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
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
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
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.
Curator team: Björn Säfsten; Per Nilsson; Catrin Lundqvist,
Moderna Museet and Danjel Andersson, MDT
Coordinators: Säfsten Produktion and Nordberg Movement and Stina
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.