POLEMIK is a series of informal public debates organized by Overgaden, where invited guests address important questions and issues on the contemporary art scene. In 2015 the focus of POLEMIK is on discussions and challenges in the interaction between artists and art institutions.
The first event of this year thematises the so-called “professionalization” of artists. What is the role of the academisation of the Danish art academies? Is it the ability of the artist to network and communicate that determines whether they succeed? And if so, is this not just an expected fundamental condition facing all professions today? Or is there a real danger that this professionalization entails an adaption to institutional structures to such a degree that art looses its edge? The debate will be in Danish.
The guests of the evening are:
Sanne Kofod Olsen, rector of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; Christian Schmidt Rasmussen, artist and former member of the Grant Committee of the Danish Arts Foundation; Marianne Torp, Senior Research Curator and researcher at the National Gallery of Denmark; Mikkel Carl, artist; Christina Wilson, independent art consultant and previous gallery owner. Moderator: Merete Jankowski, director of Overgaden.