Stockholm 11–13 June

Welcome to an interdisciplinary symposium on choreography, philosophy, art and poetry, featuring talks, performances and parties, at Moderna Museet and MDT.

The choreographer Björn Säfsten and the philosopher Per Nilsson, both from Umeå, have engaged over the past three years in a multidisciplinary research project involving choreography and philosophy, at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts. In association with Moderna Museet and MDT, lectures, performances, workshops, discussions and parties will take place on Skeppsholmen for three days, to summarise and celebrate the conclusions of this project.

After Babel is a major group exhibition at Moderna Museet about the many languages in contemporary art. The invited artists build bridges between languages and continents. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the symposium, thus providing a meeting place and venue for events. 

In lectures and choreographic works, researchers and artists will comment on and discuss the relationship between choreography, art and philosophy. Different theoretical and artistic fields are brought together to explore how they may influence our critical thinking. Could these disciplines change performatively and discursively by being intertwined?  Could they transgress each other's disciplinary boundaries? And how could such intertwinings and transgressions be interpreted, thought, discussed, read or danced? 

The symposium will feature works and lectures by Cristina Caprioli, Bojana Cvejić, Mette Edvardsen, Abraham Hurtado, Michael Kliën, Jennifer Lacey, Per Nilsson & Gerd Aurell, Peggy Phelan, Richard Shusterman, Alma Söderberg & Hendrik Willekens, Sarah Vanhee and Haegue Yang. Some of the symposium's performances will be held in the exhibition. In the middle of the exhibition is a tower made by Simon Denny together with Alessandro Bava, incorporating ideas from the legendary exhibition Poesin måste göras av alla! Förändra världen! (Poetry must be made by all! Change the World!), which took place at Moderna Museet in 1969. It also includes the viral project 89+, which individuals or groups born after 1989 could join via an Open Call organised by curators Simon Castets and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Around the tower are works by George Adéagbo,Etel Adnan,Kader Attia,Yael Bartana,Paul Chan,Rivane Neuenschwander,Michelangelo Pistoletto andHaegue Yang. 

  After Babel is the hub and meeting place for linguistic and cultural translations, intertwinings of art forms, where artists can create new meaning through their transgressions. Curators: Daniel Birnbaum and Ann-Sofi Noring.

In association with IASPIS, Dansalliansen and the International Dance Programme of the Swedish Arts Grants Committee, two workshops will be held in conjunction with the symposium.

Translate, Intertwine,Transgress


Curator team: Björn Säfsten; Per Nilsson; Catrin Lundqvist, Moderna Museet and Danjel Andersson, MDT


Coordinators: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movement and Stina Dahlström, MDT

Project manager: Magnus Nordberg


Supported by Umeå Academy of Fine Arts, The Swedish Research Council, The Swedish Arts Council, The City of Stockholm, The Stockholm County Council and the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.