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States of Glass - a symposium

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As part of the exhibition project «States of Glass», Nordnorsk kunstnersenter will hold a symposium including presentations of Nordic glass artists, film elements and lectures with exciting professionals in this field.

A thematic starting point is the unique modes of expression where glass is the medium, and how the properties of glass is well suited for commenting the time we live in. The symposium will be held physically for a limited audience in Lofoten Kulturhus in Svolvær, but will also be video streamed to the audience not being able to be present in Lofoten. The language of the symposium will be English.

Location: Lofoten Kulturhus’ Black Box hall LilleMolla and live streaming via Vimeo (link to come).

For physical attendance: Maximum 30 participants, with free registration via Lofoten Kulturhus.

Subject to changes in the program.

Friday August 20th:

Physical part of the program (not to be streamed):

12:00-18:00
Cathinka Mæhlum & Marthe Belsvik Stavrum: Discovered & Endangered Outdoor installation with sound compositions and glass objects. Follow us for coming information on location.

Streamed and physical program:

15:00
Lecture with Mette Bielefeldt Bruun.

Mette Bielefeldt Bruun is the academic leader for handicraft and design at Museum Sydøstdanmark, with glass as her main field. She will help us put the Nordic artists of the project «States of Glass» in perspective.

15:45
Film element with Nordic glass artists in process

16:00
Artist presentation with Maria Koshenkova

Maria Koshenkova is one of the participating artists in the exhibition «States of Glass» at Nordnorsk kunstnersenter. She also participates in the guest artist program, a part of the project. Maria is interested in the unique possibilities of using glass as a means of expression and is pushing the boundaries for her material in her explorative practice.

16:30
Film element with Nordic glass artists in process

16:45
Artist presentation with Karin Forslund.

Karin Forslund is one of the participating artists in the exhibition «States of Glass» at Nordnorsk kunstnersenter. She is also participating in the guest artist program, a part of the project. Karin often uses a method of letting warm expanding glass display itself within a given framework, working on the glass on a chemical level in the burning process. This leads the glass to act in surprising ways. Karin also works with exploring the medium of glass within film.

17:15
Film by Karin Forslund.

Physical part of the program (not to be streamed):

18:00
Vandring med pust by the art duo Frantzen&Mjanger

Collaborative performance with glass in the landscape

Saturday August 21st

Physical part of the program (not to be streamed):

12:00-18:00
Cathinka Mæhlum & Marthe Belsvik Stavrum: Discovered & Endangered

Outdoor installation with sound and glass objects. Location will be scheduled at a later point

14:00
Tour of the exhibition «States of Glass»

Streamed and physical program:

15:00
Lecture with Freyja Hartzell

Freyja Hartzell is associate professor at Bard Graduate Center in New York. She has been researching how glass objects functioned as a communicator during Europe’s political, cultural and social upheavals during the inter war period. “Glass is magic,” writes Hartzell. “Not quite liquid, not quite solid, it is a shape-shifter: transforming itself, and, when penetrated by light, transfiguring the world.” Hartzell will go deeper into on these aspects in her lecture and shed light on the customs presented and demonstrated.

15:45
Film with the installation Discovered & Endangered by Cathinka Mæhlum and Marthe Belsvik Stavrum

16:00
Artist presentation with Liu Chien Kuang

Liu Chien-Kuang is one of the participating artists in the exhibition «States of Glass» at Nordnorsk kunstnersenter. He is also participating in the guest artist program, a part of the project. Kuang is interested in combining older techniques with new knowledge, thus developing and challenging glass as a medium. He often combines glass with other materials from his own cultural background.

16:30
Film element with Nordic glass artists in process

16:45
Artist presentation with Rikka Haapari

Rikka Haapari is one of the participating artists in the guest artist program in the project «States of Glass» at Nordnorsk kunstnersenter. Rikka is a trained glass artist working directly with glass, but also takes the material to the medium of film. Here she explores questions relating to the material’s own subjectivity.

17:15
Film by Rikka Haapari

Collaborates: Norske kunsthåndverkere, Glass Factory, Museum Sydøstdanmark

Supported by: Nordisk kulturkontakt, Kulturkontakt Nord

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