Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden

The RIA Research Week 2016

2016 Research Week programme cover. Design: Hans Gremmen

2016 Research Week programme booklet. Design: Hans Gremmen

Welcome to the fifth edition of the Royal Institute of Art’s Research Week that runs from 20-27 January 2016 and spans a multitude of perspectives and approaches in order to reflect the institution’s commitment to the widest interpretation of research with respect to art production. The programme for this year’s Research Week has the ambition to make ideas yet undisclosed or embedded within the institution formulated as public lectures and discussions with colleagues and the general public.

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In elaborating on Research Week, it is important to note that the programme includes the annual RIA Open House  that provides prospective students and those interested in the school with an opportunity to visit studios, the expansive workshops, and to have discussions with students and members of the faculty. At the same time, during the week a series of events organized by RIA students including the exhibition of work by Year 1 Fine Art students  in Galleri Mellanrummet  and Student-to-Student Grant  project presentations. There are also various research projects presented in Galleri Mejan.

This year’s overall Research programme is unmatched by previous years in scope. It presents an unparalleled amount of student presentations from all programmes throughout the BA, MA and PhD levels. It also welcomes international speakers and institutional collaborations forming connections between artistic practice, critical studies, philosophy and society at large, all in all reflecting the impetus of RIA’s research platform. As part of this ambition two new courses have commenced in the autumn 2015 – Critical Habitats and Philosophy in the Context of Art  – and both courses’ students and representatives will present as part of this year’s Research Week. In particular, the conference ‘Useless Uses’  serves as a preamble to this year’s Research Week and as developed in close cooperation with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP), Kingston University London, it is an extension of the RIA course Philosophy in the Context of Art.  The conference functions as a kind of thematic strand within the wider programme, which specifically will consider ‘use’ and ‘usefulness’ in relation to art’s social function, conditions of criticality and discourses today. In tandem with the conference, students enrolled in the advanced level course Philosophy in the Context of Art will also present practice-based projects: Olivia Berkowicz, Giorgio Giusti, Emma Hammarén, Emma LaMorte, Erik Peters, Samuel Richter  and Merzedes Sturm-Lie.

Students enrolled in the Critical Habitats  course will present as part of a full day cluster that relates to architecture including among others Peter Thomas Lang  in dialogue with Daniel Urey from Färgfabriken to discuss an emerging project between the Baltic and the Balkans; Cecilia Sagrén  traces connections between Sweden and Russia through the architecture and engineering school Technikum in Strelitz in 1920-30’s Germany and Kerstin Barup  looks into how the continually evolving technology of 3D laser scanning is revolutionizing the documentation of heritage sites. This is only a fragment of the expansive programme that will ensue with the participation of the institution’s students, faculty and cooperative partners throughout the week.

Research Week is among the initiatives the institution has commenced with in order to bring to the forefront the still evolving nature of what constitutes research with respect to art production and in doing so, it supports the need to keep ‘research’ an open category that extends through the BA, MA and PhD levels as well as in faculty members’ research activities. This has resulted in RIA’s commitment to make available courses that bridge research and production. In Spring 2016, the institution sees the introduction of our PhD candidates in teaching the following: Conditions of Collaborative Practices  led by Emanuel Almborg and Olivia Plender, and Art and the World , taught by Melanie Gilligan who will explore a process of thinking about the ways that artworks have related to their historical and political moment. Further educational initiatives include among others individual workshops led by visiting filmmaker Lisa Aschan; by author Mara Lee in a workshop entitled Text and Resistance ; and by visiting artist Rodney McMillan, Associate Professor at the Department of Art at UCLA.

As in previous years, this year’s Research Week programme encompasses a diversity of presentations, lectures, performances, exhibitions, film screenings and other events including the RIA Open House. Together in this constellation these presentations bridge practical, transdisciplinary, theoretical and philosophical aspects of contemporary art with particular interests. It is with special thanks to all those who have contributed to such heterogeneity of thought and practice.

— Marta Kuzma, Vice-Chancellor


20 January

14.00-17.00, in House 28: Presentations of practice-based projects within the elective course ‘Philosophy in the Context of Art’ with Olivia Berkowitcz, Giorgio Giusti, Emma Hammarén, Emma LaMorte, Erik Peters, Samuel Richter and Merzedes Sturm-Lie.

17.00-21.00, Exhibition Galleri Mejan. With three presentations:

17.15-17.45, in Galleri Mejan: ‘Fog, Friend, Font…’ (KU 2013) with Fredrik Ehlin, Marcus Harrling and Hinrich Sachs. 

17.45-18.30 in Galleri Mejan: ‘Center for Ineffiency’ (KU 2014) with Clara Isaksson, Ulrika Lublin and Joanna Nordin.

18.30-19.15 in Galleri Mejan: ‘Within Heritage Movements’ (KU 2013) with Oscar Lara and Nina Möntmann.

17.00-21.00 Opening in Galleri Mellanrummet (main RIA building) ‘1st Year Exhibition’

21-22 January, Useless Uses conference

Muralen, RIA main building:
Conference ‘Useless Uses, International Conference on Use and Uselessness in Contemporary Art.’

See programme and registration:

22 January

19.00-21.00 in Muralen: Lecture: ‘On Antiracist Desires’ with Tobias Hübinette.
The lecture is arranged in the framework of Hedda Viå’s project, ‘Prosthesis, metaphor and the obsolete body’. (KU 2014)

23 January 

10.00-12.00 and 13.00-15.00 in House 28: ‘Meaning Machine’
Workshop for children with Gabo Camnitzer. (Mejan Residents 2015-2016) Note: registration is required.

24 January
The exhibitions continue in Galleri Mellanrummet and Galleri Mejan.

25 January

09.00-15.00 in House 28: ‘A Sacred Scandinavian Route’ (KU 2015) with Juanma González.

10.30-11.30 in Muralen: ‘Taiwanese Glove Puppet Technique’ with Alexander Wireen and Julia Bondesson. 

11.30-12.00 in Muralen: ‘Arts Festivals as a Global Cultural Product’ (PhD study) with Donatella Bernardi.

13.30-14.15 in Muralen: ‘Focus: Papermaking’ (KU 2015) with Maria Lilja, Jenny Olsson and Patrick Wagner.

14.30-15.15 in Muralen: ‘In Depth (landmines) – Europe’ (Mejan Residents 2015-2016) with Alice Miceli. 

15.30-16.30 in Muralen: ‘Message in a Bottle: Drift and Discovery’ with Ellie Ga (Externally funded Researcher, Swedish Research Council)

17.00-19.00 Film screening in House 28 with:
– ‘Missed’ (KU 2014), with Emilia Ukkonen. 
– ‘The Hoover Diaries’ (KU 2014), with Amanda Newall.
– ‘Suspension of the Lion’ (KU 2011), with Tamara Henderson.

26 January

10.00-12.00 in House 28: Workshop ‘Letters and roots’ with Helena Fernández-Cavada. (Mejan Residents 2015-2016) Note: registration is required.

10.00-16.00 in The Painting Studio: Workshop ‘Taiwanese Glove Puppet Technique’ with Alexander Wireen and Julia Bondesson. Note: registration is required.

13.00-15.00 in Muralen: ‘Dreaming the Memories of Now’ (KU 2014) with Geska & Robert Brečević/Performing Pictures, and Karin Becker.

15.00-18.00 Open House, Royal Institute of Art. (See separate programme)

17.00-20.00 at Tensta konsthall, Opening: ‘Standard Length of a Miracle’ with Goldin+Senneby.

27 January

10.00-11.00 in Galleri Mejan: ‘Bilder från 1000 år av svensk arkitekturhistoria: Fotografiets roll’ with Fredric Bedoire.

11.00-12.00 in Galleri Mejan: ‘At the edge of Dazwischen’ (KU 2013) with Cecilia Sagrén, with conversation partners Marina Schiptjenko and Karin Åberg Waern.

12.00-13.00 outside of Galleri Mejan: Cooking performance ’10°C: A Macroscopic Exploration, (KU 2014) with Carl Johan Erikson.

13.00-13.30 in Muralen: ‘3D Architecture Scanned’ with Kerstin Barup.

13.45-14.45 in Muralen: CRITICAL HABITATS: ‘Notions of Art, Architecture and Activism’ with Holly Keasey, Marie Therese Luger, Zoë Poluch and Wayne Reddiar.

15.00-16.00 in Muralen: ‘Monument to the Rubble of the Future’ (KU 2015) with Matthew Ashton, and ‘Where does the struggle take us? On trying to learn from the “Right to the City” initiative in Zagreb’ (KU 2013) with Dubravka Sekulić, with conversation partner Peter Thomas Lang.

16.15-17.00 in Muralen: ‘Baltic/Balkan=Tallinn/Mostar:
the art of grounding projects’ with Peter Thomas Lang and Daniel Urey.

17.30-18.30 in Muralen: ‘Student to Student Grants – Artistic Development Projects’ with presentations of the 2016 projects.

18.30-24.00 in Mindepartementet: ‘Ulesses’ Ulcers’ — BAR with two acts:
18.30-20.30 ‘But the thing is – I’m not a Sailor, I’m not a Captain, I’m not a Pirate’ with Cara Tolmie. (Mejan Residents 2015-2016)
22.00-22.30 ‘TV-HOLE VideoTheater-Television-Show’ (KU 2015) with Jenny Palen & Arvid Wretman.

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Location: Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm