Research forum

Wednesday November 15, 14.30–17.30, in the Glasshouse, Valand. Seven short that give us different perspectives on the theme Exclusion and contemporary practices. Don´t miss the connected exhibition at Gallery Monitor, Valand.

12.00–14.30 Gallery Monitor is open
Exclusion/inclusion in health care meetings
Victoria Brattström, Linda Sternö and Helena Dahlberg

14.30–17.30 Research forum

At: Glasshouse, Valand
Chair: Professor Hanna Hallgren

14.30 Opening and welcome 
Andrea Phillips and Hanna Hallgren

14.40 Re:search – Terms of art
Renée Ridgway

15.05 Exclusion/inclusion in healthcare meetings
Victoria Brattström, Linda Sternö and Helena Dahlberg

15.30 Exclusive architecture
Paulina Prieto de La Fuente

15.55 Our lives have no meaning, no depth without the white gaze
Ellen Nyman

16.20 Excluding Fiction?
Eva La Cour and Signe Leth Gammelgaard

16.45 Self-interrupted
André Alves

17.10 Instituent Practices and Counter-Publics
Lucy Lopez

17.30–17.50 Chaired discussion of topics raised and shared

20.00–22.00 Gallery Monitor is open
Exclusion/inclusion in health care meetings
Victoria Brattström, Linda Sternö and Helena Dahlberg


Re:search – Terms of art

Renée Ridgway

My presentation for the Exclusion conference will show images of my ‘empirical’ PhD design experiments as a series of data visualisations, which were produced for the exhibition Hacking Habitat at the former Wolvenplein Prison, Utrecht, in 2016. The printed data visualisations show the value of keywords in contemporary art measured through the lens of obtained personalised (left column) and anonymised (right column) search results (URLs). The research was conducted on two computers: one using Google Search in a Firefox browser on a completely ‘personalised’ Apple; the other computer is a hacker approved ‘clean’ Lenovo PC, with a Debian operating system running the Tor (The Onion Router) browser.

Exclusion/inclusion in health care meetings

Victoria Brattström, Helena Dahlberg and Linda Sternö

Presentation at the Research forum and installation at Galleri Monitor, Valand.
The installation Exclusion/inclusion in health care meetings is open:
15 Nov: 12.00-14.30 and 20.00- 22.00
16 Nov: 08.30-10.00 and 12.00-14.30
17 Nov: 08.30 -10.00 and 12.00-14.30

This ongoing multidisciplinary research project investigates the possibilities for inclusion in healthcare meetings. The project addresses the questions: how does exclusion operate within the context of today’s health care? The question of getting access to health care be put bluntly, with radical implications: how can we avoid shutting the patient out from him/herself? The objectification and alienation of one’s body resulting from illness or injury is often intensified in concrete care situations, when the body is examined and understood as a malfunctioning biological thing, and furthermore diagnosed and explained in medical language. Falling ill and being in need of care can thus imply a loss of access to one’s own body and self.

The project is part of a PhD study investigating the concept of partnership between patients and care providers. This study is a collaborative project between the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg and the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care, GPCC.

Methods from theatre and film practice are employed to interpret and analyse interaction between patients and professionals in clinical healthcare encounters. The aim is to develop a multi-faceted understanding of the healthcare encounter as a complex and challenging arena for processes enacting partnership. 

Exclusive architecture
Paulina Prieto de La Fuente

There is an idea that is often distributed among architects and urban planners which is that open is good: an open public space, an open floor plan; open is equivalent to free. This is often manifested in presentations and visualisations that aim to “sell” ideas and proposals. But architecture is by nature excluding and separatist, it is one of the places where capital movements in society materialise and thereby starts to articulate materially the ideas and norms that are hegemonic at the time. When architecture opens up and sets one person free it often closes off and excludes another.

My fieldwork focuses on Triangeln in Malmö, a hybrid building in terms of function, programme and spaces, containing a shopping centre, offices and apartments that connects to a square and a metro station by the same name. The theoretical point of departure is a concept, discrete architectures, that I have developed in my PhD work. Discrete architectures are fragmented, formless architectures that combine architectural elements or spaces and reappear rhythmically; discrete architectures transgress traditional boundaries in architecture like inside and outside. Like the separatist movement that needs to step out of the hegemony to find a voice, how can architectural space support and enable subjective expression?

Our lives have no meaning, no depth without the white gaze
Ellen Nyman

Toni Morrison, author and Nobel Prize winner, writes:
“Our lives have no meaning, no depth without the white gaze. And I have spent my entire writing life trying to make sure that the white gaze was not the dominant one in any of my books.”

The white gaze is a perspective that surrounds cultural institutions, aesthetic norms and the audience in a historical and national context. How do black artists in Scandinavia create methods to navigate within the white gaze?

That is the question posed by my research project, “Performative strategies – dimensions of emancipations”. Already in preparation and rehearsal considerations are made. Self-censorship, internalization, identification, separatism and resistance are various strategies. The study aims to collect experiences and examine and highlight different strategies that artists use for aesthetic expression beyond the normative requirements and expectations.

Excluding Fiction?
Eva La Cour and Signe Leth Gammelgaard

Historically, fiction in a positive sense has been related to artistic expressions of various kinds, and avoided in a scientific discourse. But what happens to fiction when you merge the two fields? Are we excluding fiction and what do we miss out on if we do so? We wish to examine where the notion of fiction poses challenges and to speculate about what the exclusion of fictionality might entail:

• As an artistic researcher one has a responsibility toward the field of science, meanwhile one also has a responsibility towards the field of art. How do we tackle the difference between various levels of fiction and reality and how fictional aspects can play into a process conceived to be producing knowledge?

• In terms of the so-called material turn in theory and the arts, how can we think about fiction as well as about deception? In literary theory the wave of autofiction, ethics, and issues of representation seems to override concerns with narrative constructions and fictionality. Can fiction be conceived at the precise opposite of the materially real?

André Alves

In the relation between aesthetics and resistance, images and performance of action of wilful refusal, of self-exclusion (such as the act of striking) are interpreted as a positive. But the success of self-exclusion as an act of resistance can only be measured in relation to what it achieves. Besides that, there are forms of exclusion of the self (for instance, of pathological states, depressive states, cognitive degenerative states) that are not only acted from the self, but on the self, as a deprivation of the possession of will and framed in negative terms.

Self-interrupted will explore the ambiguous relation between aesthetics and resistance, by looking at some examples from George Perec, Ingmar Bergman and Herman Melville in order to examine the stabilization of representation systems in relation to resistance, and through them, develop questions about understandings of aesthetics of resistance. Question such as, how can artistic research expose the ambiguities inherent to relation between aesthetics of resistance and the role of the self? How can it provide cues to analyze where aesthetics of resistance serves the purpose of exclusion? To what extent such aesthetic claim to acts and values, already implicates practices of reparation and caresses of solidarity?

Instituent Practices and Counter-Publics
Lucy Lopez

Appeals to the so-called ‘general public’ function as a smoke screen, an exclusionary tactic, a tool of the institution of democratic citizenship. A phantom general public is ubiquitous in political and social rhetoric: for the good of the public, walls are built and borders enforced; they are the imagined new communities of bulldozed estates, the justification behind acts of violence which masquerade as care; they are the perceived social totality pitted against the actual, mobile, protesting public, visible in physical space.

Law abiding citizens are counterposed with the angry public, non-citizens, refugees-in-limbo, cast in their shadow. These are counter-publics. What would an alliance between counter-publics look like? What kind of institutional practices could support such alliances? In this paper I will discuss these questions in light of the formation of publics in relation to instituent practices and the exclusionary nature of the concept of the general public.

I will focus this through a case study of Isola Art Centre, Milan. I will outline the character of instituent forms and practices that could support these alliances, as temporary, restless, contradictory, open to transformation by their publics.

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