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Photo: Olafur Eliasson: Reality projector, 2018. Credit: Joshua White

About the conference

The conference will discuss and qualify research into in art and social communities as part of an initiative that will lead to a report to be published in the autumn.

The conference will address the themes: the way art works and audiences, the art scene and communities, and art and the public. A series of lectures, debates and discussions will address various aspects of the relationship between art and social communities, including:

  • The cultural-political significance of art's social communities
  • Audiences in a globalised world
  • Artistic communities and new media
  • Art's audience and non-audience
  • Quantifying the value of the social communities that emerge around art
  • Art criticism and social communities

The conference is for people involved in research and art education and others with a relevant background in art and culture in the Nordic Region.


  • The keynote speaker is Shannon Jackson (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Trine Bille (Copenhagen Business School)
  • Arild Danielsen (University of South-Eastern Norway)
  • Sissel Furuseth (University of Oslo)
  • Maria Hirvi-Ijäs (Cupore)
  • Stefan Jonsson (Linköping University)
  • Owe Ronström (Uppsala University)
  • Frederik Tygstrup (University of Copenhagen)
  • Bjarki Valtysson (University of Copenhagen)

About the organisers

Danish Arts Foundation
The Danish Arts Foundation promotes and develops the arts in Denmark and Danish art abroad. It allocates more than DKK 500 million p.a. to architecture, visual arts, film, literature, art and design, music and the performing arts.

Art Council Norway
Arts Council Norway is the main governmental operator for the implementation of Norwegian cultural policy. The Art Council Norway covers seven fields of professional activity: literature, music, performing arts, visual arts, cultural heritage and arenas for art and other activities.

Nordic Culture Fund
The Nordic Culture Fund supports an innovative and dynamic artistic and cultural scene in the Nordic Region, one that is diverse, accessible and of high quality. It has been working with Nordic cultural co-operation since 1966. In recent years, the Fund has evolved into an active facilitator of and participant in networking activities designed to encourage discussion of pioneering new artistic and cultural trends and opportunities.