ART AND COMMON SPACE 1 - Mobilities and Migration

08.09.2016 - 10:00 to 13:00
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Trans-national Cultural Practices in the Realm of Art, Architecture and Common Space

Dr Simon Harvey
Professor Anne-Karin Furunes


Art and Common Space this semester will focus on the subject of movements of people and goods, formally and informally, and how they have been represented or affected by art and architectural practices. Areas and topics that will be covered will include:

• Border zones and migration.
• Counter-cartographic practices around migration, as well as relational geographies and `aesthetic journalism` reflecting new globalized mobilities.
• Tactics of coping and `making do` (sometimes called `system D`) along the way and how they might create an `aesthetics of necessity`.
• The concept and practice of `nomadism` for both traditional groups like Sami and for artists and other creative workers.
• Freedom to roam – flaneurie – liberty to walk and traverse the city and country.
• Concepts of art and public space.

It is recommended that this course is taken in conjunction with the other, complementary, Art and Common Space-run course Art and Society.

Academic Focus
Art and Common Space takes as its starting point the necessity to re-imagine public space/place in relation to artistic, architectural and other creative practices. This course is theory-based, although always mindful of practical situations and real-life scenarios, as well as creative possibilities for changing society, be it urban or closer to `nature`. The course will cover historical theories of public space that have had particular relevance for art and architecture, but also current and innovative theoretical practices that have arisen out of the specific economic and environmental conditions that challenge us today. There will be special emphasis this autumn semester on theories of migration, mobility and the camp, and how they emerge as contingent sites of artistic and architectural practice, often creating an aesthetics of necessity. A key question will be: how such displacement might inform and affect our understanding of public and private space; and how in response to this up-rootedness and displacement, particularly for the asylum-seeker and immigrant but also for other outsiders, we might intervene from the perspective of art and architecture.

Formats and Activities
The course will be taught through lectures and discussion forums. The lectures will focus on contemporary philosophy as well as sociological, art and architectural discourses on public space and its role in society.

Learning Outcomes
Students will learn to reflect critically on issues relevant to understanding space, time and communication within common/public space. They will acquire a working knowledge of the history of public space in relation to art and architecture, and how to relate it to the urgent issues of the day.

Course Requirements
The course will be open to art students (MFA and BFA) and architecture and design students (MA at NTNU, MA and BA for exchange students).
Students must participate each week, contribute to debate, and deliver a short piece of written work at the end of the semester.

Evaluation Methods
Students are required to document their work with asylum-seekers and analyse the correspondences that arise between their theoretical learning and practical experience. Projects will be evaluated by staff members, and in discussion with other student participants at the end of the semester.

Relation to the MFA study programme at KiT
In common with the MFA study programme, the course will have an international outlook while at the same time attending to the specific environment and issues of and relating to Trondheim and Norway. It will allow for studio-based work and thinking to be brought into the realm of advanced artistic work in the expanded field. The collaborative artistic research aspect of the inquiry will feed back into the individual research and practice of each student. A focus on discussion and critical thinking will complement similar emphases in the group master class.

Art works that will be a focus:
Ursula Biemann – Sahara Chronicle, and Black Sea Files, and Remote Sensing
Allan Sekula – Fish Story
Esther Polak – Nomadic Milk
Angela Melitopoulos Corridor X
Multiplicity Solid Sea
Alfredo Jaar The Cloud, and Geography = War
Ashley Bickerton Le Art
Diller and Scofidio Suitcase Studies – Tourisms of War
Guillermo Gomez Pena and Coco Fusco Border Arts Workshop
Ergin Cavusoglu Downward Straits, and Point of Departure
Francis Alys The Green Line
Isaac Julien WESTERN UNION: Small boats
John Akomfrah Vertigo Sea

Le Monde Diplomatique
hackitektura migmap
Pedro Lasch Latino/a America

Robinson in Space, and Robinson in Ruins, and London (Patrick Keiller)
Sans Soleil Chris Marker
Code Unknown Michael Haneke
Dirty Pretty Things Stephen Frears
Import/Export Ulrich Seidl
In this World Michael Winterbottom

Agamben, Giorgio Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life (1998)
Agiers, Michel, `Introduction` and `The Desert, the Camp, The City`, in On the Margins: The Refugee Experience Today (2008)
Arendt, Hannah, `We Refugees`, in Altogether Elsewhere: Writers on Exile (1996)
Cramerotti, Alfredo, Aesthetic Journalism: How to Inform without Informing (2009)
Easterling, Keller, Enduring Innocence: global architecture and its masquerades (2007)
Holmes, Brian, `Differential Geography`, in Escape the Overcode (2008)
Mogel, Lize, and Bhagat, Alexis, An Atlas of Radical Cartography (2007)
Mortenbock, Peter, and Mooshammer, Helge, Informal Market Worlds – Atlas, and Informal Market Worlds – Reader (2015)
Papastergiadis, Nikos, `Introduction` and `Globalization and Migration`, in The Turbulence of Migration (1999)
Rogoff, Irit, Terra Infirma: geography’s visual culture (2000)
Sassen, Saskia `Spatialities and Temporalities of the Global`, in Globalization (2005)
Sassen, Saskia `Whose City is it?`, in Globalization and its Discontents (1998)

[Image credit: Ursula Biemann - still from "Sahara Chronicle"]

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