[Renewable] Call for abstracts and project presentations

Kristin Bergaust kristin at anart.no
Fri Dec 4 17:33:57 EET 2015

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS Arts in Context – In Between Practices
International conference
University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway 6 – 8 June 2016
The interdisciplinary research and development platform Arts in Context (KiK – Kunst i kontekst) invites scholars, artists and art educators to the first Arts in Context conference. Arts in Context is a platform for scholarly and artistic research within – and across – the disciplines of music, theatre and the visual arts with a particular interest in how art disciplines respond at points of contact with other contexts, whether social, cultural, political, pedagogical or historical.
Arts in Context also aims to establish arenas where artistic practices can interact with academic approaches to research and development. Such research projects operate at the dynamic interface between theoretical, empirical and artistic-­‐practice approaches. Art disciplines are approached in a broad context, where specialist knowledge is understood not just as content but also as perspectives that enable researchers to rethink established paradigms and identify change and new relationships, both within the arts and in society more generally.
The conference will focus on potentials and pitfalls when approaching practices in between, such as those related to
• collaborations between artistic practices anchored in different art disciplines
• differences in academic, artistic and educational approaches
• artistic and political practices
• blurring the lines between artists and audiences
• the positions of artists inside and outside institutions
We invite explorations of the “In Between Practices” above, as well as workshop proposals that aim at initiating thematic and artistic collaborations and networks amongst conference participants. Here the intention may be to facilitate future networks for research and/or artistic purposes.
You may submit proposal abstracts for a) and/or b):
a) Presentation (15 min.)
Optional formats: paper presentation, lecture performance, visual presentation, audio-­‐visual documentation and the like. Presentations will be followed by 15 min. group discussions.
b) Workshop
Physical environment and technical equipment: Workshops will be arranged on the island of Bragdøya, a short boat trip from Kristiansand, where we will enjoy an atmosphere of traditional coastal culture and fisheries, in a building restored and maintained by local volunteers. Technical equipment on request.
The abstracts should contain:
• Name(s) of contributor(s)
• Institutional affiliation (if applicable)
• Category: Paper presentation or workshop
• Title
• Project description and objectives
• Contextualization
• Thesis question and/or problem for discussion
• Planned results or outcomes
The abstract must not exceed 300 words and may contain web links to artistic material.
Abstracts must be submitted by e-­‐mail to kik-abstacts at uia.no <mailto:kik-abstacts at uia.no> and will be accepted until midnight, February 1st, 2016.
Presenters will be notified of acceptance by March 1st, 2016.
Conference language
Programme committee
Kristin Bergaust, professor in contemporary art (UiA and HiOA)
Siemke Böhnisch, associate professor in theatre (UiA)
Per Kjetil Farstad, professor in music (UiA)
Cecilie Nissen, artistic director of Kristiansand Kunsthall
Tony Valberg, associate professor in music (UiA)
Conference venues
University of Agder and the island of Bragdøya, Kristiansand (Norway)
Conference hotel Hotel Norge
Conference fee
1000 NOK (covers meals other than breakfast)
Deadline for conference bookings
April 15th
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