A one-day Symposium on Saturday 3 December at Central Saint Martins, London. 10 am registration for a 10.30 am start, ending at 5.20 pm. Followed by a drinks reception and the screening of Phillip Scheffner's Havarie.
This symposium provides a platform to address the promise of Europe as a place of human rights, security and prosperity; and the Europe of borders, refugee camps, and heightened nationalism.
The £5.90 ticket includes the symposium, a drink reception, and the screening of Havarie (information below).
10.00 Registration and Welcome
10.30 Screening: Foreigners Out! Schlingensief’s Container (2002), Christoph Schlingensief
11.00 Keynote: Professor Ulrike Guérot
12.00 Panel 1: Europe from outside and within (Nanna Heidenreich, chair)
2.00 Quicksand (2016), Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, with Mikkel H. Eriksen and Duncan
2.30 Panel 2: Displacement (Michaela Crimmin, chair)
Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen
3.45 Screening: Accent Elimination (2005), Nina Katchadourian
4.15 Panel 3: Home and Belonging (Jemima Montagu, chair)
Bisan Abu Eisheh
5.20 Drinks Reception
6.00 Introduction to Havarie, Nicole Wolf
Screening: Havarie (2016), Phillip Scheffner
The three core themes for the day are: ‘Europe from outside and within’, ‘Displacement’, and ‘Home and Belonging’. This gathering creates an opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions and seek common ground. What are the ramifications of the political shifts in Europe for art and artists? What insights and ideas are artists bringing, within Europe and beyond? What can the cultural community do to challenge or address these troubling political changes? What are the realities of today’s ‘Promised Land’? And can we imagine a new Promised Land, centered on ideas and values rather than material wealth or territory?
The keynote will be given by Professor Ulrike Guerot, Berlin’s European School of Governance, proposing a new radical version of democracy. Speakers are artist Tobias Zielony talking about his work The Citizen for the German pavilion at Venice Biennial last year, a self portrayal by refugees in place of the ubiquitous accounts in the media of refugees as ‘other’; Emeka Okereke, artist and initiator of Invisible Borders, Nigeria, whose work prompts an Afro-centric conversation about Europe, including an account of an overland journey crossing borders from Lagos to Sarajevo; Nanna Heidenreich, Professor of Digital Narratives at the International Film School, Cologne; artist Phoebe Boswell whose work is anchored in an exploration of 'home' having been born in Kenya, with a childhood in the Middle East, before coming to live in London; Giacomo Orsini, conducting research into borders at the University of Essex; Bisan Abu Eiseh who suggests a 'de-labelling' in addressing quetions about national identity, mobility, migration and socio-political injustices; and artist Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen whose work has featured the refugee situation and borders for many years and from whom we take the title 'Promised Land'. The day will begin with Christoph Schlingensief’s film, Foreigners Out! (2002); with a screening in the the afternoon of Nina Kadchatourian's Accent Elimination; and the premiere of a new work commissioned for this programme, Quicksand, by Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, a collaboration with Duncan Pickstock and Mikkel H. Eriksen.
The symposium is followed by a drinks reception, and a screening of Philip Scheffner’s HAVARIE (2016) introduced by Nicole Wolf, Goldsmiths', University of London. Entry for the screening is included in the price of the symposium ticket or can be booked as a stand alone event for £3.
The schedule for the day will be posted shortly.
The symposium has been generously supported by Arts Council England and the Stanley Thomas Johnson Foundation. Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen's commission has been generously supported by the Goethe Institute, the Danish Arts Council, the Danish Embassy and the Elephant Trust.