic and curatorial practice.

Guest lecturers were Mirwan Andan and Ajeng N Aini, members of art collective ruangrupa and curators of documenta 15, Fatin Fahrat, founding director of Palestine Observatory of Cultural Policy, art theorist Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, and artist and designer Thomas Pausz.

The University of Iceland is among the beneficiaries of the FEINART network (The Future of Independent European Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art). The network is committed to providing high quality training for 11 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) to complete PhDs in the area of art and social engagement.

*The location of the symposium is the Lecture Hall in the Main building of the University.

Conference programme:

Morning Session


Moderator: Jón Ólafsson
9:00-11:00 Opening and Welcome
11:00-11:15 Coffee and refreshments
11:15-12:15 Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, “Space of action”
12:15-13:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session
Moderator: Benedikt Hjartarson
13:00-14:00 Fatin Farhat, “The rise to visibility of Syrian art, unleashed by
the Syrian Revolution”
14:00-15:00 Mirwan Andan and Ajeng N Aini, members of ruangrupa, “Hanging-out: Sharing Resources”
15:00-16:00 Thomas Pausz, “Collective Ecologies”
16:00-16:30 Coffee and refreshments
16:30-17:30 Panel discussion moderated by Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir
17:30-19:00 Reception for symposium attendees

About the speakers:
{Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir · Professor of Art Theory at Iceland University of the Arts
Fatin Farhat · Founding Director, Palestine Observatory for Cultural Policy
Mirwan Andan and Ajeng N Aini · Artists from artist collective ruangrupa and curators of documenta 15
Thomas Pausz · Artist and designer, Programme Director for MA Design at Iceland University of the Arts
Æsa Sigurjónsdóttir · Curator and Associate Professor of Art Theory and Curatorial Studies at the University of Iceland
Jón Ólafsson · Professor of Cultural Studies and Russian Studies at the University of Iceland
Benedikt Hjartarson · Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Iceland

FEINART (The Future of European Independent Art Spaces in a Period of Socially Engaged Art) is a European research programme in art and social engagement, funded by the Horizon 2020, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network.

More information here:
FEINART
University of Iceland