Conference: Contemporary art, play and temporality

The conference took place October 14 at University of Copenhagen, Ørestad North. The conference was held in connection to the temporary artistic developing project KNUDEN.

The conference was arranged as a collaboration between landscape architect Bettina Lamm, LIFE, KU and curator Charlotte Bagger Brandt, RÅDERUM – office for contemporary art.

Background: Within the last couple of years a blurring of the borders between art and urban planning has occurred. An increasing number of contemporary artists create art works aimed at kick start dialogues with public space and urban life. At the same time an interest in working with inclusion and temporality in public space has arisen amongst urban planners and landscape architects. Both fields are currently contributing in reformulating our urban space through play, staging and involvement.

The invited contributors for the conference represent various approaches to the field of urban development, contemporary art, play and temporality. Among these are American ReBar and German Raumlabor lecturing about art, activism and urbanity. The conference also included workshops with artistic, playful and creative content.

Programme for the day:

09.00 Welcome

09.15 Theme 1: The angle of the planner

Urban life alive

Tina Saaby, architect, Københavns Kommune

Temporarity and art as a generator for urban-development

Jes Møller, project director and  Siv Raun Andersen, chief consultant, Køge Kyst

10.00 Theme 2: The curatorial perspective

Art as motor for urban development – current tendencies

Christine Buhl Andersen, Museum Director, KØS: Museum for Art in public space

Urban play: an exhibition concept

Charlotte Bagger Brandt, curator, Råderum

Bettina Lamm, landscape architect, Skov & Landskab

10.45 Break

11.00 Theme 3: The activist attack

Some ideas for better cities

Christof Mayer, architect, Raumlabor (DE)

Art, design, activism

John Bela og Blaine Merker, ReBar (USA)

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Discussion and introduktion to the workshops

14.00 Theme 4: Det kunstneriske afsæt

Workshops with the artists:

Givrum (DK), Karoline H. Larsen/Creative Actions (DK), Rebar (USA), Raumlabor (DE) and more

15.30 Conclusion and perspectives

16.00 End of conference