RETHINKING PUBLICNESS – today and tomorrow

Onsdag 13 oktober 2021, kl. 13 - 16

Jonas Staal and Jan Fermon, Collectivize Facebook. Photo: Ruben Hamelink.

RETHINKING PUBLICNESS – today and tomorrow explores the meaning of publicness and what this concept entails from the perspective of art. Göteborgs Konsthall, HDK-Valand, and GIBCA have jointly invited a number of internationally practising artists to share their experiences of working under conditions that have a critical impact on artistic creativity and participation. The artists talk about different methods of doing and thinking during the pandemic and reflect on what the encounter between art and audience can entail in the future.

Over the past year, all institutions and professionally active artists have directly or indirectly had to consider how to deal with publicness. This event is an opportunity to address the issue openly, generously and speculatively together. The programme presents a variety of contemporary definitions of publicness; what it can be, what it is now, and possible common futures for institutions, artists, students, participants, audiences and the general public.

Keynote speaker: Michelle Teran.
Participating artists: FRAUD, Jonas Staal. The discussion is facilitated by Dr. Viviana Checchia, senior lecturer, Fine Art at HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design.

This is a digital event on zoom and will be in English.


13-13.15 Welcome speech by Stina Edblom, Artistic leader Göteborgs Konsthall, and moderator Viviana Checchia gives a short introduction to the program
13.15-13.50 Keynote Michelle Teran
13.50-14 Break
14-14.30 FRAUD presentation
14.30-14.55 Jonas Staal presentation
14.55-15.10 Break
15.10-16 Moderated panel discussion/ Q&A with integrated conclusions by Michelle Teran


Michelle Teran (born in Canada) is an educator, artist, and researcher. She is a practice-oriented Research Professor of Social Practices at Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA). Her research areas encompass socially engaged and site-specific art, counter-cartographies, social movements, feminist, and critical pedagogy. Her artistic works inhabit multiple forms and formats, pedagogical experiments, film, performance, participatory events, and video interventions in public space and book works.

FRAUD (Audrey Samson & Francisco Gallardo) is a London-based duo of artist/researchers which develop modes of art-led enquiry that examine the extractive gaze of the European Union’s institutions and policies. Through their practice, FRAUD cultivate critical spatial literacy and cosmogony building. Samson is a Lecturer in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. Gallardo is currently Assistant Lecturer at King’s College.

Jonas Staal is a visual artist whose work deals with the relation between art, propaganda, and democracy. He is the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit (2012–ongoing). Together with Florian Malzacher he co-directs the training camp Training for the Future (2018-ongoing), and with human rights lawyer Jan Fermon he initiated the collective action lawsuit Collectivize Facebook (2020-ongoing).

Viviana Checchia is a curator and researcher active internationally. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at HDK-Valand. Previous to this role she was Public Engagement Curator at the Centre for Contemporary Arts: Glasgow (CCA). For the past ten years, she has co-directed Vessel, a platform for critical discussion surrounding the cultural, social, economic, and political change created through community-based work.

Sammanfattning på svenska:

Rethinking publicness – today and tomorrow undersöker betydelsen av offentlighet och innebörden av detta begrepp ur ett konstnärligt perspektiv. Göteborgs Konsthall, HDK-Valand och GIBCA har tillsammans bjudit in en rad internationellt verksamma konstnärer att dela med sig av sina erfarenheter av att arbeta under ett kritiskt skede för konstnärligt skapande och deltagande. De medverkande berättar om olika metoder av görande och tänkande mot bakgrund av pandemiåret och reflekterar över vad konstens möte med en publik kan betyda i framtiden.

Frågor kring offentlighet har under det senaste året påverkat alla institutioner och yrkesverksamma konstnärer direkt eller indirekt. Vi vill i detta program gemensamt adressera frågan öppet och generöst. Programmet presenterar olika samtida förståelser av begreppet offentlighet; vad det kan vara, vad det är nu och vad det kan vara i framtiden för institutioner, konstnärer, studenter, deltagare, en publik och vidare allmänhet.

Medverkande konstnärer: FRAUD, Jonas Staal, Emily Jacir med flera. Samtalet leds av Dr. Viviana Checchia, Universitetslektor, Fri Konst HDK-Valand.

Observera att amtalet är på engelska och hålls digitalt via zoom.