Together with Jake Ford of White Arkitekter, I'm organising an ambitious, long-term programme of public events, talks, walks, picnics and screenings as part of the Råängen
The first of these events was held in January 2018. Elisabeth Gerle, Professor of Ethics at Lund University and Lena Sjöstrand, Chaplain of Lund Cathedral, discussed the nature of 'heaven', within the context of Nathan Coley's artwork 'Heaven Is A Place Where Nothing Ever Happens', installed next to the Cathedral as part of the Råängen programme.
The first Råängen seminar was held on 28 April 2018. Speakers from Lund, New York, Berlin and London considered the subject of time as a cultural construct and tool for project development. The theme linked to Lund Cathedral’s presence in the town over a 900 year period (since 1123, when the east-alter in the crypt was consecrated) and the commitment to their land in Brunnshög a thousand years into the future.
We discussed the unique nature of long-term projects; the concept of earthly and heavenly time; our fragile relationship to the land; and the varying and magical ways that contemporary artists have worked with the subject of time. We challenged the idea that the future is the only place available for imaginative play; we located Råängen within the history of mankind, and considered pre-modern concepts of time as place.
CATHY HAYNES, writer, curator and artist, London
ANNA LAGERGREN, archeologist, Lund
FIONA RABY (Dunne & Raby), academic, architect and designer, New York
LISA ROSENDAHL, curator, Berlin
LENA SJÖSTRAND, chaplain, Lund Cathedral
Chair: Jes Fernie, Curator, Råängen
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Intervene / Shift / Compel
28 Feb 2019
Moderna Museet Malmö
”What I want to do is intervene in the fabric of society” Stephen Willats
How can artists contribute to a discussion about the way we live in the 21st century? What are the mechanisms that artists, curators and commissioners use to make democratic, active public spaces that address urgent, political and social issues? Can such projects bring about societal change or just a shift in perception?
In this afternoon event, artists and curators from Sweden, Norway and Britain will present a series of international projects that create a framework for discussion.
This event is part of the public programme for Nathan Coley’s Råängen sculpture And We Are Everywhere, a temporary artwork commissioned by Lund Cathedral on their land in Brunnshög, in the outskirts of Lund. The work addresses questions regarding access to land, homeless states and the role of the church in contemporary life. The discussion will inform the Cathedral’s long-term urban development programme.
KERSTIN BERGENDAL, artist and lecturer, Valand Academy, Göteborg
ELEANOR PINFIELD, Director, Art on the Underground, London
EMMA RIBBING, artist and choreographer, Malmö
APOLONIJA ŠUŠTERŠIČ, artist and Head of Program Art & Public Space, Oslo National Academy of the Arts