4. Art & creative practice

Track info

The track addresses the main questions of the conference regarding issues of conflicts and cohesion in cities from the perspective of artistic and creative practice:

  • How can artistic and creative practice enable new ways to actively understand and engage with conflictual urban processes and situations? 
  • How can artistic and creative practice intervene in urban development processes in order to create space for both conflict and cohesion? 
  • What new forms of deliberation, communication and understanding can be fostered through artistic and creative processes?


Parallel session 1: Thursday 27, 10.30 – 12.00:

10.30 – 10.35: Welcome, by track-leader Cecilie Sachs Olsen

10.35 – 10.55: Lighting up the sparks: How illuminating stories of community-led change in past conflicts can inspire new ways of thinking about urban conflicts today, by Gabi Kent

10.55 – 11.15: Tableaus resumed: The role of voice in Suzanne Lacy’s artistic practice, by Trude Schjelderup Iversen

11.15 – 11.35: Gendered and queer dimensions of the Burma Spring revolution, by Ida Fagervold

11.35 – 11.55: Exploring lived experiences of violence and oppression with artists, by Cindy Horst

11.55 – 12.00: Final comments, by track-leader Cecilie Sachs Olsen

Parallel session 2: Thursday 27, 14.30 – 16.00:

14.30 – 14.50: Photography, composition, and the activist city, by Emma Arnold

14.50 – 15.10: Street art, heritage conservation and events of conflicts and solutions, by Laima Nomeikaite

15.10 – 15.30: Personal and collaborative song writing as a response to social and environmental precariousness, by Martin Høybye

15.30 – 15.50: Theatre-ting, an arena for dialogue, affect and rehearsing ethics, by Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk

15.50 – 16.00: Summing up, by track-leader Cecilie Sachs Olsen

Parallel session 3: Friday 28, 10.30 – 12.00:

10.30 – 10.50: The creation of a monster – a dialogue is so much more*, by Anne Bryhn, Heidi Dahlsveen & Randi Kvellestad.

10.50 – 12.00: Discussion in groups

* This session will start with a performance lecture that explores the processes of dialogue. Following the performance lecture contributors and audiences of the previous sessions will sit together and workshop ideas for “a way forward” for artistic practices that engages with urban conflicts. Based on discussions in the two previous sessions (and indeed continuing these discussions) we will identify three key points (i.e. future tasks, solutions, challenges and/or opportunities) for creating new arenas to productively engage with conflict in cities.