Upcoming conferences & symposia

  • Conference: Itinerant Witnesses 28 January 2023

    In connection with the research project Biopolitical Imaging the museum will on 28 January 2023 host the conference Itinerant Witnesses. Read introduction below.

    Itinerant Witnesses

    Asylum seekers fleeing war and violence form a special kind of witness. Through their movements in space, they not only attest to what originally forced them to relocate, but also to the way that governments systematically fail in protecting their rights and even employ violence as a means to deter them. By blocking entry, denying safe passage, and by weaponizing nature against those travelling, European states facilitate the precarity of itinerant lives and extend the violence towards them.

    The bodies of these itinerant witnesses store the memory of multiple human rights violations across contexts. They breath in bomb clouds, swallow seawater, bare the traces of torture or shootings at the borders, and absorb the toxicity often found on refugee camps. Both material witnesses and speaking bodies, itinerant witnesses are also technologically enabled investigators. They self-organise through social media groups, film their journeys through mobile phones or water-resistant cameras, send GPS locations, and document the multiple egregious violations they find on their way.

    This day-long conference will draw lessons from itinerant witnessing. Bringing together feminist and environmental scholars who offer new notions of the human body as they tackle direct and indirect forms of violence, as well as artists/witnesses, and activists, the conference will both address theoretical frameworks as well as attempt to translate some of Forensic Architecture’s methods to a local context and the struggle against violent European migration policies that keep itinerant lives at bay. In doing so the conference will propose witnessing as an activist practice and as a means to reframe accountability across human and environmental rights.

    Speakers: Amel Alzakout, Giovanna di Chiro, Nanna Katrine Hansen, Stanley Edward Nwaogu, Lorenzo Pezzani, Christina Varvia.

    The conference follows the exhibition with Forensic Architecture on show at Louisiana 20 May – 23 October 2022.

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  • Conference: The Politics & Poetics of Exhibiting 23 & 24 February 2023

    In connection with the research project Whose Bildung? Renegotiating modern art museums through exhibition practices the museum will on the 23 and 24 February 2023 host the conference The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting – Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions. Read introduction below.

    The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting: Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions

    Aarhus University and Louisiana welcome you to a two-day exchange (23 & 24 February 2023) of research, dialogue, and debate. The conference ‘The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting: Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions’ seeks to explore and discuss the role and possibilities of exhibition practices in a museum landscape, where understandings of the art museum as a public institution are rapidly changing. Keynote speakers include Nora Sternfeld, Yvette Mutumba, James Voorhies, and Kirsten Astrup & Maria Bordorff.

    In recent years, international public movements such as #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, decolonization actions and global climate protests has put the art museum as a public institution under increased scrutiny, a critical attention which calls for introspection. A concrete, recent example that the museal (self-)understanding is changing can for example be observed in the approval of a new museum definition at the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in August 2022, which departs from the previous definition in fundamental ways, stressing the importance of diversity, sustainability, and an ethically informed museum practice.

    Since the 1960s art museums have increasingly been met with critique of the schism between their self-image as public, democratic institutions and the gendered, classed, and colonial power structures that have also permeated these institutions. However, it is relatively new that art museums themselves have started to use their cultural authority to challenge and renegotiate their own hegemonic structures. Here, the exhibition functions as one of the central arenas where the critique and discussion of the art museum as a public institution takes place.

    One of the central focus points of the conference under the headline The Politics and Poetics of Exhibiting: Proposing New Institutional Models Through Exhibitions is the role of exhibitions in transforming or revising the institution from within: Is it enough to exhibit critique or must the criticism also result in changed infrastructures and museum practices? If the museum’s collection is what distinguishes the art museum from other cultural institutions such as galleries, biennales, exhibition centers and so on, how can the “permanence” of museums and their collections be put in dialogue with the “urgency” of contemporary political and social issues? How do exhibitions respond to shifts in museal self-understandings, and are new approaches to exhibition-making relevant?

    The conference seeks to explore the role and relevance of exhibitions as concrete, spatial arguments that lend themselves to deliberating new ideas about how the art museum could work as a public institution today.

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  • Conference: Imagine Earth 8 & 9 June 2023

    Save the date. In connection with the research project Hydrologic sensibilities in fragile ecologies the museum will on the 8 and 9 June 2023 host the conference Imagine Earth. Read introduction below.

    Imagine Earth

    Imagine Earth will gather internationally prominent researchers, artists and young researchers related to the field of ecocriticism. It will take the form of a two-day conference held at Louisiana Museum of Modern Art June 8-9 2023 in Humlebæk, Denmark. The conference is organized in a collaboration between University of Copenhagen, Aarhus University and Louisiana Museum of Modern Art and is supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation.

    The purpose of Imagine Earth is to provide a forum for reflections on the urgent task of developing an aesthetics of the age commonly but also contestedly designated the Anthropocene, focusing in particular on imagining and imaging the earth, its processes and transformations in non-dominant ways.

    The outcome of the conference will be published in an anthology. Lectures and performances will be recorded to be publicized via Louisiana Research on Vimeo.

Past conferences & symposia

  • Symposium: Archives & Art History 29 Sep. 2022

    Inspired by The Nicolas and Elena Calas Archive, The Danish Institute in Athens and Louisiana hosted a symposium about archives and archival material.

    The Calas Archive, that came to Louisiana in 1990 as a gift from Greek-American poet and art critic Nicolas Calas and his wife Elena Calas, is today located at Nordic Library in Athens with public access. Letters, manuscripts, photos and personal papers here intermingle with drawings, sketches and poems from international artists such as Jacqueline Lamba, Meret Oppenheim, Kay Sage, Joyce Mansour and Takis.

  • Gender & Feminism 17 & 18 Nov. 2021

    The research project Feminist Emergency: Women Artists in Denmark, 1900-1960 at the University of Copenhagen invited in collaboration with Louisiana and the European Postwar and Contemporary Art Forum art historians, curators, critics and artists to contribute with research, dialogue and debates to this two-day conference 17 and 18 November 2021 under the title Fast Forward! Women in European Art, 1970-Present. See presentations.

  • Marsden Hartley symposium 6 Dec. 2019

    In connection with the extensive, retrospective exhibition Marsden Hartley – The Earth is all I Know of Wonder, Louisiana had in collaboration with the Terra Foundation for American Art, invited five leading researchers from Europe and the United States, who shared their unique perspective on an unusual and unique artist.

    With the title Roads to Marsden Hartley, the symposium sought to unfold the artist’s multifaceted production through a series of contributions. The contributors were: Professor Rachael Z. DeLue, Princeton University; Professor Pascal Rousseau, INHA, Sorbonne; Dr. Edyta Frelik, Department of American Literature and Culture, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University; Professor Jacob Wamberg, Aarhus University, School of Communication and Culture – Art History; Jonathan D. Katz, Visiting Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania. Read more on the exhibition.

  • Globalism in postwar art

    The international two-day symposium, Multiple Modernisms, brought together current research in global modernism after 1945. In the presentations, which can be seen online via link below, researchers and curators present new insights into the nature of modernism and the post-war period as an important historical horizon for today’s art world. See all presentations.

  • The 21 Century Art Museums

    What is the art museum’s particular potential as a research institution? The two-day conference presented a wide range of innovative exhibition projects, that unite academic research, artistic practice and the wider public. See all presentations.