SABINE DAHL NIELSEN
Curating Conflictual Consensus: On the Mulitiplication and Fragmentation of Publics in Contemporary Urban Spaces
12th of November 2014
18.00-20.00, NODE Space

Taking a closer look at today’s international scene for art in urban spaces, it quickly becomes clear that we are not only witnessing an expanded spectrum of applied artistic strategies. We are also experiencing the emergence of new curatorial strategies and institutional models that are based on alternative conceptions of production and representation. Thus, a series of art institutions have recently begun to experiment with the curatorial possibilities of presenting temporary, process-oriented and socially engaged artistic practices while at the same time seeking to address a multiplicity of particularized and often quite fragmented counter-public positions. In this sense, art institutions can be said to perform as the organizers of friction-filled spaces of mediation. In other words, they perform as that which the art critic Simon Sheikh refers to as “the in-between, the mediator, interlocutor, translator and meeting place between art production and the conception of its ‘public'”. In order to elaborate further on this idea of an alternative institutional model I will look at how art institutions can function as politically engaging sites of conflicts and negotiations. More specifically, I will engage in a discussion about how art institutions might – in accordance with the reflections of the political theorist Chantal Mouffe – seek to create spaces for so-called conflictual consensus while experimenting with counter-hegemonic curatorial strategies in urban spaces.

Sabine Dahl Nielsen

Sabine Dahl Nielsen is a researcher, writer, teacher and curator, currently based in Copenhagen. Her research fields are contemporary art, urban development, curatorial practice and conflict theory. Since 2012 she has been working on a PhD project at Copenhagen University and KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces. The project is entitled Art in Public Spaces: Conflict and Negotiations as Critical Urban Practices and will be published as a book in both Danish and English in 2015. Nielsen is also editor of the Danish photo magazine Filter and writes regularly for, among others, the Scandinavian architecture magazine Arkitekten. She has published the book Det fotografiske rum (The Photographic Space) in 2012 and has furthermore contributed to various Danish and International anthologies, reviews, and magazines.2011/2012 she was Curator in Residency at CAPACETE in Sao Paulo and Rio, Brazil. Her curatorial projects have been carried out at KØS Museum of Art in Public Spaces (Køge), Gallery Michael Andersen (Copenhagen), Galerie Asbæk (Copenhagen), ARKEN Museum of Modern Art (Ishøj), and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Humlebæk).

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