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Symposium: Other Perspectives. Hafnarhus, weekend 13 - 14 August.

Nicolas Bourriaud The symposium is held in connection with the exhibition Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy. Discussions will focus on the relationship between visual arts and philosophy and taking into account its different perspectives.

Nicolas Bourriaud


Symposium: Other Perspectives
Weekend 13-14 August

Saturday 13 August, 2011

15:00 Lecture by Nicolas Bourriaud
Discussions: Nicolas Bourriaud, Aðalheiður L. Guðmundsdóttir, Hafþór Yngvason and Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir.

Sunday 14 August, 2011

14:00 Perspectives - introduction by Jón Proppé philosopher.

14:15 Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, visual artist and writer.

14:30 Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir, philosophy teacher.

14:45 Egill Arnarson, philosopher.


Panel discussions moderated by Gunnar Harðarsson.


Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, art philosopher. She currently holds a position as Director of art theory, Department of Fine Art at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and Chair of the Icelandic Association for Art History and Aesthetics in Iceland. Guðmundsdóttir has taken part in and organized various lectures, symposiums and conferences in Iceland as well as having written extensively on art and culture.

Brynhildur Sigurðardóttir, philosophy teacher. Sigurðardóttir studied philosophy with a specialisation in philosophy for children, Since 2002 she has taught philosophy at Gardaskoli elementary school and written articles on the subject of philosophy as a method for teaching, including Imagination, Thinking, Journal of Philsophy for Children (2002). Alongside artist and philosophy teacher Ingimar Waage, she has organized two philosophy-workshops designed for children that were held alongside the exhibition at Reykjavik Art Museum.

Egill Arnarson, philosopher. Arnarson studied philosophy, history and latin in Reykjavík, Rennes (France) and Kiel (Germany). In recent years he has written and translated various articles on philosophy and related subjects, besides teaching medieval latin, philosophy and critical thinking. He is currently Chairman of the Icelandic Philosophical Association and co-editor of Glíman, a journal on theology and society. He works as a secretary for parliamentarians of Althingi and thus describes himself as a ‘philosophical bureaucrat’.

Gunnar Harðarson, philosopher and historian of Icelandic philosophy, with additional research interests in the history of philosophy, history of ideas, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion. He has published articles on Icelandic philosophy, most especially on Icelandic medieval thought, including Littérature et spiritualité en Scandinavie médiévale: La traduction norroise du De arrha animae de Hugues de Saint-Victor (Paris & Turnhout: Brepols, 1995). Harðarson is a professor at the Department of philosophy at University of Iceland.

Hafþór Yngvason, Director of Reykjavik Art Museum (since 2005). From 1995-2005 Yngvason was the director of Public Art, Cambridge, Massachusetts and was an art director at Cambridge Art Council and Director at Harcus Gallery, Boston. He has contributed to art journals, magazines and catalogues in Iceland and abroad, and been an editor for numerous books on art including Conservation and Maintenance of Contemporary Public Art (London: Archetype Publications, 2001).

Jón Proppé, philosopher, curator and art critic. He has written extensively on art, culture and society, including some hundreds of articles for journals, magazines and newspapers, and more than 100 exhibition catalogues published in Iceland and the other Nordic Countries, the United States and United Kingdom, Germany and France. Proppé has curated exhibitions for museums and galleries in Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Germany. His published works include numerous exhibition catalogues, as well as essays in journals, magazines and newspapers.

Nicolas Bourriaud, French curator, theorist and art critic. Bourriaud co-founded, and from 1999 to 2006 was co-director of, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris together with Jerôme Sans. He was also founder and director of the contemporary art magazine Documents sur l'art (1992–2000), and correspondent in Paris for Flash Art from 1987 to 1995. Bourriaud was the Gulbenkian curator of contemporary art at Tate Britain, London, and in 2009 he curated the fourth Tate Triennial there, entitled Altermodern.[1] Published work include: Relational Aesthetics (Paris: Presses du réel, 2002), Postproduction: Culture as Screenplay: How Art Reprograms the World (New York: Lukas & Sternberg, 2002) and The Radicant (Sternberg Press, 2009).

Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir
, writer and philosopher, studied philosophy at the University of Iceland, graduating with a Master's Degree in political philosophy and completed a doctoral minor degree at Sorbonne University. She is currently working on a doctoral thesis at EHESS in Paris, as well as carrying out research in Icelandic museum field studies. Ævarsdóttir has published novels and written, translated and edited literary works and organized visual arts events. She runs together with archaeologist Uggi Ævarsson, the publishing company Apaflasa (Monkey Dandruff) and have worked among other things on quality books for the Library of Water in Stykkishólmur, Iceland.

Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, visual artist and author. He has held over 40 solo-exhibitions and participated in numerous international exhibitions and art events and projects. He has taught, lectured and run courses in various locations, such as The Icelandic College of Arts and Crafts, California Institude for the Arts, the Art Center in Los Angeles and Aki in Enschede in Holland. In addition, Þorvaldur has written several plays, for stage, radio and television and published books for both children and adults.

The Conference Venue:
Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús
Tryggvagata 17, 101 Reykjavik
Tel: +354 590 1200

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The exhibition:

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy
21 May — 4 September 2011

Perspectives - On the Borders of Art and Philosophy offers an unusual overview of contemporary Icelandic art. Selected by eight curators, the exhibition is representative of the breadth and diversity of styles and artistic media pursued in Iceland today. Self-reflexive engagement with the very notion of art is a common element in many of the works. The goal is to create a thought provoking exhibition and to generate a dialogue about the meaning of contemporary art. What unifies the exhibition is a unique collaborative approach to curating. All of the eight curators have advanced degrees in philosophy and address every aspect of the exhibition from philosophical standpoints.
Curators are Aðalheiður Lilja Guðmundsdóttir, Gunnar J. Árnason, Gunnar Harðarson, Hafþór Yngvason, Jón Proppé, Margrét Elísabet Ólafsdóttir, Oddný Eir Ævarsdóttir and Ólafur Gíslason.

Works after the following artist are on display:

Alcopley, Anna Líndal, Baldur Geir Bragason, Bára Kristinsdóttir, Barbara Árnason, Birgir Andrésson, Bragi Þór Jósepsson, Claudio Parmiggiani, Dieter Roth, Einar Falur Ingólfsson, Einar Garibaldi Eiríksson, Elías B. Halldórsson, Finnbogi Pétursson, Gabríela Fridriksdóttir, Guðrún Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Guðrún Kristjánsdóttir, Halldór Ásgeirsson, Haraldur Jónsson, Helgi Þorgils Friðjónsson, Hildur Bjarnadóttir, Hörður Ágústsson, Hrafnkell Sigurðsson, Hreinn Friðfinsson, Huginn Þór Arason, Hulda Stefánsdóttir, Inga Þórey Jóhannsdóttir, Ingibjörg Jónsdóttir, Jóhannes S. Kjarval, Karen Agnete Þorarinnsson, Katrín Elvarsdóttir, Magnús Pálsson, Matthías M.D.Hemstock, Kees Visser , Kristín Jónsdóttir frá Munkaþverá, Kristinn E. Hrafnsson, Kristinn Geir Haðarson, Kristján Davíðsson, Kristján Guðmundsson. Magnús Árnason, Magnús Pálsson, Margrét H. Blöndal, Matthew Barney, Muggur, Nína Tryggvadóttir, Páll Thayer, Pétur Thomsen, Ragnar Helgi Ólafsson, Roni Horn, Rúrí, Sigurður Árni Sigurðsson, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Sigurður Guðmundsson, Sirra Sigrún Sigurðardóttir, Sólveig Aðalsteinsdóttir, Svavar Guðnason, Þór Vigfússon, Þóra Sigurðardóttir, Þórdís Erla Ágústsdóttir, Þorvaldur Þorsteinsson, Tumi Magnússon, Unnar Örn J. Auðarson, W.G. Collingwood.

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