Digital Art talk

How to Keep Your Calm – Art as Alternative

Av Konstepidemin

Seminar on how art functions as an alternative perspective in the public realm, together with four artist-driven organizations from different parts of Europe.

“In a media climate where many of the loudest alternative voices today come from the far right, how do other expressions and opinions sound? Art has traditionally been a realm for experimental ideas, new perspectives and utopias, often pursuing various forms of equality and humanism. How do the situation look for alternative, artist-driven platforms in a mediated reality where socially critical voices are often mixed together into an overwhelming cacophony of anti-establishment voices from all directions. In what way can art constitute an alternative space and provide other more reflective perspectives in a public sphere characterized by positioning and polarization?”

The International group at Konstepidemin have invited three other artistic platforms from different parts of Europe to adress questions such as: How do your organization work with being slow rather than fast? Performing actions rather than having opinions? Being friendly instead of competitive? Producing less information rather than more?

Niamh Brown – Ormston house (Limerick, Ireland)
Nikolett Balázs – MŰTŐ (Budapest, Hungary)
Martin Bricelj Baraga – Museum of Transitory Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
John Huntington – Konstepidemin (Gothenburg, Sweden)

How to Keep Your Calm – Art as Alternative is one in a series of digital seminars produced by the International group at Konstepidemin in Gothenburg that highlight how artist-driven initiatives address urgent societal issues today.

The event is supported by the Swedish Arts Council, ABF and Göteborg stad.