Exclusive Access: PARSE at the Research Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale


Platform for Artistic Research (PARSE) presents:

Exclusive Access: On the dynamics and vocabularies of co-option, care and the subaltern

Research Pavilion, 57th Venice Biennale
June 10-11, 2017
Sala del Camino Campo s. Cosmo 621, Giudecca, Venice – vaporetto Palanca

Lectures, panel discussions, workshops

This event looks at questions of how certain modes of promoting ”access” can operate as de facto modes of exclusion. It brings artist- and curator-researchers, human rights activists and migrant-rights workers together to consider the following questions: What are the politics of access? Do strategies and infrastructures of inclusion simply replicate and reinforce individualised imaginaries within broadly hierarchical social structures, particularly as artistic habits of production are increasingly exported as economised knowledge production to other parts of the world? What is the contribution of current artistic research to debates on access, exclusion and co-option in global circuits of contemporary cultural production?

In particular we will focus on the following questions as they impact across our practices:
– How are the terms of access and exclusion produced, rehearsed and (re-)enacted in contemporary artistic, educational, and social practice?
– Where and with whom is exclusion experienced?
– Who is not at the table?
– How do we speak and how do we listen?
– How can we shape new communal epistemologies, terms, institutions and practices?

June 10

The first day focuses on institutional and epistemological exclusions; master paradigms, and institutional racism in western institutions. It will also address communal and collective perspectives and strategies for a new arts and humanities through rejection of modernist claims of universality and progress and the embracing of epistemic and disciplinary disobedience, non-capitalist, pluri-national institutions and modes of aesthetic management.

10.00-10.15 Opening remarks by PARSE professors
10.15 -11.15 Keynote, TBA
11.30-12.30 Decolonizing Design (Danah Abulla, Luiza Prado, and Tristan Schultz) – Collective perspectives on decolonizing Western design education
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Roundtable discussion with Danah Abulla, Luiza Prado, and Tristan Schultz, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Erling Björgvinsson and Andrea Phillips.
15.00-16.30 Open discussion with audience

June 11

The second day centers on forms of exclusion produced through language as well as embodied and discursive practices. Focusing on the terms and conditions of artistic and political work in cross-disciplinary contexts, we will explore and interrogate languages of participation, separation, inclusion, and diversity as they are produced and enacted in the present moment, in the field of cultural production and in the political arena.

10.00-10.15 Opening remarks by PARSE professors
10.15-11.15 Keynote, Shannon Jackson
11.30-12.30 Valerie Pihet
12.30-14.00 Lunch
14.00-15.00 Roundtable discussion with Shannon Jackson, Valerie Pihet, Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, Erling Björgvinsson and Andrea Phillips
15.00-16.30 Open discussion with audience
16.30 Cocktails and closing remarks by PARSE professors

Danah Abulla, PhD Candidate at Goldsmiths, University of London, lecturer at the London College of Communication, University of Arts London and member of the Decolonizing Design Group.
Erling Björgvinsson, Professor of Design, Academy of Design and Crafts, University of Gothenburg
Kristina Hagström-Ståhl, PARSE Professor of Performative Arts, HSM, University of Gothenburg
Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design; Cyrus and Michelle Hadidi Chair in the Humanities; Professor of Rhetoric, Performance Studies. UC Berkeley Department of Theater, Dance and Performance Studies, University of California
Valerie Pihet, co-founder and President of Dingdingdong (Institute of Coproduction of Knowledge on Huntington’s Disease)
Andrea Phillips PARSE Professor of Art, Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg
Luiza Prado, PhD Candidate at the University of the Arts and member of the Decolonizing Design Group
Tristan Schultz, Design Lecturer & Convenor of Visual Communication Design Major Design Futures Program and PhD Candidate, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia and member of the Decolonizing Design Group.

Additional contributors TBA.

Event details are subject to change.

This event is part of the Research Pavilion’s Camino Events series, a cross-artistic program which consists of screenings, concerts, seminars, artist talks, performances and interventions from over 100 artists and artistic-researchers from art universities of Northern Europe.

The Research Pavilion is a platform for art and research that will be open in Venice from May – October in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale. The Research Pavilion is created and hosted by Uniarts Helsinki and its partners.