Seminar: FRESH EYES on URBAN SPACE

The seminar focused on how in particular photography and literature can interpret and rethink urban space aesthetically, and artists, poets, architects, and researchers from all over the world will discuss the relationship between art, architecture, and the urban environment.
Exhibition duration:
19-11-2015 - 19-11-2015
Medium:
Seminar
Title:
Seminar: FRESH EYES on URBAN SPACE
Artist:
Søren Ulrik Thomsen, Hyun-jin Kwak, Tom Lovelace, Quentin Stevens, Tom Nielsen, Louise Mønster, Elisabeth Skou Pedersen, Julie Boserup, Christian Yde Frostholm, Claus Pedersen, Jesper Rasmussen
International seminar highlights the relationship between art and urban space

The seminar FRESH EYES on URBAN SPACE pulls back the focus from the usual tourist attractions in order to instead zoom in on life between the buildings and the hidden potential of the urban space. Artists, poets, researchers, and architects from around the world will together discuss art's relation to the city and how it’s possible, through art, to rethink it.

On November 19th the Aarhus Gallery, Galleri Image, and Aarhus Center for Literature in collaboration with Aarhus Center for Visual Art will conduct the all-day seminar FRESH EYES on URBAN SPACE. The seminar will focus on how in particular photography and literature can interpret and rethink urban space aesthetically, and artists, poets, architects, and researchers from all over the world will discuss the relationship between art, architecture, and the urban environment.

The program will include the Australian professor of architecture Quentin Stevens, the Danish poet Søren Ulrik Thomsen, who among other things has authored a neon light mural poem in Valby, as well as the Korean photographic artist Hyun-jin Kwak, based in Sweden, and many others. Each will contribute a talk on how they individually use the city and the urban space in their work, which will lead into a collective debate on everyday life in the city and the hidden potentials of urban spaces. 

The seminar is an extension of the 2017-project FRESH EYES – International artists rethink Aarhus which since 2013 has invited a string of authors and photographic artists to Aarhus in order to reinterpret Aarhus artistically. The Greenlandic author Niviaq Korneliussen and the British photographic artist Tom Lovelace are among the many artists whom the gallery and the two centres have invited to town – the latter returns to Aarhus to participate in the seminar. The project will culminate in 2017 with exhibitions in Vestergade and Grønnegade, readings, and the publication of a large art book.

The seminar is on November 19th at Godsbanen and begins at 10 am. The event will be in English.
The seminar is free but with regard to the catering of coffee and cake we ask you to send a non-binding sign-up e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This all-day seminar offers a program which includes among others the architects Quentin Stevens (AUS) and Tom Nielsen (DK), the researchers Louise Mønster (DK) and Elisabeth Skou Pedersen (DK), the artists Hyun-jin Kwak (KR/SE) and Julie Boserup (DK) as well as the poet Søren Ulrik Thomsen (DK).

Seminar programme:

Life between the houses:
10:00 am: Welcome
10:10 am: Quentin Stevens
10:40 am: Elisabeth Skou Pedersen
11:00 am: Break
11:20 am: Tom Nielsen
11:40 am: Tom Lovelace
12:00: Christian Yde Frostholm
12:20 pm: Debate - Claus Pedersen

12:50 pm: Lunch

The City as Place
13:50 pm: Louise Mønster
14:10 pm: Søren Ulrik Thomsen
14:30 pm: Break
14:50 pm: Hyun-Jin Kwak
15:10 pm: Julie Boserup
15:30 pm: Debate - Jesper Rasmussen

After the seminar
4.30 pm: Guided city walk - Urbane Vildspor (start: Godsbanen)
After the seminar, it will be possible to participate in a city walk guided by Urbane Vildspor focused around places and art works in the surroundings of Godsbanen.
4.30 pm: Introduction to the exhibition ‘Correspondence’ at Galleri Image, Vestergade 29, Aarhus C
The participants of the seminar are also welcome to visit the recently opened exhibition Correspondence curated by Gitte Broeng at Galleri Image in Vestergade. Here you can experience works by artists, who work in the field between literature and art. Artists: Anne Cotten, Victoria Durnak, Christian Yde Frostholm, Audun Mortensen, and Amalie Smith. 
Galleri Image, the originator of the FRESH EYES project, is the oldest exhibition space for photographic art in Scandinavia. In honour of the seminar, Image has extended its opening hours until 6 PM.

FRESH EYES is supported by the City of Aarhus, Aarhus 2017, The Nordic Culture Fund and Bikubenfonden.