Post-911 Society

Date: 2017-11-27
Location: Konsthögskolans galleri, Östra Strandgatan 32
The event is for: students - anyone - employees

On MONDAY, November 27, 2017, Umeå Academy of Fine Arts organises a one-day symposium titled Post-911 Society, featuring Mari Bastashevski (DK/CHI/RU), Jacob Lillemose (DK), Reynold Reynolds (USA), and Christoph Draeger (CH). The symposium discusses issues and topics raised by the video The Last News such as: the role of the media within the terrorism complex; the correlation between religion, fanaticism and radicalisation, state surveillance and increasing public security versus individual freedom.
The symposium is part of and will be followed by a 4-day workshop* by Reynold Reynolds that is addressing the question of how can we as artists reclaim the realm of the automated image, as in public surveillance? How can we turn the camera around and re-appropriate the images that are taken from us?

Jacob Lillemose is a curator and researcher based in Copenhagen. He is a postdoc researcher at the Changing Disasters project at The University of Copenhagen. He was the director of X AND BEYOND gallery in Copenhagen.
X AND BEYOND was an exhibition space dedicated to presenting, investigating and engaging with contemporary disaster culture. Social, ecological and economical disasters constitute one of the greatest challenges today and through the media of art at large the project aimed to produce new knowledge and to develop a both critical and visionary language to address the challenge. He has published widely and taught at art schools and universities.

Mari Bastashevski is an artist, writer, researcher, and a visiting fellow at the Information Society Project at Yale and Data & Society Foundation. Her work - usually a result of extensive online and field investigations - melds information with photographs and texts and explores the role of photography in sustaining state and corporate secrecy plays in wielding and sustaining the regimes of necro-capitalism. She is now concluding a decade long project, State Business, about international conflict commerce, more specifically the relationship of the media, state, and corporations to the perpetual state of crisis throughout the world. She is currently IASPIS artist in residence in Stockholm.

Reynold Reynolds is an acclaimed American artist and filmmaker based in Amsterdam. He often works with multi-projection installations, 16mm film and performance. Reynold Reynolds is a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has been awarded both the Rome Prize (2013) and the Berlin prize (2004). His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (New York) and has been shown in numerous biennales including the 4th Berlin Biennale and the 3rd Moscow Biennale. He was the 2014-15 Roman J. Witt Artist in Residence at the Stamps School of Art & Design at the University of Michigan. His short film The Drowning Room was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently IASPIS artist in residence in Umeå.

Christoph Draeger is an artist and professor at Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. He has been working on themes of disaster and destruction for the past twenty years. His conceptual projects take form in installation, video, and photo-based media to explore and critique issues pertaining to catastrophe and media-saturated culture. Draeger received the Swiss National Art Award in 1994. In 1994 and 1995 he was awarded the Kiefer Hablitzel grant, in 1996/97 the P.S.1 International Studio Program scholarship from Switzerland, and in 2004 the Bessie Award of the New York Performance Arts Association for best stage design. He was included in the 1997 Kwangju Biennal, the 2002 Torino Biennial, the 2002 Liverpool Biennial, 2007 Moscou Biennial, and the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. His work is part of the collections of the Whitney Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, Kunsthaus Zurich, Les Abattoirs Toulouse, and Centre Pompidou in Paris, among others.

Organizer: Konsthögskolan
Contact person: Robert Djärv
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Event type: Seminar
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