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Domain of the Great Bear

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The Domain of the Great Bear was a research platform of the Royal Institute of Art organised by Marta Kuzma, RIA’s former Rector, as a series of public lectures, workshops and events focusing on art, art production, and the changing conditions for that production to address the challenges for anyone claiming the category of artist.

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The title of the series comes from the canonical 1966 layout by Mel Bochner and Robert Smithson. The platform pays homage to Bochner’s wish to ‘expand the range of philosophical, psychological, political and visual ideas that one’s work could engage’. Locating New York’s Hayden Planetarium as both the subject and the decoy of the work, the project served to plant ‘an intellectual time bomb inside the art system’s machinery’ – as a way to, according to the artists ‘search for the grin without the cat’. The Domain of the Great Bear serves the RIA’s institutional will to plant within the public domain a set of attitudes about art, architecture, knowledge and culture that extend from historicity forwards, and vice versa to serve as a larger conversation piece about anything that claims itself a part of or beyond the art world.

Abounaddara and the ‘Right to Image’

Thursday 21 April Location: Fylkingen, Torkel Knutssonsgatan 2, Stockholm 18:00 Introduction by Abounaddara’s Charif Kiwan 18:30 Screening Syria: Snapshots of …

The Royal Institute of Art Announces The International Visiting Chair in Philosophy in the Context of Art Professor Peter Osborne & Professor Catherine Malabou

The Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm in cooperation with the Centre for Research in Modern european Philosophy [CRMeP], Kingston university london, launches an annually rotating International Visiting Chair in Philosophy in the Context of Art to commence in the autumn term 2015. The activities of the Chair are intended to provide students of the Royal Institute of Art with a philosophical research climate within the practice of visual art and to explore contemporary philosophical approaches to art and culture.

The Architecture of Segregation

Thursday 10 March at 17:00 Main lecture ‘Broken Windows: On Mediapolitics, Race, and the Neoliberal City’ Speaker: Reinhold Martin Comments Samira …

Jim Shaw/An Artist Talks

Jim Shaw. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2015/16.

The practice of American artist Jim Shaw spans a wide range of both artistic media and visual imagery. Since the …

Angela Davis
Speaks on Art, Philosophy, and Politics

Angela Davis. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2015/16.
Angela Davis. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2015/16.

 Through her activism and scholarship over the last decades, Angela Davis has been deeply involved in the quest for social …

Göran Olsson on The Black Power Mixtape 1967 – 1975 and Concerning Violence: Nine Scenes From the Anti-Imperialistic Self Defense

Göran Olsson

Göran Olsson (b. 1965 Sweden) is a Sundance, Berlinale, and Swedish Film Award winning documentary filmmaker acclaimed for The Black …

‘Use! Value! Exchange! Inside and Outside Relations of Exchange 2’ – A Lecture by Peter Osborne

The lecture by Peter Osborne borrows its title from the 2010 film by the artist Phil Collins that centres on …

‘Water and the City’
– A Lecture by Kunlé Adeyemi

Kunle Adeyemi. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2014/15.
Kunle Adeyemi. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2014/15.

 NLÉ aims to critically examine two of the most significant challenges of our time: rapid urbanization and climate change, in …

Jeff Wall / An Artist Talks

  Jeff Wall was born in Vancouver, where he lives and works, in 1946. He has exhibited his photographs internationally …

‘Plasticity versus Inscription: A Change of Paradigm’ – A Lecture by Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2014/15.
Catherine Malabou. The Domain of the Great Bear, the Academic Year 2014/15.

The notions of trace, writing and inscription have been predominant in both philosophy and art since the turn of the 1970s. …


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