23 Mar, 10:00 – 24 Mar 2023, 13:00
Seminar: The Aesthetics of Shame, Infrastructures of Desire

Videostill: Kirstine Aarkrog, TRAUM (2021)

How does art articulate and discuss the complex infrastructures that characterize our times and the distributions of desire—to look, to be looked at, to acquire, consume, enjoy—that are associated with this? What roles do autoeroticism and violence play in understanding the body, its limits, energies, and abstract forms?

Join us on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 March when O—Overgaden in collaboration with Anne Kølbæk Iversen present a seminar on desire and shame in relation to the gaze, orgasmic energy, and the artistic distribution of bodies and objects. The seminar is organized by Iversen, as part of her post-doctoral research in Aesthetics & Culture at Aarhus University.

Kølbæk Iversen’s current research project The Aesthetics of Shame, Infrastructures of Desire, examines contemporary artistic negotiations of gender, body, and sexuality in the light of, and also across, existing image economies and cultural norms.

The seminar will be held in Danish.



11: Welcome and coffee

11.15–12: Conversation between Benedikte Bjerre and Ida Marie Hede on the circulation of bodies and objects, consumption and (artistic) work

12–13: Lunch break

13–13.30: Presentation by Anne Kølbæk Iversen on social reproduction, fetishization of the fetishizing gaze, and the aesthetics of shame

13.30–14: Film screening and visit to the exhibitions


11: Welcome and coffee

11.15–12: Conversation between Kirstine Aarkrog, Lea Porsager, and Biba Fibiger about nuclear physics, autoeroticism, and the abstract body

12–13: Lunch break

13–14: Closing round and discussion

The seminar is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.
The seminar will be held in Danish and is free of charge, as is admission to all of O—Overgaden’s exhibitions.