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Research conference: Art and social communities

  • Nordens Hus 18 Ved Stranden København, 1061 Denmark (map)

How can we discuss and understand the value of art in society in a new way? What knowledge is missing? Danish Arts Foundation, Art Council Norway and The Nordic Culture Fund hold a conference that will provide new insights and qualify future initiatives in art and social communities.

The conference will discuss and qualify research into in art and social communities as part of an initiative that will lead to a report to be published in the autumn. It will address the themes: the way art works and audiencesthe art scene and communities, and art and the public. A series of lectures, debates and discussions will address various aspects of the relationship between art and social communities, including:

  • The cultural-political significance of art's social communities

  • Audiences in a globalised world

  • Artistic communities and new media

  • Art's audience and non-audience

  • Quantifying the value of the social communities that emerge around art

  • Art criticism and social communities

The conference is for people involved in research and art education and others with a relevant background in art and culture in the Nordic Region.


  • The keynote speaker is Shannon Jackson (University of California, Berkeley)

  • Trine Bille (Copenhagen Business School)

  • Arild Danielsen (University of South-Eastern Norway)

  • Sissel Furuseth (University of Oslo)

  • Maria Hirvi-Ijäs (Cupore)

  • Stefan Jonsson (Linköping University)

  • Owe Ronström (Uppsala University)

  • Frederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen)

  • Bjarki Valtysson (University of Copenhagen)

  • Christian Falsnaes (Artist)


Date and time: Tuesday 23 October 2018, kl. 10.00-18.00
Venue: Nordens Hus, Ved Stranden 18, 1061 Copenhagen K, Denmark


Danish Arts Foundation
Art Council Norway
Nordic Culture Fund