Art and Society: Art and Ocean

04.09.2017 - 13:00 to 16:00
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MFA 1st year
MFA 2nd year

Prof. Florian Schneider and Mari Sanden

What can be the role of art and the work of artists when it comes to addressing global challenges regarding the future of the oceans? Uncertainty, complexity, and fluidity within ocean research are challenging the borders of conventional forms of knowledge production. It opens up opportunities for interventions carried out within new alliances of agencies and collaborations. The production of knowledge across different fields of artistic practices and scientific research creates new understandings of the world we live in.

Over the past months, multiple possibilities of concrete collaborations have emerged between the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art (KIT), NTNU’s strategic research area (TSO) Ocean, and TBA21-Academy, the research unit of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art contemporary (TBA21), one of the most important art foundations today. 

Learning outcome

The course will introduce the background of the joint activities so far, present the main partners and collaborators at NTNU and beyond. It will introduce different research methodologies from the fields of natural science, technology, social science and the humanities and compare them with methodologies of artistic research.


Students are expected to participate in a lecture series by artists, scientists and policy makers. The course will also include field trips with the research vessel of NTNU RV Gunnerus.

One of the outcomes will be a collaborative video project that can also be used by the Faculty of Natural Sciences at NTNU to present their facilities.

Target group

The course aims at first and second year MFA students, but it is open to BFA students. It is also offered to design and architecture students. The limit of course participants is 10. If there are more students signing up, a letter of motivation might be required.

Every other thursday (alternating with art and common space)
28 September in Henningsvær,
12 October,
26 October,
9 November,
23 November,

Photo: Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno

Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)
N-7491 Trondheim

Visiting address:
Innherredsveien 7 (Industribygget)

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