What Do We Need Art For?
Bildmuseet turns 40! As part of the celebration, we invite you to join a digital forum where artists, curators, researchers, authors, musicians, dramatists and other invited guests answer the question: What Do We Need Art For? You will, among others, meet artists John Akomfrah, Jumana Emil Abboud and Mats Caldeborg; Stina Oscarson, Director; Maria Lind, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow; and Lars Strannegård, President of the Stockholm School of Economics. Language: Swedish and English.
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What is the role of art in our contemporary moment marked by climate change, challenged democracies and human rights, and where millions of people are forced to become refugees? What is the role of art during a current pandemic? To celebrate Bildmuseet's 40th anniversary, we invite you to join a digital forum Friday-Sunday 29–31 October 2021. You will meet artists, curators, researchers, authors, musicians, dramatists and other specially invited guests answering the question: What do we need art for?
Preparing for this anniversary year, we have had reason to think about the role of art in society. The coronavirus pandemic has also brought the question of its significance to a head. What do we need art for when life is at stake? Has the closing down of art spaces, museums, theatres, music scenes, libraries and other cultural spaces had consequences at all? Has art and culture a crucial function in our society? If so, what is it?
Yes, why is art necessary? That question must be possible to ask without instrumentalising, diminishing or limiting. The answers we are looking for are not how art can create value or increase a city's attractiveness – effects calculated in economic terms. To assert its matter from a human, existential and philosophical perspective, we must formulate the more difficult-to-define qualitative values that art represents.
To Bildmuseet's digital anniversary forum, we have invited a number of people we think will contribute interesting points of view to this discussion. Some of them are artists and curators with whom we have previously collaborated and who are part of Bildmuseet's history. We have also invited other individuals who, based on their professional and personal experiences, can contribute to the answer to this question. Welcome to listen!
Bildmuseet / 40 Years of International Contemporary Art in Umeå, Sweden