Listasafn Islands

NO!- Symposium on Resistance and Transgression. Reykjavik Art Museum – Hafnarhús, Sunday 11 March, 2 – 4 p.m.

Black cone by Santiago Sierra. Photo by Pétur Thomsen

The symposium is held in relation to the exhibition of Santiago Sierra currently on view at Reykjavik Art Museum - Hafnarhús. Many of Sierra´s works stand as a reminder of the importance of civil liberties, including the right to refuse to obey certain laws and commands of a government. For example in his recent artwork The Black Cone, recently placed in front of the Icelandic Parliament building at Austurvöllur. The work stands as a Monument to Civil Disobedience and the historical protests that took place at Austurvöllur three years ago (on 20 January 2009) and consists of a 180 cm high monolith that has been cracked with a black cone to show the impact that protests can have.
The symposium is set to discuss practices of trangression as a mode of resistance and the problems it faces in contemporary times. Speakers include: Jón Ólafsson, philosopher; Helga Katrín Tryggvadóttir, evolutionary biologis; Benedikt Hjartarson, literary scholar; and  Tinna Grétarsdóttir, anthropologist. Moderated by philosopher Egill Arnarson.


14:00 Egill Arnarson: introductions
14:10 Jón Ólafsson: The Discourse of Resistance
14:30 Helga Katrín Tryggvadóttir: Love for the Free

14:50 - 15:00 Coffee

15:00 Benedikt Hjartarson: The Aesthetics of Negativism
15:20 Tinna Grétarsdóttir: The Art, Work and Worker
15:40 Panel Discussions

The symposium is held in Icelandic.

Printed of the web Reykjvik Art Museum, 04.02.2015