What is Arts in Context - Conference 2016?

The interdisciplinary research and development platform Arts in Context (KiK – Kunst i kontekst) invites scholars, artists and art educators to the first Arts in Context conference. Arts in Context is a platform for scholarly and artistic research within – and across – the disciplines of music, theatre and the visual arts with a particular interest in how art disciplines respond at points of contact with other contexts, whether social, cultural, political, pedagogical or historical.

Arts in Context aims to establish arenas where artistic practices can interact with academic approaches to research and development. Such research projects operate at the dynamic interface between theoretical, empirical and artistic-practice approaches. Art disciplines are approached in a broad context, where specialist knowledge is understood not just as content but also as perspectives that enable researchers to rethink established paradigms and identify change and new relationships, both within the arts and in society more generally.

2 different venues in Kristiansand

The first and the third day will be at the University of Agder campus, building G. Second day will be arranged on the island Bragdøya, a short boat trip from the city centre.

7 hours workshop and collaberation

The workshops at Bragdøya aims at initiating thematic and artistic collaborations and networks amongst conference participants. The intention is to facilitate future networks for research and/or artistic purposes.

3 great artists and 3 keynote speakers

Sibylle Peters, Rasa Smite and Sean Gregory will be attending as keynote speakers. Fix&Foxy, Kunstitusjon and Rolf Lisevand will present artistic productions

Creating baroque intimacy on lute instruments

What possibilities has musicians, playing baroque-repertoire on one of history's weakest instruments, to create intimacy? How can such an intimacy establish conditions to convey musical emotions? What impact has the character of the concert room, the distance between musicians and audience, the density of musical information, the processing of tempo and time, etc. for the musical experience?

Simplicity & Complicity

Keynote speaker: Sibylle Peters (Theatre of Research/FUNDUS THEATER, Hamburg)

Research is something very simple: We want something, we need something and therefore we try to achieve it, to feel it, to have it. And we fail. And we try again. We start a series of attempts. And at this point research has already begun. Getting older we learn, what is to achieve and what is not, and how. We even learn, what to wish for and what not. Research is drying out. It becomes something for those who specialize in it, who make a profession out of it.
In the Theatre of Research we see participatory children’s theatre as a way to give research back to everyone: to the kids, who need their own research acknowledged, but also to the adults involved in the process, - to ourselves. For more then a decade the Theatre of Research (Hamburg) developed a method of transdisciplinary exploration, that allows children, artists and scientists to meet on eye level: Searching the city for miracles, founding a children’s bank, that issues its own currency, invite children to ask questions to former somalian pirates, try to become an astronaut without leaving the earth; - the Theatre of Research uses the space in between reality and fiction as a laboratory, in which kids and adults become accomplices.

The Salomons, Theas and Almas

the great and not so great things about working with non-professionals in conceptual theatre.

We have produced a number of experimental, socially engaged theatre performance where we have tried to rethink how to represent things on stage. This traditionally includes talking about problems or people or tell a story about them. We have experimented with working with the people in question and putting them on stage in place of actors.

This is theatre as a social event. It deals with real people, and it also deals with the images we have of each other, from media, news, entertainment and pop culture which are often false or overstated. We basically believes in the power of letting people being themselves. But sometimes we have to kick people out of our performances for being too much themselves! This presentation is about the likes of Salomon, Thea and Alma who we kicked out of our performances, and the things it tells about the meeting between the needs of  professional theatre and the conceptual, political or social intentions in our performances.

Creative Networks. From Internet Radio Experiments to Techno-Ecological Art Practices.

Keynote speaker: Dr. Rasa Smite / RIXC

Today, according to several voices – Rosalind Krauss, Lev Manovich, Peter Weibel and Domenico Quaranta – we have entered the post-media age; there is no any single medium anymore that dominates in contemporary media art practices. Artists, who in the information technology era at the close of the 20th century were at an emerging art avant-garde – experimenting with immaterial medium of information technology and exploring the boundaries of the new cyberspace – are now returning to social reality. This is not new, that media art critically addresses socially political questions, however the perspective revealed by this setting is. More recently an interest in green lifestyles, alternative energy resources and other sustainable issues has grown, hence demanding radically new perspective to be built, which we call “techo-ecological”. RIXC’s initiated Renewable Network artists have teamed up with scientists, rural inhabitants and urban communities to develop new ideas for more sustainable and more imaginative future – making edible solar batteries, installing bio-energy plants in a pond, sonifying and visualizing environmental data, developing interfaces for human-plant communication, growing urban bees and mapping their routes across the city, proposing cloud-farming as a new agricultural field for collecting clean water, creating celulouse enzymes for providing food solutions in an overpopulated future world... Hence, contemporary media art mixes not only media, but also seeks out new contact zones between different fields. I also would like to argue, that the artists who are capable to transform their earlier networking experience and to use collaborative potential also in post-media age (e.g. working together with scientists, engaging with local communities) are continuing to innovate and changing the role of art in society.

The Golden Thread – A lifelong learning continuum for collaborative artists working ‘without boundaries’

Keynote speaker: Sean Gregory

This keynote will provide the conceptual and ideological context to the thinking behind a ‘Golden Thread’ of training and development for artists working in collaborative and socially engaged settings. It will highlight the value of building sustainable relationships with a community of artists at all career stages, as well as diversifying the sector by encouraging young aspiring artists from a range of backgrounds to engage with participatory and socially engaged arts practice. In an age of growing uncertainty, it is crucial that artists and arts organisations keep seeking out new and effective ways of connecting with society as a whole. The quality of self-awareness and critical awareness an artist can bring to any reflexive cycle of learning (project planning, delivery, evaluation etc) should not be underestimated. The profession needs enabling frameworks and models of support which encourage and celebrate the potential for collaborative and socially engaged practice in a context of critical reflection. Such aspirations gives rise to questions like:

  • How can the higher education sector, in partnership with professional arts and cultural organisations, commit to creating ‘laboratory’ environments that enable learning through both direct and collective experience?
  • How can students meet the wider growing respect for the notion that artistic practice, as well as personal and professional development, needs to be underpinned by critical reflection concerning the contexts and environments within which they will be working?

Reflect on current trends in
contemporary art

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Registration - Live music with coffee and tea

"Teatersalen" at the University of Agder

Live music cafeteria

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


About

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Tony Valberg

Host

Conference opening

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM


About

Tony Valberg is a trained musician from Agder Music Conservatory. His projects, as his Ph.D thesis, aim to shed light on questions like how aesthetic production interacts with social space and vice versa, and the consequences such interaction has for the conception of art, its arenas and agendas.

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Fix&Foxy

Artist performance - Theatre

The Salomons, Theas and Almas – the great and not so great things about working with non-professionals in conceptual theatre.

12:15 PM - 01:00 PM


About

FIX & FOXY is alias for Tue Biering and Jeppe Kristensen and the large group of creative participants in our projects. We've made theatre, performance, social interactions, soaps and movies. To us genres are a great pool of ready-mades.

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Siemke Böhnisch

Moderator

Post-production talk

01:00 PM - 01:45 PM


About

Associate professor, Siemke Böhnisch has a ph.d from the Aarhus University and a "Diplom Kunstpädagogin from the university of Hildesheim (D). She works with the contemporary theater, theater in context, as well as the intersection between theater theory and performance analysis.

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PD Dr. Sibylle Peters

Key note speaker

Simplicity & Complicity

02:00 PM - 02:45 PM


About

Sibylle is currently head of the PhD Program Performing Citizenship in Hamburg. As a freelancing performance artist she realized lecture performances and performance projects focussing on participation and collective research. Sibylle is also founder and director of the Forschungstheater/Theatre of Research situated at the FUNDUS THEATER Hamburg. Read more at www.wishfulthinking.eu

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Group Session

Academic and artistic approaches

03:00 PM - 04:00 PM


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Rasa Smite

Key note speaker

Creative Networks. From Internet Radio Experiments to Techno-Ecological Art Practices.

05:00 PM - 05:45 PM


About

Rasa Smite is an artist, network researcher and cultural innovator, working with science and emerging technologies since 90s. She holds a PhD, and works as associate professor in New Media Art programme at Liepaja University. In her artistic practice, Smite works together with Raitis Smits creating networked, visionary, and innovative artworks: their pioneering internet art project – Xchange Net. Smite also is active in building Baltic-Nordic and European collaboration platforms. She is lecturing extensively on creative networks and sustainability, art and ecology, contemporainity and networked media art, and other topics.

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Group Session

Networks an collaboration

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM


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Tormod W. Anundsen

Host

Pitching artistic research groups

09:30 AM - 10:00 AM


About

Tormod is Associate Professor of Musicology and Music Education at University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts. He is a member of the Arts in Context research group, and organizes the workshops in Bragdøya during the conference. He has led a transdisciplinary Master’s programme in Arts (Music, theatre, visual arts) at UiA since 2011, and is currently involved in the research project Art as Education – Education as Art with Professor Helene Illeris. ​

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Group Sessions

Workshops

10:00 AM - 10:45 AM


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Group Sessions

Workshops

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM


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Working together

Establishing first step networks and new groups

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM


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Kunstutisjonen

Plenary Sessions

Artistic Production

05:00 PM - 06:00 PM


About

Kunstitusjon is an project group consisting of six artists living in Kristiansand. Contributing artists are Naysa Andrade (VE), Ylve Thon (NO), Nina Hove (UK) Jorann Abusland (NO) Nina Björkendal (SE) and Karen Pettersen (NO).

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Kristin Bergaust

Moderator

Post-production talk

06:00 PM - 07:00 PM


About

Kristin is an artist, currently a visiting professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Agder , and a professor at the Faculty of Technology, Art and design in HiOA in Oslo with a focus on contemporary art practices and artistic research. Current interests are investigations in the societal relevance of contemporary art practices and transcultural processes in urban and artistic research contexts. Websites: http://www.bergaustvideo, http://www.kristinbergaust.no

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Åsil Bøthun

Host

Good Morning: musical minimalism gathering

09:00 AM - 09:30 AM


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Sean Gregory

Keynote speaker

Collaboration, Connectivity and Creativity: the artist as a catalyst in today’s society.

09:30 AM - 10:15 AM


About

Sean Gregory is responsible for developing and delivering a range of world-class creative learning programmes involving music, theatre, visual arts, cinema, dance and literature, across the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the Barbican Centre. Alongside working as a composer, performer and creative producer, he has led collaborative arts projects for all ages and abilities in association with many British and international orchestras, opera companies, theatres, galleries and arts education organisations.

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Group Session

Interdisiplinarity Groups

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM


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Rolf Lislevand

Plenary sessions

Creating baroque intimacy on lute instruments

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM


About

Rolf Lislevand (born 1961 in Oslo) is lutenist, early music performer and professor at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik in Trossingen, Germany. He lives in Verona. He studied at Norwegian Music Academy from 1980 to 1984 and at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland from 1984 to 1987. He then played with Jordi Savall in several early music ensembles, Hesperion XXI in particular. He also has his own Ensemble Kapsberger. From 2013, he has been a guest professor and part-time teacher at the University of Agder

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Per Kjetil Farstad

Moderator

Post-production talk

01:30 PM - 02:15 PM


About

Dr Per Kjetil Farstad (Fil. Dr.; Dr. Phil. h. c.) born 1952 in Molde, is professor of music with 18th century galant lute music as his main topic. Farstad is considered to be one of the foremost experts in the German / Galant music history from the 1700s with an emphasis on plucked instruments like the Baroque Lute, Mandora and Gallichone. He is interested in how music communicates in various performative and societal contexts through history.

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Plenary Session

Feedback from moderators, plenatory summery, refreshments and snacks.

02:15 PM - 03:00 PM


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A dynamic interface between theoretical,
empirical and artistic-practice approaches

Conference Fee

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Transportation

To Kristiansand:

From Kjevik to UiA and Kristiansand city:

From Kristiansand city to the University of Agder/the conference venue

  • Bus: Agder Kollektiv Trafikk (the bus stop closest to the University of Agder is: UiA/Spicheren)
  • Taxi: Agder Taxi and Taxi Sør

Registration

  • 1000 NOK
  • 3 day conference
  • Lunch every day
  • Dinner day 1 & 2
  • Boat to/from Bragdøya
Register now

Accomodation

Conference participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. We suggest the following hotels located in the city center:

This nightly rate is based on agreement between the University and the hotel. Please state yourself as an invited guest to the hotel to have this rate.

Hotels without agreement with the University of Agder

This nightly rate is of February 2016

About Arts in Context and the University of Agder?

Arts in Context (Kunst i kontekst – KiK)
Arts in Context is an interdisciplinary and inter-aesthetic research and development platform for scholarly and artistic research within – and across – the disciplines of music, theatre and the visual arts. The KiK researchers are particularly interested in how art disciplines respond at points of contact with other contexts, whether social, cultural, political, pedagogical or historical. Another focus is on establishing arenas where artistic practices can interact with academic approaches to research and development. KiK operates and supports research projects at the dynamic interface between theoretical, empirical and artistic-practice approaches.

University of Agder, Faculty of Fine Arts
The Faculty of Fine Arts has about 90 academic and administrative staff, and approximately 500 students. The faculty is organised into three departments: Visual Arts and Drama, Classical Music and Music Education, and Popular Music. The faculty offers study programmes in classical music, music education, fine arts, arts and crafts drama education, and popular music. In addition to providing education, the faculty stresses the importance of creative artistic work. Research activities are connected to artistic performance, and the faculty’s academic staff is qualified with both artistic and academic skills.

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