Residencies Reflected

16-18 November 2016, Helsinki


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 invites residency professionals to collectively reconsider the present moment as a crossroads towards possible futures. It opens with a public event and lecture at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki and continues over two days as an intensive retreat at HIAP Helsinki International Artist Programme on the island of Suomenlinna.

The symposium is co-organized by the Academy of Fine Arts, Uniarts Helsinki, HIAP and Frame Contemporary Art Finland, with support from Kone Foundation. It will be followed by a publication drawing together the emerging critical discourse on residencies.

Contact person:
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