The symposium invites residency professionals to collectively reconsider the present moment as a crossroads towards possible futures. It opens with an public event and lecture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and continues over two days as an intensive retreat at HIAP on the island of Suomenlinna. It will be followed by a publication drawing together the emerging critical discourse on residencies.
The TransArtists team of DutchCulture is looking forward to the discussions that will take place during this meeting.
The symposium sets out to reflect on residencies as spaces for artistic development on cultural thresholds that have been opened up by accelerated globalization. It addresses the enduring significance and radical re-signification of mobility in relation to artistic practices by mapping historical trajectories, current economic and political pressures, as well as the impact of ecological and humanitarian urgencies, which position residencies today at the intersection of unsettled dichotomies of private and public, home and elsewhere, temporary and permanent. The symposium thus aims at articulating the position of residencies within the ecosystem of contemporary art while recognizing the ongoing processes of wider societal changes and their effects on the arts, professional practices and movement.
The symposium is co-organized by the University of the Arts Helsinki / Academy of Fine Arts, the HIAP – Helsinki International Artist Programme and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with support from Kone Foundation.
Find out more about the meeting here: residencysymposium2016.wordpress.com
16-18 November 2016