Practicing Communities - Transformative societal strategies of artistic research at Nordic Summer University Symposium (External organisation)

  • Ami Skanberg Dahlstedt (Chair)

Activity: MembershipMembership of research network


Practicing Communities - Transformative societal strategies of artistic research.

This study circle deals with collaboration and cross-fertilization of methodologies with an emphasis on interventions.

Intervention reflects the need to explore cultures of collaboration that question the politics of research. We aim to accomplish this by providing a space for theoretical and artistic experimentation, and to share and develop methodological insights that will be incorporated into further research.

People invited to participate include artist-researchers, curators, and theoreticians from both practical and academic arts-related fields who share an interest in cross-disciplinary contexts with openness to experimentation.

The aim is to generate work between participants working across different artistic and academic disciplines that create interventions into other wider interdisciplinary fields and contexts. The intention is that further research, collaborations and interventions will have the opportunity to be tested and discussed within the space provided by the circle.

Outcomes will focus on the generation and development of new ideas, new methodologies and new research projects that operate in spaces and contexts beyond the circle. These might include performances, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, films and articles etc. that continue to grow across other contexts and spaces. These could be physical, academic, artistic, political, social and virtual spaces.

The word is not really chair, it is more coordinator. I was selected to be one of two coordinators for the study circle 7, which is dedicated to interdisciplinary artistic research at Nordic Summer University, a wonderful summer symposium. This summer we were in Druskininkai, Lithuania. As a coordinator, my responsibilities was to chair all presentations together with the previous coordinator Luisa Greenfield, educator and visual artist in Berlin, and my co-coordinator Ilya Noé, visual artist and PhD candidate at University of Davis, US, who now is based in Berlin, Germany. I facilitated time, moderated the Q&A, and set up the technique. I was also involved in reviewing the proposals, presenting our keynote speaker Roberta Mock, who is a Professor of Performance studies at University of Pymouth. It was a very valuable experience for me. I am now responsible for creating the winter symposium in Riga in February/March 2016.
Period18 Jul 201525 Jul 2018
Held atPracticing Communities - Transformative societal strategies of artistic research at Nordic Summer University Symposium


  • artistic research
  • Nordic Summer University