Speech in Mo i Rana (Norway)

mo i rana

I was invited to contribute to an upcoming event on the ‘Campus Helgeland’ in Mo i Rana (Norway), on October 24th-26th 2014.

About the event:

A gathering of the ar(c)t(ic) tribes II is a seminar on contemporary art, urban development and social change, focusing on art projects in public spaces. What happens when artists intervene directly in society? What is the connection between sustainability and art, e.g. in community development in a local context? Is it possible for art to be an agent for social change?

Target audience: Artists, architects, curators, art historians, employees of museums and art institutions, members of art associations, teachers and other public servants and decision-makers.

Read more on the facebook page of the event: click here

About my contribution: “Cities as anthroposcenes and urban resilience”

In contrast to neoliberal “Creative Class” discourses and “Creative City” policies, attempts towards “Creative Sustainable Cities” should strive to develop urban resilience. I will introduce this perspective and share some preliminary impressions from my ongoing exploration of a few cities around the world, where artists and others are trying to develop urban ‘spaces of possibilities’ with diverse scopes and scales. I will sketch some of the ways in which these cities are engaged with by individuals, groups or coalitions of artists and others , involving a range of relationships to cities as ‘anthroposcenes’ and of potentials for socially transformative effects.

Interview in Zeit Online

I was interviewed in Zeit Online, published on Friday September 12th, alongside the City Link Festival and Congress: http://blog.zeit.de/hamburg/interview-city-link-festival/  

NB: The interview was first edited down to 2 pages by the interviewing journalist, which is fine, but then again further edited and shortened by the ‘editors’ at Zeit online, so that some important points, which I insisted upon to be published, were left out or reformulated by the editors (i.e. extremely simplified, for ‘my’ sentences to be shorter)… for ‘lack of space’, I guess (or rather because they have specific preconceptions about their readers).

Talks in September 2014

I’ll be involved in a few events this month:

  • From September 4th to 6th in Cluj-Napoca (Rumania), at the 8th Conference of the Sociology of the Arts Research Network of the European Sociological Association (ESA Arts RN), I will do a presentation on “The city as anthropo-scene? Art and urban spaces of possibility in the Anthropocene”. I will also be chairing a few sessions, and am organizing one additional, experimental format at the conference: the “Cluj Transect Walk” on September 3rd and its feedback session during the conference. Link to conference website
  • On September 12th in Hamburg (at the Hafencity University), I will be talking at the International City Link Congress “Cities, Culture and Sustainability”. My talk will be on “The emergence of creative sustainable cities”. Link to Congress website
  • On September 13th, in Hamburg, I am part of a debate (in German language) at “P/ART Producers Artfair”, on “an Den Rändern Mittendrin: Kunst & Stadt”. Link to the website.
  • On September 25th, I will be part of a debate in Oslo (Norway), at the Stenersenmuseet, on “Økologisk kollaps: Kunst, forskning, aktivisme – hvordan skape allianser?” (I will add the English title and more info as soon as available).

About the availability of our book from 2008

2008-greenbookSome people have been asking me whether the book we published in 2008, Sustainability: a new frontier for the arts and cultures, is still available in hard copies, or as ebook, given that it is not (or not often, and not for new copies) available at Amazon anymore. So I inquired with the publisher, and can share the following information:

There are still about 40 hard copies available, that you can directly order from the publisher, at  www.vas-verlag.de (direct link to the book: here) or by email at “Südost Service”: export@suedost-service.de

Next year (2015) or maybe already at the very end of this year (2014), the book will be made available as eBook, by the publisher VAS in partnership with “LIBREKA”.

Recorded Video from my Keynote at Telemark University College

My talk on May 14th 2014 about “Cultures of sustainability: Transdisciplinary research cultures”, at the international Symposium “Cultures of Sustainability in the Age of Climate Crisis”, May 13-15 2014, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Telemark University College, Bø (Norway), got recorded on video and is now available for watching online (the recorded talk lasts 61 minutes – the plenary discussion that followed the talk is not included in the edited video uploaded by Telemark University College):


The video can also be downloaded for offline watching:


And there is even an audio file for download:


The Symposium was organized as part of COST IS 1007 “Investigating Cultural Sustainability”.

By the way: Just one short comment about the video-recorded lecture: One colleague in the audience pointed me (in the following day) at one possible misunderstanding that my talk might generate. When I say the “ETH” approach in this talk, please understand it as a shorthand for “an approach and research culture stemming from researchers at the ETH” but not as implying that I am talking about everything going on and everyone at the ETH. Unlike the CIRET, the ETH is a very big organization and there are, at the ETH, also other approaches (and nuances) than the one I am focusing on in this talk. As I said in my talk, I am focusing here on two approaches that have international significance, but am not at all claiming that these are the only two approaches to Transdisciplinarity…