Where: Valand, Gothenburg
This conference will mark the conclusion of the Göteborg Biennial by interrogating the overarching thematics adopted by this year’s programme and signaled in the biennial’s title: “Play! Recapturing the Radical Imagination”.
- In what sense can we speak of the imagination as “radical”?
- Is “the recapture of the radical imagination” about regaining something lost or reclaiming something stolen or remembering something forgotten or rebuilding something broken?
- In a period characterized by creativity rhetorics (“creative cities”, “creative hubs”, “creative class”) and dominated by the imperative of consumption to “enjoy”, what might the instruction to “play!” mean?
The conference is structured through a series of “provocations” where keynote speakers are invited to provoke and challenge the audience in response to these themes. These provocations lead to a series of table talks where participants can then respond in smaller discussion groups to the speakers. These are interwoven with a series of conversations where artists enter into dialogue on the relationships between their current enquiries and these wider questions.
Confirmed speakers include: Marc James Léger, Jacqueline Rose, Andrea Phillips, Esther Shalev Gerz, Gertrud Sandqvist, Henk Slager, Joanna Warsza, Jason Bowman, Sally Tallant, Ingrid Elam, Annika Lundgren and Mika Hannula (Full schedule will be posted 1/9/2013)
See Gothenburg Biennale for more information.