Symposium :
Art as a Catalyst
for Change



Date:
Friday, October 15–Saturday, October 16, 2021 | 11:00am–2:00pm CST Daily

Moderator:  
Stephanie Cristello (Co-Curator and Editor, Sustainable Societies for the Future)

Schedule: https://program.expochicago.com

Overview:
A series of talks addressing key components related to the UN Global Goals will feature artists, scholars,  and representatives from organizations committed to issues of sustainability in their work. Select partners  include ART 2030, Nordic Talks, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.





Fri, October 15, 11:00am


The Symposium : Art as a Catalyst for Change


Moderator: Stephanie Cristello (Co-Curator and Editor, Sustainable Societies for the Future)

A series of talks addressing key components related to the UN Global Goals will feature artists, scholars, and representatives from organizations committed to issues of sustainability in their work. Select partners include ART 2030, Nordic Talks, and the Chicago Architecture Biennial.




11:00am CST / 6:00pm CET KEYNOTE: THE CHICAGO EDIT — FLOATING MUSEUM


Berit Basse
Stephanie Cristello
Floating Museum
Kirse Junge-Stevnsborg

Join this opening conversation and keynote with curators and collaborators of the Sustainable Societies for the Future: The Chicago Edit (October 15–17, 2021), an exhibition program throughout the city organized by the Floating Museum featuring artists from Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Chicago, and Detroit.


12:00pm CST / 7:00pm CET CONNECTING ART AND THE UN GLOBAL GOALS


Luise Faurschou

Working with world renowned artists and partners, ART 2030 is a non-profit that facilitates projects connected to the UN Global Goals through public events, installations, multi-platform communication, and educational activities. Join the founder and curator for a conversation on the organization’s recent projects.


1:00pm CST / 8:00pm CET SOCIAL AVALANCHES (NORDIC TALK SESSION)


Christian Borch
Christian Falsnaes


Two authors from the book Sustainable Societies for the Future (Motto, 2021: ed. Cristello, JungeStevnsborg) discuss the themes of crowds and solidarity alongside artist Christian Falsnaes, whose newly commissioned work SOLO (2020) debuted at the Malmö Art Museum exhibition.


2:00pm CST / 9:00pm CET STRUCTURAL RACISM IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT (NORDIC TALK SESSION)


Imani Day
Max Guy
Minna Henriksson


Engaging with two artists from the Sustainable Societies for the Future exhibition following their commissions for the Malmö Art Museum, this talk traces how the contemporary image of cities such as Chicago and Helsinki are impacted by histories of segregation and class struggle. The artists will be joined by Detroit-based architect Imani Day, on how design can function as an intentional act of social justice and advocacy to combat racism and inequities within the built environment. 



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Sat, October 16, 11:00am


The Symposium : Art as a Catalyst for Change / Day 2




11:00am CST / 6:00pm CET WORKING WITH AND WITHIN ENVIRONMENTS (NORDIC TALK SESSION)


Cheryl Pope
Michael x. Ryan
Hesselholdt & Mejlvang
Laura Mott


Join three of the artists involved in both the Sustainable Societies for the Future exhibition at the Malmö Art Museum and The Chicago Edit for this talk on their relationships to the natural world and the built environment alongside one of the publication contributors. Each of the artists’ works begins in outdoor spaces before being translated into presentations meant for an institutional context. 


12:00pm CST / 7:00pm CET SCREENING: PLEASE REST IN PEACE FOR WE SHALL NOT REPEAT THE ERROR (2021)


Hesselholdt & Mejlvang

View the film that resulted from the work Please rest in peace for we shall not repeat the error (2021), a 4.5-hour durational performance and land artwork installation on the moat embankment of the Malmö Art Museum, housed in a former castle. The phrase, spelled in largescale text by placing bricks upon the grass, is borrowed from the memorial monument Flame of Peace in Hiroshima, Japan, constructed in remembrance of the victims of the 1945 nuclear bomb. The Flensburg brick used in the performance has a long tradition and history in the construction of Danish society: from building train stations to ballast for ships that sailed to the West Indies during the colonial era. Film / Editing: Ene Bissenbakker Photo: Helene Toresdotter/MalmöKonstmuseum Drone photo: Stefan Ohlsson


1:00pm CST / 8:00pm CET CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL (NORDIC TALK SESSION)


Tess Landon 
SO—IL Lab (James Albert Martin and Maria Bruun)
Ellen Braae


In partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, this panel will focus on the recently opened SO—IL Lab project in North Lawndale. Building upon the remaining foundation of a former building that sits amongst six other vacant lots, the site will be discussed in relation to social sustainability. Presented in partnership with the Danish Arts Foundation.


2:00pm CST / 9:00pm CET SCREENING: 72 SEASONS


Brendan Fernandes

Catch a first glimpse at the film by Brendan Fernandes that took place within Millennium Park’s Lurie Garden. The movement-based piece, featuring dancers outfitted with custom costumes by Rad Hourani, engages with ballet history and Chicago’s prairie landscape to envision passages of time demarcated by the Japanese calendar. The final performance is scheduled for Saturday, October 23, 2021. Film / Editing: Dominic del Carmine Sound: Alex Ingzelian



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