Symposium 27-28 October 2022

27/10/2022 - 28/10/2022

Symposium 27-28 October 2022

Transformative Futures: Re-Imaginations of Time, Space and Materiality in Artistic Research
27-28 October 2022 at Kunsthal Charlottenborg & Rhythmic Music Conservatory

Direct streaming links: October 27, October 28

Participants: Lucia D’Errico, Ole Lützow Holm, Honey Biba Beckerlee, Jussi Parikka, Aslak Aamot Helm & Amitai Romm (Diakron), Elvia Wilk, Viktorija Šiaulytė and Marta Dauliūtė, Joachim Hamou & Shakira Kasigwa Mukamusoni (Trampolinhuset), Søren Kjærgaard & Torben Snekkestad, David Toop among others.

Venue: Kunsthal Charlottenborg & Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Copenhagen.
Selected parts of the program will also be available as a live stream on our YouTube channel (see schedule for details).
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Registration: the event is now fully booked, but the live-stream is open for all.
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Transformative Futures

For its fourth annual symposium, The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts emphasizes the urgency of Artistic Research in a two-day program of talks, exhibition tours, workshops and performances at Kunsthal Charlottenborg and the Rhythmic Music Conservatory. Under the banner of Transformative Futures, the symposium explores how artistic research can generate new knowledge in the face of planetary crises, through practices that re-imagine the relationships between time, space and materiality.

In the program you will encounter artists and thinkers that challenge notions of linear development in technology, ecology and knowledge cultures in order to simultaneously learn from the past, present and future. In the work of Honey Biba Beckerlee, the idea of the digital as a clean virtual site is challenged through close material investigations of the processes of natural resource extraction at the basis of contemporary technology. Information networks, and the humans that develop and use them, are, as Beckerlee have argued, deeply embedded in the biological and geological cycles of the earth.

The symposium further explores how a change in our perceptions of the borders between human and non-human worlds needs to come in place, not the least in order to understand the terms of the planetary climate crisis. Such terms are explored in the work of the collective Diakron, who in collaboration with artist Emil Rønn Andersen and writer Elvia Wilk are speculating on the relations between data, knowledge and storytelling within the context of climate science.

Our environmental and infrastructural crises, also mean that living space becomes a commodity and privilege for the few. In a session exploring this issue, two presentations feature artistic projects that discuss the political imagination of the future in different cases of living precariously. In the film and research project Good Life, Viktorija Šiaulytė and Marta Dauliūtė enters into the world of corporate co-living/working spaces and engage in a process of producing knowledge across seemingly irreconcilable political positions. The work of the collective Trampolinhuset, also engages fields outside of art in order to enact change, and in their case, collectively imagine a better asylum system.

These and other contributions resonate with the position of the symposium’s opening keynote by musician-researcher Lucia D’Errico. She emphasizes the “power of divergence” between a system or a model, such as that between a written score and its performance, in which the performance, through its irreducible materiality opens up to difference. Along these lines, the symposium will be brought to a close at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, where the artistic research project Traversing Sonic Territories by Søren Kjærgaard & Torben Snekkestad will play out with an array of sonic collaborators.

The urgency of artistic research for bringing about transformative futures is not that of envisioning utopias or dystopias, it lies rather in arranging the composition, playing the tune, performing the choreography or telling the story, differently.

Program Schedule

* = also available through live-stream

Thursday 27.10.2022 15.00-17.30 CET
Location: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Cinema (mezzanine)

15.00 – 15.30 Welcome by Henriette Bretton-Meyer (Kunsthal Charlottenborg) and introduction to symposium by Kristoffer Gansing, The International Center for Knowledge in the Arts

15.30 – 17.30 Opening keynote by Lucia D’Errico: Linearity and Divergence. Artistic Research and the Reconfiguration of the Musical Past *
Respondent: Ole Lützow-Holm

Friday 28.10.2022 10.00-17.00 CET
Location: Kunsthal Charlottenborg, exhibition hall & cinema.

10.00 – 10.30 Welcome with coffee and croissants (upper foyer, Kunsthal Charlottenborg)

10.30 – 11.15 Guided tour of the exhibition Digital Matters by and with Honey Biba Beckerlee

11.20 – 12.05 Honey Biba Beckerlee in conversation with Jussi Parikka *

12.05 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.45 Amitai Romm, Aslak Aamot Helm (Diakron) & Elvia Wilk: Presentation and conversation about the artwork Scries *
Moderated by Kristoffer Gansing

14.45 – 15.00 Coffee break

15.00 – 15.45 Viktorija Šiaulytė and Marta Dauliūtė: Good Life *

15.45 – 16.30 Trampolinhuset (Joachim Hamou & Shakira Kasigwa Mukamusoni): Imagining a better Asylum System *

16.30-17.00  The Urgency of Artistic Research, wrap up discussion (with all participants) *


17.45 – 20.15 Location: Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC)

17.45 – 18.30 Reception (w. snacks)

18.30 – 20.15 Traversing Sonic Territories with Søren Kjærgaard, Torben Snekkestad, David Toop
(Concert/presentation 18.30-19.20 followed by a discussion with Ole Lützow-Holm & Lucia D’Errico)

Kunsthal Charlottenborg
Kongens Nytorv 1, 1050 / Nyhavn 2, 1051 Copenhagen, Denmark (accessible through both Kongens Nytorv and Nyhavn)

Rhythmic Music Conservatory (RMC)
Leo Mathisens Vej 1, 1437, Copenhagen, Denmark

The event is fully booked, but the live stream is available for all. You can also try writing to to be put on a waiting list for physical participation.

27/10/2022 - 28/10/2022