Wed 15–Fri 17 Nov 2017


Plenary Contributors

  • Marina Gržinić
  • Shannon Jackson
  • Hagar Kotef
  • Craig Wilkins
  • Dylan AT Miner
  • Nicholas De Genova

The conference will have six thematic strands, each of which will run across a whole day and within which discussion amongst delegates will be of equal importance to panel and lecture presentations:

  1. Geographies of Exclusions will address how social, cultural, political and economic barriers produce and sustain public spaces, public spheres, public memory, borders and migrants and their experiences of movement through the logic of circulation managed, controlled, and regulated by state authorities, public institutions, NGOs and private firms. It will also address how such dominating modes of productions can be transgressed through civil counter-actions and independent self-organised practices.
  2. Educational Exclusion Arts and design education and cultural institutions aim for diversity, yet remain homogenous in their staffing, often in their student body, in their understanding and promotion of aesthetics, and in their view of knowledge. Educational exclusion will address mono-cultural aspects of arts education as well as propose how education in the arts can be fundamentally reshaped to become more accountable to manifold embodied knowledge practices.
  3. Colonisation and Decolonisation will address colonial and master paradigms in the arts as well as institutional, communal and collective perspectives and look to strategies for a new arts and humanities that embraces epistemic and disciplinary disobedience, non-capitalist, pluri-national institutions and modes of aesthetic production.
  4. Vocabularies of Exclusion focuses on forms of exclusion produced through language as well as embodied and discursive practices. Reflecting on the terms and conditions of artistic and political work in cross-disciplinary contexts, it explores and interrogates languages of inclusion, separation, and participation as they are produced and enacted in the present moment in the field of cultural production and its context in wider socio-political arenas.
  5. Participation as Exclusion The ‘participatory turn’ in cultural production, urban development, and so forth is now a dominant theme in Western art and design discourses and practices as well municipal governance, where it has moved from a marginalised area of community practice into the mainstream. But who are the subjects of participation? How and from where are they selected? Why are certain people seen to be in greater need of receiving participatory ‘support’? How, if at all, is power and decision-making redistributed?
  6. Indigeneity Indigeneity is for many a politically enabling construct in resisting ongoing colonialisms, expropriations, and associated epistemic violence. It is also marked by multiple exclusions: conceptually, as irredeemably rooted in essentialism, primordialism and primitivism; strategically, as counter-productively factionalising and exoticising; juridically and pragmatically, as untenable within the various regimes of globalisation. This strand considers the epistemic challenges and potentials within indigeneity and the continuing struggles of indigenous peoples to resist erasure.


Day 1 - Wednesday15 Nov 2017


Registration, coffee, tea and sandwich


Research Forum with seven short presentations that give us different perspectives on the theme Exclusion and contemporary practices.



Inclusive welcome dinner


Evening program, including Krabstadt screening.

Jeuno JE KimEwa Einhorn


End of program day one

Day 2 - Thursday16 Nov 2017


Introduction to the three parallel strands (Indigeneity, Educational exclusion, Colonisation and Decolonisation), please choose one

Åsa SimmaMarina GržinićDylan AT MinerOnyeka IgweRam Krishna RanjanSrilata SircarHenric BeneschOnkar KularZahra BayatiLory Janelle DanceHongjohn LinDeborah JacksonJessica HemmingsSophie VögeleJyoti MistryKlara BjörkLinda SternöErling BjörgvinssonCraig WilkinsPatricia LorenzoniLeah GordonTeresa CisnerosKaren SaltAhmed AnsariCooking Sections


Parallel strands starts, with presentations, panels, screenings and installations.




Parallel strands, with presentations, panels, screenings and installations.


Moderator: Kristina Hagström-Ståhl


Reception with refreshments hosted by the city of Gothenburg


End of program day two

Day 3 - Friday17 Nov 2017


Introduction to the three parallel strands (Vocabularies of Exclusion, Participation as Exclusion, Geographies of Exclusion) please choose one

Hagar KotefNicholas De GenovaMaryam FanniPaula UrbanoElof HellströmÅsa JohanssonDavid Ayala-AlfonsoShannon JacksonEllen NymanEllie GaEmily RoysdonAnna LundbergDimen AbdullaMalin AxelssonChanna Bianca HjälmrudHeather Warren-CrowAndrea PhillipsNav HaqValérie PihetDarla Crispin


Moderator: Kristina Hagström-Ståhl


Parallel strands with presentations, round tables, panels, performances and workshops.




Start of parallel strands afternoon session with workshops, panels, performances and presentations.


Exclusion and the Dead.

Marina Gržinić

Moderator: Mick Wilson




Evening program, including Manifesto launch by Bilal Almobarak and members of Support Group Network



End of Parse conference 2017



Exclusion/inclusion in health care meetings

Victoria BrattströmHelena DahlbergLinda Sternö

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.

Conference Committee


Professor Andrea Phillips

Working Group:

Professor Dave Beech — Valand Academy

Professor Erling Björgvinsson — HDK

Professor Kristina Hagström Ståhl —HSM

Mick Wilson — Valand Academy

Ingrid Elam — Dean Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

Pia Ahnlund — Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts

Rose Borthwick — Valand Academy




Dimen Abdulla

Dimen Abdulla, playwright trained at Biskops Arnö, The Royal Institue of Art (2013) and Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts (2017).

Her debut, On all 4, was selected for Scenkonstbiennalen, Sweden’s performing arts biennial, in 2015. In the same year, she was named playwright in residence at Swedish Radio Drama; during her residency she wrote Self portrait – a lullaby, as well as The Giraffe. In 2016 Revolution was selected for BiBU, the performing arts biennial for children and youth. Other previous works are Nomnomnom, X, and The Knife. Dimen is currently writing an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona for Stockholm City Theatre and the Royal Dramatic Theatre.


Ahmed Ansari

Ahmed Ansari is a doctoral candidate in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University, where he teaches courses in systems thinking, critical theory, and philosophy of technology for designers. His research interests intersect between design studies and the philosophy and history of technology in the Indian subcontinent, focusing on Vedic and Indo-Islamicate conceptions of aesthetics and affect.


Malin Axelsson

Malin Axelsson, artistic director of Swedish Radio Drama.

She is a playwright, author and director living in Stockholm. She was previously the artistic director of ung scen/öst (2009-2015). Malin graduated from the Swedish University College of Film, Radio, Television and Theatre in 2002. Selected works include ”Parmiddagen” (“The Dinner Party”, radio drama series, showrunner and director, 2016), ”Anropa” (novel, 2015), “Rose Rose Rose” (co-author and director, 2014), and “Jösses flickor – Återkomsten” / ”Stålflikkan” (adaptation, manuscript and lyrics, 2006). Malin’s works have been translated into German, French, English, Italian, Romanian and Norwegian. She is the recipient of the Mare Kandre Award (2016) and the Henning Mankell Scholarship (2008).


David Ayala-Alfonso

David Ayala-Alfonso, artist, curator, and researcher working between Los Angeles and Bogota.

He is part of the editorial teams of the Journal of Visual Culture, Cultural Anthropology and {{em_rgencia}. Ayala-Alfonso has published books and articles on interface theory, art history, performance, critical urbanism and artistic interventions in the public realm. His work has been featured in exhibitions that include South London Gallery, Harvard University, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, Concordia University, Columbia College in Chicago, Casa de Moneda in Chile, and Banco de la Republica of Colombia in Bogota. He has recently been awarded the Fulbright Grant, the Award for Publications in the Arts of the City of Bogota, the AICAD Teaching Fellowship and the ICI-Dedalus Award for Curatorial Research. Ayala-Alfonso holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; a Specialization in Art Education from the National University of Colombia, and different curatorial residencies in Europe, the United States and Colombia.



Zahra Bayati

Zahra Bayati, senior lecturer and researcher at the Department of education, communication and learning, University of Gothenburg

She holds a PhD in pedagogy and her research addresses exclusion and inclusion in relation to education and educational systems from a postcolonial perspective, particular in terms of critical race theory and whiteness studies.


Henric Benesch

Henric Benesch is an associate professor (docent) in Design at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design, acting Dean at The Artistic Faculty and an associate of Centre for Critical Heritage Studies (CCHS) at the University of Gothenburg. He is an architect interested in transdisciplinary and intersectional aspects of knowledge creation within and in relation to education and built environment with a particular interest in site-based and speculative methodologies. Recent publications include “The Right to Design” (2020), “What if a 1%-rule for Public Design” (2021) and “Co-curating the city: universities and urban heritage past and future” (2022).


Erling Björgvinsson

Erling Björgvinsson is Professor of Design at the School of Design and Crafts, Faculty of Fine Arts, Gothenburg University. A Central topic of research is participatory politics in design and art, in particular in relation to urban spaces and the interaction between public institutions and citizens. He has published in international design and art journals and anthologies. ​​


Klara Björk

Klara Björk lecturer and head of the film department at Akademin Valand, Göteborgs universitet.

Klara Björk´s interest lies within the field of cultivation and politics and how the camera as a tool can be the used as a way of consciousness raising in image literacy. She is active as a producer and partner in the production company Filmkreatörerna, established 1996. The filmography as producer consists of features, documentaries and installations with both national and international distribution. She was a member of the board at the director’s association 2003-2004 and in the first board of Swedish WIFT (Women in Film and Television). She is educated at EAVE (European Audio Visuell Entrepreneur) and at Filmhögskolan at Göteborg University. In 2016, as part of the Children film school, she received the Gullspira prize at the Swedish film awards (with Linda Sternö and Kalle Boman).



Teresa Cisneros

Teresa Cisneros, curatorial fellow at The Showroom, Chicana (Mexican-American) cultural producer, curator, educator and administrator, based in London.

Cisneros has worked with Iniva, Tate Modern, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning, Nottingham Contemporary and at the Wellcome Collection, as well as co-developed the collective sorryyoufeeluncomfortable. She co-founded the independent curatorial collective Agency for Agency in 2015. Cisneros’ projects and work explore the politics of identity, history and contemporary art practices.


Darla Crispin

Darla Crispin is Director of the Arne Nordheim Centre for Artistic Research (NordART) at the Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH), Oslo. A Canadian pianist and scholar with a Concert Recital Diploma from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, London, and a PhD in Historical Musicology from King’s College, London, Darla specialises in musical modernity, and especially in the music of the Second Viennese School. Her most recent work examines this repertoire through the prism of artistic research in music, a process which has been reinforced through her work as a Research Fellow at the Orpheus Research Centre in Music (2008-2013). She is sought after for her experience in the developing field of artistic research, currently serving on the International Advisory Board of PARSE (Gothenburg) and as a regular advisor for the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme.

Crispin’s publications include a new book co-edited with Bob Gilmore, Artistic Experimentation in Music: An Anthology (Leuven, 2014); a collaborative volume with Kathleen Coessens and Anne Douglas, The Artistic Turn: A Manifesto (Leuven, 2009); and numerous book chapters and articles. She is currently working on a book entitled The Solo Piano Works of the Second Viennese School: Performance, Ethics and Understanding (Boydell & Brewer).



Helena Dahlberg

Helena Dahlberg, senior lecturer in qualitative methodology in health care sciences, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, University of Gothenburg

Helena Dahlberg is originally a philosopher with a PhD in history of ideas. Her dissertation What is flesh? The body and human being in the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty explores the phenomenology of the body and the concept of flesh in Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. Her research focuses on mainly three areas: the phenomenology of the body and flesh; the lived body in illness and health as well as the development of qualitative methodology in empirical research. She is the co-author of Reflective Lifeworld Research and the editor of a forthcoming anthology on phenomenology in the health sciences and pedagogy in the Scandinavian countries. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner, dancer and yoga teacher with profound knowledge in body awareness training.


Lory Janelle Dance

, Associate Professor of Sociology and Ethnic Studies at the UNL, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Visiting Senior Researcher, Lund University

She currently serves as the associate director of Ethnic Studies. Dance received her PhD from Harvard University (1995). Her most recent publications include “Performativity Pressures at Urban Schools in Sweden and New York” in Ethnography and Education in 2014 and “More Like Jazz Than Classical: Reciprocal Interactions Among Educational Researchers and Respondents” in Harvard Educational Review in 2010. Dance is currently completing a book titled Gone With the Neo-Liberal Wind: Minority Teens, School Reform, and Urban Change in Sweden and the US. From 2011 to 2014, Dance served as the co-director for strategic research for “The Middle East in the Contemporary World”, a research project funded by the Swedish Research Council and housed at Lund University’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies. During the spring of 2010, Dance was awarded a fellowship from Lund University in honour of Hedda Andersson, the first female student to receive a degree from LU.



Ewa Einhorn

Ewa Einhorn is a visual artist and filmmaker working with animation, satirical drawing and documentary formats. She currently teaches at HDK-Valand, Gothenburg University (SE). Influenced by popular culture, her work seeks to unhinge everyday assumptions by misusing language and images. Together with Jeuno JE Kim she has developed the transmedia project „Krabstadt“, which uses comedy and research to dissect the relations between political rhetoric and nations as brands in the Nordic context.



Maryam Fanni

Maryam Fanni is a PhD student in Design at HDK Academy of Design and Crafts since 2018. She is a graphic designer educated at Konstfack University of Arts, Crafts and Design. Apart from specializing in design for printed matter, a focus in her artistic practise is investigations of public space and rights to the city. Her latest solo show was in Västerås konstmuseum in 2019, on the topic of outdoor advertising companies and private-public partnerships.



Ellie Ga

Ellie Ga is a New York-born, Stockholm-based, artist whose immersive, wide-ranging investigations include the classification of stains on city sidewalks to the charting of the quotidian in the frozen reaches of the Arctic Ocean. In performances and video installations, Ga’s braided narratives intertwine extensive research with first-hand experiences that often follow uncertain leads and take unexpected turns. She has exhibited and performed internationally at the New Museum, The Kitchen and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and at M-Museum, Leuven; Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, among many others. Ga is the author of Square Octagon Circle (Siglio Press, New York) and Three Arctic Booklets (Ugly Duckling Presse). Ga was a recent recipient of a three-year Swedish Research Council artistic research grant. Her video series Gyres was produced by the Whitney Museum of American Art for the 2019 Whitney Biennial in New York. She is a co-founder of Ugly Duckling Presse in Brooklyn.


Nicholas De Genova

Nicholas De Genova is Professor and Chair of the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Houston. His work is centrally concerned with migration, borders, race, and citizenship. He is the author of Working the Boundaries: Race, Space, and “Illegality” in Mexican Chicago (2005), co-author of Latino Crossings: Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and the Politics of Race and Citizenship (2003), editor of Racial Transformations: Latinos and Asians Remaking the United States (2006), co-editor of The Deportation Regime: Sovereignty, Space, and the Freedom of Movement (2010), editor of The Borders of “Europe”: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering (2017), and co-editor of Roma Migrants in the European Union: Un/Free Mobility (2019).


Leah Gordon

Leah Gordon, multi-media artist who curates, collects, researches, writes and educates, co-director of the Ghetto Biennale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

She works across a variety of media including photography, film and installations, often including commissioned sculpture and painting. In the 1980’s she wrote lyrics, sang and played for the feminist folk punk band, ‘The Doonicans’. Leah makes work on Modernism and architecture; the slave trade and industrialisation; and grassroots religious, class and folk histories. Gordon’s film and photographic work has been exhibited internationally including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; the Dak’art Biennale; the National Portrait Gallery, UK and NSU Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Her photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published in June 2010. She was a curator for the Haitian Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale; was the co-curator of ‘Kafou: Haiti, History & Art’ at Nottingham Contemporary, UK; and on the curatorial team for ‘In Extremis: Death and Life in 21st Century Haitian Art’ at the Fowler Museum, UCLA. In 2015 Leah Gordon was the recipient of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Travel Award for Central America and the Caribbean.


Marina Gržinić

Marina Gržinić is a philosopher, theoretician and artist from Ljubljana, Slovenia. She serves as a professor and research adviser. She has been professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria, since 2003. She has published extensively, lectures worldwide, and has been involved in video productions since 1982. In 2018 she edited the volume Border Thinking.Disassembling Histories of Racialized Violence (Vienna and Berlin: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Sternberg Press).



Nav Haq

Nav Haq is Senior Curator at M HKA—Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp—and guest curator of the Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art 2017. Haq was previously Exhibitions Curator at Arnolfini, Bristol, and Curator at Gasworks, London. He has curated many solo exhibitions with artists, including Hassan Khan, Cosima von Bonin, Shilpa Gupta, Imogen Stidworthy, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin and Otobong Nkanga. Group exhibitions have included Superpower: Africa in Science Fiction (2012) together with Al Cameron; Museum Show—a historical survey of (semi-fictional) museums created by artists (2011); and Contour Biennial 2007, Mechelen, Belgium. At M HKA he co-curated the group exhibition Don’t You Know Who I Am? Art After Identity Politicstogether with Anders Kreuger in 2014, and he curated the interdisciplinary exhibition Energy Flash: The Rave Movement in 2016. In 2012 he was recipient of the Independent Vision Award for Curatorial Achievement, awarded by Independent Curators International, New York.


Elof Hellström

Elof Hellström, holds a BA in Aesthetics from Södertörns högskola and is formerly junior lecturer and currently course assistant at the Architecture department at Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm.

He is a co-founder and member of the collective Söderorts Institut För Andra Visioner (SIFAV) working on issues around the city and commons, and has been engaged in the social center Cyklopen since 2007. Elof has been teaching and lectured at Kungl. Konsthögskolan, Södertörns Högskola, StDH, Konstfack, KTH, Riksantikvarieämbetet, Arkdes, and Transeuropa Festival.


Jessica Hemmings

Jessica Hemmings writes about textiles. She studied Textile Design at the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a BFA (Honors) in 1999 and Comparative Literature (Africa/Asia) at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, earning an MA (Distinction) in 2000. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Edinburgh in 2006, was published by kalliope paperbacks under the title Yvonne Vera: The Voice of Cloth (2008). In 2010 she edited a collection of essays titled In the Loop: Knitting Now (Black Dog), and in 2012 edited The Textile Reader (Berg) and wrote Warp & Weft (Bloomsbury). Her editorial and curatorial project Cultural Threads is about postcolonial thinking and contemporary textile practice (Bloomsbury, 2015) and was accompanied by a travelling exhibition Migrations (2015–17).  

In 2022 Jessica co-edited Violence: materiality (PARSE Journal issue 15, with Ole Lützow-Holm), and in 2020 Intersections (issue 11, with Kristina Hagström-Ståhl and Jyoti Mistry). Recent writing includes “Can That Be Taught? lessons in tacit knowledge” in Somaesthetics and Design Culture (Brill, 2023); “Material Scent: Textiles Beyond Touch” in Kinesic Intelligence in the Humanities (Routledge, 2023); and the second edition of The Textile Reader (Bloomsbury, 2023). She is currently Professor of Craft at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and was the Rita Bolland Fellow at the Research Centre for Material Culture, the Netherlands (2020–23).


Channa Bianca Hjälmrud

Channa Bianca Hjälmrud, illustrator based in Stockholm

She has an MA in Visual Communication, Konstfack University (2017) and her work has been published by Bang, Paletten and Home Works among others. She has lectured at HDK – Academy of design and crafts, Ölands Folkhögskola, Konstskolan Stockholm and Konstfack University of arts, crafts and design, including a series of text seminars for the Graphic Design & Illustration BA at Konstfack University, together with Jennifer Bergkvist, in fall 2017. The seminars aim, with the help of artists and theorists, writers and witches, to discuss the role of theory in the work of graphic designers and illustrators today. She recently founded a small press together with Jennifer Bergkvist devoted to what we don’t yet know, poetry and merchandise.



Onyeka Igwe

Onyeka Igwe, artist filmmaker, programmer and AHRC funded PhD researcher at University of the Arts London

Her work is dominated by a preoccupation with the physical body and geographical place as sites of cultural and political meaning. She uses dance, voice, archive and text in non-fiction video work to create structural figure of eights, exposing a multiplicity of narratives both within and beyond these sites. Onyeka’s video works have shown at the ICA; Nuit Blanche, Toronto; Guildhall Art Gallery; and London, Internationale Kurtzfilmtage Wintherthur, Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, and Hamburg film festivals.



Shannon Jackson

Shannon Jackson is the Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts and Design and Hadidi Professor in the Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on two domains: collaboration across visual, performing, and media art forms and the role of the arts in social institutions and social change. Her books include The Builders Association: Performance and Media in Contemporary Theater, Social Works: Performing Art and Supporting Publics, and Public Servants: Art and the Crisis of the Commons, co-edited with Johanna Burton and Dominic Willsdon.


Deborah Jackson

Deborah Jackson, Lecturer in Contemporary Art Theory and Practice, Edinburgh College of Art

Dr Deborah Jackson has taught at Edinburgh College of Art since 2006, in Visual Culture in the School of Art and the MA Contemporary Art Theory programme. She is  also a curator, writer, visiting lecturer at Glasgow School of Art, and the lead editor for Visual Culture in Britain, a peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge. From 2006-2008 Deborah was co-director of Embassy (est. 2004), an artist-run gallery in Edinburgh. She has also worked as curator/producer for the Edinburgh Art Festival, Scotland’s largest annual visual art festival.


Åsa Johansson

Åsa Johansson, landscape architect with focus on public space at Nivå landskapsarkitektur in Stockholm

Åsensbruk Åsa Johansson hold an MA in Landscape Architecture from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2008. She has been an organizer of the Oyster International Seminar for Landscape Architecture since 2009, and a recurring guest opponent at the Royal Institute of Technology KTH in Stockholm. Since 2008 she has been engaged in a collective practical research on Thong Nhat Park in Hanoi, Vietnam, and organized workshops at the Faculty of Architecture and Planning at the National University of Civil Engineering, Hanoi, in 2013 and 2016.



Jeuno JE Kim

Jeuno JE Kim is an artist with a background in feminist theology, music, and radio. Kim’s artistic practice and research focus on sound, performance, video, and text. Her peripatetic interest has an interdisciplinary framework, mixing disparate methods and cultural canons. Her work is influenced by the ongoing modernization in Korea and the Pacific East region, and the urgency of the political, sociological, and cultural issues that permeate this reality such as nationalism, identity construction, and historical narration.



Konst:it, an experimental vocal and objects ensemble founded by Isadora del Carmen in late November of 2016. The project was later incorporated into her thesis on ensemble development, resulting in the film documentary ”That sounds like fun… but do you really think I can do that?”

  • Isadora Del Carmen: conductor, artistic director
  • Maj-Lis Wistrand: bass, silence, objects
  • Birgitta Åkerström: soprano, balette, objects
  • Yvonne Ingelmark: soprano, objects
  • Solveig Svensson: vocals, objects
  • Gittan Andersson: vocals, objects

The ensemble consists of four women aged 69 to 81 who together develop artistic expression in and through sound, without the necessity nor boundaries of traditional musical literacy or training. In may of 2017, Konst:it made their debut at Atalante, during the Sound & Gender festival arranged by Konstmusiksystrar.  Since the start, Konst:it has enjoyed close collaborations with composers and artists from different fields, some of which are represented in the programme at PARSE conference.


Hagar Kotef

Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Politics, SOAS, University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015). Kotef has been a Co-Director of the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University, a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Society of Fellows, and a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and Ben Gurion University. She is currently a Leverhulme Fellow, working on a new book titled (tentatively) Home: The Violence of Political Belonging (or: Mobility and Stability in Israel/Palestine).


Onkar Kular

Onkar Kular is Professor of Design at HDK Valand, Academy of Art & Design and Programme coordinator for PLACE (Public Life, Arts, Critical Engagement) at the Artistic Faculty, University of Gothenburg. His research is disseminated internationally through commissions, exhibitions, education, and publications. His work is in the collection of the CNAP, France, and Crafts Council, UK. He has guest-curated exhibitions for The Citizens Archive of Pakistan, Karachi, and the Crafts Council, UK. He was Stanley Picker Fellow 2016 and Artistic Director of Gothenburg Design Festival, Open Week 2017 and Co-Artistic Director of Luleå Art Biennial 2022.



Hongjohn Lin

Hongjohn Lin, artist, writer, curator, Professor Taipei National University of the Arts

He has participated in exhibitions including the Manchester Asian Triennial 2008, the Rotterdam Film Festival 2008, and the 2012 Taipei Biennial. Lin was curator of the Taiwan Pavilion Atopia, Venice Biennial 2007 and co-curator of 2010 Taipei Biennial (with Tirdad Zolghadr), and participated as an artist in the Asian Triennial Manchester (2008) and Guangzhou Biennial 2015. Lin has published books, essays, and research including Beyond Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Art in Taiwan (2004), Writing on Locality (2007) and Poetics of Curating (2018). Lin is a professor at the Taipei National University of the Arts, where he serves as chairperson of the Fine Arts Department.


Patricia Lorenzoni

Patricia Lorenzoni holds a Ph.D. in History of Ideas from the University of Gothenburg, and is currently a research fellow at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies on Racism, Uppsala University. She is also active as an essayist, translator and occasionally a filmmaker. Her recent publications include Dagbok från Brasilien: Fascismen inifrån och utifrån (Journal from Brazil: Fascism from within and without, Glänta Produktion 2020) and the sequence of poems Hotel Nacional (Ars Interpres Publications 2020). Her work can be followed on


Anna Lundberg

Anna Lundberg is Associate Professor of Gender Studies at The Department of Thematic Studies, Linköping University. Her research focus is on cultural studies, intersectionality and Theatre Studies. Since 2017, Lundberg divides her time between higher education, research, and organizational development at Riksteatern, the National Touring Theatre in Sweden.



Dylan AT Miner

Dylan A.T. Miner is a Wiisaakodewinini (Métis) artist, activist, and scholar based in Gichimookomaanaki // United States. He is Director of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Associate Professor at Michigan State University. Miner is also adjunct curator of Indigenous art at the MSU Museum and a founding member of the Justseeds artists collective. He is a former Artist Leadership Fellow at the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. Miner holds a Ph.D. from The University of New Mexico and has exhibited and published extensively. His book Creating Aztlán: Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island was published in 2014 by the University of Arizona Press, while his recent artist’s book Waawaakeshiwi // Aanikoobijiganag was published by Issue Press. Miner is currently completing a book on Indigenous aesthetics and writing his first book of poetry; he recently commenced the Bootaagaani-mini ∞ Drummond Island Land Reclamation Project.


Jyoti Mistry

Jyoti Mistry is Professor in FILM at Valand Academy and works in film both as a research form and as a mode of artistic practice. She has made critically acclaimed films in multiple genres and her installation work draws from cinematic traditions but is often re-contextualized for galleries and museums that are outside of the linear cinematic experience. Select film works include: When I grow up I want to be a black man (2017), Impunity (2014), 09: 21:25 (2011), Le Boeuf Sur Le Toit (2010) and I mike what I like (2006).

Select publications include: we remember differently: Race, Memory, Imagination (2012) a collection of essays inspired by her film which explores the complexity of racial identity in South Africa. Gaze Regimes: Films and Feminisms in Africa (2015). Places to Play: practice, research, pedagogy (2017) explores the use of archive as an exemplar entry to rethink colonial images through “decolonised” film practices. She has co-edited a special issue of the Journal of African Cinema: “Film as Research Tool: Practice and Pedagogy” (2018).

She has taught at University of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), New York University; University of Vienna; Arcada University of Applied Science Polytechnic in Helsinki, Nafti in Accra and Alle Arts School at University of Addis Ababa. Mistry has been artist in residence in New York City, at California College of Arts (San Francisco), Sacatar (Brazil) and a DAAD Researcher at Babelsberg Konrad Wolf Film University (Berlin). In 2016-2017 she was Artist in Residence at Netherlands Film Academy. In 2016 she was recipient of the Cilect (Association of International film schools) Teaching Award in recognition for innovation in practices in film research and pedagogy.



Ellen Nyman

Ellen Nyman, actor, director, artist and Ph.D. candidate at Malmö Theatre Academy/Lund University

Her dissertation project is based in her practice, with an interdisciplinary focus on performativity and blackness within performing and visual art. She has a degree from the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Since her graduation, she has worked mainly as an actress and a director, but also with happenings and video works. She recently directed a performance, Black revolutionaries don’t fall from the moon, influenced by the biography of Assata Shakur, at Teater Tribunalen in Stockholm. Ellen Nyman is also part of GIBCA 2017 with two video works, Danish Election (2004) at Göteborgs Stadsbibliotek, and Sicherheit (2017) together with Corina Oprea and Saskia Holmkvist, at Göteborgs Konsthall.



Andrea Phillips

Dr Andrea Phillips is BALTIC Professor and Director of BxNU Research Institute, Northumbria University & BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. Andrea lectures and writes about the economic and social construction of public value within contemporary art, the manipulation of forms of participation and the potential of forms of political, architectural and social reorganization within artistic and curatorial culture.

Recent and ongoing research projects include: Curating Architecture, a think tank and exhibition examining the role of exhibitions in the making of architecture’s social and political forms (AHRC 2007-2009: research/archive/ curating-architecture/); Actors, Agent and Attendants, a research project and set of publications that address the role of artistic and curatorial production in contemporary political milieus (in collaboration with SKOR 2009-2012: eng/site/item/ actors-agents-and-attendants-ii-programme); co-director with Suhail Malik, Andrew Wheatley and Sarah Thelwall of the research project The Aesthetic and Economic Impact of the Art Market, an investigation into the ways in which the art market shapes artists’ careers and public exhibition (2010-ongoing); Public Alchemy, the public programme for the Istanbul Biennial 2013 (co-curated with Fulya Erdemci); Tagore, Pedagogy and Contemporary Visual Cultures (in collaboration with Grant Watson and Iniva, AHRC 2013-2014:; How to Work Together (in collaboration with Chisenhale Gallery, Studio Voltaire and The Showroom, London 2014-ongoing:


Valérie Pihet

Valérie Pihet co-founded and directed with Bruno Latour the Programme of Experimentation in Arts and Politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Po, Paris (2010-2014). Since 2002, Pihet has collaborated with Latour on a number of other projects: she was in charge of coordinating the exhibitions and research projects Iconoclash (ZKM, 2002), Making Things Public: Atmospheres of Democracy (ZKM, 2005), and created and developed the Sciences Po médialab. She has also worked with numerous artists (including Pierre Huyghe and Armin Linke) as well as with researchers. She is the President of Dingdingdong—Institute of Coproduction of Knowledge on Huntington’s Disease, co-founded with Emilie Hermant in 2012.



Ram Krishna Ranjan

Ram Krishna Ranjan (born 1985, India) is a practice-based researcher and visual artist and is currently doing his PhD in Artistic Research at HDK-Valand, University of Gothenburg. He works at the intersection of research, pedagogy and film practice. His educational background is in Economics, Media and Cultural Studies and Fine Art. His longstanding areas of interests are decolonial and postcolonial practices and the intersectionality of caste, class, and gender. Through his moving-images based practice, he tries to build conversations around place-specific issues of social, economic and political justice.


Emily Roysdon

Emily Roysdon, artist, Professor of Art, Konstfack University of Arts, Craft and Design, Stockholm

Emily Roysdon is an artist and writer. Her working method is interdisciplinary and recent projects take the form of performance, photographic installations, print making, text, video, curating and collaborating. She is editor and co-founder of the queer feminist journal and artist collective, LTTR. Recent solo projects include new commissions from Tate Modern, London; Secession, Vienna; Kunsthalle Lissabon; PARTICIPANT, INC, NY; If I Can’t Dance and Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Visual Art Center, Austin; and The Kitchen, NY. Since 2013 she is a Professor of Art at Konstfack University of Art, Craft, and Design in Stockholm, Sweden. During Fall 2016-17 she was the invited DAAD Guest Professor at University of the Arts Bremen, and in 2017 she was a visiting adjunct at Columbia University’s MFA program. Roysdon completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2001 and an Interdisciplinary MFA at UCLA in 2006.



Karen Salt

Karen Salt, Assistant Professor in Transnational American Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Nottingham

Dr Karen Salt directs the Centre for Research in Race and Rights at the University of Nottingham. Her work investigates race, power, sovereignty, trust and transformative justice. Salt leads an active research group and has received support from multiple funding agencies. She has consulted with a number of arts and cultural institutions, such as lux and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, on issues of equity. She currently sits as a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Advisory Board, where she advises the Council and Executive on the development and implementation of strategic approaches to funding which reflect the challenges and opportunities arising for arts and humanities research and those that engage with it. Salt remains an active national leader and collaborator on a number of cross-sector equality and diversity initiatives.


Cooking Sections

Cooking Sections, (Daniel Fernández Pascual & Alon Schwabe) is a London-based independent duo of spatial practitioners.

They explore the systems that organise the world through food. Using installation, performance and mapping, their research-based practice operates within the overlapping boundaries between visual arts, architecture and geopolitics. They have performed and exhibited internationally: the US Pavilion, 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale; The Politics of Food programme at Delfina Foundation, London; Victoria and Albert Museum; Glasgow International; CCA, Glasgow; De Appel, Amsterdam; dOCUMENTA(13); Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; HNI, Rotterdam; Museet for Samtidskunst, Roskilde; CA2M, Madrid; Atlas Arts, Skye; CCA Montreal; and Sharjah Biennial among others. Their writing has been published in Sternberg Press, Lars Müller, Volume Magazine, The Avery Review, and The Forager. In 2016 they opened The Empire Remains Shop to speculate on selling the remains of the British Empire in London today. A book about the project will published by Columbia Books on Architecture and the City (2017). They lecture regularly at international institutions and lead a studio course at the Royal College of Art, London, critically investigating the financialisation of the environment.


Åsa Simma

Åsa Simma, Director, Actor, Yoiker and Scriptwriter, CEO of Giron Sámi Teáhter

Åsa Simma was born into a nomadic reindeer herding family, migrating between north Sweden and Norway depending on the season. She was taught the traditional Sami singing called “yoik”, during the time when yoiks was forbidden. She was part of the movement to diminish the yoiking ban. She left for Denmark where she took an actor’s education. Simma has been very active in the global indigenous peoples’ movements. She has toured among Australian Aboriginals and lived with Inuits from Greeenland and North American Indians. She has worked as a film dramaturgist and script developer at the International Sami Film Institute. Presently she is the CEO of the Sami Theatre.


Srilata Sircar

Srilata Sircar, Researcher at the Department of Human Geography, Lund Universiy

Srilata Sircar is primarily a qualitative researcher, trained in Human Geography and Development Studies. Her analytical orientation is towards postcolonial and de-colonial perspectives within critical social science. With a regional focus on South Asia, her other areas of interest include political ecology, feminist theory, and Ambedkarite politics. She recently received a PhD in Human Geography from Lund University, Sweden and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher.


Linda Sternö

Linda Sternö, teacher at Valand Academy, University of Gothenburg.

Since 2014 she also teaches visual practice at the pre-school teacher programme, Göteborg University. Linda Sternö holds a BA in film directing from Göteborg University. She also has a BA as a high school teacher from Göteborg University and a MA in visual culture and education from Konstfack, Stockholm. Linda Sternö has worked as film director and producer with films shown on national television and cinema. Her latest publication is Redirecting the gaze: Film education in an individualistic era, Journal of African Cinema, 2017. In 2016, as part of the Children film school, she received the Gullspira prize at the Swedish film awards (with Klara Björk and Kalle Boman).



Paula Urbano

Paula Urbano (b. 1980) is based in Stockholm and holds an MFA in Fine Arts from Konstfack, University of Arts, Crafts & Design, and a postgraduate degree in Architecture from the Royal Institute of Art. Urbano has exhibited her work in museums and galleries in Sweden, New York, Buenos Aires, Miami, and Santiago de Chile. Her work is represented at Filmform, Botkyrka Kommun, Museum Anna Nordlander and Bygdegårdarnas Riksförbund, among others. She is also one of five members of Mapping the Unjust City, which received a Studio Grant from Iaspis in 2019. Currently Urbano works as an Art Educator at Sweden’s Museum of Art and Design.



Victoria Brattström

Victoria Brattström, Theatre Director/Actor, PhD Candidate at the Academy of Music and Drama and Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care, GPCC University of Gothenburg

Victoria Brattström is a Swedish Theatre Director and Actor. Her broad experience as director ranges from community theatre productions to modern musicals. She has directed outdoor performances with circus acrobats, choirs and dancers as well as small intimate chamber plays for Swedish Radio and Television. Since 2000 Victoria has regularly been invited as a guest teacher at the Academy of Music and Drama University of Gothenburg acting and music theatre programs. She is currently accomplishing her PhD studies in a collaborative project between the Academy of Music and Drama, and University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care. The project is titled: Playing oneself as if another – Acting and directing strategies as practical approaches in person-centred health care  Publications: Brattström, V. (2015). Playing the ‘Magic If’: A theatre director’s perspective on intervening. Artistic Interventions in Organizations: Research, Theory and Practice,. J. W. U J Sköldberg, AB Antal, Routledge.


Sophie Vögele

Sophie Vögele, research associate at the Institute for Art Education (IAE) at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK).

With Philippe Saner she co-led the research project “Art.School.Differences. Researching Inequalities and Normativities in Higher Art Education” ( Her professional and scholarly experience encompasses various positions and teaching appointments in Higher Education in the fields of postcolonial and feminist theory, critical race and migration studies, anti-discrimination and diversity as well as the decentralization of political processes in rural India. She is pursuing a PhD in Sociology from York University (Toronto) on social inequality, processes of othering, and theories of critique grounded in the field of Higher Education institutions.



Heather Warren-Crow

Heather Warren-Crow is Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Texas Tech University (USA). Most of her scholarly research focuses on the relationship between media aesthetics, corporeality, and subjectivity. Recent publications include “Before and After Ghostcatching: Animation, Primitivism, and the Choreography of Vitality” (Screen Bodies, 2017), “Screaming Like a Girl: Viral Video and the Work of Reaction” (Feminist Media Studies, 2016), “Leash” (Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, 2015), and the monograph Girlhood and the Plastic Image (Dartmouth College Press, 2014). Warren-Crow is also a performance artist whose work highlights the function and affective dimensions of the voice. Her sound-oriented performances have been exhibited at festivals and galleries around the world, including World Stage Design in Taipei (Taiwan), the Museum of Performance + Design (USA), and PNEM sound art festival (the Netherlands). She has a PhD in performance studies from the University of California, Berkeley (USA).


Craig Wilkins

Craig Wilkins is a lecturer in architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. A recipient of the 2017 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Wilkins is a hip-hop architectural theorist, architect, artist, academic, and activist. His creative practice specializes in engaging communities in collaborative and participatory design processes.