Saturday 28 Nov 10:00am Sunday 29 Nov 4:00pm

The Art of Ethics in the Contemporary Art Institution is part of the annual conference series Overgaden LECTURES. Launched in 2013, Overgaden LECTURES explores key issues in contemporary art in depth. This year’s conference focuses on some of the central ethical challenges and dilemmas facing the art institution today.

In the early 21st century a series of marked social, political and economic changes have had a significant impact on the infrastructure and dynamics of the art world. The impact has been acutely felt by Western art institutions, which are under pressure from significant cutbacks in state funding, increased competition, demands to increase visitor numbers, new communication and public participation initiatives, earmarked private funding, and an increasingly prevalent experience and project culture. These and other changes have brought the issue of the role and activities of art institutions today to the fore – including their responsibility and obligations as mediator between an increasingly broad range of stakeholders and funding bodies whose interests far from always coincide. In this complex and conflict-ridden arena it has become crucial to not only identify, but also reconsider and reformulate the ethical basis and scope of the art institution to retain its relevance in the society of the future.

During the 2-day conference we will map out some of the most pressing ethical implications and challenges facing the work of institutions today. Is it possible to balance being both an enlightenment project and business without compromising either professional standards or financial accountability? How can the integrity of art be retained in the face of catering to the needs of private sponsors and the public? What is the role of communication and PR in this context – and what constitutes good, respectful communication? What effect have these developments had on curation and the relationship to artists and their interests? Questions like these form the core of the conference, at which professionals from a range of disciplines from Denmark and abroad will offer their views and experiences as a basis to discuss what a new, contemporary code of ethics for the art institution might look like – and how it can be implemented in practice.

Speakers: Christine Buhl Andersen (DK), Dave Beech (UK), Alistair Brown (UK), Irene Campolmi (DK), Signe Meisner Christensen (DK), Ann Demeester (BE), Carsten Juhl (DK), Sonja Lavaert (BE), Elin Lundgren (SE), Bettina Pehrsson (SE), Angelo Romano & Linda Jensen (CH), Andreas Schlaegel (DE), Julia Schäfer (DE), Ben Street (UK), Marianne Torp (DK).

Moderator: Merete Jankowski, director of Overgaden

The conference series is organised by Overgaden’s curator Anna Holm and is supported by the Bikuben Foundation.


Saturday 28 November 2015

10am Welcome and introduction by Anna Holm and Merete Jankowski

Art Institutional Ethics in Theory and Practice

10.15am Sonja Lavaert: The Tragic Aporia of Art and Institutions

10. 45am Irene Campolmi: Contemporary Aesth-Ethics – The Ethical Turn In 21st Century Art

11.15am Coffee break

11.30am Alistair Brown: Museum Ethics – Lessons for Contemporary Art?

12pm Carsten Juhl: The Possibility of an Internal Exile

12.30pm Panel discussion

1pm Lunch

The Art Institution Between Enlightenment Project and Contemporary Business

2pm Christine Buhl Andersen: Strategies for Re-branding a Museum – Between Local Skepticism and International Potential

2.30pm Signe Meisner Christensen: Virtuosity and Project Culture in Art Museums –
Or the Art of Mediating Between Public Engagement and Immaterial Consumption

3pm Coffee break

3.15pm Dave Beech: Art and Ethics

3.45pm Bettina Pehrsson: What Are We Good At and What Are We Good For?

4.15pm Panel discussion

Sunday 29 November

Curation and the Collaboration with the Artist

10am Marianne Torp: Artists’ Projects in the Context of the Art Historical Museum

10.30am Andreas Schlaegel: Reclaim Social Media

11am Coffee break

11.15am Angelo Romano & Linda Jensen: Betwixt and Between – ABCs by Counter Space

11.45am Ann Demeester: Between a Rock and a Hard Place – On (self-) censorship and curatorial impotence 

12.15pm Panel discussion

12.45pm Lunch

Mediation and the Audiences of the Art Institution

1.45pm Julia Schäfer: Mediation as Curatorial Practice

2.15pm Ben Street: Mediating Contemporary Art

2.45pm Coffee break

3pm Elin Lundgren: Performance under Focus

3.30pm Panel discussion

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